Governor Mike Beebe today released the results of an exhaustive Arkansas State Police investigation into the Office of Adult Probation and Parole at the Department of Community Correction. Beebe requested the administrative investigation this summer after a parolee was charged in a Little Rock murder.
"While finding no criminal activity, this investigation detailed individual and systemic problems within our parole system, particularly in Pulaski County," Governor Beebe said. "While corrective actions have already been taken to address those problems, our work is not over yet. It is always difficult to strike a balance between taking proper actions against those who violate their terms of parole while working to avoid overcrowding in our jails."
The ASP report details the procedures that previously existed at DCC and the administrative decisions of some managers that slowed or avoided revocation hearings for some parole violators in Area 7, which includes Pulaski County. Many of those managers are no longer in supervisory positions at DCC, having been removed for other reasons or retiring as a result of these occurrences.
Policy changes made by the Board of Corrections have resulted in the incarceration of more parole violators, to the point where jail overcrowding has again become an issue. The Board of Corrections is scheduled to meet this week to further clarify certain procedures in the hope of alleviating those incidents of overcrowding.