Little Rock, AR -
01/04/2011 - The following press release was issued by the office of Gov. Mike Beebe, for more information contact Jennifer Laudano, 202-540-6321.
Governor Beebe today applauded the efforts of a statewide working group that, with assistance from the Pew Center on the States, has proposed recommendations aimed at containing prison growth and costs while improving public safety. Unless action is taken, prison growth over the next decade will require an additional $1.1 billion in state funds.
“This is a first step, but an important step,” Beebe said. “We must take action to curb the growth in our corrections system without compromising public safety. These recommendations will help us do just that.”
Beebe is reviewing the recommendations while building his legislative package for the upcoming session. He will work with lawmakers, including those from the working group, to decide how best to pursue changes legislatively. The working group included members of all three branches of government, law-enforcement officials and prosecutors. It received input from criminal-justice groups throughout the state as well.
"State leaders have produced a bipartisan, data-driven policy package that will put Arkansas on a path to cost savings, public safety and offender accountability," said Jake Horowitz, manager with the Pew Center on the States.
The full report and recommendations can be found at the Pew Center on the States Web site.