Arkansas Court Says No To Jail Credit For Prior Sentences

Apr 22, 2016

The Arkansas Supreme Court says an Arkansas law does not give inmates credit for jail sentences served before their probation is revoked.

The court issued the ruling Thursday after a Pulaski County man argued that a lower court should have granted him 120 days of jail credit. Michael Burgess was sentenced to serve the 120 days and then serve terms of probation.

The lower court denied Burgess credit for the 120 days when he violated probation and was given an additional jail sentence of 36 months.

The ruling said a legislative change to the jail credit statute should be interpreted to mean a defendant only receives credit for time incarcerated prior to sentencing, not time served under a previous sentence. Two justices dissented.