The Arkansas Parole Board has approved shorter deadlines to hold revocation hearings for parole violators along with a stronger focus to place certain parole violators into alternative sentencing programs instead of prison beds.
The board approved the policy changes Monday, including the shorter deadlines passed by the Legislature this year.
The new deadlines will go into effect July 22 and require parole officers to submit reports within three days of a parole violation and require the board to issue any warrant within two days of reviewing the report.
Other changes include steering the revocation punishments toward alternative sentencing programs.
Arkansas adopted stricter parole policies in 2013 after a parolee - who had remained free despite 14 arrests and 10 felony charges - was charged with murder in Little Rock.