Hutchinson Seeks Funding To Address Jail Overcrowding

Feb 9, 2015

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he is committed to finding funding for additional space for thousands of state inmates crowding local jails.

Hutchinson told a group of county judges on Monday that any plan addressing prison overcrowding must include the additional space but said he wanted to avoid constructing the 1,000-bed prison corrections officials have said they need.

The governor later told reporters he was still reviewing where funding for the additional space would come from and the options available to the state. Hutchinson's proposed $5.2 billion budget for the coming year boosts funding for the state's prison system but did not include money for additional space.

Hutchinson also said prison plans should include efforts to change behavior among the state's parolees and probationers.