Arkansas had one of the largest increases in jail population over a three year period compared with other states, according to a new report.
The analysis from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, says Arkansas’s jail population grew more than all but two states between 2011 to 2013. Those two states are Texas and California. The high growth rate came during the last two years in a national jail census that began in 1999. The report also says Arkansas was one of just six states in which the adult incarceration rate rose at least 50 percent between 1999 and 2013. However, the state was tied with 5 other states for the average least span of time an inmate stayed in jail in 2013, at 12 days.
In 2013, Arkansas instituted changes to its parole policies, which led to widespread overcrowding in county lockups due to increases in parole revocations. However this week, new state parole policies took effect meant to reduce the number of revocations and ease jail overcrowding.
You can read the full Bureau of Justice Statistics study on the U.S. jail population here.
Nathan Vandiver contributed to the reporting in this article.