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Arkansas

Total Correctional Population: 72,100

Number on Parole or Probation: 51,500

Number in Local Jail or Prison: 24,000

Incarceration Rate per 100,000 residents: 800 

Incarceration Rate Rank: 6th 

Corrections Share of 2018 General Fund Expenditures: 8.5%

Sources: 

“Correctional Populations in the United States, 2016,” U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 

"2018 State Expenditure Report," National Association of State Budget Officers 

BILLS RECENTLY SIGNED INTO LAW

2019

Senate Bill 308: The Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019, establishes stronger due process protections by requiring a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited by the state.

House Bill 1523: Limits shackling of pregnant and postpartum inmates, and requires detention and correctional facilities develop standards for sufficient female hygiene products, among other changes.

NEWS

March 15, 2019

“This bill is a testament to finding agreement, talking through practical challenges, and raising the standard to ensure our citizens have more protections in place.”

Arkansas Senate Bill 308, which requires a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited by the state, passed unanimously in both chambers. Senator Majority Leader Bart Hester and Representative Austin McCollum championed the issue, and Governor Asa Hutchinson is expected to sign the bill into law. With his signature, Arkansas will join the ranks of states like New Mexico, Ohio, and Connecticut to dramatically restrict civil asset forfeiture. Meanwhile, in Michigan, MLive.com broke down the state police’s asset forfeiture report, detailing what was seized, how property was disposed, and how the income from assets was spent.

November 2, 2018

“Wealthy people can pay these fees and vote immediately, while poor people could spend the rest of their lives in a cycle of debt that denies them the ability to cast a ballot."

In seven states—Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida—people with unpaid court fines and fees are prohibited from voting. Other states require that all conditions of probation and parole, including the payment of debt, are completed prior to the restoration of voting rights. Individuals can be charged the for the use of a public defender, room and board while incarcerated, and conditions of probation and parole supervision, and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service found that nearly 10 million people owed more than $50 billion from contact with the criminal justice system.