There is growing bipartisan support for eliminating the harsh sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences that play a part in the unprecedented overcrowding at Arkansas’ jails and prisons.
Sentencing reform should place greatest emphasis on diversion programs, and on reducing recidivism, because these types of interventions have the highest return on investment for the state. By reducing sentences, and focusing on reentry and parole programs we can create safer communities at a lower cost.
Too many people are spending far too long in prison as a result of bad policy. Any sentencing reforms should also be applied retroactively, allowing people to return to society.