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Stodola To Lawmakers: "Lock Up Career Burglars"

Little Rock mayor Mark Stodola said Wednesday the parole system should use available technology to improve its tracking of parolees.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Little Rock mayor Mark Stodola said Wednesday the parole system should use available technology to improve its tracking of parolees.

The Department of Community Correction, which oversees an approximate 58,000 offenders on probation and parole, said it is working to increase the deployment of GPS and ankle monitoring devices.

Interim director Sheila Sharp testified before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee that DCC has the ability to monitor 300 parolees, but currently only has 142 monitoring devices in use.

"We have $3 million dollars as part of the best practices fund and we're going to use part of that money to increase monitoring in the next month," Sharp told committee members.

Stodola offered his perspective not only as the mayor of the largest city in the state, but also a former prosecutor.

He says everyone is in agreement that violent offenders who commit murder, assault or sex crimes should be locked up.

He told committee members other non-violent crimes create a divide on how best to handle the offender.

"I'm not sure we;re all on the same page on felony thefts and burglaries," Stodola says. "I think that's something we really need to focus on. Because those are the people who have demonstrated they have no respect for individuals and they got out and repeat and repeat this."
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