Officials Talk Prison Overcrowding

Published 07/17 2014 07:08PM

Updated 07/17 2014 07:13PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Officials with the Arkansas Department of Correction meeting with lawmakers today to continue talks on prison overcrowding.

Director Roy Hobbs presented information regarding the state of the prison system.

He says several factors account for prison overcrowding including new admissions into the system, and a law which mandates prisoners must serve at least 70% of their sentence.

"We need to break the cycle of relying on prisons to fix our broken people in ways that do not and will not work. But we can partner with the community in ways that do work," says Hobbs.

Hobbs said the inmate count in the Arkansas Department of Correction is 17,374.

And that includes more than 2,300 inmates who are backed up in county jail.

For the full overcrowding report, see the above attached document .

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