Parolees Responding to Community Correction Amnesty Offer

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Community Correction says two parolees self-reported on Monday in response to a new amnesty program.

The Arkansas Board of Corrections gave tentative approval of the plan on January 23rd. The parole board is expected to follow suit later this week.

Dina Tyler with Arkansas Community Correction says the program is designed to bring as many parolees under supervision as possible.

Tyler says up to 80% of the more than 2200 parolees not under supervision are holding down jobs and following all other requirements, aside from reporting.

"If the main thing standing between them and a clean slate is fees, we're not going to lock them up, we're going to work out a plan with them," Tyler says.

At the parole office in North Little Rock on Monday, Lenois King of College Station said he accumulated over $500 in fees by not reporting to his parole officer.

"I'm thankful for this option," King says.

Tyler says reporting fees are $35 per month for a parolee.

"We just want them to come in so that they can make it right," Tyler says.

Parolees with new criminal charges are not eligible for the program, according to ACC.

The amnesty program runs through March 31.

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