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Legislators Question Parole System Reforms

Legislators say they have serious concerns over the management structure at the Department of Community Correction.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators say they have serious concerns over the management structure at the Department of Community Correction (DCC).

The House and Senate Joint Performance Review Committee spent over three hours hearing from prosecutors and the DCC about issues within the parole system.

DCC came under review after a parolee was arrested in May for the shooting death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams, of Little Rock.

During the hearing Thursday, Cody Hiland, prosecutor for the 20th judicial district, says there is "evil in the world that law enforcement deals with everyday."

"We're tired of catch and release," Hiland says. "We're tired of chasing the same people over and over again."

Darrell Dennis, 48, was arrested in May for capital murder and other felony charges relating to Abrams' killing.

Dennis was paroled in 2008, but DCC internal documents show that although he was arrested and charged with numerous felonies, no bond revocation hearing was ever held.
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