After working its way through the Arkansas Legislature, Governor Mike Beebe’s corrections reform bill was signed into law on Tuesday. Senate Bill 750 aims to improve public safety and slow prison population growth.
Members of law enforcement, prosecutors and others who assisted with the bill were present as Beebe made it official. Beebe said the new law will be a work in progress and will likely be tweaked and changed in the future.
“This is kind of new territory” Beebe said. “We don’t know if this is going to work. You know, by anecdotal evidence, we think we will see some effect. Is it going to have as much effect as everyone hopes or desires? Nobody knows.”
Beebe said he will measure the success of the law by decreases in recidivism, a lower prison population and the ability to keep violent offenders locked up.