Corrections Costs Arkansas $.5B Per Year


By Philip Buck

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas has the fastest-growing prison population of any state in the U.S., according to the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

The Justice Center is presenting some of its findings and data to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s criminal justice task force this morning. The non-profit group’s report says corrections costs the state half a billion dollars every year and, with the projected growth, could cost another $1.3 billion.

It also says other states are doing a better job in reducing crime and recidivism as well as managing prison population.

Phil Buck has been investigating issues within the Arkansas prison and parole systems over the last few years. He will have more on this newly released report Wednesday night at 5 and 6 p.m.