Committee wants more information about parolee

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP/KTHV) - A legislative committee has approved a proposal to seek a court order for information about the case of a parolee charged with murder in Little Rock. The committee wants the information to determine whether the system is flawed and whether they can pass legislation to help.

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

    The Joint Performance Review Committee on Thursday noted that the Department of Community Correction says the law doesn't allow it to hand over the full file on Darrell Dennis and his arrests. Dennis was arrested 14 times since being released on parole in 2008 and is charged in the May shooting death of a Fayetteville teenager.

    "When a person is out on parole, we don't know if they're reporting to that parole officer.  We don't know whether they're testing positive for drugs while they're out on parole.  We don't know if they're getting arrested in other jurisdictions," said Prosecutor Marc McCune.

    Some legislators said they didn't want to endanger the case. But Prosecutor Cody Hiland of Conway said releasing the information would not likely corrupt a jury pool.

    Interim DOC Director Sheila Sharp told legislators that she is eager to work with them to make changes to the system.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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