Update: Legislative panel airs parole concerns

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas legislators again are expressing their displeasure at a probation and parole system that enabled a multiple felon to stay on the streets and allegedly commit a murder in Little Rock.

    Members of the Joint Performance Review Committee on Thursday heard from employees in the probation and parole system and were told of changes made since Darrell Dennis was arrested for a slaying in Little Rock on May 10.

    Department of Community Correction Interim Director Sheila Sharp told the panel that an additional 300 parole violators are in custody since the agency changed its policies.

    Sharp says communication lines are being opened between managers and parole officers so officers can raise concerns about convicts they feel should be quickly taken off the streets.

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