LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Board of Corrections has launched an investigation into the parole program after a man out on parole allegedly killed a teenager.
Darrell Dennis, 47, has a long criminal history. Officials said he should have been behind bars instead of walking the streets of Little Rock the night police believe he killed 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.
A press release issued by the ABC said, in light of these recent events, an extensive investigation into the Probation and Parole Division of the Department of Community Correction has been launched.
The Board has general supervisory authority over the DCC, which is responsible for probation and parole in Arkansas.
In addition, the Board made the following policy changes effective immediately:
1. DCC will not release parole holds on individuals awaiting a revocation hearing pursuant to requests from jail personnel.
2. Parolees charged with felonies; violent or sex related misdemeanors will be jailed and a revocation hearing will be sought.
3. Parolees who have absconded two or more times will be jailed and a revocation hearing will be sought.
4. DCC will prioritize and fast track the admission of higher risk offenders into the Technical Violator Program.
5. DCC will attempt to find open jail space in other jurisdictions within the state when the holding jail must release an offender who has an existing parole hold.
6. All requests for revocations and denials thereof will be fully documented in the offender's case file.
The Board believes that the public deserves to have confidence in its parole system and we intend to address any deficiencies that come to light in our ongoing efforts to improve this system.
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