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Arkansas Corrections Board chair responds to criticism from governor, attorney general

The Arkansas Board of Corrections rejected a request to expand prison capacity this month because of severe staffing shortages and existing crowding, board Chairman Benny Magness says in a Nov. 20 letter to the governor and attorney general. Magness’ 6 ½-page letter came in response to a Nov. 17 press conference at which Gov. Sarah…

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Arkansas governor attacks Corrections Board over denial of plan to add 500 prison beds

Arkansas’ governor and top criminal justice officials leveled a public broadside against the State Board of Corrections over disagreement on a plan to expand the state’s prison capacity. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a Friday morning news conference said the board last week refused to approve Corrections Secretary Joe Profiri’s plan to add 500 beds…

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