Modified EPA Update
Updated: June 1, 2020
The Board of Corrections has invoked the Modified Emergency Powers (EPA) Act and certified a list of 1,243 inmates as being eligible for consideration by the Parole Board.
The list of inmates is larger than usual because the requirement that inmates must have spent at least six months in ADC before being considered has been suspended. The suspension was authorized by Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Executive Orders 20-06 and 20-16, regarding the public health emergency, and is in accordance with ACA 12-74-114.
All inmates under consideration for this release have been convicted of crimes that are non-sexual and non-violent under the guidelines of ACA 5-4-501. To be released, an inmate must meet all three of these requirements:
(1) Be granted early release by the Parole Board;
(2) Be approved by ADC Director Dexter Payne; and,
(3) Have an acceptable parole plan.
All inmates granted early release will receive a COVID-19 symptoms screening prior to release. At the direction of the Arkansas Department of Health, all symptomatic inmates will be tested for COVID-19.
No inmates known to be or presumed to be positive for the virus will be released into the community until they are medically cleared. The Parole Board will work with us to delay a parole until the inmate is no longer contagious.
LIST ONE – Inmates approved by the Board of Corrections for consideration for early release.
LIST TWO – This list contains the 907 inmates approved by the Parole Board and Director Payne for early release.