Arkansas has amended its parole eligibility laws for criminals convicted of certain types of violent crimes. The amended law applies to persons found guilty of particular types of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and other major crimes. The changes to the law are designed to make it more difficult for sex offenders to obtain parole.
Arkansas law states that certain types of criminals are eligible for mandatory parole upon meeting various criteria set forth by statute. A second section allows persons convicted of more serious crimes to become eligible for discretionary parole if they meet the law's requirements. If parole is discretionary, the Parole Board determines whether parole will be granted.