Gov. Beebe wants to improve Ark. parole system | News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Mike Beebe is taking a stand to improve the state's parole system after a parolee was charged in a Little Rock murder.
Daryl Dennis, 46, was charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and capital murder in the May 10 death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams. Dennis did not have a hearing to revoke his parole before Abrams' death.
"What happened is inexcusable--totally inexcusable. We're looking to see what systemic changes and what personnel or what case-specific issues contributed to this," said Beebe.
Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock welcomed the review. He sponsored a bill that would require revocation hearings for any parolee arrested for violent or sex crimes. Sanders said legislators should also review the Dennis case.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola has also questioned the parole system, calling it dysfunctional and running amuck.