State bucking inmate trend

Arkansas’ prison population has risen as South’s has fallen, report says

Posted: July 29, 2014 at 3:12 a.m.

The total number of state prison inmates held in the 15 Southern Legislative Conference states has declined in recent years, while the number imprisoned in Arkansas has increased in three of the past four fiscal years covered by an annual study, according to a new conference report.

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