Does the state have mandatory minimum sentences? Yes. Click here to read the list, compiled by the Arkansas Sentencing Commission.
Does the state have a sentencing commission? Yes, the Arkansas Sentencing Commission.
Does the state have sentencing guidelines? Yes, the Arkansas Sentencing Guidelines. Offense Seriousness Rankings are available here and Sentencing Grids are available here. The complete sentencing "Benchbook" (in pdf) is available here.
If yes, are the sentencing guidelines voluntary/advisory or mandatory? Voluntary/advisory.
Does the state have drug courts? Yes. Click here to learn more.
Does the state have one or more safety valve/exceptions? No. To learn more about safety valves, read our factsheet, Safety Valves in a Nutshell.
SB 750, The Public Safety Improvement Act (signed into law by Gov. Beebe on March 23, 2011)
From the Pew Center on the States:
Consensus Report of the Arkansas Working Group on Sentencing and Corrections (2011)
Arkansas: Improving Public Safety and Containing Corrections Costs (2010)
Governor Mike Beebe
Arkansas Department of Corrections
Arkansas Parole Board
Arkansas Executive Clemency (pardons and commutations): Handled by Parole Board. Applications available at Governor's website (scroll down).
Arkansas General Assembly (state legislature)
Arkansas Court System
Arkansas Drug Courts
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Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in the State
ACLU of Arkansas
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