My Arkansas News Bureau column this week discusses the need to halt the growth rate in the state’s prison population and asks what the new Republicans in the Legislature are willing to do about it. Arkansas’ population, and the money it spends on it, are both rising at unsustainable rates. A panel has proposed a set of reforms, but the issue will be easy to demagogue on law and order grounds.
Will newly elected Republicans come to the table and be consistent with the GOP’s small-government-is-better philosophy? Or will they do as the national Republicans have done: tout small government but never actually offer any real, specific cuts.
I’ll be watching. I hope others are as well.
Here is the column.