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Critics see room for change in prison reform law

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LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) — Two years after Arkansas' prison reform law went into effect, some lawmakers and law enforcement officials are still grumbling about measures like reducing penalties for meth manufacturing and doubling the monetary threshold for felony theft.

They say those changes and some others that were intended to ease chronic prison overcrowding and lower costs may have gone too far, and they are contemplating changes to the law to address their concerns in the upcoming regular legislative session.

"I think there is some frustration with some in the law enforcement community," said Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, after a recent meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee in which Act 570 of 2011 was discussed.

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