2020 Arkansas Code
Title 16 - Practice, Procedure, And Courts
Subtitle 6 - Criminal Procedure Generally
Chapter 90 - Judgment and Sentence Generally
Subchapter 13 - Earned Discharge and Completion of Sentence
§ 16-90-1304. Application

Universal Citation: AR Code § 16-90-1304 (2020)
  1. (a) When a person has accumulated enough days, through a combination of served and earned time equal to the total number of days of the sentence imposed by the sentencing court, he or she shall be eligible for consideration of discharge of his or her sentence under this subchapter.

  2. (b)

    1. (1) No less than forty-five (45) days before the discharge date, the Department of Community Correction shall submit notice to:

      1. (A) The prosecuting attorney; and

      2. (B) The Parole Board.

    2. (2) Within thirty (30) days of receipt of the earned discharge notice, the prosecuting attorney or the board may submit to the department in writing any reasonable objection to early discharge under this subchapter warranting the forfeiture of earned-discharge credit.

    3. (3) If an objection under subdivision (b)(2) of this section is lodged, the department shall immediately suspend the discharge of the sentence.

    4. (4) The parolee or probationer may file a petition for review in the sentencing court.

    5. (5) A review shall be conducted in the sentencing court within fourteen (14) days of the filing of the petition.

    6. (6)

      1. (A) The sentencing court shall consider the objections against the person based solely on the information contained in the petition.

      2. (B) The sentencing court shall determine, based on a preponderance of the evidence, whether the person should not be discharged from the sentence because, if the information contained in the petition had been known to the department, the department would have ordered the forfeiture of any of the discharge credit earned to that point or if insufficient evidence exists that would warrant the forfeiture of discharge credit.

      3. (C) If the sentencing court finds sufficient evidence warranting a forfeiture of discharge credits, the department shall make the necessary forfeiture of earned discharge credit appropriate for the type of misconduct asserted in the objection.

      4. (D)

        1. (i) If the sentencing court does not find sufficient evidence exists that warrants forfeiture of discharge credits, the department shall discharge the person immediately if the date upon which the completion of the sentence occurred has passed.

        2. (ii) If the date for completion of the sentence has not occurred, the person shall return to the status held at the point the objection was filed.

  3. (c) If the prosecuting attorney or the board does not file an objection, upon the filing of a petition in the sentencing court by the parolee or probationer stating that no objections have been filed, the court may discharge the person immediately if the date upon which the completion of the sentence has passed.

  4. (d) An appeal may not be taken by either party from the sentencing court's findings or the department's decision for early discharge.

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