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Q: An inmate was sentenced to 2nd degree murder, under the Protect Arkansas act , will they have to do 85% of their time?

In Arkansas 2nd degree murder conviction, under new act how much time of a 20yr sentence will an inmate have to serve?

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Richard Lane Hughes
Richard Lane Hughes
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: First, you should be aware that the the Protect Arkansas Act does not apply to offenders for crimes committed before January 1, 2025.

Following that date, a defendant convicted of 2nd degree murder will serve 85% of his or her time before becoming eligible for release. That is, upon completing 85% of the sentence the inmate may go before the Parole Board and may be released to parole. He or she will not automatically be released upon completion of 85% of the sentence.

Seventeen years on a twenty year sentence before parole eligibility.

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