The blog has taken a few days off with the AACDL conference in Tunica, MS but the news is exciting.
Last week, the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s decision in Ray Hobbs v. Chancey Baird. Justice Danielson’s opinion was written in a very straightforward and concise manner. The Court held that the former deadly weapon enhancement statute allows for a reduction of sentence through meritorious good-time credit after serving the first ten years of the sentence. This is going to make a dramatic difference in the sentence of Chancey Baird. He will be eligible for parole on the enhanced offense after 15 yrs instead of 30 yrs. After the mandate comes down, I will be contacting ADC to ensure that there will be a thorough review of all inmates currently serving flat time under this enhancement.
This is a good victory for inmates and hopefully no more suits will be needed to rectify the interpretation for everyone already victimized by ADC.