UPDATE: Ark. lawmakers criticize community corrections

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Lawmakers are continuing to criticize the Arkansas Department of Community Correction after a parolee allegedly killed a man in May.

Legislators aired more frustrations Wednesday as they talked with the agency's interim director, Sheila Sharp, and other corrections officials during a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

However, Mary Parker, the vice chair of the Board of Corrections, says the Department of Community Correction is working to address problems with the parole system.

So far, the board has announced changes, including some about jailing parolees.

Parker says the board expects to see a report about an investigation into the parole system in early August. She says more changes could follow that report.

Wednesday's discussion comes after a parolee was accused of killing a Fayetteville man in May.

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