by Max Brantley
The giant bill to overhaul prison law — primarily to reduce the expensive population by diversion of non-violent offenders, such as drug users, to better probation and parole systems — might be introduced today. If not, it's close. Sen. Jim Luker of Wynne says sponsors still will be appreciated. Gov. Mike Beebe said he thinks the proposal has been changed to answer most objections from prosecutors.
UPDATE: Roby Brock finds general agreement with the head of the prosecutors' association.