The Arkansas Penitentiary Study Commission was established in 1967 to investigate the increasingly poor conditions within the Arkansas penitentiary system. The report it generated following its investigation was the leading catalyst in penal reform in the state. The commission was established by then-Governor Winthrop Rockefeller in response to a report by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Arkansas State Police that described deplorable conditions within the two prison farms of the Arkansas penitentiary system. Because of the political atmosphere of the time and ...

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