BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Benton County detectives say more convicted sex offenders are choosing to serve their entire sentences than get out early on parole.
“We have more people going flat now in prison than coming out so they’re not on paper,” said Detective Paul Newell.
Two detectives at the Benton County Sheriff’s office dedicate their time solely to tracking and checking up with sex offenders.
Detective Newell says many sex offenders are eligible for parole after serving 1/6 of their time in jail, but now many of them are choosing to serve their full sentence.
“So they don’t have to deal with probation parole. When someone is on probation and parole they have a warrant search waiver so we can go into their house and search and do what we have to do than if there out on probation and parole they don’t have that search waiver on file,” Det. Newell said.
But Det. Newell says its a catch 22.
“If they go flat and they have to come out then they just have to deal with us, where they are not on paper. If they decide to if they stay in to go flat they’re serving more time in prison so they’re less time on the street with,” Det. Newell said.