LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board said Thursday it has created a searchable online database of inmates who have upcoming parole hearings.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board said Thursday it has created a searchable online database of inmates who have upcoming parole hearings.


"There is an obvious public interest in our parole decisions," Chairman John Felts said in a news release. "As we continue to see so much of our world moving online, this Upcoming Hearing Search was a natural choice for the Parole Board. Our commitment to public safety requires transparency, and this tool reflects that commitment."


The database is the second phase of a two-phase project. The first phase, an online database of the Parole Board’s decisions, was completed in March.


Both databases can be found by visiting the board’s website at paroleboard.arkansas.gov and clicking on "Online Tools."


The Central Arkansas Planning and Development District provided a $17,124 grant for the project, and Arkansas Community Correction helped to design the databases. The Parole Board said it awarded an $11,424 vendor contract to Marquis Software Development of Tallahassee, Fla., and a $5,700 vendor contract to the Information Network of Arkansas.


The board also posts executive clemency recommendations and meeting minutes on its website.