Arkansas Convicted Felons' Rights

By Noel Shankel
Convicted felons in Arkansas have limited rights.
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Being convicted of a felony in Arkansas can place strict limitations on an individual's rights. In some cases, those rights will never be returned; however, convicted felons will not lose all of their rights. In certain instances, they may even be entitled to gain some, if not all, of them back.

Voting

Convicted felons may not vote while under parole.
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Convicted felons in Arkansas are not entirely prohibited from voting; however, limitations do apply. Only after a convicted felon has completed probation, parole, or any other supervised form of release may she be allowed to vote.

Hunting

It is illegal for a convicted felon to hunt with a firearm.
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Under Arkansas law, convicted felons are not allowed to possess a firearm, even for hunting purposes--unless the Governor of Arkansas grants them permission to do so. At the same time, however, convicted felons in Arkansas do have the right to obtain a license to hunt and will not be subject to a background check unless the person issuing the license has probable cause to pursue this line of action.

Pardons

Convicted felons who receive a pardon may serve as jury members.
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Some convicted felons in Arkansas may receive a pardon; however, only the Governor may grant a pardon. If one is granted, the convicted felon will once again have all of his rights restored, including the right to serve on a jury. In the event of a pardon, the convicted felon will also have his record cleared and will not be legally required to disclose any information about his past.

About the Author

Based in California, Noel Shankel has been writing and directing since 2002. His work has been published in "Law of Inertia Magazine." Shankel has a Bachelor of Arts in film and writing from San Francisco State University.