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  • As more inmates are released from prison, more parolees return

    12/28/2014 6:36:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    LA Times via MSN ^ | 12/28/14 | Paige St. John
    **SNIP** That troubling question is increasingly being repeated at parole hearings across California as the number of inmates with life sentences who are granted release skyrockets under Gov. Jerry Brown. Currently nearly 2,000 murderers, hit men and robbers who spent decades locked up and now range from middle-aged to elderly are trying to find their way. Most succeed, but each month a few more fail, returning to the drugs and crime that put them in prison and raising public safety concerns. California is one of four states in which the governor has final authority over parole decisions. A Times analysis...
  • There are fewer Americans in prison, jail, probation, or parole than any time since 2003

    12/20/2014 10:09:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/20/14 | German Lopez
    The US corrections population dropped to its lowest point since 2003, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday. The number of Americans in prison, jail, parole, or probation dropped to less than 6.9 million in 2013, down 41,500 compared to 2012 and hitting the lowest point since 2003, according to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Until 2008, the corrections population had been steadily growing for decades as all levels of government enforced tough-on-crime policies — particularly against drug offenses — that tied up more people in the criminal justice system. But states and the federal government, facing...
  • Man who killed Opry, 'Hee Haw' star Stringbean granted parole

    10/15/2014 12:19:30 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 122 replies
    WKRN-TV Nashville ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | None Listed
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The man who killed "Hee Haw" star and Grand Ole Opry performer David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, four decades ago has been granted parole. Melissa McDonald with the Tennessee Board of Parole told News 2 the board voted Wednesday morning to grant John Brown parole. Brown has served 40 years of his 198-year sentence for killing the Akemans in 1973 as they returned to their home following a performance at the Opry.
  • Two sex offenders accused of the rape and murder of four prostitutes while on......

    10/03/2014 6:49:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    mail online ^ | Darren Boyle for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Two sex offenders accused of the rape and murder of four prostitutes while on parole and wearing GPS trackers face death penalty case after grand jury hearing Two men accused of the rape and murder of four prostitutes while on parole face the possible death penalty after a grand jury in California agreed to send them forward for trial. Steven Dean Gordon, 45 and Franc Cano, 28, both of Anaheim, California were both indicted by the grand jury in Orange County for four felony counts of special circumstances murder during the commission of rape, kidnapping, lying in wait...
  • Santa Rosa man again gets 75 years in rapes

    09/16/2014 12:11:05 PM PDT · by rey · 24 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 16, 2014 | BY PAUL PAYNE
    A Santa Rosa man convicted for a second time in a series of gang rapes was again sentenced Tuesday to 75 years to life in prison. Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza, 29, was convicted of abducting women in Santa Rosa in 2006 and 2009 and driving two of them to a remote Windsor vineyard, where he raped them with up to three other men. He was caught with his older brother, Leonel Carlos-Zaragoza, after grabbing an 18-year-old victim at knifepoint along Dutton Avenue and getting in a chase with CHP officers on Highway 101. Both men were convicted in 2010. The brother is...
  • California governor denies parole to Manson follower Davis

    08/09/2014 9:36:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 9, 2014 | AP
    LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown reversed a parole board and denied on Friday the release of a former Charles Manson follower who served more than 43 years in prison. It was the third time a California governor denied the release of Bruce Davis, 71, a member of the murderous Manson Family who was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.
  • Charles Manson Granted Parole [HOAX]

    06/05/2014 7:04:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Empire News ^ | June 4, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    Charles Manson Granted Parole Corcoran, California – One of the most famous killers in the American prison system will be walking free. On Tuesday Charles Manson, who is now 79 years old, was granted parole by the California Board of Parole and authorized by California Governor Jerry Brown. According to California Board of Parole Hearings Commissioner John Peck, prison overcrowding forced the prison board to re-evaluate prisoners that are elderly or those with serious illnesses. In February a panel of federal judges ordered California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) two more years to reduce chronic prison overcrowding that has cost the...
  • A Clerical Error Puts a Man Back in Prison for 90 Years

    05/13/2014 1:46:05 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 24 replies
    Free Patriot ^ | May 12 2014 | Tim Walker
    Rene Lima-Marin had been free for nearly 6 years. Living a good life with his wife and children since his release in 2008, but that was all about to change for the convicted armed robber. Marin, originally from Aurora, Colorado opened the door this past January, 2014 only to discover the police who were there to arrest him. In the end, a court clerk’s error led to the release of Marin, 90 years to soon. Colorado authorities did not discover the mistake till January and immediately sent him back to prison to serve the rest of his 98 year sentence....
  • Former Manson Family killer Bruce Davis granted parole

    03/14/2014 8:37:32 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 2014 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Manson Family member Bruce Davis, who was sentenced to life in prison for two 1969 murders carried out with other members of the cult, was granted parole on Wednesday by a California parole board, although it was not certain he would be freed. Davis' parole must still be affirmed by California Governor Jerry Brown, who reversed a similar decision by the same board last year, saying that the 71-year-old convicted killer remained a danger to the public.
  • Ex-Militants Who Admit Killing Cops Seek Parole (Black Liberation Army)

    02/17/2014 1:21:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/17/14
    **SNIP** In their 2012 appearances before parole officials, both men admitted their roles in killing officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones, 33. The officers were shot multiple times after they'd responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a Harlem housing complex on May 21, 1971. Prosecutors said it was a trap set by Bell and Bottom. "I began to see things in a way that I wanted to come clean," Bell said in 2012, according to a transcript. "I wanted to accept that fact that I committed this offense, I wanted to show remorse, but I didn't really...
  • Michael Behenna wins parole

    02/12/2014 8:16:25 AM PST · by gwjack · 24 replies ^ | Chris Casteel
    Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna has won parole and will be released from Fort Leavenworth on March 14, his mother, Vicki Behenna, said Wednesday. Behenna, who was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone, learned early Wednesday morning and called his parents in Edmond, where he will return next month. “We go between tears and laughing,” Vicki Behenna told The Oklahoman. “I’m just so thankful. I’m just so very very thankful. It’s wonderful.”
  • Freeing Inmates Is Criminal

    09/01/2013 6:15:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 1, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California's prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals. U.S. prosecutors have been known to throw the full weight of the federal government toward putting low-level, nonviolent offenders away for decades. In California, the focus has been on violent and serious offenders. In the past several years, Sacramento has reduced the state prison population by about a quarter, or more than 40,000 inmates. Gov. Jerry Brown's 2011 "realignment" plan diverted nonviolent, non-serious and non-sex offenders to...
  • O.J. Simpson wins parole in robbery case

    07/31/2013 9:45:33 AM PDT · by tje · 37 replies
    ap ^ | Jul. 31 12:39 PM EDT | Unattributed
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — O.J. Simpson has been granted parole on some charges stemming from his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery convictions involving the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room. The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners on Wednesday released an order approving the former NFL star's parole request.
  • O.J. Simpson regrets going after memorabilia

    07/25/2013 1:19:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 25, 2013
    O.J. Simpson pleaded for leniency Thursday, telling a parole panel he deeply regretted robbing two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room and has tried to be a model inmate while behind bars. "I just wish I never went to that room," he said. "I wish I just said keep it."
  • Charles Manson, now 77, gets new chance at parole

    04/06/2012 8:43:12 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 76 replies ^ | 4:09 p.m. PDT, April 5, 2012 | Charles Manson, now 77, gets new chance at parole Shelby Grad and Andrew Blankstein
    LOS ANGELES— This post has been corrected. See the note below. After 11 failed bids for freedom, notorious killer Charles Manson, now 77, is up for parole later this month. The parole board rejected his bid in 2007, saying Manson [For the record, 9:42 a.m. April 5: An earlier version of this post incorrectly gave the killer's last name as Mason.] "continues to pose an unreasonable danger to others and may still bring harm to anyone he would come in contact with." Manson refused to participate in that hearing, describing himself as a "prisoner of the political system." He also...
  • Manson family member Leslie Van Houten is again denied freedom

    06/05/2013 6:19:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 99 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 5, 2013 | Andrew Blankstein
    A parole board on Wednesday rejected Manson family member Leslie Van Houten's 19th attempt to win freedom. The board also decided she could not seek parole again for five years. Van Houten, 63, was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their home in Los Feliz. She has repeatedly been denied bids for parole over the last four decades. “Given the brutality of the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and Van Houten’s willing and active participation in this evil, pre-planned and violent crime, we are pleased with the parole board’s decision...
  • Couple return home from cinema to find their grandparents murdered and a naked man......

    05/27/2013 5:39:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 62 replies
    Mail online ^ | Leon Watson
    FULL TITLE: Couple return home from cinema to find their grandparents murdered and a naked man sexually abusing their daughter, 2, after he was released from jail for IDENTICAL attack four years ago A couple returned home from the cinema to find a naked man had beaten their grandparents to death and was raping their two-year-old daughter. Touch Chea, 71, and his wife, Sorn Sreap, 73, were found dead in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday night from significant blunt force injuries. Police said both Sreap and the toddler were raped. Officers arrested Jerry Andrew Active, 24, as he fled the east...
  • Ex-FLDS leader set to be paroled from Texas prison

    05/02/2013 6:08:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 5/2/2013
    A former top lieutenant to polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs who was sentenced last year to a decade in prison is scheduled to be released on parole next week, Texas prison officials said Thursday. Wendell Loy Nielsen, the former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was convicted in March 2012 on three counts of bigamy and given a 10-year prison term. Nielsen and 11 other FLDS members were indicted after a 2008 police raid at the church's remote West Texas compound, known as the Yearning for Zion ranch. He was accused of marrying three...
  • Parolee Accused Of Murder Escaped 6 Times, Released, Placed On Low Supervision (Colorado)

    04/26/2013 7:01:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    CBS4 ^ | April 25, 2013 | Brian Maass
    Warren Watson, a Colorado prison parolee who fled from parole and confessed to a murder in Lakewood, had a long history of such escapes but had still been placed on a comparatively low level of supervision by Colorado’s Division of Parole. ... a series of missteps, miscommunications and questionable judgments in the Watson case, much like in the case of parolee Evan Ebel, who is suspected of murdering Colorado’s Corrections Director and a young father while Ebel was on parole. The parole department is examining its handling of the Ebel case. Internal Colorado parole records now show that the Colorado...
  • California governor weighs parole for Charles Manson follower

    02/03/2013 5:15:15 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | February 2, 2013 | Michael Martinez and Kyung Lah
    California Gov. Jerry Brown is considering whether to grant parole to a convicted murderer who followed notorious killer Charles Manson, a spokeswoman for the governor said. Brown's office received a formal recommendation from the state board parole Friday to release Bruce Davis, 70, who would be the first Manson "family" member to secure freedom solely for good behavior. Brown has 30 days -- or until March 3 -- to either modify, affirm or reverse the parole board's recommendation, a corrections spokeswoman said. In 2010, Davis secured his first formal recommendation for parole by the state board, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger...
  • Teen who stabbed girl more than 100 times gets life in prison

    01/15/2013 8:34:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    CBC ^ | January 14, 2013
    A Cape Breton teenager found guilty of second-degree murder for stabbing his girlfriend more than 100 times has been sentenced as an adult to life in prison. Melvin Skeete Jr., who was 16 years old at the time of the incident, was sentenced Monday in Nova Scotia Youth Court to life in prison with no chance of parole until Dec. 3, 2017.
  • Arkansas Parole Board: Keep convicted child rapist Michael Walling in prison

    12/28/2012 8:46:23 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    change.ort ^ | 12.28.2012 | Joyce Bailey
    KEEP MICHAEL WALLING IN PRISON IN ORDER TO KEEP HIM FROM RAPING OTHER LITTLE GIRLS! In 1999, Michael Walling was convicted of 28 counts of rape against my 8 year old daughter. After his arrest, we found out that he had also sexually offended two (2) other little girls. He was convicted and sentenced for my Daughters rape, receiving 25 years with 5 years suspended. In addition to raping my daughter, during his time in prison, Michael Walling has sued me three (3) times for money to live on. His first parole hearing is in February of 2013, and I...
  • (CA - Strictest Guns Laws in America) AK-47 Found in Paroled Felon's Car after High Speed Chase

    12/26/2012 9:39:53 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | December 24, 2012 | L.A. Times
    AK-47 found in paroled felon's car after high speed chase Authorities found a loaded AK-47 rifle in the trunk of a car driven by a paroled felon after a high speed pursuit that concluded with a crash and short foot chase. West Covina police attempted to stop a gray Toyota Camry for traffic violations at the Sunset Avenue exit off the 10 Freeway shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday. The driver led police on a chase that reached speeds in excess of 90 mph on city streets, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said. The suspect vehicle entered the westbound 10...
  • Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel denied parole in 1975 slaying

    10/24/2012 1:50:40 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 24, 2012
    Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was denied a bid for freedom Wednesday at his first parole hearing since he was convicted a decade ago of killing his neighbor in 1975. Skakel, who proclaimed his innocence at the hearing, nodded and patted his attorney on the back after the three-person parole board read the unanimous decision. He will next be eligible for parole in 2017.
  • Ex-con returns from prison only to find his wife MUMMIFIED in bed (Spain)

    10/11/2012 11:26:33 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    NYDN ^ | October 10, 2012 | Charlie Wells
    Spanish man home from prison finds his wife mummified in bed Eduardo Ruiz grew concerned when he stopped hearing from his wife, Ángeles Fernández. But authorities refused to allow anyone to enter the home, despite complaints of an unpleasant smell in the area — until he managed a conditional release and broke in himself. A man in Spain came home from prison last week to find his wife mummified on her bed. Eduardo Ruiz, from the town of Ciempozuelos just outside Madrid, had not heard from his wife for a year when he complained to police in 2011. At the...
  • 2 officers fired for checking dead felons, more may be involved

    10/08/2012 10:19:41 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 17 replies
    WKRN-TV Nashville ^ | October 4, 2012 | Chris Bundgaard, Reporter
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At a hearing Wednesday on Tennessee's Capitol Hill, it was revealed that two parole officers lost their jobs after a state audit said they were claiming to monitor dead parolees. Afterwards, the Department of Correction commissioner responsible for the Board of Parole indicated more may be involved.  "I find it hard to believe it was just two people," Derrick Schofield said.   The hearing before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Government Operations Committee examined a state audit released Monday that "found 82 offenders were still actively monitored after their death." One of the offenders...
  • Court docs detail [homosexual] attack on boy in Wendy's restroom

    07/11/2012 7:05:57 AM PDT · by kevcol · 118 replies
    NewsChannel 8 (Portland) ^ | July 10, 2012 | Staf
    PORTLAND – Court documents obtained by KGW Tuesday outline details of the kidnapping, stabbing and strangling of a 10-year-old boy in a restaurant’s restroom. According to the affidavit, the victim's family was on the way home from from a camping trip and got a flat tire, which was why they stopped. They initially parked at the Les Schwab next door to the Wendy's, but the store wasn't open. Then, they boy walked over to the Wendy's on Northeast Sandy Blvd. to go to the restroom, while an older cousin waited outside. Charges filed into court allege Adam Brown, 49,...
  • Parole hearings again. Freeper help requested to keep a rapist in prison (update at post 177)

    06/17/2012 1:06:42 PM PDT · by trussell · 221 replies
    6/17/12 | trussell
    It was suggested that I should post this in the public forum instead of keeping it in Freepmail. The monster who raped me is coming before the board of parole again. Every 3 years. I ask that anyone who may have a reason to want him to stay behind bars, please consider writing the board (by email) expressing their thoughts about his release. He is a 5-time felon. The attack happened in Texas, the day before Thanksgiving, 1990. He broke 6 locks on my front door. When he was raping me, he made it clear to me that I would...
  • Killer, due compassionate release, dies in prison

    06/04/2012 8:45:39 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 9 replies ^ | June 4, 2012 | Bob Egelko
    A convicted murderer who was granted "compassionate release" by state courts, so he could spend his final days with his family, died in prison last week as he was about to receive an order setting him free, his lawyer said. Carl Wade, 66, was serving a sentence of 32 years to life for the fatal shooting of a fellow woodcutter, John Karns, in Lake County in June 1986. The two men shared a trailer home and had a drunken argument and fistfight before the shooting. Wade was classified as disabled in 2007 with severe heart and lung diseases that left...
  • Ressam gets 22 years for millennium bomb plot

    12/03/2008 3:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 504+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 3, 2008 | Mike Carter
    Ahmed Ressam was resentenced this morning to 22 years in federal prison for conspiring to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport despite telling a judge that he recanted everything he has told the federal government about terrorist activities. Federal prosecutors had urged U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to send Ressam to prison for life — a sentence Ressam said he would accept now that he had cleared his conscience about his cooperation, which ended in 2003. Prosecutors pointed out that Ressam's defiance has cost two high-profile terrorism prosecutions so far, and that Ressam has actively tried to help the cases...
  • Charles Manson, Now 77, Gets New Chance at Parole

    04/05/2012 12:24:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 5, 2012
    After 11 failed bids for freedom, notorious killer Charles Manson, now 77, is up for parole later this month. The parole board rejected his bid in 2007, saying Manson [For the record, 9:42 a.m. April 5: An earlier version of this post incorrectly gave the killer's last name as Mason.] "continues to pose an unreasonable danger to others and may still bring harm to anyone he would come in contact with." Manson refused to participate in that hearing, describing himself as a "prisoner of the political system." He also declined to participate in any psychological evaluations in 2007. "He refused...
  • Convicted murderer David Warrick of Spfld, now Raborn Allah, to win release from MA Parole Board

    04/02/2012 1:58:52 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    In the first early releases of convicted murderers since a parolee shot and killed a Woburn patrolman in 2010, the state Parole Board on Thursday unveiled decisions to parole one man convicted of a Springfield murder and two other men convicted of murder. In the Springfield case, the board voted unanimously to release Raborn Allah, formerly known as David A. Warrick of Springfield, who had actually been released on parole once before. "These are the first decisions to release lifers," since the fatal shooting of Woburn Patrolman John Maguire on Dec. 26, 2010, Joshua Wall, chairman of the parole board,...
  • Prisoners On The Run

    02/12/2012 3:57:44 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Ricky Haggood firebombed Richard and Deborah Dozier's house on Carmel Street in New Haven in 1990, while the couple was upstairs in their bedroom, sleeping. They managed to race out the back. Haggood thought the Doziers, who were active in the local block watch, had tipped police off to drug dealing on the street. Haggood received a 20-year sentence in 1991 for arson. But by 2003, several years short of his maximum release date, Haggood was on the lam. He didn't go over the wall — they almost never do. He was released, by the state parole board, to parole...
  • Man locked in cellar: I never saw my gov't checks

    12/20/2011 6:05:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Century Link ^ | 12-20-11 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    <p>PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A mentally disabled man says he didn't see his government benefit checks for 10 years after he began living with a woman who is now charged in a widespread fraud and abuse scheme.</p> <p>Thirty-one-year-old Edwin Sanabria also testified Monday that he was once kept in a closet that was nailed shut by Linda Weston.</p>
  • Obama sticker led cops to shooting suspect

    09/15/2011 1:58:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Boston ^ | 9-15-11 | Christine McConville
    A paroled killer’s “Obama” bumper sticker was the break that helped cops nab the man accused of the cold-blooded murder of a Tedeschi’s convenience store clerk, jurors in Edward Corliss’ murder trial learned yesterday. “It struck me as odd,” state parole officer Kevin Devlin testified yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court about the campaign sticker plastered on the back of parolee Corliss’ white Plymouth Acclaim. “He’s a guy from Somerville, so I was surprised he was supporting Obama,” Devlin said. “I made a joke about it. He said it was on the car when they bought it.” Corliss is on trial...
  • California authorities deny state's first medical parole case (1998 rapist)

    05/31/2011 9:55:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/30/11 | Tony Perry
    California authorities deny state's first medical parole caseA quadriplegic inmate serving a 150-year term for kidnapping, beating and raping a San Diego woman in 1998 will not be released to the care of family members under a new law, parole board rules. By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times May 30, 2011 Reporting from San Diego— The reasoning seemed disarmingly simple: In a time of fiscal crisis and over-crowded prisons, why should California spend hundreds of millions of dollars retaining prisoners so sick, aged, paralyzed or otherwise infirm that they are no longer a threat to the public? And so the...
  • CALIFORNIA: Counties worried about Brown plan to offload parolees

    02/07/2011 12:43:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/7/11 | Brad Branan
    Capital region counties, already struggling to supervise probationers, are concerned about Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to add parolees to their workloads. Parole supervision is one of several services the governor wants to shift from state responsibility to the counties. Sacramento and other counties have lost probation officers to budget cuts in recent years. California counties generally fall below national standards for probation caseloads. The state is now responsible for more than 100,000 parolees, including about 6,000 in the capital region. The proposal would make counties responsible for parolees, felons released from prison, as well as probationers, misdemeanor and felony offenders...
  • Charles Manson follower seeking parole after 40 years behind bars

    01/20/2011 10:59:23 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Daily Mail Reporter
    A follower of Charles Manson who has been imprisoned longer than any other woman in California is facing a parole hearing on her conviction in the Sharon Tate killings.
  • Five members of Parole Board resign in wake of cop killing

    01/13/2011 10:52:43 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 34 replies
    Boston Herald/AP ^ | 1/13/11 | Boston Herald
    Gov. Deval Patrick has accepted the resignation of all five members of the state parole board who voted to release a career criminal who authorities said later killed a Woburn police officer in a shootout. Patrick also Thursday accepted the resignation of the executive director of the board, and said he would seek to remove other officials from the agency. The announcement came after a review of the board that began after authorities said Dominic Cinelli, a parolee released in 2009 from a triple life sentence, fatally shot Woburn police officer John Maguire following a robbery on Dec. 26. Cinelli...
  • ’09 parole of officer’s killer gets hard look

    12/29/2010 9:38:59 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 34 replies · 8+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/29/10 | Maria Cramer and Jonathan Saltzman
    (In 2008, Dominic Cinelli told the Massachusetts Parole Board that he was “deeply sorry’’ and a “new and different’’ man.) Dominic Cinelli sat before the Massachusetts Parole Board in November 2008 and insisted that he was no longer the heroin addict who shot a security guard during an armed robbery to feed his drug habit. “I’m new and different,’’ he said in a soft voice. “But I realize that deep inside me there is still that ugliness, and I know that I have to deal with that and control that, and I’m doing a real good job of it.’’ Four...
  • Feds: Pa. inmate threatened to kill, eat Obama

    12/18/2010 6:13:26 AM PST · by Lessthantolerant · 48 replies ^ | 17 Dec 2010 | PHILADELPHIA — A career burglar from Pennsylvania is accused of writing a prison letter in which he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and eat his flesh.
  • Court overturns injunction on longer wait for parole hearings

    12/10/2010 9:22:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/10/10 | Denny Walsh
    An appellate court on Monday struck down a Sacramento federal judge's injunction prohibiting enforcement of parts of a state law governing California's parole system. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton ruled in February that life-term prisoners were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that those sections of the so-called Victims' Bill of Rights Act that reduce availability and frequency of parole hearings violate the ex post facto clause of the U.S. Constitution. The clause bars laws that retroactively increase punishment after the commission of a crime. But a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...
  • Yoko Ono Goes Ballistic at News Conference

    08/08/2010 4:40:02 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 44 replies
    WebToday ^ | 8-8-10 | WebToday
    Yoko Ono went ballistic during a news conference when reporter Sean Daly asked why she stayed in New York after her husband and famous Beatle John Lennon died. Yoko nearly went loco, snapping at Daly, "No one’s going to comment that you would go to maybe a whorehouse or something like that right after your wife died!” Yoko was promoting an forthcoming PBS documentary about John Lennon. 77-year-old Ono expressed concern for her family if Mark David Chapman is released on parole on August 9.
  • Supporters welcome paroled Puerto Rican activist

    07/27/2010 3:51:24 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies · 3+ views ^ | Jul 26, 2010 | Oscar Avila
    Supporters welcome paroled Puerto Rican activist Humboldt Park rally welcomes former Chicago resident who served 30 years in federal prison By Oscar Avila, Tribune reporter 9:48 PM CDT, July 26, 2010 Advertisement Just hours after being paroled from federal prison Monday, Carlos Alberto Torres waded through a joyous homecoming awash with Puerto Rican flags in Humboldt Park. Once on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list, Torres was released after serving 30 years of a 78-year sentence for seditious conspiracy for his role with a violent Puerto Rican nationalist movement known as the FALN. In a rally to celebrate his freedom...
  • Leslie Van Houten, a Charles Manson follower, denied parole in 19th try at age 60

    07/06/2010 8:05:47 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 07-06-2010 | LINDA DEUTSCH
    LOS ANGELES — Leslie Van Houten, the one-time Charles Manson follower long seen as the most likely of his ex-acolytes to win freedom someday, was denied parole Tuesday for a 19th time in the killings of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. At the conclusion of the emotional three-hour hearing, the chairman of the parole board, Robert Doyle, said Van Houten was not yet suitable for parole because she had failed to gain complete insight into her crime and its motivation.
  • Court: Man who shot friend has earned parole

    06/07/2010 6:49:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 10+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/7/10 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A man who shot and wounded a friend in Berkeley in 1991 because he thought the man had stolen his money and a necklace should be released from prison, a federal appeals court has ruled in a rare repudiation of the state parole board. Damon Cooke, a financial consultant with no criminal record before his conviction for attempted murder, has mentored other inmates and has done nothing to support the board's conclusion in 2002 that he would be dangerous if released, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.Although state courts have been overturning...
  • Supreme Court Bans Life Sentences For Minors In Non-Homicide Cases

    05/17/2010 10:37:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 495+ views
    Talk Radio News ^ | 05/17/2010 | Jay Goodman Tamboli
    The Supreme Court ruled today that juvenile criminals cannot be sentenced to life in prison without parole except in homicide cases. Though 37 states, the District of Columbia, and federal law allow judges to impose life sentences without parole on juveniles, the Court noted that only 109 people were currently serving life terms for crimes committed while they were minors. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, relied heavily on Roper v. Simmons, the Supreme Court’s 2005 decision forbidding the death penalty for minors. Kennedy wrote that no theory of punishment justified locking up a minor for his or her...
  • 'I'm just sorry he's not dead' (parolee shoots parole officer)

    04/17/2010 4:23:32 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies · 1,022+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 17, 2010 | DOUGLAS MONTERO, SABRINA FORD and DAN MANGAN
    A convicted murderer's only regret about shooting his Brooklyn parole officer was that he didn't kill the man, whom he hated for bullying him with endless office visits and inflexible rules that made the shooter late for his job every day. "I'm just sorry he's not dead," fumed Robert "Poison" Morales, 50, as he was led to his arraignment on charges he seriously wounded Samuel Salters, 49, in a Downtown Brooklyn parole office Thursday. "He deserved it . . . He's an a- -hole."
  • S.C. governor vetoes bill on warrantless searches

    04/03/2010 1:23:29 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies · 997+ views ^ | 4-2-10 | AP story
    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has vetoed a bill allowing officers to search people released on probation or parole without a warrant. The Republican governor said he sees no evidence that giving law enforcement the additional authority would decrease crime or reduce recidivism. He said the protection from unreasonable searches is an essential safeguard of liberty in America. The measure allows officers to bypass going to a judge for a warrant before searching people on probation or parole. Inmates must agree to the searches before they’re released. They can search the person, the vehicle the person owns or is driving,...
  • U.S. appeals panel backs California Prop. 9 parole revocation rule

    03/26/2010 7:45:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/26/10 | Bee Capitol Bureau
    A three-judge federal appellate panel on Thursday overturned Sacramento federal Judge Lawrence Karlton and reinstated the tough parole revocation procedures adopted by California voters two years ago in Proposition 9. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. George Runner and a coalition of tough-on-crime groups, had been challenged by criminal defense groups, saying it "purports to eliminate nearly all due process rights of parolees and directly conflicts with the protections put in place by the injunction and established constitutional law." Karlton declared that Proposition 9 conflicted with a permanent injunction agreed to by the state as part of a 15-year-old class...