Sirhan Sirhan Is Denied Parole as Newsom Rejects Board’s Recommendation

Gov. Gavin Newsom was not swayed by a California panel that had advocated the release of Mr. Sirhan, who was convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #california, #kennedy-robert-francis, #newsom-gavin, #probation-and-parole, #sirhan-sirhan-b

Jacob Zuma Must Return to Prison, South Africa Judge Rules

The former president had been granted medical parole two months into a 15-month prison sentence on contempt charges linked to a corruption inquiry.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #politics-and-government, #probation-and-parole, #south-africa, #zuma-jacob-g

O.J. Simpson’s Parole Supervision Ends

The former football star served nine years in prison for robbery before he was granted parole in 2017. His supervision ended two months early because of good behavior.

#football, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nevada, #probation-and-parole, #robberies-and-thefts, #simpson-o-j

Joseph Gordon Says He’s No Murderer. That’s Why He’s Still in Prison.

Joseph Gordon has been locked up for nearly 30 years. A model inmate, he is eligible for parole — but only if he expresses remorse for a crime he says he did not commit.

#fishkill-correctional-facility-beacon-ny, #innocence-project, #kunstler-william-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

How to Alleviate the Crisis at Rikers

Rikers needs to close. For now, moving people out of there safely and smartly is the bare minimum. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Oscar Pistorius, Olympic Runner Convicted of Murder, Is Up for Parole

The double-amputee sprinter has served half his sentence for killing his girlfriend. His victim’s parents were said to be “shocked” at the prospect of his release.

#murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pistorius-oscar, #probation-and-parole, #south-africa, #steenkamp-reeva

Don’t Fully Decriminalize Sex Work

Readers argue against the full decriminalization of sex work. Also: Joe Manchin and Greta Thunberg; a parole in the Brink’s case; the value of college.

#american-council-on-education, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brinks-company, #colleges-and-universities, #covenant-house, #education, #human-trafficking, #manchin-joe-iii, #probation-and-parole, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #thunberg-greta, #united-states-politics-and-government

Man Convicted in ’81 Brink’s Robbery Wins Release From New York Prison

David Gilbert, whose 75-year prison sentence was commuted in one of Andrew Cuomo’s last acts as governor, was granted parole.

#black-liberation-army, #boudin-chesa, #boudin-kathy, #brinks-company, #nanuet-mall, #nyack-ny, #probation-and-parole, #robberies-and-thefts, #rockland-county-ny

Illinois Should Reinstate Parole

An unusual debate at a maximum-security prison in Illinois led to a proposal for reform that the state legislature can pass right now. 

#illinois, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal, #state-legislatures

Louisiana Inmates Who Were Promised a Chance at Parole May Be Released

Relief could be imminent for several of Louisiana’s longest-serving inmates, whose cases have drawn renewed attention generations after the state changed their parole eligibility requirements.

#black-people, #jefferson-parish-la, #louisiana, #louisiana-parole-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-orleans-la, #orleans-parish-la, #plea-bargaining, #probation-and-parole, #sex-crimes

Latest Death at Rikers: Isaabdul Karim, Who Almost Qualified for Release

Isaabdul Karim was being held on a parole violation when he died on Sunday, becoming the 11th person incarcerated at the jail to die this year.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #hochul-kathleen-c, #jacobi-medical-center, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

He Nearly Qualified for Release From Rikers. Instead, He Died There.

Isaabdul Karim was being held on a parole violation when he died on Sunday, becoming the 11th person incarcerated at the jail to die this year.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #hochul-kathleen-c, #jacobi-medical-center, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

Hochul Orders Release of 191 Detainees as Rikers Crisis Deepens

The New York governor signed a bill on Friday that authorized the release of the detainees, but the population of the city’s notorious jail will remain far higher than it was last spring.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-board-nyc, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

Governors Shouldn’t Be the Only Ones Making Clemency Decisions

Gov. Hochul has a rare opportunity transform the clemency process.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hochul-kathleen-c, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal, #sullivan-correctional-facility

On Death Row Half His Life, Oklahoma Man May Be a Step Closer to Release

A panel has recommended that Julius Jones’s sentence in a 1999 murder be commuted. His case, which has prompted public demonstrations and celebrity advocacy, is now on the governor’s desk.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #capital-punishment, #howell-paul-d-1999, #jones-julius-1980, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma, #parole-board, #probation-and-parole, #stitt-kevin

The Man Who Murdered My Father Doesn’t Deserve Parole

Sirhan Sirhan killed the father I never knew. Why should he go free?

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #kennedy-robert-francis, #probation-and-parole, #sirhan-sirhan-b

Rory Kennedy: Don’t Parole Sirhan Sirhan, My Father’s Assassin

Sirhan Sirhan killed the father I never knew. Why should he go free?

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #kennedy-robert-francis, #probation-and-parole, #sirhan-sirhan-b

Cuomo Commutes Sentences of 1981 Brink’s Robbery Participant and 4 Others

David Gilbert, who was serving a 75-year sentence for felony murder in the notorious Rockland County crime, will now be eligible for parole.

#boudin-chesa, #boudin-kathy, #brinks-company, #clark-judith, #cuomo-andrew-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nyack-ny, #probation-and-parole, #weather-underground

Reality Winner, Who Leaked Government Secrets, Is Released From Prison

Out on good behavior, the former National Security Agency contractor was sent to a halfway house.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #intercept-the-magazine, #national-security-agency, #probation-and-parole, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-politics-and-government, #winner-reality-leigh

On Parole, Staying Free Means Staying Clean and Sober

A program called Swift, Certain and Fair — a set of principles for both supporting parolees and holding them accountable — can help reduce recidivism.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of Covid-19 Behind Bars

Among the thousands who have died in prisons and jails from the coronavirus were dozens of people approved for parole or not convicted of a charge for which they were arrested.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deaths-fatalities, #probation-and-parole, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sentences-criminal

Man Killed 3 After Early Release, Officials Say

An Oklahoma man whose prison sentence had been commuted cut out and cooked a woman’s heart and tried to feed it to his relatives before killing two of them, the authorities said.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #assaults, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma, #probation-and-parole, #search-and-seizure, #stitt-kevin

The New Debt Prisons

Entrapping debtors betrays the American idea. It must end.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #credit-and-debt, #criminal-justice, #debt-collection, #ex-convicts, #fines-penalties, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

In Massachusetts, Inmates Will Be Among First to Get Vaccines

As prison outbreaks rise, the state has moved inmates forward in the line to receive inoculations.

#black-people, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #elderly, #health-affairs-journal, #massachusetts, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prison-policy-initiative, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

California Governor Blocks Release of Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten

Gov. Gavin Newsom reversed a decision by the state parole board granting her release after about 50 years in prison.

#california, #los-angeles-calif, #manson-charles, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #newsom-gavin, #probation-and-parole, #serial-murders, #tate-sharon, #van-houten-leslie, #watson-charles-d

A Trans Woman, Back in Prison, Says Rape and Abuse Continues

Ashley Diamond became a voice for incarcerated transgender people when her lawsuit forced changes in Georgia policy. She says the state is again failing to protect her.

#corrections-department-ga, #diamond-ashley-1978, #georgia, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Louisiana Man Sentenced to Life Over Theft of Hedge Clippers Is Granted Parole

Before 2017, a person in Louisiana could be sentenced to life in prison after receiving a fourth nonviolent conviction under the state’s habitual offender law.

#bryant-fair-wayne, #crime-and-criminals, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #johnson-bernette-j, #louisiana, #mandatory-sentencing, #probation-and-parole, #robberies-and-thefts, #shreveport-la, #southern-states-us

Law to Reduce Crack Cocaine Sentences Leaves Some Imprisoned

Critics say the First Step Act is being applied too arbitrarily by judges who are taking a hard line when it comes to revisiting nonviolent drug sentences.

#black-people, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #criminal-justice, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #mandatory-sentencing, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-sentencing-commission, #wesleyan-university

Should N.Y. Be Jailing Parolees for Minor Lapses During a Pandemic?

On probation since 2018, Earl Russell was sent to Rikers for sleeping in his own bed instead of in the shelter where he was mandated to stay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #schiraldi-vincent-n, #vera-institute-of-justice

The ‘Surreal’ Moment After Release From Prison

For these former inmates in Texas, the rush of emotions that accompany freedom play out at a Greyhound bus station.

#criminal-justice, #huntsville-tex, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

Texas Inmate Who Spent Nearly 40 Years on Death Row Is Granted Parole

Bobby Moore, 60, had been the center of a landmark case in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his death sentence because he is intellectually disabled.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #harris-county-tex, #houston-tex, #intellectual-disabilities, #ogg-kim, #probation-and-parole, #robberies-and-thefts, #supreme-court-us, #texas

The Death of James Jordan: What We Know

Two men are serving life sentences in prison for the death of Michael Jordan’s father, James, in 1993. One has maintained his innocence, and the other is now under review for parole.

#basketball, #chicago-bulls, #demery-larry-martin, #documentary-films-and-programs, #espn, #fayetteville-nc, #green-daniel-andre, #jordan-james-l, #jordan-michael, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-basketball-assn, #north-carolina, #probation-and-parole, #the-last-dance-tv-program

Blame the Justice Department for Andrea Circle Bear’s Death

It could have saved her life, and instead it sent her to the deadliest place on earth right now: an American prison.

#circle-bear-andrea-d-2020, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

Fears of Coronavirus Catastrophe at Rikers Jail

Already, 167 inmates and 137 staff members have tested positive at New York City’s jails, including the Rikers complex, which is described as crowded and unsanitary.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-department-nyc, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #shea-dermot-f-1969