Charles Manson, who will go before the California parole board for the 12th time next week, has not been a model prisoner, says the Los Angeles Times. Twice the the last few years, guards at Corcoran State Prison found phones in the notorious killer’s possession. Manson called people in California, New Jersey, and Florida with an LG flip phone found under his prison bunk in 2009. A second cellphone was found a year later. Thirty days were added to his sentence for the first offense. Earlier, a homemade weapon was found in his possession. A parole board will consider Wednesday whether Manson should be released from prison, though the chances of that happening are pretty slim. The board has rejected parole for Manson 11 times before.
Manson, now 77, refused to participate in his last parole hearing, in 2007, describing himself as a “prisoner of the political system.” He also declined to participate in any psychological evaluations that were part of that process. A prison spokeswoman told the Associated Press that Manson has informed local prison officials that he will not be at next week’s hearing. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said it would vigorously oppose Manson’s release. “We consistently [opposed parole] and will continue to do so,” spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.