Massachusetts has paroled 171 “lifers” convicted of murder in the past three years, including a sex offender who killed his teen girlfriend's mother and then went Hollywood, reports the Boston Herald. Officials say the parolees were rehabilitated and that their sentences allowed parole after 15 years.
Families of murder victims are angry. “It's an absolute outrage that anyone that commits murder is allowed to return home back to their families. When we can have our loved ones back, maybe then they could get out,” said Terry Titcomb, whose son Albert was murdered in 1994. Of the lifers paroled since 2002, 26 landed back behind bars after violating their paroles. Once they're released, most convicted killers stay on parole and one of them thinks that's just too harsh. Donald Look, who killed his first wife and threatened to kill his second, said, “The system stinks. I am crippled with old age. I'm fat. My knees are gone. I'm not a threat to anyone. Where the hell am I going to go? I don't need no parole officer.”