Maryland is one of only three states that require the governor’s sign-off on parole board recommendations to release inmates serving life terms. Governors rarely agree that inmates should be released, but parole chairman David Blumberg remains upbeat.
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Persistent malfunctions in the electronic tracking devices worn by released Wisconsin inmates are prompting some experts in the state to question whether lifetime GPS monitoring is fair, effective, and worth the cost.
Judge Genece Brinkley, who sent Meek Mill back to prison for probation violations, has threatened to sue the rapper’s agents for defamation over accusations that she tried to extort personal favors from Mill.
The Philadelphia rapper sent back to prison over a technical violation of his probation terms is just another example of how the resource-strained community supervision system sets former inmates—the majority of them young men of color- up for failure, writes a University of Minnesota professor.
Twenty leading parole and probation administrators say the nation’s community corrections system has become “too big to succeed.” They endorsed a report by the Columbia Justice Lab released Monday showing that nearly five million Americans are under some form of post-incarceration supervision with proportionally little support for rehabilitation programs.
A Washington State parole board rejected our columnist’s appeal for release from prison for a crime committed when he was a juvenile on the grounds that he had a “moderate to high” likelihood of re-offending. But they appear to have based the decision on a psychological risk assessment tool used to measure adult offenders.
E. Richard Webber, a federal judge in St. Louis, speaks out about sentencing, mass incarceration and the flaws of what he calls a justice system that sends “an endless line of African-American men to prison.”
“Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal,” said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi of O.J. Simpson. Simpson’s attorney called Bondi a “stupid b—-,” and said, “She has zero standing to even talk about Mr. Simpson’s case. She’s the attorney general, she has nothing to do with it.”
Nevada inmates aren’t usually released on parole at midnight on a weekend, but a corrections spokeswoman said that because of the high-profile defendant, “We had to make sure that we could do this safely and without incident.”