“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.”
The country’s leading community corrections executives endorsed an August, 2017 Harvard study calling for a transformation of America’s probation and parole system. According to the study, the current system further impoverishes the poorest Americans and does little to improve public safety.
Over 4.7 million Americans are under “community corrections” supervision today—more than twice the number of individuals behind bars. Rethinking that 19th-century approach is crucial if we want to end mass incarceration, say the authors of a Harvard Kennedy School paper released today.
As prison populations drop, the number of parolees is increasing. For more than a year, the New York Times and PBS’ “Frontline” followed newly released prisoners as they tried to find homes and jobs, reconnect with loved ones and avoid temptation. Some parolees discovered that the system created to help them can also hold them back.
An inspector general’s report said Donald Ruzicka and and employee entertained themselves at hearings by trying to get inmates to say certain words and song titles. Gov. Eric Greitens says “playing games at parole board hearings is unacceptable behavior.”