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As Showtime Readies Series, Seamstress Is Denied Parole

Joyce Mitchell helped 2 inmates escape from New York state prison

(Newser) - A state board has denied parole to a tailor who played a key role in a prison break that's the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened. Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years for... More »

Board Grants Parole to Youngest Manson Follower

Governor could overrule Leslie Van Houten decision again

(Newser) - For the second time in two years, a California panel has recommended parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for the 1969 murder spree that horrified Los Angeles. After a 120-day review process, California Gov. Jerry Brown will have the final say on whether to... More »

Killer in Bizarre 1984 Case Is Freed on Parole

'Mountain man' Don Nichols kidnapped world-class athlete to be his son's wife

(Newser) - Self-described Montana "mountain man" Don Nichols was released on parole Wednesday after serving 32 years for kidnapping a world-class athlete out on a training run in 1984 and killing her would-be rescuer—an attack that drew widespread media coverage and became the subject of a made-for-TV movie. Nichols, who... More »

Simpson in Protective Custody After Parole Hearing

The former athlete was moved to a single cell away from other prisoners

(Newser) - Though his parole isn’t scheduled to start until this fall, OJ Simpson has already moved—to a new prison cell. Prison officials at Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada said Friday that the former NFL player was moved to a single cell away from the general prison population ahead of... More »

OJ Simpson Granted Parole

He's scheduled to be released from prison Oct. 1

(Newser) - As expected by both legal analysts and the former football star himself, OJ Simpson was granted parole Thursday following nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, NBC News reports. The 4-0 ruling comes from the Nevada Board of Parole. The 70-year-old Simpson's original 33-year sentence will end... More »

OJ at Parole Hearing: I've Never Made Excuses

He's hoping to be a free man in October

(Newser) - OJ Simpson's big moment has arrived. A hearing is underway at which he is trying to convince members of the Nevada Board of Parole that he should go free. "I haven't made any excuses in the nine years that I've been here and I'm not... More »

After Jailed Nobel Laureate's Cancer, China Relents

Liu Xiaobo received medical parole after learning of late-stage liver cancer: lawyer

(Newser) - Jailed Nobel Peace laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer said Monday. Liu was in stable condition at China Medical University's No. 1 Affiliated Hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, lawyer Mo Shaoping told... More »

OJ Simpson Could Be Free in October

He's got a parole hearing on July 20

(Newser) - OJ Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing that could have him released from a Nevada prison on Oct. 1, a state parole official said Tuesday. Simpson, now 70, has served more than eight years of a nine-to-33 year sentence imposed after he was found guilty in 2008 of armed... More »

After Nearly 10 Years in Prison, Possible Freedom for OJ

Nevada inmate has parole hearing set for July

(Newser) - For nearly 10 years, OJ Simpson has called Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center home, the Reno Gazette-Journal notes. In July, however, Simpson may get a present just as his 70th birthday rolls around, depending on the results of a parole hearing the state's Department of Corrections has announced will... More »

NY Leftist Radical Denied Parole After 35 Years

She took part in 1981 robbery that left 3 dead

(Newser) - New York's Parole Board has denied the release of a former Weather Underground leftist radical who drove a getaway car in a 1981 Brinks armored car robbery that left three people dead. Judith Clark has served 35 years of a 75-years-to-life sentence for the suburban New York heist, which... More »

He Handed Over Some Rope, Spent 40 Years in Prison

David Goodwin to walk free on May 2

(Newser) - David Goodwin has been in prison in Florida for 40 years for his role in the 1977 quadruple homicide known as the "Sandy Creek murders." For 32 of those years, his fiancée has been patiently waiting for his release. The day is finally about to arrive. Goodwin,... More »

Judge Rules to Free 'Pristine' Inmate Who Had Hubby Killed

He overturned parole board ruling in Laurie Kellogg case

(Newser) - In the 26 years she has been in prison for her role in the 1991 murder of her husband, Laurie Kellogg has been "as pristine and perfect as a prisoner can be," a New York judge said Thursday, ordering the release of the woman whose case became the... More »

OJ Simpson Could Be Out of Prison by October

'Model inmate' is up for parole

(Newser) - OJ Simpson's nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in an armed hotel room robbery could see him behind bars in a Nevada state prison until 2041—or freed as soon as this October. This is the first year in which Simpson will be eligible for parole, and lawyers say there'... More »

Cops: Man Who Shot Officer Is Newly Paroled Gang Member

He allegedly opened fire on police after car accident in Whittier, California

(Newser) - "This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be," says a California police chief after a gang member paroled earlier this month allegedly killed a relative and a police officer . At least two officers had responded to the scene of a vehicle accident in Whittier... More »

Man Convicted in Canada's Deadliest Mass Killing Is Free

Air India bomb maker Inderjit Singh Reyat granted parole

(Newser) - After two decades behind bars and a year in a halfway house, the only person ever convicted in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 is free in Canada. Inderjit Singh Reyat, an Indian immigrant and former member of an extremist group fighting for an independent Sikh homeland, was... More »

Parole Board: Release Charles Manson Follower

Gov. Jerry Brown will have final decision on Bruce Davis

(Newser) - Charles Manson's "right-hand man" may have been denied parole recently , but another of his followers now has the chance to walk free. A California parole panel determined Wednesday that 74-year-old Bruce Davis, who's serving a life sentence in California Men's Colony prison in San Luis Obispo... More »

Mark David Chapman's Parole Denied—Again

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time, can try again in 2 years

(Newser) - Nearly 36 years after he shot John Lennon dead, Mark David Chapman is still trying to get out of prison—and an upstate New York parole board is still denying him that chance, per the Hollywood Reporter . The 61-year-old, who's said to have learned how to fix wheelchairs during... More »

Court: Jaycee Dugard Can't Sue Feds Over Parole Officers' Blunders

'While our hearts are with Ms. Dugard, the law is not'

(Newser) - Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped as an 11-year-old and held captive for 18 horrifying years by a man who was supposed to be supervised by parole officials because of a conviction for another kidnapping. A federal court, however, has ruled that no matter how badly parole officers may have bungled... More »

Klansman Behind 1963 Bombing to Stay in Prison

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, denied parole

(Newser) - The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama's parole board heeded the victims' families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served... More »

Klansman Who Killed 4 Girls Up for Parole

Thomas Blanton has served only 15 years for deadly 1963 church bombing

(Newser) - A Ku Klux Klan member currently serving four life sentences in Alabama for murdering four black girls in 1963 is up for parole after serving only 15 years, AL.com reports. Thomas Blanton was convicted in 2001 of planting a bomb outside a Birmingham Baptist church that killed an 11-year-old... More »

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