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Parole Board To Set Minimums For Life-Term Prisoners

Publication Date: 
December 17, 2013
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
Paige St. John

Professor Robert Weisberg is quoted in the Los Angeles Times on a new California parole board decision to set minimums for life-term prisoners. 

State corrections officials agreed Monday to a major change in California’s parole system that could lead to earlier releases for convicted killers and other inmates sentenced to a maximum of life in prison but who are still eligible for parole.

The settlement stems from a legal action filed by an inmate at the prison in Soledad, who was sentenced to 15 years to life for a 1987 murder and claimed that his application for parole was routinely and unjustifiably denied for 10 years.

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”It is a remarkable settlement,” said Stanford law professor Robert Weisberg, whose own research documented remarkably low crime rates by those life-sentence inmates who have been released.