Parole Board To Set Minimums For Life-Term Prisoners
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.
”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.