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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

 

Rhode Island Senate Votes on Parole Reform

Last Friday, Rhode Island Senate voted 36 to 0 to pass a bill that requires offenders receiving non-life terms for first or second degree murder to serve at least half their sentence before becoming eligible for parole. The bill sponsored by Sen. Leonidas Raptakis (D-Coventry) also requires inmates serving life terms for first or second degree murder to wait a minimum of 30 years before they are eligible for parole.  The current minimum is 20 years. The bill now awaits action in the House.    


California Expands Parole for Elderly and Medically Frail

California Board of Parole Hearings released publicly details of a program designed to give early release of elderly and frail prisoners who meet the new criteria for parole. Earlier this year, a panel of federal judges required the state to reduce prison crowing to a more  acceptable level. The state of California is ready to begin the early release of elderly and frail prisoners who meet new criteria for parole. Hearings will begin starting with inmates who are over 60 years of age and have spent at least 25 years more ยป