New Parole Hearings For Many Prisoners

POSTED BY: News Department
Saturday, May 31, 2003 - 09:30 PM
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It’s a glimmer of possible freedom for more than 2000 Ohio prison inmates. The Ohio Parole Board is conducting new hearings for many inmates under an Ohio Supreme Court order. The Board has decided the cases of 106 prisoners since mid-March. The nine members voted to parole 84 and keep 22 locked up. In all, 2098 inmates will receive new hearings. The Justices ordered the hearings because the Parole Board was reviewing inmates based on indictments against them, not their convictions. That resulted in many staying in prison well beyond their minimum sentence. But a public defender representing the inmates says many more inmates should get new hearings. The Board at first has estimated as many as 4000 could apply.

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