Prison Pete

Tuesday, March 07, 2006
  Parole Appeals.
Hello out there. I hope you are enjoying life as much as I am.

There is still no official word as to what is going on, but counting the four inmates that packed out today and will be traveling tomorrow, we have lost seven inmates in the last seven days. I just finished up an Article 78 proceeding on Bill's behalf with a stay request to prevent the department from moving him.

I got a letter from my parents from down in Florida. Dad drove the 1,100 miles in three days time I think. He just loves to be behind the wheel.

I am working on this letter at 9:15 PM. I have spent the better part (or is it the worst part?) of the last three days doing legal work for others. The downside of this is I am working on several parole appeals and in reading the denials and the confirmation of the denials I realize how hopeless the system is.

One inmate complained that parole failed to account for his accomplishments while in prison. The ruling stated that the parole board did not have to release an inmate just because he had a great record! So why bother?

Another point was that in the last denial the parole board failed to include any recommendations as to what an inmate could do to improve his chances at the next review two years down the road. Pretty much the entire appeal basically said that there was nothing the inmate could complain about because the parole board can justify any action they take.

So what hope do I have? I could end up dying in here if I was forced to do the full fifteen years. But that is the worst case possibility. When does the insanity stop?
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