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May 17, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
The Supreme Court for the first time on Monday put a strict constitutional limit on prison terms, ruling it is cruel and unusual punishment to send a young criminal to prison for life with no chance for parole for a crime that does not involve murder. The ruling is the second in recent years to greatly expand the constitutional protections for juveniles. And once again, the justices in the majority said they agreed with international critics who say the United States is out of step when it comes to treatment for the young.
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NEWS
February 20, 1985 | Associated Press
The U.S. Parole Commission today denied parole to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the spiritual leader of the Unification Church who is serving an 18-month sentence for income tax evasion. The 64-year-old Korean religious leader began serving his prison sentence July 20, 1984, at the medium-security prison in Danbury, Conn. His new projected release date, which takes into account good behavior, is Aug. 20, Justice Department spokesman Joe Krovisky said.
NEWS
June 19, 2003 | From Reuters
Jailed British author and former Conservative Party Deputy Chairman Jeffrey Archer has been granted parole and will be released next month, British authorities said Wednesday. Archer, 63, author of such international bestsellers as "Kane and Abel" and "Honor Among Thieves," was jailed in July 2001 for perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. From Reuters
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
There appears to be little chance of parole this year for Zachariah Chiaia, who was 18 when he helped beat a homeless man to death at a downtown park. Chiaia, 27, is serving a second-degree murder sentence of 15 years to life for the 1993 attack. Salinas Valley State Prison officials have written to the parole board, saying he "poses a serious threat to public safety." Their reports list more than a dozen incidents of misconduct.
NATIONAL
August 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
John Lennon's killer was denied parole for a fifth time by a board that said he remained a threat to the public. Mark David Chapman will remain in Attica Correctional Facility for at least two more years for gunning down the former Beatle on a Manhattan sidewalk in 1980. Chapman, 53, has been in prison for 27 years since pleading guilty to the murder, which he has said he committed to gain attention. He became eligible for parole in 2000 after serving 20 years of a maximum life sentence.
NEWS
June 24, 1987
Juan Corona, who has served 14 years in prison for the 1971 killings of 25 migrant farm workers near Yuba City, was denied parole for the second time. State Board of Pardons spokesman Edmund Tong said Corona was an "unreasonable risk to the public." The three-member board, meeting at Soledad Prison, cited Corona's "horrendous homicides, the evidence of extensive premeditation and inexplicable motive" as reasons for keeping him behind bars.
NEWS
December 6, 1986 | Associated Press
A man convicted of killing two guards during a 1971 San Quentin prison uprising failed to win parole Friday on an earlier murder sentence, squelching his hopes for release next week after 20 years behind bars. The state Board of Prison Terms denied parole for Johnny Spain, who was sentenced to life in prison for a Los Angeles murder and robbery in 1966 when he was 17. The parole might have cleared the way for his release on bail in light of the Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying residents here are still reeling from the bloody shootout last week, two Los Angeles city councilmen are protesting the relocation of a parole office to the same bullet-scarred neighborhood. Richard Alarcon and Joel Wachs plan to join forces with North Hollywood residents today to condemn state officials for moving a parole office from Sherman Oaks to a building a few blocks from the site of the bloody shooting.
NEWS
December 13, 1985
Parole was denied again for the two brothers who nine years ago kidnaped 26 Chowchilla school children and imprisoned them with their driver in a buried moving van. The victims made their way to safety nearly 17 hours later. The state Board of Prison Terms, after an 8 1/2-hour meeting in San Luis Obispo, said James Schoenfeld, 34, and his brother, Richard, 31, were unsuitable for release "because of the callous nature of the offense."
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