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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1986 | Associated Press
A murderer mistakenly released from prison two years ago has to go back for 11 more years even though he has stayed out of trouble since being set free, the Tennessee Board of Paroles has ruled. Eugene Burnett Jr. had his parole rescinded by the board, which voted last week that he must serve the time remaining on the 55-year sentence he received for a 1973 murder and kidnaping.
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April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts. In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential dreams of then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was blamed in Republican TV ads for having released convicted killer Willie Horton as part of a weekend furlough program. (Horton failed to return after a furlough and went on to commit robbery and rape.)
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November 26, 2002 | From Reuters
The state of Georgia on Monday revoked the parole of former state Sen. Ralph David Abernathy III after finding him guilty of taking fees to represent inmates. The decision means Abernathy, son of the late U.S. civil rights activist Ralph David Abernathy Sr., must return to prison, where he could remain until January 2004.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Tethered to GPS devices and required to check in monthly with police, two convicted sex offenders so easily sidestepped efforts to monitor them that one was deemed safe enough to be formally released from state parole in the midst of what prosecutors now say was a months-long string of murders. Steven Dean Gordon, one of two transients accused of raping and murdering four women, was discharged from his state parole last November, a month after two of the women vanished from the streets of Santa Ana and just days before a third victim, a 28-year-old mother, was allegedly killed.
NEWS
September 25, 2000 | DAN MORAIN and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For the first time since taking office, Gov. Gray Davis has authorized parole for a convicted murderer, deciding that a San Bernardino woman was battered by an ex-boyfriend and feared for her life when she killed him in 1986, Davis' office said Sunday. Davis previously had vowed that he would not free people convicted of murder for any reason.
NEWS
August 22, 1986 | United Press International
Musician David Crosby has won permission to transfer to the Los Angeles area three years of parole on a Texas drug and weapon conviction for which he spent about nine months in prison. "We received the papers from California authorizing our release to them of David Crosby," Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles spokesman Mike Roach said today. "He'll be leaving Houston some time today for California." Crosby, 45, has been in a Houston halfway house since leaving a state prison unit Aug. 8.
NEWS
February 20, 1985
Federal courts and Georgia officials refused to block the execution early today of former Baptist preacher Van Roosevelt Solomon, 41, for the 1979 murder of a convenience store manager. The state Board of Pardons and Paroles refused to commute Solomon's sentence to life in prison without parole after the Supreme Court and the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier declined to hear his appeal.
NEWS
April 25, 1988
A southern Oregon pastor who offered convicted rapist Lawrence Singleton a home said he and his wife expect to die as a result of the uproar their invitation triggered. "We believe we will be killed, my wife and I," pastor Thomas Smith Jr. of the Bride of Christ Church in rural Azalea, told United Press International. "My wife (Susan) and I went to the post office yesterday and they were lined up in their pickup trucks, glaring at us," Smith said of the Azalea residents.
NEWS
April 18, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A jury Wednesday spared the lives of Lyle and Erik Menendez, who shotgunned their millionaire parents to death in Beverly Hills in 1989 and now will spend the rest of their days in state prison with no hope of parole. As the verdicts were read in the tension-filled Van Nuys courtroom, a wave of relief seemed to sweep over the brothers and their defense attorneys when they realized that the jury had rejected the death penalty. The defense lawyers reacted with grins, tears and hugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2001
Re "Angry Lawmakers Ax Parole Board Budget," April 23: Congratulations to state Sens. John Burton and Richard Polanco for their political courage in trying to force the Board of Prison Terms to follow the law in granting paroles to deserving prisoners. Every prisoner who merits parole and is not released is costing the taxpayers over $25,000 a year. With education severely underfunded we cannot continue to divert huge sums to keeping people in prison when the law states a release date must be set unless the prisoner remains a danger to society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
One of the leaders of the "Bling Ring" burglary crew, which made headlines for breaking into celebrity homes, has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole, officials said. Nicholas Prugo -- a member of a ring of teens and 20-somethings accused of nabbing more than $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories -- was arrested Friday morning. He was being held without bail, police said. The alleged parole violation comes as his friend was arrested in connection to a murder-for-hire plot involving rival skin-care gurus in West Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | Ari Bloomekatz
The sister of actress Sharon Tate says she felt sick to her stomach this week after Manson family killer Bruce Davis was issued a grant of parole. Davis was convicted for his role in the 1969 murders of two men - ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea and aspiring musician Gary Hinman - but was never implicated in the murders of Tate and four others in a Benedict Canyon home, nor in the Leno and Rosemary LaBianca killings. PHOTOS: The Manson family murders Davis has repeatedly been issued a grant of parole, with review boards citing his good behavior, "positive adjustment" and involvement in other self-help programs since his conviction and incarceration in 1972.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Gov. Jerry Brown has 150 days to decide whether Manson family member Bruce Davis -- convicted for his role in the murder of two men in 1969 -- should go free after he was issued a grant of parole. Davis was convicted in 1972 for his role in the murders of ranch hand Donald “Shorty” Shea, who also worked as a Hollywood stuntman, and aspiring musician Gary Hinman. Brown blocked his release last year, concluding that Davis, who was 26 at the time of the killings,  still posed a threat to society.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2014 | By Andrew Hill
When Dennis Kozlowski leaves prison on parole this week, having served more than eight years for 22 felonies, he will find comfort in Catherine Neal's new book. But for everyone else, the account, which declares the former Tyco chief executive innocent of stealing from the conglomerate, is disappointing. Neal's book, "Taking Down the Lion: The Triumphant Rise and Tragic Fall of Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski," is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Kozlowski's name is embedded in the history of the U.S. corporate scandals that began with the collapse of Enron in late 2001.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to at least partly comply with a federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding could make several thousand felons eligible for release, and free hundreds of them in the first six months. The governor's budget proposal, released Thursday, announces plans to immediately expand parole eligibility for inmates who are sick or mentally impaired, and creates a new parole program for the elderly. The governor also is, on his own, increasing the time some repeat offenders can reduce their sentences with good behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Conceding that California won't meet a federal court deadline to reduce prison overcrowding, Gov. Jerry Brown is moving ahead with plans to expand parole programs to include the frail, mentally impaired and elderly, while seeking to fund another wave of jail expansion, according to his proposed budget. Brown also wants to immediately change state policy to allow some jailed felons to further shorten their sentences. The moves are announced in his 2014-15 budget plan, due to be released Thursday but leaked to reporters Wednesday evening and verified by a source close to the budget process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1988
Proposition 89 would amend the Constitution to allow California governors to second-guess the Board of Prison Terms on matters of parole for killers. The idea may sound good, and with crime so high on the list of public concerns one of its few opponents rates its chances of losing as about that of "a snowball in hell."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A California firefighter who was severely burned when her crew was trapped during a 2007 wildfire received a pardon from the governor Tuesday for crimes she committed in her youth. Gov. Jerry Brown's order, citing Brooke Linman's bravery and heroism, was one of 127 grants of clemency that followed a tradition of Christmas Eve pardons he began in 2011. Though most of those who were pardoned committed minor, nonviolent drug crimes decades ago, the list also includes robbers, spouse abusers, people who fired guns during their crimes, a chop-shop operator and a man who stole frozen food.
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