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More Inmates Leaving Prison Without Supervision: A report released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that an increasing number of inmates across the country are being released from prison after serving their full sentences without any form of supervision.  The Associated Press reports that 22 percent of inmates released in 2012 left prison without any form of probation or parole.  A study conducted in New Jersey in 2013 found that inmates released to supervision prior to the end of their sentence were 36 percent less likely to return to prison compared to those who 'maxed out' their sentence.

Convicted Double-Murderer Sentenced to Life in Prison: An Arizona man convicted of murdering an elderly couple after escaping from prison in 2010 has been sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 235 years.  Skyler Cooper of KRMG reports that 49-year-old John McCluskey was given an automatic life sentence after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the death penalty.  Attorneys for McCluskey argued that their client had a low IQ and suffered from brain damage, claims that the prosecution disputed calling him a remorseless, cold-blooded killer.

Released Murderer Arrested for Sexual Assault: An Arizona man released from prison in 2012 after serving 37 years for two   murders has been arrested for the sexual assault a young female relative. Richard Ruelas of The Republic reports that 78-year-old William Macumber was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering two people in 1962, but was released in November 2012 under a plea agreement with prosecutors after the Arizona Justice Project raised questions about evidence in the case..  Macumber was arrested in October 2013, less than a year after his release, and charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child.  Each charge is classified as a felony, punishable by a minimum of four years behind bars.

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