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Parole Board's Continuing Irresponsibility

In the 1980's, America largely came to a consensus that parole was a bad idea.  It was abolished altogether in the federal system and sharply restricted elsewhere.  The pendulum has now swung back, and there is good reason to believe that it has swung too far.

Eric Siddall has this post for the [Los Angeles] Association of Deputy District Attorneys, with the above title:

The state parole board continues its reckless policy of early release for violent felons. We previously documented some examples of the parole board's dangerous trend of ignoring public safety when labeling inmates to be released early as "not a danger" to the public.
This past week a panel of commissioners voted to grant parole to William Bradford, who was convicted of murdering his former wife in 1988 by pumping hollow-point bullets into her body. Why? Because the panel said there was no evidence he would pose a threat to the public.
This was an extraordinary conclusion - and not just because of the cold-blooded nature of his crime. Bradford's own daughter, Shaun Rickerl, begged the board not to release her father. She said she continues to be terrified of him.
Veteran prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, asked the board to deny Bradford parole. The reason: Not only did Lewin prosecute the case, but after Bradford was convicted, it was discovered that Bradford was plotting to murder Lewin and his family.
"This is the one guy that scares me," Lewin told the Los Angeles Times. "How dare [the parole board] play Russian roulette with my family."


Bradford is 84, has dementia, heart disease, kidney disease, and uses a walker. Sounds pretty dangerous.

His daughter thinks so. She knows him better than I do.

Says the man who will not have to shoulder the burden and pain of error if he is wrong.

As far as his illnesses, I am sure it is completely out of the realm of possibility that the defense lawyer is fibbing or or greatly exaggerating Bradford's inability to kill. They NEVER do that.

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