- May 22, 2020
Parole Hearing for o. J. Simpson
ParoleHearing for o. J. Simpson
ParoleHearing for o. J. Simpson
I,Lionel Messi, as chairperson of the California Parole Board, herebyacknowledge the decision of this parole board in the followingdecision: This parole board recommends parole for inmate OJ Simpsonof ID number 1027820, at the Lovelock Correctional Facility.
Mr.Simpson was sentenced to jail for various crimes. The first isburglary with a deadly weapon which carried a term of up to a hundredand twenty months. The second is two counts of kidnapping with asentence of up to a hundred and eighty months. Lastly is two countsof robbery with terms of up to two hundred and sixty months. Mr.Simpson committed the crimes in a Las Vegas casino in 2007.
Thefollowing factors were weighted and discussed in making thisdecision:
Circumstances of the "Commitment Offense."
Theoffense was not committed in a premeditated cruel way and thereforequalifies the individual for parole. Mr. Simpson intended to retrievesports memorabilia from the casino that belonged to him and not toharm anyone. The Californian Courts have already established that theproperty legally belongs to him, which makes his case different fromthat of ordinary robbery.
Theparolee was initially to be accompanied by his sister andbrother-in-law to the casino, but they did not show up. It was knownto others his intention of visiting the casino. The parolee had beendrinking the whole day which impaired his judgment when he was in thecasino.
The level of Remorse.
Theparolee has shown great remorse for his actions. In his statements,he says he apologizes for the crime numerous times. He has made aneffort to reach out to his victims and made amends for his actions.He regrets not acting in a civil manner and given the chance he woulddo things differently. He insists that had he known things would haveescalated as they did, he would have allowed the victims remain withhis property than go to jail. He regrets missing important milestonesin his children`s life by being in the correctional facility.
Inmate`s Behaviour in Prison.
Mr.OJ Simpson promised the wardens to be a model prisoner from the firstday of his incarceration. He has kept his word and had no incidencesat Lovelock. He holds a job at the prison gym where he mops andsanitizes the gym as well as general supervision on the use of thegym. He is the coach of the facility`s sports team. The paroleeadvises the inmates on different issues which helps to reduceconflict in the institution. His behavior so far reflects on a personwith little risk in re-entering the society.
Plans for the Future.
Inthe five years, Mr. Simpson has served in jail he has completed someprograms offered to help inmates change their bad habits. Mr. Simpsonis listed on the commitment to change course as well as other courseshe is yet to qualify. He states that is paroled he would still takethe ‘commitment to change` course and the AA course to learn andteach his children how to be responsible citizens.
Lack of a Criminal History.
Theparolee is not a member of any gang or outlawed group. He has nojuvenile record. His first arrest was in 1994 at the age of forty-sixbut was not convicted of any crime. He has had no incidences ofprobation, a record of violence or house arrest. As such, he has nopattern in crime which increases his legibility for parole.
Stable Social History.
Mr.Simpson is known all over America as a successful football player. Hehas a business that deals in sports memorabilia. Before imprisonmenthe dealt in various economic activities including endorsing a variousproduct, appearing in films and writing books. There are even filmsthat are based on his successful football career. To crown it all, hehas a family who wants him back home. The parolee has brought upresponsible children who, despite being of celebrity parent, are outof the media`s eye. Granting him parole means he goes back tomeaningful work and not a crime. In fact, his eldest daughter wrote aletter of support on behalf of all the children.
Mr.Simpson was incarcerated at the age of sixty and is now sixty-sixyears. He falls under the retired age bracket of prisoners. Althoughhe is physically active in prison, the parole suffers from kneeproblems which cause difficulty when walking and also suffers fromdiabetes. Such conditions put pressure on the facility to providespecialized care for him. At his age, it is less likely for him tocommit a crime once he is out of the prison.
Mr.Simpson scores three points on the Risk Assessment Instrument, whichis a low score common with individuals who pose little or no risk tothe community. It is, therefore, our recommendation that OJ Simpsonbe granted parole on this day November 21, 2016.
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