O.J. Simpson to have parole hearing in July, could be released in October
Four parole commissioners will question Simpson via closed-circuit TV
O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this fall. Whether or not that happens will be determined by his parole hearing exactly a month from now.
On Tuesday, parole official David Smith revealed that Simpson's hearing is scheduled for July 20, the Associated Press reported. Simpson, who could be granted his release from prison on Oct. 1, will field questions from four parole commissioners via video conference.
Simpson, 69, has been incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada since 2008 when was sentenced to 33 years in prison after he was found guilty of multiple charges, including burglary, robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.
Back in February, Sports Illustrated legal analyst and University of New Hampshire law professor Michael McCann and co-writer Jon Wertheim explained the parole process:
The decision to grant parole is, by definition, discretionary. But it is a decision that Thomas Patton, a former chairman of the parole board in Nevada, stresses is conducted through a "very comprehensive review," weighing 11 largely objective factors. Between -1 and +2 points are allocated for each criterion. Inmates exceeding five points are classified as a "medium" or "high" risk and are unlikely to be granted parole. Score fewer than five points, and odds swing the other way. In 2013, Simpson scored three points, falling into the "low risk" category. He seems likely to do well again in 2017.
According to SI, those 11 factors are:
- Age at the time of first arrest
- Prior probation or parole revocation
- Employment history immediately before arrest
- Offense leading to current or prior convictions
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
- Current age
- Active gang membership
- Completed education, vocational or treatment program during prison term
- Disciplinary write-ups
- Custody level
Simpson, of course, is widely known for being acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1995. During his 11-year NFL career, Simpson rushed for 11,236 yards and 61 touchdowns.
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