Magazine article Corrections Forum

Texas Case Highlights Parole Reluctance in High-Profile Cases

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Texas Case Highlights Parole Reluctance in High-Profile Cases

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Austin American-Statesman

Eroy Brown, whose acquittal on murder charges in the deaths of a prison warden and a farm manager in the 1980s shook the corrections system to its roots, is coming up for parole again. Brown is serving 90 years as a habitual criminal for robbing a convenience store of $12 and some candy bars. The graying, almost 60-year-old is serving time in a South Carolina prison because a federal judge thought his safety could not be guaranteed in a Texas lockup.

If he's denied parole, he would be released within five years without any supervision under controversial early release policies enacted in the 1970s to ease prison crowding. "He got more publicity for [the acquittal] than Christ on the cross," said his attorney, Bill Habern. …

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