OJ Simpson Parole: The Juice is Loose

OJ Simpson Parole: The Juice is Loose

Chloe Seaman
July 25, 2017

After more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel robbery, O.J. Simpson will walk free as early as October 1.

Simpson was set to serve a 33-year sentence for the heist – a surprisingly severe punishment many speculated wasn’t just about the 2008 robbery, but a response to the verdict in the 1994 killings of Simpson’s wife and her friend in which Simpson was found not guilty.

It goes without saying that many people associate the former football star with the man who got away with murder.

For various reasons, including having good behavior and completing an “Alternative to Violence” course while incarcerated, parole commissioners granted Simpson early release.

Simpson says he plans to move to Florida, but his life will be far from normal. When a prisoner is granted parole, there are certain conditions he or she must meet, otherwise he or she will go straight back to prison.

In this post, we help you better understand the rules and regulations about parole.

What is Parole?

Parole is when a prisoner is released before the end of his or her prison sentence on the condition to abide by certain rules for the remainder of the sentence.

Parole is essentially conditional freedom. It is a privilege, rather than a right, that prisoners who seem capable of reentering society are granted parole.

Who Is Granted Parole?

The U.S. Parole Commission states that a prisoner may be granted parole if;

  1. The inmate has abided prison rules.

  2. Release would not lessen the seriousness of the crime nor encourage disregard for the law.

  3. Release would not put the public’s well-being at risk.

How Parole Works

First, not every prisoner has the privilege of parole.

Some laws dictate that inmates with particularly violent or repeat offenses are ineligible for parole; also, an inmate might be granted the opportunity of a parole hearing after serving a certain amount of time in prison.

If a prisoner is granted parole, he or she is free to live in society under the supervision of the prison authority. The prisoner must abide by certain conditions.

Parole Conditions

The conditions for parole are designed to safeguard the public and help former prisoners live a productive, law-abiding life in society.

Conditions may be general or specific to the individual inmate. For example, a sex offender granted parole may be prohibited from handing out Halloween candy; while someone convicted of murder out on parole might be required to make payments toward the victim’s funeral cost.

In general, the conditions for maintaining parole include:

  • Reporting to a parole officer. The parole officer might also make unannounced visits to the parolee’s home to check that he or she is abiding by the conditions of parole.

  • Abstain from any criminal activity.

  • Avoid contact with victims.

  • Agree to be searched by law enforcement.

  • Agree to not leave a specified area without permission from the parole officer.

  • Submit to drug testing.

  • Not possess firearms.

One of the terms of Simpson’s parole includes not drinking alcohol to excess. If tests show he has a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, he could be sent back to prison for violating the conditions of his parole.

Parole is a privilege designed to give a convicted person another chance at being a productive member of free society. It is essentially “freedom” under specified conditions for the remainder of the former prisoner’s sentence term.

Only time will tell if Simpson can stay out of trouble this time.

Disclaimer: The above is solely intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice or specific recommendations.