Mar 22, 2009

A Different Kind of Parole

Caitlin Flanagan, in an op-ed piece today, highlights the release of Sara Jane Olson, a.k.a. Kathleen Soliah, who was released onto parole supervision this past week. Ms. Soliah -- who participated in a bank robbery that left one woman dead and another (pregnant) woman with a miscarriage when a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army -- and her lawyers successfully persuaded California officials to let her complete her year of parole supervision in her home state of Minnesota. As Flanagan notes, only 1 percent of those currently serving parole ordered by the California Department of Corrections are doing so out of state.

Some other thoughts about Soliah's release are available here.