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Committee moves ahead on bills to revise, possibly limit Parole Board powers

HELENA — A legislative panel studying the state parole board voted Friday to draft at least two bills revising or limiting the board’s powers — and some members want to look at even further restrictions and changes.

June 27, 2014 9:27 pmLoading…
Parole board rejects Barry Beach's clemency bid

Parole board rejects Barry Beach's clemency bid

HELENA — Montana’s parole board on Wednesday denied a clemency bid from Barry Beach, who said he will keep fighting to overturn his 100-year murder sentence for the 1979 beating death of a high school-classmate.

June 11, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Parole board to announce Barry Beach decision

Parole board to announce Barry Beach decision

HELENA — Montana’s parole board is planning to announce its decision on whether to accept convicted murderer Barry Beach’s clemency application.

June 10, 2014 1:21 pmLoading…
Beach attorneys dispute letter from Racicot to parole board

Beach attorneys dispute letter from Racicot to parole board

GREAT FALLS — Attorneys for a Montana prisoner serving a 100-year murder sentence are disputing a letter opposing his release by the former governor who prosecuted him.

May 09, 2014 10:21 am Photos

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Montana Parole Board

Montana Parole Board

State of Montana Board of Pardons and Parole members, from left, Pete Lawrenson, Mike McKee and John Rex discuss Barry Beach's clemency request on Tuesday in Deer Lodge. 

April 29, 2014 5:16 pmLoading…

Montana’s correctional system almost exceeding capacity, corrections director says

HELENA — The number of criminal offenders in Montana’s correctional system has increased by about 2,000 people in the past year, pushing the system to its limits, state Corrections Director Mike Batista said Monday.

April 28, 2014 6:21 pmLoading…
Committee divided on Parole Board reforms, which face opposition from judges, prosecutors

Committee divided on Parole Board reforms, which face opposition from judges, prosecutors

HELENA — State lawmakers studying the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole indicated Monday there’s strong division among them whether to overhaul the board’s powers on deciding and defining an inmate’s parole.

April 28, 2014 5:22 pmLoading…
Beach 'truly shocked' by governor's letter of support to Parole Board

Beach 'truly shocked' by governor's letter of support to Parole Board

HELENA — Convicted murderer Barry Beach said Friday he was “absolutely amazed” and surprised by Gov. Steve Bullock’s letter this week to the state Parole Board, supporting Beach’s bid for parole.

April 25, 2014 4:03 pmLoading…
Gov. Steve Bullock's letter on Barry Beach

Gov. Steve Bullock's letter on Barry Beach

Gov. Steve Bullock sent this letter to the Montana Parole Board regarding Barry Beach.

April 23, 2014 4:40 pmLoading…
Parole board to consider Beach clemency request April 29

Parole board to consider Beach clemency request April 29

HELENA — The state Board of Pardons and Parole is scheduled to meet at the end of the month to consider Barry Beach's application for clemency in the 1979 killing of a Poplar teen.

April 09, 2014 4:49 pmLoading…

Lawmakers will draft proposals to rein in Parole Board

HELENA – Members of a legislative law-and-justice panel Friday directed staff to draft bills to monitor and narrow the powers of the state Parole Board when it grants parole to prison inmates.

February 14, 2014 5:25 pmLoading…

Man who killed his children up for parole

KALISPELL — A Kalispell man convicted of his killing his 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son 20 years ago will have a parole hearing in April.

February 01, 2014 4:23 pmLoading…

Critics of state Parole Board, parole system say it needs reform

HELENA — Montana’s parole system needs reform, critics said Thursday, because its unrealistic and sometimes onerous rules are keeping too many people needlessly behind bars.

December 05, 2013 10:24 pmLoading…
Beach attorney seeks parole board action; includes support letters from Burns, Tester

Beach attorney seeks parole board action; includes support letters from Burns, Tester

HELENA — An attorney for a Montana State Prison inmate who is serving a 100-year sentence without the possibility of parole for a murder he says he didn’t commit is asking the state parole board to recommend he receive a parole hearing.

September 12, 2013 12:51 pmLoading…

Ex-Rolling Hills clerk denied parole in theft case

GLENROCK, Wyo. — A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling $100,000 from the small Converse County town of Rolling Hills has been denied parole.

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Sheriff sent notice of inmate sentence in August

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office notified the Department of Corrections in August that Arthur Penrod, the Wyoming inmate mistakenly released early, had received a new prison sentence, a sheriff’s official said Friday.

April 13, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Charges dropped against Wyoming Parole Board member

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Charges of attempted murder were dropped Friday against Wyoming Parole Board member and former Thermopolis Police Chief Jim Weisbeck.

July 11, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Measure requires Indian on parole board

HELENA - The House is backing a plan to require that at least one American Indian be appointed to serve on the board of pardons and parole.

February 24, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

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