Parole Vs. Prolonged Lmprisonment
Efforts by nathan leopold to win release from State-ville Penitentiary in Illinois have caused many persons to wonder how the 52-year-old convict can expect to overcome the admonition of the sentencing judge that he must never be let out of prison. The fact is that in the 33 years since Leopold and Loeb confessed to the kidnap-murder of a 12-year-old boy, parole has become so firmly entrenched as an alternative to long term incarceration that even lifers can now hope to win some years of freedom before they die. Fewer than 33,000 of the 83,000 prisoners released from federal and state institutions last year had served their full sentences; 57 per cent of the total number leaving prison were let out ...