Is OJ Simpson just guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping or do you believe he’s guilty of more? To the surprise of millions of Americans, OJ was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her boyfriend Ron Goldman. Many opinion polls since the acquittal revealed that the majority of the American people believe that Simpson should have been found guilty. He escaped those charges, but only a few years later, OJ was arrested and charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. He was found guilty and sentenced to 33-years in prison. After serving only 9-years of that term, a California parole board voted 4-0 to allow Simpson to walk out of prison on October 1.
O.J. Simpson, the disgraced former football great, was granted parole Thursday amid his 33-year prison sentence for an armed robbery that has kept him behind bars in Nevada since 2008.
“I’ve done my time, I’ve done it as well and respectfully as anyone can,” the 70-year-old told parole board members via videoconference Thursday at the Lovelock Correctional Facility, around 90 miles northeast of Reno.
The board members came to their decision in a unanimous 4-0 vote, to which Simpson responded emotionally, saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” As he rose from his seat to return to his prison cell, he exhaled deeply…
Personally, I believe this kind of parole system makes a mockery of our judicial and penal systems. If someone is sentenced for 33-years, then they should serve 33-years. When people only serve 27% of their sentence, that’s no deterrent for anyone contemplating committing a crime. If people knew that they were going to have to serve their full sentence, at least some would re-consider committing their crime. I bet if parole boards were forced to assume responsibility for anyone they parole before the serve their sentence, that there would be a lot fewer criminals walking the streets and repeating their crimes.