Parole Board is Delaying Decision on Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Parole Board is Delaying Decision on Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

The Michigan Parole Board wants more information about the federal corruption charges pending against former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick before making its decision.

Published May 23, 2011

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who’s waiting to hear whether he will be paroled in July, is going to have to be a little more patient. He still faces criminal charges and the Michigan Parole Board wants more time to examine the case against him. Kilpatrick and four other people will go on trial for using the city’s contracting system to benefit themselves financially.


The disgraced former lawmaker, who is in state prison for violating his probation after serving time for the text message scandal that ended his political career, interviewed with parole board chairman Tom Combs on May 12. He is eligible for parole on July 24. But, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan, the board is uncomfortable with the idea of paroling someone who faces multiple felony charges.


“It’s typically something we don’t do,” he told the Detroit Free Press.


The board could take between 30 and 60 days to make its decision. Marlan also told the publication that federal prosecutors are not opposed to Kilpatrick being paroled, which would be a “mitigating factor.”


But Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy is vehemently opposed to an early release for Kilpatrick. In a letter to the parole board earlier this month, she said that he is remorseless and that she believes he would re-offend. 

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Written by Joyce Jones


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