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information includes the prisoner’s criminal and social history, the circumstances of the offense, reports of the prisoner’s current conduct and during imprisonment, etc. Afterward, the board will interview the prisoner and hear oral testimony from a person, usually a relative or an acquaintance, testifying for parole of the prisoner. If the parolee’s report from the parole officer indicated that he/she will not re-offend and seemed to have met the requirements for parole, but the board of parole thought otherwise for the fact that the parolee appeared to be a danger to the community, according to the American Samoa Bar Association (n.d.) the board may in its discretion granted parole of the prisoner. After reviewing our territory’s parole procedures, it appears to me that they’re more concerned with public safety than releasing a prisoner. In 2012, the American Samoa Parole Board denies parole of four inmates. One was convicted of raping his daughter, another raped an off-island student, the third offender was sentenced for second-degree murder and the fourth one is an arsonist. In most states, these are all first-degree felonies whereas felonies are the most serious crimes among the three types of offenses (Radio New Zealand, 2012). I completely approved the final decision made by the members of the parole board. Obviously, they wouldn’t have to think twice of granting these prisoners parole given the seriousness of the crimes they (4 prisoners) committed. To the parole board, public safety is their main concern and more important. American Samoa Bar Association (n.d.) Legal Resources – Criminal Justice, title 46, chapter 27. Retrieved from ? option=com_content&view=category&id=743&Itemid=172 Radio New Zealand (Dec. 27, 2012). American Samoa Parole Board denies parole of four inmates. Pacific. Retrieved from - news/209344/american-samoa-parole-board-denies-parole-for-four-inmates
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  • Spring '17
  • criminal law, Parole, American Samoa Parole, creation of the American Samoa Board of parole

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