Mar 29, 2015 11:00 AM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A former prison gang kingpin and an international fugitive are among 74 inmates who owe their freedom to a year-old California policy of granting parole for convicts deemed too old to commit new crimes.
Federal judges told the state to consider releasing inmates who are at least 60 years old and have spent at least 25 years behind bars to reduce its prison population.
All were sentenced to life terms for offenses including murder and kidnapping. But statistically they are among the least likely to be a public danger regardless of the crimes they committed.
The parole board denied more than two-thirds of the elderly parole requests it considered.
Of those actually released, 20 are at least 70 years old, while another 54 were between 60 and 69.
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