"A lot of these people know they're not going to get paroled," said McDonough, "so they just don't go through the disappointment and heartache of a hearing."
The Colorado state parole board conducted 13,292 parole hearings in FY 1996-97. They granted 3,273 paroles. The 2,547 prisoners refusing to attend parole hearings was a 22.5 percent increase over the previous year.
Colorado prisoners are technically eligible for parole after serving half their sentence, said Bob Sylvester, the manager of Dismas House, a Denver halfway house for parolees. But the parole board is making most prisoners serve at least 70 percent of their time, said Sylvester.
Rocky Mountain News
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