On December 17, 1998, Timothy "Little Rock" Reed was reinstated to his Ohio parole following a five year extradition battle. Reed, a former prison activist, fled Ohio In 1993 when he was accused of violating his parole conditions six weeks before his parole was due to end. Reed found refuge in new Mexico where the courts refused to extradite him, finding that Ohio prison and parole officials sought to retaliate against him for his criticisms of prison policies. [ PLN , July, 1998, "New Mexico Supreme Court Grants Asylum to Little Rock Reed."] The U.S. supreme court later ordered Reed's extradition to Ohio. See: New Mexico ex rel Ortiz v. Reed , 118 S.Ci. 1860 (1998). [ PLN , Sep. 1998].
Reed was arrested at his lawyer's office in Albuquerque when he showed up for a deposition as he had refused to surrender to police for extradition to Ohio. Reed was swiftly extradited to Ohio for his parole revocation hearing. Parole hearing officer Walter Hoff found Reed guilty of violating four conditions of his parole but reinstated parole. When Reed completes the remaining six weeks of parole he will be recommended for release.
The state of Ohio fought for Reed's extradition for five years. Ohio prison spokeswoman Andrea Dean called the outcome of Reed's hearing "typical." Reed's New Mexico attorney Steven Looney, disagreed. Looney credited the intense media attention that Reed's case received for the hearing's outcome.
Reed told reporters that after completing his Ohio parole with his mother in Ohio he would rejoin his wife and son in New Mexico.
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