In this assignment scenario, you are a member of your state’s parole board reviewing an inmate’s case.
John White is eligible to be considered for discretionary parole. He was convicted of armed robbery and has been in prison for eight and a half years. The robbery resulted in two broken fingers and concussion for the victim. John was originally sentenced to ten years. Two of John’s high school friends were also convicted of the robbery, one of whom has already been released.
John is 25 years old and never married. He has no known children. The pre-sentence investigation (PSI) report indicates he had methamphetamine in his system at the time of arrest. He did not finish high school but earned a GED while in prison. He has a tattoo which might indicate that he is, or was, a member of a local gang.
John’s brother owns a convenience store and has offered to hire him as a manager if he is released.
As a member of the state’s parole board, answer the following: