For thousands of people in prison there is the hope of parole. Whether that hope is realized lies in the hands of a select few, and the control parole boards exercise is broad and discretionary.
- Beth Schwartzapfel is a staff writer for The Marshall Project which covers the American criminal justice system.
- Richard Lee spent 14 years with Missouri probation and parole as a parole board member, parole analyst and a probation and parole administrator.
- Marilyn Scape is a former chair of the Kansas Parole Board.