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Parole Power

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.


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Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
In addition to being KCUR's afternoon newscaster, Lisa Rodriguez covers city hall and other news around Kansas City. Follow her on Twitter @larodrig.