2013-04-18 / Local & State

Bill OKs Crime Victims Addressing Pa. Parole Board

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) –State lawmakers have approved a measure that would allow crime victims to address Pennsylvania's parole board directly when inmates are being considered for parole.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice says the state Senate last week unanimously approved the measure.

Currently, an inmate up for parole can meet with parole board members but victims and their families are limited to written or recorded comments.

Susan Hooper, who pushed for the bill, says she has resorted to mass letterwriting campaigns to keep the woman who pleaded guilty to killing her brother behind bars.

She says the board should hear from victims directly to better understand the impact of a crime on their lives.

The state House approved the bill last month. It still needs the governor's signature to become law.

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