O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday after serving nearly 9 years of his 33-year prison sentence for leading a group of men in 2007 to a Las Vegas hotel room, where sports memorabilia was stolen at gunpoint. He might be out of prison as early as October 1.
But, what does his parole release entail?
"Parole is but one step out of the prison gate," Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School in Los Angeles professor told NBC News.
He will be on parole until Sept. 29, 2022, so he’ll be spending at least five years living under the terms of his release. Under those terms, Simpson would need to submit written monthly reports to a supervising officer according to the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners. And, he's under strict rules to live a law-abiding "conflict-free" life. Under his parole terms he is:
Not allowed to drink alcohol
Not allowed to use drugs unless legally prescribed
Unable to possess weapons
Subject to random drug and alcohol screenings
Ordered to comply with all rules and ordinances
If he breaches any terms of his release, Simpson’s parole officer can arrest him and send him back to prison. If he moves outside of Nevada, he would be extradited to Nevada to go before its parole board for a violation hearing.
Some of the original jurors who acquitted O.J. at his double murder trial will be featured in Oxygen¹s "The Jury Speaks: O.J. Simpson," premiering Saturday, July 22 at 9/8c.
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