63-YEAR-OLD BLACK MAN GRANTED PAROLE AFTER SPENDING NEARLY 24 YEARS IN PRISON FOR STEALING HEDGE CLIPPERS

In August, The Root reported that 63-year-old Fair Wayne Bryant—who was given a life sentence for stealing a pair of hedge clippers in Shreveport, La., more than 20 years ago—was denied a request to have his sentence reviewed by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The Washington Post reports that last week, the Louisiana Committee on Parole voted unanimously to grant Bryant parole.

I just want to take a moment to shout out Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, who was the only Louisiana Supreme Court justice who voted in Bryant’s favor in August.

“If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers.”

Andrew Hundley, executive director at the Louisiana Parole Project—an organization that offers transitional housing to former inmates and specializes in helping them reenter society after serving lengthy prison sentences—said he is confident that Bryant will be able to readjust.

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