Many former prisoners are on parole indefinitely. One year into new rules, it’s finally ending for some. (GBH

Below is an excerpt from an article published by GBH on December 27, revealing positive trends for formerly incarcerated people as they navigate the parole termination process. Prisoners Legal Services’ James Pingeon is quoted. 


Harold Adams spent more than half a century in the state’s criminal justice system — 31 years in state prison, and then another 22 years out on parole in the community.

He spent those two decades checking in with a parole officer at least once a month, restricted from free travel, wary of random searches and, until recently, paying $85 a month in monthly parole fees. Some people in his situation spend the rest of their lives on parole.

But in October, Adams received the good news that his parole had finally been terminated.

“It didn’t sink in immediately,’’ Adams told GBH News in a recent interview. “It was sort of surreal. Thinking in terms of the things that I can now do.”

Adams is one of 13 formerly incarcerated people who had their parole terminated in 2023 by the Massachusetts Parole Board, according to state data obtained by GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting. This is a dramatic increase in the state where only one person received a parole termination since 2018, according to state data.

Read more at GBH.