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Jeff Mizanskey discusses parole hearing

Jeff Mizanskey has had the lone status of being the only man in Missouri serving life in prison – without parole – for non-violent marijuana offenses.

After more than two decades in maximum security prison, that changed when Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence.

The Governor’s decision doesn’t free Mizanskey, but allows for a parole hearing.

Before the Governor’s action, Mizanskey would never leave a Missouri prison alive.

With this new development, I returned to the Jefferson City Correctional Center to talk to Jeff Mizanskey about his renewed hope for freedom.

Mizanskey’s parole hearing is set for August 6. His attorney, Dan Viets tells me he’ll make the parole board aware of the hundreds of thousands of signatures to free Mizanskey — along with a petition for the same thing from nearly 150 members of the Missouri General Assembly.

If you’re interested in weighing in on Jeff Mizanskey’s parole, you can email the board at:

You can also post to:

Attention Missouri Board of Probation and Parole
3400 Knipp Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109

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