Jeff, who was arrested in 1993 on his third non-violent cannabis-related charge, had his sentence commuted by Governor Jay Nixon in May. This gave him the ability to have a parole hearing, which he did on August 6th. Although officials expected the decision to take weeks, it took only four days for the parole board to decide to grant Mizanskey parole. According to Dan Viets, Mizanskey’s attorney, he’ll be officially set free on September 1st, 21 years after initially being imprisoned.
Prior to Governor Mizanksey’s commutation by Governor Nixon, a petition with over 400,000 signatures – including 128 lawmakers – was delivered to the governor asking him to set Mizanskey free.