Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year old Missouri man who has been in prison for over 20 years without parole over a cannabis-related charge, has been granted parole, and will be released from prison within a matter of days.
In May, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence, giving him the possibility of parole. This led to a parole hearing on August 6th. Although officials stated that a decision would take six to eight weeks, it only took four days.
Jeff was arrested in 1993 on his third cannabis-related charge. Given it was his third offense, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole – despite having no criminal history other than the cannabis charges – under the state’s three-strike law. .
Prior to Governor Nixon’s commutation, a petition with over 400,000 signatures, including 128 lawmakers, was delivered to the governor asking him to free Mizanskey.