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Henry Parole Update

Tom Henry was released from Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois, Friday morning, April 26, 2019. His son, Thomas Elliott, picked him up and they quickly interrupted their five-hour drive with a stop at Walmart, where Henry was outfitted with white sneakers, blue jeans, black belt, long-sleeve button-down shirt, and a huge smile, all under a gray baseball cap.  Derek Barichello of the Streator Times reported. “The Prisoner Review Board voted 14-0 in favor of Hillenbrand’s parole … According to documents, the board, after ‘reviewing all factors available at this

 
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Parole Hearing Results 2019

Today I’m going to bury the lead. Tom Henry’s parole hearing at Menard, where he is incarcerated, was on March 20. The day before, March 19, his two Chicago pro se attorneys, Susan Ritacca and Sara Garber, visited him to strategize the plans—half-way house, permanent residence, more details—before a hoped-for granting of parole. In his letter telling me of it, Henry asked me not to publicize it here on my website or in fb this year. His reasoning was I’ve done so every time before and each year he’s been

 
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Parole Hearing Results

Tom Henry’s en banc hearing was held in Springfield, IL on June 28. I don’t know the results. If you do, please advise. A letter from Tom Henry arrived yesterday. He writes the PRB (Prisoner Review Board) member who interviewed him at Menard started with a glowing report. “… excellent prison record … valued worker … low risk assessment … highly qualified …” Discussion ensued. One member said he’ll never vote for parole because the escape shows Henry didn’t take responsibility for his actions. A vote was taken. There are

 
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A visit with Tom Henry

For the almost-30 years since I left Menard, I have been unable to see Tom Henry because of a rule that former inmates cannot visit current ones. I’ve requested an exemption a few times over the years without success. Until now. Just this month I was granted permission to visit him, so I flew to St. Louis, drove to Menard, and spent 4 hours Tuesday and 4 more Wednesday visiting my former cellmate and friend. The first thing he said was, “I know. I’ve got 10 minutes,” referring to an

 
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Another Parole Denial for Tom Henry

Thursday, April 27, 2017, was Henry’s en banc hearing. That’s where the parole board member who interviewed Henry at Menard CC gave her report to the full board. It occurred in Springfield and was again attended by Henry’s sister and, for the first time, his son, Thomas, who drove from southwestern Missouri. The board allowed only one family member to speak for up to 10 minutes. Thomas spoke. Henry really thought he had a chance this year. The parole board member who interviewed him in March questioned him for hours, and he

 
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Henry Parole Story

From a post today on my authorhendricks fb account: Tom Henry is now 69 years old. His current parole hearing took place on March 16, 2017. A DHS social worker recently visited him to do a “risk assessment” interview. The en banc hearing will be held in Springfield this Thursday, April 27. In other news, Henry is a great grandpa. His (estranged) daughter’s daughter had a baby. And a quick parole interview story: Tom Henry has an enlarged pupil of the right eye. It always looks dilated. It’s from a

 
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Tom Henry Denied Parole Again

My life is full and I have largely left this website and blog unattended. To blame is a new business called Blue Diamond Orthopedic that manufactures and sells spinal orthopedic braces, an ongoing investment interest (stock picking) and, last but by no means least, the birth of a now-7-month-old boy. I apologize for my long absence, but I make no promises that my next blog will arrive after a shorter interval. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board met on April 28 to once again consider Henry’s parole. In support was his

 
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Henry Denied Parole

I was sad to read an email that came in last night from Andrea Ryken, one of the two fantastic student advocates who worked for Tom Henry’s release. To give you the story from her perspective, I’ll copy her words here: “The en banc hearing did not go as well as we had hoped. Henry received the same two votes as last year, and he did at least receive a one-year set once again. However, the tone of the hearing was disappointing, to say the least. Eric Gregg, the Board member who

 
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Tom Henry’s Prison Parole Hearing

I received a phone call from Henry Tuesday evening, during which he filled me in on his parole hearing Thursday of last week, March 20. First, a little background on the process. To decide on parole for a prisoner, the IPRB (Illinois Prisoner Review Board) first sends a single member of the board (called a “Hearing Examiner”) to the prison. That parole board member interviews the prisoner and prepares a report and a recommendation for the full board, which meets later at their monthly meeting of the full Board in

 
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Tom Henry to See Parole Board Again

Tom Henry to See Parole Board Again I stopped writing blogs last year, when I returned to work after my business non-competition agreement had run its course. My last blog was May 3, 2013, announcing last year’s rejection of Henry’s parole application. I’m still too busy to resume writing blogs – although I’m seriously considering beginning my next book project – but this blog I must write because Henry is about to see the parole board again. In three days, in fact, on Thursday. A little background: Henry has been

 
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