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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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2013 Parole Decision for Tom Henry

Last evening I got a text from Thomas Elliott, Henry’s oldest son, saying “Dad got two votes and a one year set. Dick and Rose are headed to see Dad now.” “Well, that’s bad news but with good news mixed in,” I replied. “It’s always been a three-year set, except for last time, which was two years, so little by little …” The rules are that the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (IPRB) can either approve or deny parole. If they deny, they also decide how long before the applicant can

 
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