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Mich. inmates win lawsuit over unusual parole ban
DETROIT (AP) - About 130 Michigan prison inmates could get a shot at freedom after a judge struck down an unusual policy that denied any possibility for parole if they had committed another crime behind bars.
The lawsuit was filed by University of Michigan professor Paul Reingold. The policy was so little known that judges and defense lawyers said even they were unaware of the consequences.
The inmates were sent to prison on life sentences with a chance at parole. But a subsequent crime in prison put them in a different category.
Ingham County Judge Joyce Draganchuk ruled in favor of the prisoners on Sept. 11, saying the parole board's interpretation of a state law was wrong. The inmates want parole hearings, although the judge hasn't settled on a remedy yet.