A Massachusetts woman who urged her own boyfriend to kill himself is set to be released early from prison on account of good behaviour, despite the parole board having just denied a bid to reduce her sentence.
Michelle Carter, 22, has had her release date moved up to March 13 from an original release date of May 5. Authorities have stated this is because of good behaviour, with Carter being described as a model inmate by prison officials at Bristol County House Correction in Dartmouth.
Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Parole Board has rejected Carters bid for early release after serving less than half of her 15-month prison sentence.
In a statement, Bristol County Sheriffs Office spokesperson Jonathan Darling informed CNN how inmates in Massachusetts may earn up to 10 days monthly for working at the jail and attending educational programmes.
Following their decision to deny Carter early release, The Massachusetts Parole Board has said Carter needs to further address the factors which led to her encouraging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself.
As reported by CNN, the boards decision states:
The [Board] is troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged Mr. Conrad (Roy III) to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide.
Ms. Carters self-serving statements and behavior, leading up to and after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity.
One board member reportedly wrote:
Given subjects behavior in facilitating victims death, release not compatible w[ith] best interest of society,
Did not provide sufficient insight into reason for lack of empathy at time of crime and surrounding time period.
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