Will Foster Parole Denied 1/22/99

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DRCNet received word just prior to press time that Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating has denied parole to Will Foster despite the unanimous recommendation of the state parole board, the strong support of various officials of the prison where Will had been housed for over a year (online at http://www.drcnet.org/foster/, and calls, faxes, letters and e-mail from all over the world urging his release. No reason was given by the governor for the denial.

Word in Oklahoma is that George W. Bush Jr. is considering Keating from among a short list of candidates for the Vice Presidential spot on his ticket, should Bush run and win the Republican nomination. Being that both Bush and Keating have been unrelenting drug warriors, it would appear that paroling Foster would not have been politically advantageous.

Foster will be eligible to appear in front of the parole board again in a year.

DRCNet wants to thank all of our subscribers who took the time to reach out to Governor Keating on Will Foster's behalf, and to urge you not to get discouraged, but to put the same energy into the efforts that will help one day win freedom for all the nonviolent drug offenders. We are in a hard fight, but it is a fight that can one day be won. We will, of course, keep you up to date on Will Foster's situation, and how you can help him next year.

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