Report: Alabama Man Fights to Avoid Extra Prison Time after Accidentally Given Early Release

An Alabama veteran who has met all of his parole conditions is fighting to avoid additional time behind bars after state officials say they mistakenly gave him an early release.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles has voided 53-year-old Jerry Lett’s parole.

State officials say under a law passed in 2019, Lett did not serve the minimum amount of time needed to be eligible for early parole.

He was due to turn himself in on Friday, but a judge granted him a temporary reprieve. Lett’s attorneys say he has done nothing wrong since he was released following a drug conviction and cannot be punished for the state’s error.

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