Jeff Mizanskey to Receive Parole Hearing Tomorrow!

John Payne
August 5, 2015 | John Payne

Back in May, Governor Nixon commuted the sentence of Jeff Mizanskey, who, since 1993, had been serving a life without parole sentence here in Missouri for non-violent cannabis offenses. Of course, the commutation was very good news for Jeff, but Governor Nixon did not grant clemency or a pardon, which would have freed him immediately. Instead, Nixon’s decision changed Jeff’s sentence to life with the possibility of parole, putting Jeff’s case in the hands of the Division of Probation and Parole.

Jeff MizanskeyTomorrow, Thursday, August 6, Jeff will appear before the parole board for the first time, accompanied by his attorney and the chair of our board of directors, Dan Viets. Given Jeff’s nearly spotless record as an inmate — in 22 years, his only two write-ups were given for putting mail in the wrong slot and having a messy floor — we feel optimistic that the board will grant Jeff parole.

However, that is not guaranteed, and you can help! Take a few moments to write a letter to the Division of Probation and Parole, 3400 Knipp Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Thank the board for considering Jeff’s case and encourage them to grant him his freedom as soon as possible. He has never posed a threat to public safety, least of all now at age 62. Please be respectful and polite, and don’t argue for cannabis legalization when you write.

Jeff’s case has advanced to this point because of people who have spoken up, including his family, state legislators such as Shamed Dogan (R – Ballwin), and citizens like you. Help secure Jeff’s freedom by mailing a letter of support to the Probation and Parole Board now!

Then, help us continue to fight for not just Jeff’s freedom, but the freedom of every Missourian, by making a contribution of $10, $25, or $50.