Jones says no to September parole meeting

Non-licensed investor will not seek parole in October

By Kevin Woodhouse

Last week, the victims of fraudulent businessman Earl Jones received a letter from the Parole Board of Canada noting that the non-licensed investor will not be seeking a parole hearing in September that could have seen Jones released to a half-way house the following month as the white collar criminal has served one third of his sentence.

The letter stated that Jones has “declined his right to a hearing” and will subsequently remain in prison and could remain behind bars until his next hearing in 2015. The reason Jones had stated he would not be seeking the parole hearing was that he had another release plan but would not elaborate further.

The Suburban spoke to Louis-Philippe Moisan-Audet of the Parole Board of Canada who could not comment specifically on Jones’ case but said that while the practice of an inmate refusing a parole hearing is uncommon, “it is not always the exception as a prisoner has the right to waive or postpone a review.

“The inmate can send a request to the board for another hearing which would usually occur within two to five months of the request, depending on the case,” said Moisan-Audet. “There could be different reasons for the postponement as the inmate’s release plan might not be ready or they want to finish a program they have begun.”

Joey Davis of the Earl Jones Victims Committee, was surprised by the announcement considering it was the work of the committee that changed white collar criminal sentences, forcing white collar criminals, such as Jones, to serve at least one third of the mandatory sentence in lieu of the original one sixth.

“Does Jones actually want to stay in jail?” Davis wondered since had Jones attended the September hearing, he would have likely been given release into the Montreal area to serve out the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house.

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