August 27, 2021
After spending well over a year working closely with Sirhan on his ability to articulate his half-century of rehabilitation inside the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation he succesfully demonstrated great self-awareness, insight, and empathy to the Board of Parole Hearings and his victims. Governor Newsom's appointed law enforcement officials on the Board of Parole found Sirhan suitable to be released and NOT an unreasonable risk to society.
During Sirhan's almost-five hour long Parole Board Hearing he provided examples of how he's applied his five decades of positive program involvement to his everyday life.
Supporting his extenisive rehabilitation record, Executive Director of Redemption Row, Jen Abreu, gave testimony in his Hearing providing mitigation data and a comparative analysis of Sirhan's rehabiliative record against others who have been paroled with less rehabilitation, education, and documented acts of violence while incarcerated.
CALIFORNIA BOARD OF PAROLE FACTS
"The most glaring evidence of Mr. Sirhan’s deficient insight is his shifting narrative about his assassination of Senator Kennedy, and his current refusal to accept responsibility for his crimes." - Governor Gavin Newsom 1/13/22
AN ADMISSION OF GUILT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW
Penal Code § 5011(b); 15 CCR § 2236; In re Perez (2016) 7 Cal.App.5th 65, 87-88 [212 Cal.Rptr.3d 441]; In re Swanigan (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 1 [192 Cal.Rptr.3d 172]; In re Jackson (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 1376, 1388, 1391 [123 Cal.Rptr.3d 486]; In re McDonald (2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 1008 [118 Cal.Rptr.3d 145]; In re Shaputis (2011) 53 Cal.4th 192, 216 [134 Cal.Rptr.3d 86].
"I have had the opportunity to observe Mr. Sirhan on a daily basis and during many interactions. It is my professional opinion that he has exhibited the attributes of a rehabilitated individual."
- Correctional Officer
R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility, San Diego, CA
August 25, 2021