South Africa’s Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius would find himself out of jail this Friday, August 21 2015.
This is because after serving ten months of his five year sentence, he’s eligible for parole and would be placed under house arrest for the rest of his sentence.
Pistorius’ time would be spent in his uncle’s house in Pretoria, and some of the conditions for the house arrest would be electronic monitoring, community service, required employment — and no alcohol, drugs or firearms.
CNN reports that such early releases are common in the South African legal system, because the prisons are overcrowded and underfunded. Early release is a norm in the nation as long as an inmate behaves well in prison and isn’t considered a danger to society.
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His deceased girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s parents submitted a letter urging the parole board not to release him early. “Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough,” the letter read in part. “We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as a deterrent it should.”
Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison in October last year, following the Valentine’s Day 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Blade runner said he thought intruders had entered the house, prompting him to fire.
State prosecutors are trying to get the manslaughter ruling overturned and the charge amended to murder, which would lead to a steeper sentence. Motions are set to be heard in November.
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