The Hartford Courant reports, "Malloy Appoints Man Wrongly Convicted Of Murder To Parole Board," by Jenny Wilson and Alaine Griffin.
In a symbolic gesture to a wrongly convicted man who served two decades in Connecticut prisons before he was exonerated, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday announced the appointment of Kenneth Ireland to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Ireland, 44, was convicted in 1989 for the murder and rape of 30-year-old Barbara Pelkey. He spent nearly half his life serving part of a 50-year prison sentence before DNA evidence proved he was innocent and led a judge to order his immediate release in 2009.
For years, Ireland's fate was in the hands of the state — and now, in his new role on the board, his responsibilities will include deciding the future of others who claim innocence and appeal for clemency.
"Ken Ireland is a man of extraordinary character, who endured the unimaginable pain of nearly 20 years of wrongful incarceration and yet is not only without bitterness, but is incredibly thoughtful, insightful and committed to public safety and public service," said Malloy, who announced four other appointments to the Board of Pardons and Paroles Wednesday. The others have backgrounds in nonprofit management, law, and parole or probation; Ireland is the only one of the five to have served prison time in Connecticut.
"Exonerated prisoner appointed to parole board," is AP coverage, via the Bristol Press.
A state man who was freed after spending two decades in prison on wrongful murder and rape convictions has been appointed to the state parole board.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed Kenneth Ireland and four others to paid positions on the Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday.
Ireland was imprisoned at the age of 18 and released in 2009 at age 39 after DNA tests proved another man fatally beat 30-year-old mother of four Barbara Pelkey in Wallingford. He currently is seeking up to $8 million from the state under Connecticut’s wrongful incarceration law.
Reuters posts, "Connecticut man wrongly jailed for 21 years now part of state parole board," by Richard Weizel. It's via Raw Story.
“I spent 20 years inside prison walls, I have some direct and hard-earned perspective on who should stay there and who has genuinely earned a second chance,” Ireland said in a statement issued by his attorney a day after Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy appointed him to the board.
“I live in Connecticut too, and no less than anyone else I want the Parole Board to make careful and well-reasoned decisions about who should and should not be in the community.”