Michelle Carter, the woman from Massachusetts who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15-months in prison in 2017 was released from prison on Thursday, January 23rd. Carter, who was ordered to begin her sentence in February of 2018, was released four months early due to good behavior and will now be required to serve 5-years of probation. Carter’s early release came as a shock and disappointment to the family and supporters of Conrad Roy, the teenager whom she had encouraged and urged to kill himself in 2014.
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- Writing: Does Michelle Carter’s early release highlight any issues that are inherent within the criminal justice system?
- Debate: Inmates convicted of serious crimes should not be eligible for early release.
- Poll: Do you think that Michelle Carter should have served her entire sentence?
- Short Answer: Why was Michelle Carter released from prison early?
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