JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The only man in Missouri serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana related
offenses is now getting released from the maximum-security prison in Jefferson City, according to the man’s son.
Jeff Mizanskey was told Monday morning that he has been granted parole, according to his son, Chris. Chris Mizanskey says his dad should be released within 10 to 25 days. He says his dad called him briefly Monday morning to share the news. They planned to talk again Monday night.
Jeff Mizanskey has already served more than 20 years in the prison for repeat marijuana offenses. He is now 62-years old.
One paragraph of the Change.org petition says:
“My father…. has been in prison since he was 41. His parents – my grandparents – have since passed. While my dad has been trapped behind bars, generations of kids and grandkids have been born into our family who have never even met the man. The State of Missouri spends roughly $22,000/year to keep him locked up. Meanwhile all my dad wants to do is be a productive part of society, work and pay taxes, be with his family. And I want my dad back.”
In May, Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence, and allowed Mizanskey to be up for parole, which was held last week.