[sixties-l] Jailed '60s Radical Kathy Boudin Denied Parole

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Date: Mon Aug 27 2001 - 22:25:36 EDT

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    Jailed '60s Radical Kathy Boudin Denied Parole


    By Grant McCool

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kathy Boudin, a U.S. revolutionary
    serving 20 years to life in prison for her role in a deadly
    1981 security truck robbery, was denied parole on Wednesday,
    officials said.

       Boudin, 58, a former member of the 1960s radical Weather
    Underground group, pleaded guilty to second degree murder after
    the robbery in Nanuet, New York, in which a security guard and
    two police officers were shot dead by gunmen.

       Boudin received the ruling from the New York State parole
    board after an interview. It noted her ``positive'' disciplinary
    and program records -- she has been credited with helping
    develop programs for AIDS victims.

       But the board said ``that due to the violent nature and
    circumstances of the offenses, your release at this time would
    be incompatible with the welfare of society.''

       New York State Division of Parole spokesman Thomas Grant
    said Boudin was entitled to apply for parole again in August

       Her application for parole, the first she was allowed to
    make in two decades of imprisonment, was strongly opposed by
    relatives of the three dead men. A letter-writing campaign
    produced 35,000 objections to the possibility of parole,
    officials said.

       Her supporters argued that Boudin should be released
    because she was a changed woman who had helped AIDS victims,
    incarcerated mothers and inmates seeking college degrees.

       In the Oct. 20, 1981, robbery of $1.6 million from a
    Brink's truck, members of the Black Liberation Army, a splinter
    group of the Black Panthers, held up the truck and killed a
    guard. The money was transferred to another truck in which
    Boudin was waiting.

       That vehicle was stopped by police on an approach to the
    New York State Thruway. Boudin, whose own group had disbanded
    years earlier, surrendered, but gunmen burst out of the truck
    and opened fire, killing two police officers.

       Boudin grew up in Manhattan, the daughter of leftist
    parents. In college, she became involved with Students for a
    Democratic Society and then its militant offshoot, the Weather

       By 1970 she had gone underground, using an assumed name
    after surviving an explosion in a Greenwich Village townhouse
    where other members of the group had been making bombs.

       In an interview with The New York Times last week at the
    Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County just
    north of New York, Boudin did not minimize her crime or guilt,
    the newspaper said.

       The New Yorker magazine, in an article published in July,
    quoted Boudin as saying, ``I was responsible for not being

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