A man who left prison in August was sent back for violating his parole, and the supposed violation might surprise you.
Forty-eight-year-old Ashley Stansfield was released after serving 18 months for conspiring to steal a car, and subsequently put on parole. The parole included a nightly curfew that ended at 7 a.m.
In September, Stansfield was brought on by a delivery company in London to work as a driver on a trial basis. Following the trial, he was hired. When he got the job, Stansfield reported to his parole officer, saying that it would require him to start working at 6:15am. The officer reportedly gave Stansfield permission to go into work early despite the curfew restrictions.
Two weeks after starting work, Stansfield went to a schedule appointment with his parole officer, where he was told that he would be sent back to prison for “breaching curfew.”
A spokesperson for the London Community Rehabilitation Company, the private company that oversaw Stansfield’s parole, said that although his officer had approved the early-morning start time, they were still waiting for approval from the governor of the jail. Therefore, Stansfield technically breached his parole.
The process of approval can take some time, according to another spokesman for the probation service. “This can take several days and we advise ex-offenders not to breach their curfew times until the change is finished, as this may result in them being recalled.”
Stansfield’s longtime friend said she feels that his punishment is unjust.
“It’s disgusting,” Laura Aubrey said. “He was so pleased to be starting work so soon after getting out of jail, he even bought his own uniform.”
Source: The Guardian / Photo Credit: theguardian.com, Wikimedia Commons