Synopses & Reviews
In 1969, the world was shocked by several murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers. Although the defendants were sentenced to death in 1971, their sentences were commuted to life with parole in 1972; since 1978, they have been regularly attending parole hearings. So far, all of the living defendants remain behind bars.
Relying on nearly fifty years' worth of parole hearing transcripts, as well as interviews and archival materials, Yesterday's Monsters invites readers into the opaque world of the California parole process--a realm of almost unfettered administrative discretion, prison programming inadequacies, and political pressures--and offers a fresh longitudinal perspective on extreme punishment.