It's with great sadness, but renewed hope, that we announce the results of of our brother Yogi's May 2nd Board hearing.
His attorney, Keith Wattley, reported the Board gave Hugo a five-year hit, but with the following caveat: If he participates in the prison's Step-Down program (attends group therapy, etc.), he will get another hearing in about a year to a year and a half.
This is certainly better than the worst possibility, a 15-year denial, but I'm quite sure it doesn't make Hugo's mother very happy. She's well into her 80s and has been waiting nearly 50 years to have her son released and back home.
We are all disappointed, but still very committed to Yogi's ultimate release. So please keep up your support, and send Yogi some love. He'll need it to get through this disappointing period, as well as encouragement to endure this next phase of incarceration. As far as we know, he is still in lockup, albeit with less tortuous conditions than at Pelican Bay.
End the death penalty! Stop the torture of solitary confinement! Abolish the prison system!