Feb. 7, 2012

Denial Of Parolee W/ (5) year "Set Back" - Frank Soffen

by Timothy J. Muise (author's profile)

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Timothy J. Muise, #W66927
MCI Shirley
P.O. Box 1218
Shirley, MA
01464-1218

January 2012
Re: Denial of Parole w/ five (5) year "set-back"
Frank Soffen

Dear Supporter:
I am sad to report that Frank Soffen was denied release on parole supervision. The unanimous decision of the parole board to deny Frank release is tantamount to a death sentence for him. Frank will not see his next review hearing. Sadly, he will be dead by then.

We need to show the outrage for this decision. Frank Soffen poses NO threat if released. He is medically incapacitated and his further incarceration does NOT serve the welfare of society. Frank Soffen has served forty years in prison and just wants to die at his son's home. What kind of society are we if we allow the infirm and disabled to be punished beyond all reason? One I hope you will help us work to change.

We need you to do whatever you feel will get the message out there. My hopes are that you will use your media contacts, political contacts, and reform community allies to shout Frank's story from the rooftops! The cause is not about Frank Soffen, it is about compassion and humane treatment. I have been humbled by our failures of late. I am at a loss for specific instructions. This is why I am leaving it up to you and your judgment to devise a plan, both personal and on a community scale, which will get this draconian treatment into the limelight.

Enclosed you will find an article, a call to action so to speak, that I have authored about the decision. My way is to attack the heart of the issue. I believe that former prosecutor Josh Wall is the heart of this failed decision. You have my expressed written consent to use this piece in any manner you see fit. I'm never afraid to be the bad guy. You will also find enclosed a copy of Frank Soffen's Record of Decision from this most recent parole hearing. The silence on Frank's medical condition and full incapacitation screams of malfeasance. Frank seeks medical parole, and the parole board treated him with its usual disdain as a standard case. Their decision is surely a death sentence for Frank and acts as another nail in the coffin of commonsense reform.

We need your help NOW more than ever! Please let me know what you think you can do for the cause. Frank's life hangs in the balance. I hope to hear from you very soon.

Urgently yours,
Timothy J. Muise, #W66927
MCI Shirley P.O. Box 1218
Shirley, MA 01464-1218

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rosea Posted 7 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
I have known Frank Soffen for over 35 years.This is outrageous! I have seen with my own eyes the remorse and regret he has for his crimes and yet when I read the comments from the victims families, I do understand what they must feeland it's a tragedy, but they must go on to forgive,do you hear me; FORGIVE, as the hatred they express will only make them live with bitterness all their lives.This is not the right thing the Parole Board is doing. There was an inmate years ago named Louie Greco, who had cancer and they gave him a medical release so he could go to Florida to die where his sister lived and his crimes were also extremely seriousserious. Why is the Parole Board denying Frank due to the fact they don't think he is rehabilitated? I know differently, His medical problems he is suffering with are a death sentence as it is. He is a human being who deserves to have the last of his years with some dignity.I trust Frank Soffen with my life and would take care of him if he were released . The Parole Board surely has changed. Years ago we had members who would release him under the circumstances as they did Louie Greco.They believed that people changed.Over 40 years on his charges? It seems we need a better Parole Board ;one who has a heart for people suffering. After all, he has suffered more than his share.
Rose A.

Paul Posted 7 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
"I do understand what they must feeland it's a tragedy, but they must go on to forgive,do you hear me; FORGIVE, as the hatred they express will only make them live with bitterness all their lives."

I very much doubt that you understand.

This sentiment would apply equally to the author of this post. It is apparent the bitterness he holds in his heart is self-destructive.

If a parole board doesn't give us the decision we want it doesn't mean we should keep changing to a "better" one that does.

JT Posted 7 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
Actually, the appointment of Josh Wall was political. Have you read up on his appointment? There are many advocacy groups in MASS that do not agree with his appointment and his decisions -- and want his ouster.

I think it's entirely within reason to call for change. Whether it comes, how people understand the need for change - well, you get your opinion, too.

But it's important to work towards a better end - always.

Paul Posted 7 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
Wall was appointed following the Cinelli fiasco. His appointment was 2 1/2 years ago and of course there will be all sorts of tree-hugging pro offender liberals who won't want a former prosecutor in charge of the parole board. I think Wall has helped to restore public confidence in the Board.

Paul Posted 7 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
Soffen got second degree murder in a plea deal. He claimed self defense having shot Mike Perrot 6 times in the head and face and Gary Dube 3 times in the head. Do you see a pattern emerging. He is a poster child for medical release but that is not the issue. The parole board........regardless what Muise thinks.......feel that he is a continuing danger, as they have for the last 15 times. That does not mean that we need to change the board until we get the one to suit us. There are 7 members on the board performing a thankless task.

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