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Parole hearings announced
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Stuart Barry Fish, 49, is eligible for a parole hearing before the Prisoner Review Board in October. Fish, who has also gone by the name "Outlaw," is incarcerated at Hutchinson Correctional Facility in a work-release program. His convictions in Pawnee County are from criminal damage to property over $100 in 1983 and theft over $150 in 1987. He is also in prison for aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping, which occurred in Sedgwick County in 1991. He returned to prison in 2008 after a parole violation.

There will be a public comment session from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 15, at Hays, for inmates eligible for parole hearings in October. Addition public comment sessions will take place Sept. 19 in Wichita, Sept. 20 in Kansas City and Sept. 21 in Topeka.

Curtis Lee Bentley, 51, is eligible for a parole hearing in November. He was convicted of aggravated battery in Ellsworth County in 1991. He also has prior convictions of battery in Douglas County, 1978; aggravated sodomy in Reno County, 1981; and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer in Leavenworth County in 1981. He is incarcerated at Ellsworth Correctional Facility in low-medium custody level, and is eligible for a parole hearing in November.

There will be public comment sessions Oct. 17 at the Finney State Office Building in Wichita; Oct. 18 at City Hall in Kansas City; Oct. 19 at the Landon State Office Building in Topeka and Oct. 26 at the courthouse in Garden City.

The Prisoner Review Board is interested in knowing the view of citizens concerning the possible parole of these inmates. Any citizen who would like to express comments on these inmates, but is unable to attend one of the Public Comment Sessions, may send a letter to: Kansas Department of Corrections, Prisoner Review Board; Landon State Office Building; 900 SW Jackston St., 4th Floor; Topeka, KS 66612-1220.

Inmates are required by law to receive a hearing when they become parole eligible. Parole eligibility is not necessarily the same as parole suitability. In determining parole suitability, the Parole Board considers the following ten areas: 1) crime; 2) prior criminal history; 3) program participation; 4) disciplinary record; 5) reports of physical/mental examinations; 6) comments received from the victim, the public and criminal justice officials; 7) prison capacity; 8) input from staff where offender is housed; 9) proportionality to sentence guidelines; and 10) risk factors revealed by any risk assessment.