by Sharon Rondeau

(May 23, 2018) — On Wednesday evening The Post & Email received a message from Robert Z. Whipple, III that at long last he was released from prison to parole.

His April 18 parole hearing concluded in a positive outcome, but his actual release to a halfway house was administratively delayed for over a month.

Whipple had been noted as eligible for parole in 2014 but was kept in prison for more than four additional years during which he filed a total of four lawsuits against the Tennessee Department of Correction and a number of its employees and associated parties. One of the suits pertained to that issue, while another dealt with a denial by the TDOC to administer medication Whipple said he needed.  That case and a third were dismissed.

The fourth action, which remains active, claimed that the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) failed to provide him access to a federal law library.

Whipple’s case has been featured here and on the “Nooganomics” radio show by host David Tulis.

Over the last three years, The Post & Email has heard from several TDOC inmates who said they had served 100% of their respective sentences but had reportedly been denied parole.  In July 2016, the Tennessee Board of Parole’s spokeswoman, Melissa McDonald, spoke with us about the issue and asked that we send the documentation in our possession, which we did.

We did not hear back from her.

This story is also posted at through AF.


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