Rhode Islanders Protest Early Release Of Convicted Murderer

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In Rhode Island there's growing outrage about the pending release of a man convicted of murdering a 5-year-old child some 35 years ago. The story raises troubling questions about the criminal justice system and the concept of rehabilitation.

Last week, convicted murderer Michael Woodmansee was transferred from a Massachusetts prison to Cranston, R.I., for what may be the last phase of his incarceration. In 1982, Woodmansee was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the gruesome murder of 5-year-old Jason Foreman. Now, he's facing early release for good behavior. A group of Rhode Islanders are protesting the release, and officials are working to keep Woodmansee in custody.


  • Flo Jonic, reporter, WRNI

This segment aired on March 10, 2011.


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