Mutulu Shakur Pens Letter Explaining Why He’s Still In Prison

Mutulu Shakur

UPDATE 2: Mutulu Shakur recently posted a letter to his website from prison explaining how word of his early release got out; the date was supposed to be February 10, 2016, but was pushed back due to supposed interference from the Victorville Parole Commission.

“Like many of you, I was of the belief that I was to be released from prison, effective February 10, 2016. That belief was based on the 30 years I was required to serve. I have fulfilled that commitment while following all rules and regulations like any other prisoner would be expected to. Having been sentenced under federal statute 4205(a), any person serving more than 45 years must serve 30 years to receive mandatory release.

For the past 30 years my target release date has been February 10, 2016. Whosoever had legitimate concerns had the same time to come forward to argue that I should not be released.

To deny me release at this stage the Parole Commission must determine that I have either “repeatedly or seriously violated the rules of the institution, or there exists a great probability that the inmate will commit any federal, state or local crime following his release.”

Read the rest here.

UPDATE: Dr. Shakur’s stepson Zayd Malik took to Facebook late last night (February 11) to clear up any misconceptions about his stepfather. Apparently, he hasn’t been released from prison yet and his parole hearing is scheduled for early April. We’ll keep you updated with more info as we get it.


After 30 years spent in prison, Mutulu Shakur, the ringleader behind the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery and stepfather of Tupac Shakur, has been released. He only served half of his original 60-year stint.

We checked the Federal Bureau of Prisons‘ site and they’re not kidding:

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The former leader of the Black Liberation Army made parole and was released from a California state penitentiary just yesterday (February 10). Mutulu and his gang, known as “The Family” (made up of BLA and former members of the Weather Underground) robbed an armored truck in Nyack, NY October 20, 1981 and made off with $1.8 million after killing Sgt. Edward O’Grady, Officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige.

Most expected Shakur, born Jeral Wayne Williams, to die behind bars, but he’s out and about now. He also helped his sister Assata Shakur escape prison when she was detained for her alleged hand in the death of a New Jersey state trooper in 1973.

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