Crime and Punishments

CHRISTOPHE ENA/REA

PAROLE DENIED: Mesbah, above, will remain in Muret Prison in Toulouse

It's not often that a prisoner is hap-py to be denied parole. But Aïssa Mesbah may have felt that way last week when he learned that his early release from Muret Prison in Toulouse, where he's seven years into a 12-year sentence for attempted murder, had been denied. A judge had ruled that Mesbah's exemplary conduct in jail warranted his parole. But last week that same judge reversed himself, arguing that Mesbah, 28, was better off behind bars. Early release, the magistrate reasoned, would make Mesbah a victim of France's double peine — a "double jeopardy" law allowing the deportation of...

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