Montague man talks about life after parole

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A Montague man who spent 18 years in prison outlined the difficulties of reintegrating into society.

The discussion was held at First Churches of Northampton Wednesday night. Donald Perry, who was arrested in 1982, was released on parole in 2001.

Perry spoke about what it means for someone to be on parole, and how it difficult it can be getting back into the community.

“It was horrible,” said Perry. “I’d wake up every night two, three o’clock in the morning, sit there, wondering, how did I get here?”

Perry pointed out what he sees as some of the flaws he experienced with the Massachusetts parole system.

He hopes his discussions will help focus attention on the weaknesses and result eventually in reform.

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