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'Hua-Kang Wolf' files again for parole, says MOJ

'Hua-Kang Wolf' files again for parole, says MOJ

A senior official from the Ministry of Justice disclosed yesterday that his ministry has been extremely cautious in screening the seventh request of a repeat sexual offender for parole.
"The ministry is carrying out careful examination of the request based on the convict's behavior in jail, how well he can assimilate back into society and how likely it is that he commits a crime again after being released on parole," said Deputy Minister of Justice Lee Chin-yung (李進勇).
The convict, surnamed Yang, was dubbed the "Hua-Kang Wolf" after he committed a series of rapes on the Yangmingshan campus of Chinese Culture University starting in 1995. He requested parole in 2001 when he tested into the Department of Sociology at National Taiwan University.
The 2001 request was denied, leaving him unable to enroll in the prestigious university. Most crime and psychology experts invited by the ministry to examine his request argued that Yang was very likely to commit a similar crime after his release.
Now that Yang has filed his seventh request, Lee said, the ministry has considered applying stricter rules to keep the convict under control if they grant him parole. The stricter surveillance considered by the ministry includes having the convict wear an electronic device 24-hours a day to monitor his whereabouts, and having him take a lie detector test regularly whenever he reports to his parole officer, Lee said.