The Pennsylvania Parole Board refused Bill Cosby’s request to be freed from jail on parole on Thursday.
A letter released by the board Thursday stated that Cosby, 83, failed “to develop a parole release plan” and must participate in and complete additional programs including a “treatment program for sex offenders and violence prevention.”
In 2018, Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in state prison for aggravated sexual assault for drugging and abusing Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia.
According to the parole board, Cosby also received a bad recommendation from the department of prisons.
If Cosby can secure a favorable recommendation, complete the requisite programs, and have a clean record of conduct, the board’s decision can be revisited.
A representative for Cosby said in a statement that it was “not a surprise” that his parole request was denied.
“Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him, as being false, without the sheer evidence of any proof,” the statement read. “Today, Mr. Cosby continues to remain hopeful that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion to vacate his conviction or warrant him a new trial.”
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear Cosby’s appeal on whether the trial judge erred in allowing prosecutors to summon five additional victims to back up Constand’s accusations, as well as Cosby’s position that he should never have been prosecuted due to the conditions of an agreement reached with a former district attorney.