For over 20 years, Alaska courts have said that prisoners who were found guilty but mentally ill have the same right as any other prisoner to apply for parole and show that they are not dangerous; the Parole Board asks if a prisoner is currently dangerous, not how he was sent to prison. In spite of this law, Alaska refused to allow William Duryea to apply for parole. The ACLU of Alaska and the Disability Law Center sued to make sure Mr. Duryea had this right. 
StatusWe won at trial and our client was allowed to exercise his right to apply for parole.


Alaska Supreme Court


On appeal

Case number

Palmer Superior Court, No. 3PA-10-1984CI, ​Alaska Supreme Court, No. S-14900