South African prison officials have made a surprise recommendation that Oscar Pistorius be released from prison on Aug. 21 to go under house arrest.
Acting National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise says that a prison committee recommendedPistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria after serving one sixth of his five-year sentence, or 10 months, for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A decision by the parole board is pending.
Aug. 21 is 10 months since Pistorius was sentenced by a judge after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing Steenkamp.
Modise said the committee made the recommendation on the basis of the double-amputee Olympic athlete’s good behavior in the jail in the South African capital, Pretoria.
Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said the conditions of Pistorius’ house arrest won’t be made public.