About His Case

About His Case

Sundiata Acoli, birth name Clark Edward Squire, was convicted of first-degree murder in 1974 and sentenced to life, with the possibility of parole in 1999. He has been eligible for parole since 1993 but denied it six times. Of the 48 years he’s been in prison, 42 of those have seen no infractions. The New Jersey State Parole Board denied parole to Sundiata in 2011 and issued a Future Eligibility Term (FET) of 120 months or 10 years.

In the state of New Jersey, the burden of proof rests on the state to prove that the defendant poses a risk to public safety or presents a substantial risk of recidivism and therefore cannot be eligible for parole. Download the full legal case backgrounder.

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