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Prison officials release Charles Manson photos

Charles Manson is seen in a 2011 photo released by the California prison system.

April 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
California prison officials have released updated mug shots of Charles Manson. The photos were taken in June 2011 and were released Thursday. They show the 77-year-old Manson with long gray hair and a shaggy beard.

Manson comes up for his 12th parole hearing next week and is certain to be denied. . It could be his last because state law now allows a denial of parole for up to 15 years.

Manson has not attended a parole hearing since 1997, when he rambled on for hours, denying that he had killed anyone and espousing the beliefs that guided his cult.

He is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison for the Tate-La Bianca murders in 1969.

Manson is an old man living among a few other notorious killers whose lives would be in jeopardy if released into the general population at Corcoran State Prison, Thornton said. They are in a protective housing unit and can go outside into a yard.

Even now, Manson is a problem prisoner, having racked up rules violations for receiving smuggled cell phones and for having a homemade weapon in his cell last October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.