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Steven Powell’s prison release will be delayed

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – ABC 4 Utah has learned new information about the release of Steven Powell, father of Josh Powell. His release date will not happen as soon as he expected.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – ABC 4 Utah has learned new information about the release of Steven Powell, father of Josh Powell. His release date will not happen as soon as he expected.

It appears Steven Powell will be spending more time behind bars than he may have originally thought. He's the father in law Susan Cox Powell who disappeared from West Valley City in 2009.

Right now he's serving time on unrelated charges in a Washington state prison, and was scheduled to be released on May 23rd. But now a spokesperson for the Washington Department of Corrections said that's not going to happen.

"It's too soon to tell at this point what his exact date of release will be," said Norah West, Washington St. Dept. of Corrections.

The problem with Powell has to do with his plan after prison.

"Every offender who is on community supervision, which Mr. Powell will be, is also required to complete an offender release plan," said West.

That plan includes things like where he plans to live, and plans to do for work. So far Powell's plan hasn't been approved.

"His sentence is not completed until his plan is approved," West said

Following Susan's disappearance, Powell made claims on national TV that he was involved in a sexual relationship with his daughter in law.

"Susan was very sexual with me, she was very flirtatious. I mean I'm her father-in-law and she would do a lot of things that she was just, she did it, I did it. We interacted in a lot of sexual ways because Susan enjoys doing that," said Steven Powell to ABC News.

When police searched Powell's Washington home they found he took hidden camera photos of Susan while she was dressing, and did the same thing to neighbor girls. That eventually landed him in jail. So far it's unclear if Powell's post prison plans conflict with the nature of his crime. But whatever’s the hold up a prison spokesperson said it will delay Powell's release.

"It may be within a week, it may be in a couple of months."

From what ABC 4 Utah is told by the Washington Department of Corrections, a prisoner in his situation can only be released 30 to 35 days after his plan is approved. Right now his plan is currently being reviewed. So if you're doing the math, his release date was May 23rd. Even his plan gets approved immediately there's no way he'll be out on his release date.

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