Judge Approves Prison Release for 'Making a Murderer' Subject Brendan Dassey

Judge Approves Prison Release for 'Making a Murderer' Subject Brendan Dassey
After plenty of ups and downs, the incarceration of Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey is officially coming to an end.

As TMZ reports, a federal judge has approved the release of Brendan Dassey provided that he follows a series of conditions.

Specifically, Dassey is not allowed to leave eastern Wisconsin. He also can't obtain a passport or possess weapons or any other controlled substances. He has to provide an address of where he plans to live, and he can't have any contact with Steven Avery or the family of murder victim Teresa Halbach.

UPDATE (11/15, 6 p.m. EST): The state of Wisconsin has now filed an 11th hour motion to block Dassey's release, stating he poses a "serious public safety issue." The state is now asking that he remains behind bars until a higher court can make a final decision on his conviction.

UPDATE (11/16, 12 p.m. EST): Despite the state's last-ditch effort to keep Dassey behind bars, a judge has ruled he must be released from prison no later than Friday (November 18) at 8 p.m. local time.


Earlier this year, Dassey had his conviction overturned after a judge ruled that authorities acted inappropriately by grilling Dassey, 16 at the time of his arrest, without the presence of an adult. The judge also said that investigators were wrong to assure Dassey that they were on his side.

Documents were filed in October  asking the court to reverse its ruling that investigators had manipulated Dassey into confessing that he helped Steven Avery murder Halbach in 2005.

The current ruling means that Dassey will no longer remain behind bars.