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California Expands Parole for Elderly and Medically Frail

California Board of Parole Hearings released publicly details of a program designed to give early release of elderly and frail prisoners who meet the new criteria for parole.

Earlier this year, a panel of federal judges required the state to reduce prison crowing to a more  acceptable level.

The state of California is ready to begin the early release of elderly and frail prisoners who meet new criteria for parole.

Hearings will begin starting with inmates who are over 60 years of age and have spent at least 25 years in prison will be eligible for release if they are not sentenced to death or serving life without parole sentences.

Prisoners who health conditions require they receive skilled nursing care will be eligible to move to a health care or nursing facility.  However, if they recover they face a return trip back to prison. 

Hearings will begin July 1 for inmates who meet the new conditions.


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