Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
State Prison Grants Medical Parole
Curtis D. Beauvais became the sixth state prisoner to be granted medical parole by the California Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday. Under a law that took effect January 1, the state “allows inmates who are permanently, medically incapacitated and require 24-hour care to be released to community medical care,” according to a release by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The law further stipulates that prisoners must not pose a risk to public safety. Those serving “life in prison without the possibility of parole” or facing a death sentence are ineligible for release.
The parole board came to their decision in a closed session, as medical privacy laws do not allow information on Beauvais’ health condition to be made public. He was serving a 7 year, 4 month sentence for “sale of a controlled substance with consecutive factors for petty theft with a prior and forgery.”
Since the law’s adoption, six of the seven prisoners to come before the parole board have been granted medical parole, with one denial.
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