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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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