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California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators

California Medical Parole
Posted at 12:59 PM, Dec 01, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California corrections officials have begun limiting medical parole only to inmates so ill they are on ventilators.

They are citing a federal rule change as the reason inmates who are quadriplegic or have other severe permanent disabilities no longer can be placed in nursing homes.

An attorney representing inmates says it could lead to a third of the 210 permanently incapacitated inmates on medical parole being sent back to prison.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says California could switch to other care facilities that don’t fall under the same guidelines as nursing homes.

A state corrections spokesperson said that would require establishing a new monitoring program for those facilities.