Health Care Services should continue to explore methods of reducing the costs of medical care to the State, including those of inmates with high medical costs. These efforts could include proposing a review of the program that allows for the early release of terminally ill or medically incapacitated inmates, and other possible means of altering the ways in which inmates are housed without unduly increasing the risk to the public.
Health Care Services provided a copy of the emergency regulations for the new medical parole process, which were approved and adopted in April 2011. According to Health Care Services, as of April 2011, it had identified 38 potential candidates for medical parole and reported that it was working to provide these cases to the Board of Parole Hearings for consideration. (See 2012-406, p. 172)
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