Friday, July 22, 2011

Incapacitated Inmate Granted Medical Parole Under New Law

DELANO -- Today, the California Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) granted medical parole to inmate Michael Barnes, the fourth inmate to be granted medical parole this year.

Inmate Barnes was referred to the Board because he met the criteria of Penal Code Section 3550, subdivision (a). The Board determined today at a hearing at Kern Valley State Prison that the conditions under which inmate Barnes would be released on medical parole would not reasonably pose a threat to public safety.

Inmate Barnes is serving a 24-year sentence from Santa Cruz County for two counts of rape with force.

Due to privacy laws regarding medical information, CDCR cannot comment on inmate Barnes’ medical condition. Additionally, because there was no authorization for release of medical information, the Board discussed inmate Barnes’ medical condition in private.

The Board hearing transcript will serve as the official record and it will not include a discussion of his medical condition by BPH panel members. Discussion of his medical condition by other principals at the hearing, however, may be included in the transcript. The transcript is expected to be transcribed and ready in approximately 30 days.

Penal Code Section 3550, Medical Parole, became effective on January 1, 2011. The intent of the Medical Parole program is to allow inmates, who are permanently medically incapacitated and require 24-hour care, to be released to community medical care, if they do not require custody supervision or pose a risk to public safety. The law prohibits inmates convicted to “life in prison without the possibility of parole,” or those condemned to death from eligibility for medical parole. The Board of Parole Hearings reviews cases referred by institution medical staff and determines who is suitable for release.



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JULY 22, 2011
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