Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Incapacitated Inmate Granted Medical Parole

VACAVILLE – The California Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) on Tuesday granted medical parole to inmate Curtis D. Beauvais, the 6th inmate to be granted medical parole since the law took effect earlier this year.

The Board determined yesterday at a hearing at California Medical Facility, Vacaville, that the conditions under which Beauvais would be released on medical parole would not reasonably pose a threat to public safety.

Beauvais is serving a sentence of 7 years and 4 months for the sale of a controlled substance with consecutive factors for petty theft with a prior and forgery. He was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on February 18, 2009, from Tuolumne County.

Due to privacy laws regarding medical information, CDCR cannot release information related to Beauvais’ medical condition. Additionally, because there was no authorization for release of medical information, the board discussed the inmate’s medical condition in closed session.

The Board hearing transcript, which will serve as the official record, 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, which is expected to be ready in approximately 30 days.

The medical parole law, which became effective January 1, 2011, allows 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 BPH reviews cases referred by prison medical staff and determines who is suitable for release.

BPH has granted medical parole to six incapacitated inmates with one denial since the law became effective.


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