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Overview of Special Needs Parole Policy and Recommendations for Improvement
| Cataloged on:
Oct. 31, 2006
ANNOTATION: Early parole review is provided by this program to certain non-aggravated offenders (elderly, terminally ill, physically handicapped, mentally ill, and mentally retarded) who have a health condition that requires 24 hour skilled nursing care. This program provides a means to reduce incarceration costs (which averages $7,000 per special needs offender per year for nursing facility care compared to $34,000 for in-prison medical care) while promoting public safety and providing more humane care. Thirty cases (22% of those eligible) were granted parole.