Bill Would Grant Parole to Incapacitated Inmates
A bill (SB 1399) by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) would grant parole to 32 of the state's sickest inmates, with the goal of saving California up to $40 million annually. Some opponents of the measure say that it should be more inclusive because it would affect a small number of the 3,000 extraordinarily ill inmates, while others argue that certain inmates should not have the opportunity for parole. Leno's bill has passed the Senate, and the Assembly might take it up after the summer recess.
- "Parole for the Sick To Save the Budget?" (Cota, "Crosscurrents," KALW, 7/27).