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Evidence-Based Compassionate Release Policies for Seriously Ill Prisoners

Brie Williams and Cyrus Ahalt of Tideswell’s Criminal Justice Aging Project write about compassionate release policies for prisoners in a February Health Affairs blog.  They conclude:

“Expanding compassionate release isn’t just the right thing to do: It’s the smart thing to do. The Trump administration could continue the Sentencing Commission’s efforts to maximize the effectiveness of this tool in the interest of addressing mass incarceration and reducing federal spending. The states could also look to the Sentencing Commission guidelines as a model with which to evaluate the effectiveness of their own compassionate release programs. At the same time, medical leaders across the country should see in these new guidelines an opportunity to engage correctional systems in their state on the development of appropriately health-informed criminal justice policies.”

Read the full article here.