A stepwise guide for healthcare professionals requesting compassionate release for patients who are incarcerated

Alexa Kanbergs, Ilana Garcia-Grossman, Cyrus Ahalt, Michele DiTomas, Rachael Bedard, Brie Williams

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Abstract

Purpose: Compassionate release is a process that allows for the early release or parole of some incarcerated people of advanced age, with life-limiting illness, complex medical care needs or significant functional decline. Despite the expansion of State and Federal compassionate release programs, this mechanism for release remains underutilized. Health-care professionals are central to the process of recommending compassionate release, but few resources exist to support these efforts. The purpose of this paper is to provide a guide for health-care professionals requesting compassionate release for patients who are incarcerated. Design/methodology/approach: This study is stepwise guide for health-care professionals requesting compassionate release for patients who are incarcerated. Findings: This study describes the role of the health-care professional in requesting compassionate release and offers guidance to help them navigate the process of preparing a medical declaration or request for compassionate release. Originality/value: No prior publications have created a step-wise guide of this nature to aid health-care professionals through the compassionate release process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Prisoner Health
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Advanced care planning
  • Aging
  • COVID-19
  • Compassionate release
  • Medical release
  • Prison

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