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

Alexa Kanbergs (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Ilana Garcia-Grossman (Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA)
Cyrus Ahalt (Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA)
Michele DiTomas (California Correctional Healthcare Services, Elk Grove, California, USA)
Rachael Bedard (Division of Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals, New York, New York, USA)
Brie Williams (Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA)

International Journal of Prisoner Health

ISSN: 1744-9200

Article publication date: 14 July 2022

Issue publication date: 16 March 2023

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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.

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Citation

Kanbergs, A., Garcia-Grossman, I., Ahalt, C., DiTomas, M., Bedard, R. and Williams, B. (2023), "A stepwise guide for healthcare professionals requesting compassionate release for patients who are incarcerated", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 77-87. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPH-09-2021-0095

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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