Unit 2 Discussion Probation and Parole


Alarid (2015) introduces the concept of medical parole in Chapter 3. This is the idea that if an individual is serving a lengthy prison sentence and develops a long-term or terminal illness, he or she can be released into a community setting instead of remaining in prison, provided that a risk assessment determines that individual will not pose a threat to the community (Alarid, 2015). Review the case study examples on page 56 of your textbook, and discuss whether or not you feel those individuals should be released on medical parole. What factors into your decision? Think about the victims, the cost of incarceration, prison overcrowding, and any other factors you feel are pertinent when developing your opinion.

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