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Current Event October 28, 2016

Debate: Should Older, Sick Prisoners be Released for Compassionate Reasons?

The Federal Bureau of Prisons can petition the court for the early release of a prisoner for extraordinary and compelling reasons, called compassionate release. It is typically granted in cases where the inmate is dying or has a debilitating medical condition. This story highlights the case of a former Massachusetts House Speaker who was sentenced for corruption in 2012. He is dying of cancer and the Federal Bureau of Prisons has filed a motion to release him early. Listen to hear more about this extraordinary type of release and debate whether sick prisoners should be released for compassionate reasons.

Update: A federal judge ruled to grant the Massachusetts House Speaker early release because of his health.


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AIR DATE: 10/13/2016

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