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3rd Incapacitated Inmate Granted Medical Parole Under New Law

This afternoon the Board of Parole Hearings granted medical parole to inmate Juan Garcia Sandoval (D-19576). (Thurs. June 16, 2011)

Sandoval was referred to the Board because he met the criteria of Penal Code section 3550, subdivision (a). The Board determined today at a hearing at North Kern State Prison, that the conditions under which Sandoval would be released on medical parole would not reasonably pose a threat to public safety.

Sandoval was convicted of Murder in the first degree and sentenced to 27 years in prison. The law creating medical parole prohibits inmates convicted to “life in prison without the possibility of parole,” or those condemned to death from eligibility for medical parole.

The board has up to 120 days, if necessary, to review his case. However, the board plans an expedited review of the decision in light of the uniqueness of the medical parole hearing process. During that time period, the board could uphold, modify, rescind or reverse their decision. If the board upholds that decision, they could order his parole and order the transfer of the custody of his care at an appropriate time within the 120 days.

Due to privacy laws regarding medical information, CDCR cannot comment on inmate Sandoval’s medical condition. Additionally, because there was no authorization for release of medical information, the board was instructed to discuss Sandoval’s Medical condition in private.

The board hearing transcript will serve as the official record and it will not include a discussion of his medical condition by BPH panel members. Discussion of his medical condition by other principals at the hearing, however, may be included in the transcript. The transcript is expected to be transcribed and ready in approx. 30 days.

If you have further questions, please contact Luis Patino or the Office of the Receiver for Prison Health Care.

June 16, 2011
Contact: Luis Patino
(916) 445-4950