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Incapacitated Inmate Denied Medical Parole

VACAVILLE — The California Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied medical parole today to inmate Arnold Kenneth Brown. Inmate Brown was referred to the Board because he met the criteria of Penal Code Section 3550. The Board determined at a hearing today at California Medical Facility in Vacaville, that the conditions under which inmate Brown would be released on medical parole could reasonably pose a threat to public safety.
Inmate Brown is serving a 30-years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on October 27,1981from San Francisco County.

Due to privacy laws regarding medical information, CDCR cannot comment on inmate Brown’s medical condition.

The Board hearing transcript will serve as the official record. The transcript is expected to be transcribed and ready in approximately 30 days.

PC Section 3550, Medical Parole, became effective January 1, 2011. The intent of the medical parole program is to allow inmates who are permanently medically incapacitated and require 24-hour care to be released to community medical care if they do not require custody supervision or pose a risk to public safety. The law prohibits inmates sentenced to “life in prison without the possibility of parole” or those condemned to death from eligibility for medical parole. The Board of Parole Hearings reviews cases referred by institution medical staff and determines who is suitable for release.

For more information, please refer to the Board of Parole Hearings website:

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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Contact: Paul Verke
(916) 445-4950