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Incapacitated Inmate Granted Medical Parole

VACAVILLE – The California Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) yesterday granted medical parole to inmate Michael Joseph Tungate. Inmate Tungate was referred to the Board because he met the criteria of Penal Code Section 3550. The Board determined at a hearing at California Medical Facility in Vacaville that the conditions under which inmate Tungate would be released on medical parole would not reasonably pose a threat to public safety.

Inmate Tungate is serving a 20-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. He was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on March 27, 2003 from Siskiyou County.

Due to privacy laws regarding medical information, CDCR cannot comment on inmate Tungate’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 on 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 convicted 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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Friday, September 16, 2011
Contact: Paul Verke
(916) 445-4950