Is this a valid reason for parole?
California is considering the release of a quadriplegic inmate who has served fewer than four years of a 68-year sentence for a home invasion, citing a new law that allows the release of medically incapacitated inmates to save the state money.
If a parole board determines that Craig Lemke, who tied an elderly couple together after he broke into their home in 2006, is no longer a threat to public safety, he would be released on “medical parole,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Under the law, if his condition improves, he would need to return to prison, the Times reported.
The state, which is struggling financially to support its large prison population, passed the bill in September with the hope of saving the state millions.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the state will save up to $750,000 a year in guarding costs if it releases Lemke and an undetermined amount in medical costs.
The board previously denied parole to a paralyzed rapist, the Times reported. The board considered him a threat because he could still speak. Lemke, 48, is the second inmate considered for medical parole.