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California to begin early release of elderly, ill inmates




Anthony Alvarez (R), age 82, waits in line for breakfast while being assisted by Phillip Burdick, a fellow prisoner and member of the Gold Coats program at California Men's Colony prison on December 19, 2013 in San Luis Obispo, California.  The Gold Coats program is a volunteer care program where healthy prisoners volunteer to take care of elderly prisoners who either need general assistance with mobility and every day life or who also struggle with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Anthony Alvarez (R), age 82, waits in line for breakfast while being assisted by Phillip Burdick, a fellow prisoner and member of the Gold Coats program at California Men's Colony prison on December 19, 2013 in San Luis Obispo, California. The Gold Coats program is a volunteer care program where healthy prisoners volunteer to take care of elderly prisoners who either need general assistance with mobility and every day life or who also struggle with Alzheimer's and dementia.
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California parole officials announced this week that the state is ready to begin the release of some elderly and frail inmates who meet new parole criteria. 

As a part of the state's court-mandated effort to reduce prison crowding, inmates who are over 60 and have spent at least 25 years in prison may now be eligible for early release. Prisoners with serious health conditions may also be eligible to be moved to health care facilities.

LA Times reporter Paige St. John joins Take Two for more on who qualifies and what this will mean for the bigger goal of prison population reduction in California.

 



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