Discussion Module 3
Assume that you are part of a committee that evaluates medical parole prisoners. Based on the two factors below, please determine whether he/she should be released early on medical parole: Why or why not?
- That he/she is no longer a risk to public safety if released into the community.
- That he/she has a verifiable terminal medical condition OR a permanent medical condition that limits movement OR a medical condition that could be treated less expensively in a community treatment facility.
Case A: Tony, Terminal Illness and in for Murder Tony has served 40 years in prison for a highly publicized murder case that he committed when he was 20 years old. He has been a model inmate. He was a clerk in the new library that he quit 5 years ago when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor was cancerous, so he received chemotherapy and radiation for two years, but that did not completely stop the cancer from spreading. Tony is 62 now, he is bedridden, breathes and eats through a tube, and takes pain medication to ease his suffering. He has been deemed not to be a danger to anyone. It costs the state $1000.00 per day; whereas a community hospice could provide the same medical care for $500.00 a day. However, his case was a high-profile murder case, and the victim’s survivors said they will never forgive Tony.
Case B: William, Elderly and in Prison for Motor Vehicle Theft and Reckless Endangerment William, a career criminal, has a long rap sheet consisting of at least five felony crimes and over two dozen misdemeanors, mostly drug-related property offenses. He has spent more time institutionalized than out in the free world. He was arrested on his latest felony when he was 60 years old. Although he pleaded guilty to motor vehicle theft, he said that he mistook the car for his own due to his bad eyesight. He is 75 now and he has served 15 years out of his 20-year sentence. William is tired of institutions, he doesn’t have a terminal illness, but he is diabetic and has heart problem. Due to diabetes, he left foot was amputated and he is blind in one eye. He is not capable of working, but he can get around pretty well in a wheelchair. Given that he was insured and suffered no serious losses, the victim in the case has no problem with William’s release.
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Analysis: Discuss relevant themes, concepts, main ideas, components, or relationships among ideas, or, identify hidden assumptions or fallacies in reasoning.
Elaboration: Build on ideas of others or ideas found in the readings by adding details, examples, a different viewpoint,. or other relevant information.
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Synthesis: Integrate multiple views to provide a summary, a new perspective, or a creative refashioning of ideas. Evaluation: Assess the accuracy, reasonableness, or quality of ideas.
The primary answer should have at least 2 scholarly sources, one can be the textbook, no Wikipedia.
A good discussion is at least 100 words in the main answer.
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