- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 33. Probation, Prisons, and Prisoners
- Chapter 16. Parole Administration
- Section 85. Special Medical Parole.
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AS 33.16.085. Special Medical Parole.
- (a) Notwithstanding a presumptive, mandatory, or mandatory minimum term or sentence a prisoner may be serving or any restriction on
parole eligibility under AS 12.55, a prisoner who is serving a
term of at least 181 days, may, upon application by the prisoner or the commissioner, be released by the board on
special medical parole if the board determines that
- (1) the prisoner has not been convicted of an offense under AS 11.41.410 - 11.41.425 or 11.41.434 - 11.41.438 and the prisoner is severely medically or
cognitively disabled as certified in writing by a physician licensed under AS 08.64;
- (2) a reasonable probability exists that
- (A) the prisoner will live and remain at liberty without violating any laws or conditions imposed by the board;
- (B) because of the prisoner's severe medical or cognitive disability, the prisoner will not pose a threat of harm to the
public if released on parole; and
- (C) release of the prisoner on parole would not diminish the seriousness of the crime;
- (3) the prisoner
- (A) was not suffering from the severe medical or cognitive disability at the time the prisoner committed the offense or
parole or probation violation for which the prisoner is presently incarcerated; or
- (B) was suffering from the severe medical or cognitive disability at the time the prisoner committed the offense or parole
or probation violation for which the prisoner is presently incarcerated and the medical or cognitive disability has
progressed so that the likelihood of the prisoner's committing the same or a similar offense is low;
- (4) the care and supervision that the prisoner requires can be provided in a more medically appropriate or cost-effective
manner than by the department;
- (5) the prisoner is incapacitated to an extent that incarceration does not impose significant additional restrictions on
- (6) the prisoner is likely to remain subject to the severe medical or cognitive disability throughout the entire period of
parole or to die and there is no reasonable expectation that the prisoner's medical or cognitive disability will
improve noticeably; and
- (7) an appropriate discharge plan has been formulated that addresses basic life domains of the prisoner, including care
coordination, housing, eligibility for public benefits, and health care, including necessary medication.
- (b) If the board finds a change in circumstances or discovers new information concerning a prisoner who has been granted a
special medical parole release date, the board may rescind or revise the previously granted parole release date.
- (c) The board shall issue its decision to grant or deny special medical parole, or to rescind or revise the release date
of a prisoner granted special medical parole, in writing and provide a basis for the decision. A copy of the decision
shall be provided to the prisoner.
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