Ziettlow, Amy

Amy Ziettlow is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values in New York City.

Can the Early Release of California’s Terminally Ill In-mates Work?

By Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The short answer to this question is yes, but that yes depends greatly on one factor that I haven’t found mentioned in discussions concerning California’s SB 1462, which would allow early release for inmates with a prognosis of 6 months or less: Hospice. Studies show that the highest quality and lowest cost care we can offer those at the end of life remains the interdisciplinary, home-based model of care provided by hospices, and thus if California releases any terminally patients, the only wise way to do so would be into the care of a hospice team.