Can an inmate be released from incarceration because he or she is terminally ill?

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Can an inmate be released from incarceration because he or she is terminally ill?

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Mississippi Code Annotated 47-7-4 permits inmates with serious medical conditions to be transferred, under certain conditions, to the Division of Community Corrections. In order to be eligible for conditional medical release, the inmate shall have to be determined as having a significant permanent physical medical condition with no possibility of recovery. For the purposes of this policy, a significant permanent physical medical condition shall be determined as a condition that is incapacitating, totally disabling, and/or terminal in nature. Medical conditions or diseases that are chronic, but stable, and are being addressed by ongoing medical intervention or therapy are not considered to be significant permanent physical medical conditions and are not eligible for conditional medical release. Consideration: Determination of eligibility for Conditional Medical Release shall be the responsibility of the inmates treating physician.

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