Salvatore DiMasi – the embattled ex -Massachusetts House Speaker who was jailed on federal corruption charges in 2011 – was granted early release from prison this week due to his health conditions, which include prostate and esophageal cancer, according to the Associated Press.
DiMasi was five years into his eight-year sentence on a public corruption conviction, stemming from his role in funneling contracts to a software company in exchange for roughly $65,000 channeled through his law firm.
How Can a Compassionate Release and Criminal Appeals Attorney Help?
If you or a loved one are serving time in prison and battling a serious health condition, one of the experienced attorneys at the Trusted Prison Consultants firm can help your family. Our attorneys will review your case and medical condition and advise whether you may be a candidate for early release based on your medical conditions or advanced age.
Compassionate Release from Prison
Compassionate release programs originally were developed in response to concern for terminally ill prisoners and elderly prisoners whose needs could not be met successfully while in a prison environment. While prisons provide medical care, they are often not equipped to handle severe and terminal conditions, or the needs of the very elderly.
The judge in DiMasi’s case, Mark Wolf, said there were “extraordinary and compelling reasons” to grant DiMasi’s request for compassionate release from prison. If you believe you have compelling medical reasons to seek early release from prison, we can help.
Who Qualifies for Compassionate or Medical Release from Prison?
In order to qualify for compassionate release, judges typically want to see that prisoners have served a significant portion of their sentence. However, there are exceptions, especially when a prisoner’s terminal condition is progressing rapidly. Ultimately, it is up to the judge’s discretion.
In other situations, prisoners may be released due to their symptoms, even if the condition is not necessarily worsening. DiMasi’s cancer, for instance, is actually in remission, yet his thickened esophagus – a complication of the disease – has made swallowing non-pureed food difficult.
Some judges will require home confinement for a certain period of time as a condition of compassionate release. This was the case for DiMasi, who was ordered to remain on house confinement for the next six months, except for medical appointments and religious activities. He will not have to wear an ankle monitoring device, though.
Consult an Experienced Compassionate Release Prison Consultant
Your compassionate release attorney can present your case to the court using your doctor’s testimony and your medical records, testimony from medical experts in the field of your condition, prison witnesses, and even your own testimony.
Even if compassionate release is ultimately determined not to be an option for you, one of the experienced criminal appeals attorneys at the Trusted Prison Consultants firm can analyze your case and look into whether you may be eligible for an appeal. Whatever path is available, our United States Prison Consultants will fight to obtain your release from the prison system.