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Uncommon Compassion: Dying Offenders Seldom Released in Federal Prison System  

Author:  Jeffrey Benzing.

Source: Volume 16, Number 05, July/August 2015 , pp.67-69(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Linda Share fought for years to get her father home before he died. Benjamin Share was serving a federal prison term for bribery and, at the age of 85, had been imprisoned for eight years. His kidneys were failing. He had congestive heart failure. His foot, an unnatural burgundy color, was swollen, and he had weeping sores that wouldn’t heal. By any reasonable standard an ideal candidate for compassionate release, Share’s story is typical of the BOP’s tough line against early release—except that Share is one of the few who eventually succeeded in gaining compassionate release from the federal system, though it came just days before he died.

Keywords: Compassionate release; Federal Bureau of Prisons

Affiliations:  1: Public Source.Org.

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