Lawmakers Look to Medical Parole to Cut Prison Costs

In June 2012, Samuel Damico died of cancer while serving a 25-year prison sentence for murder. During the last five weeks of his life, he was terminally ill and bedridden. His widow, Karen Damico, says she still does not know whether he was considered for release so that his treatment would be covered by federal programs rather than the state prison system. She estimated that his treatment had cost the Texas Department of Criminal Justice more than $200,000.

Damico said her story is not unique, and while she harbors resentment over her husband's treatment, she also says the ...

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