California prison officials are releasing a quadriplegic rapist whose care costs the state $625,000 per year, despite concerns that even paralyzed he remains a threat to those around him.
The San Diego appeals court has ordered the release of Steven Martinez under a medical parole law designed to reduce prison costs.
He applied for the release in 2011, but was initially turned down as a public safety risk.
In the rejection, the Board of Parole Hearings agreed that Martinez required round-the-clock nursing care but also had a history of verbally assaulting and threatening his prison caretakers, who characterized him as an 'angry, repulsive person,' to the L.A. Times.
A state appeals court also worried that given his history and behavior, Martinez would seek the help of others to harm people if he was released.
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