Dying Woman Will Be Released From Prison To Receive Hospice Care Thanks To Supreme Court Decision

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Kristina Joy Fetters, a 33 year-old Iowa inmate dying of breast cancer will be the first inmate released in her state due to a 2012 Supreme Court decision prohibiting mandatory life sentences for juveniles. Fetters, who was convicted at age 15 for the death of her great-aunt, has stage 4 inoperable breast cancer. A parole board granted her a compassionate release so that she can life out her final days in a hospice facility.

According to Des Moines Register interview with Fetters’ mother, the dying inmate had to be helped into the bathtub and assisted with other basic tasks by fellow inmates because she was barely able to walk.