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Family cheers as inmate granted medical clemency returns home


A gravely ill inmate is in the loving care of his family -- at his brother's home in Glen Allen where he will live out the rest of his life.

Jason Scott Davis arrived by ambulance around 6 p.m. Thursday from the Powhatan Correctional Center. NBC12 was there by his invitation and with his family's blessing.    

Governor Terry McAuliffe granted clemency Wednesday to the inmate who's dying of cancer. Compassionate early releases are rare and the Davis family says they know they are very fortunate. They are overwhelmed, overjoyed, and eternally grateful. They say they're sharing such a personal part of their life to give hope to others who have gravely sick or geriatric loved ones in prison.

It's a bittersweet homecoming for the 35-year-old and his family. They have him home, with family. They also know the lung cancer that has metastasized will soon take him away. 

"It's a load off my shoulder because I've done what I've needed to do. I got him home. I got him home," said Jason's father, Charles Davis. 

Jason's two year prison sentence is up in November, but the prison medical staff and VCU Medical Center doubt he will live that long. For the family reunion, Jason is alert. He says he's in pain. His body hurts, but through his discomfort, he thanks everyone for prayers that got him paroled and for Governor McAuliffe for his compassion. 

"To my family, I love them. Always will, And to the governor, only thing I can say is thanks. I never thought he would have done it for somebody like me," Jason said. 

At 6'1" Jason is about 90 pounds. He's gaunt, but alert and very much aware of the tenacious and loving family by his side. Jason couldn't wait to get the prison ID bracelets off his wrists and to settle in, even for a short time with loved ones. 

"If it wasn't for you doing the story on us, Jason would not have gotten this clemency. I firmly believe that. In all honesty just an ordinary person like me. I couldn't make enough noise to even get attention," said Charles. 

Jason is still under the custody of the Virginia Department of Correction. He will have to wear an electronic monitor and check in with a probation officer. 

But he's home, after a five month battle waged by his mother father and brothers. Right now, his medical expenses are still being worked out. 

"I think it switched over to Medicare or Medicaid, I believe. That's what kind a took over once they released him from there. He'll have a hospice nurse that comes once a day or as needed. It may not be once a day. It could be every couple of days. And then us, as a family, will provide the rest of the care for him," said Jimmy Davis, Jason's oldest brother. 

Jason gives a thumbs up to being home in the loving arms of family, especially his children though some are too small to understand it all. 

"Time is close. That's why it's so important for him to be here with us and not in prison," Jason's mother, Brenda Kirby.

Medical clemency is rarely granted. Jason Scott Davis is the 19th person to be paroled to hospice care since 2010. He was serving two years for assault and battery on a family member. 

The family doesn't have a lot of money and friends have setup a fund at Wells Fargo Bank. They say they could use some help with burial expenses, when it happens. The account is in the name of the Davis Family Memorial Fund.

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