Federal inmates like Bernie Madoff and Michael Cohen have filed motions in federal court requesting their early release or placement in home confinement based on their potential exposure to the coronavirus while in the BOP’s custody. Hundreds of other low-level offenders currently serving federal time have filed similar motions. The attorneys filing these motions have been citing their clients’ age and susceptibility to the disease, the BOP’s lack of readiness to keep inmates healthy, and provisions of the Bail Reform Act that allow release under “compelling circumstances.”
So far, the BOP has taken certain actions such as prohibiting visitation from family, suspending transfers, and screening incoming inmates. Meanwhile, state prisons and county jails across the country have been releasing certain inmates based on their risk of catching the disease.
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