Federal Inmates & Compassionate Release in the Age of the Coronavirus

The Federal Docket

March 18, 2020

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.

Click here to read the article from Market Watch.

For more information on how to file a motion for Compassionate Release, click here.

Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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