As the U.S. House held a hearing on criminal issues, including the applicability of the First Step Act and Compassionate Release during the COVID-19 pandemic, outgoing BOP director Michael Carvajal submitted written testimony.
Director Carvajal noted that the BOP has started to award earned time credits to inmates, resulting in several hundreds being released. Most were transferred to supervised release or pre-release custody such as halfway houses. Director Carvajal also stated the BOP would be applying time credits “towards supervised release for the sentences of over 4,900 inmates.”
Director Carvajal further stated that, since March 26, 2020, the BOP has released more than 37,000 inmates to community custody or home confinement, though only 9,000 of those inmates were transferred “directly pursuant to the authority granted by the CARES Act.” He also reported that the BOP is aware of 4,025 compassionate release motions being granted by courts since passage of the First Step Act, with the vast majority (3,851) coming during the pandemic. Finally, Director Carvajal reported that 1,177 inmates have been released under the Elderly Offender Home Detention Program.
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