As made apparent by local, statewide, national, and global struggles, the spread of COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented shift in social and business practices. People are suggested, or mandated, to work remotely, to not gather in crowds, to wear masks in public, and to limit movement outside of the home to essential need. These concerns bounded into the United States Bureau of Prisons, where, inmates are at greater risk of infection due to confined spaces and communal quarters. The extraordinary threat COVID-19 poses to the Federal Bureau of Prisons opened a new era of litigation into promoting the safety of inmates. Specifically, in some instances certain incarcerated individuals may qualify for “Compassionate Release”. The statute that dictates Compassionate Release was amended in 2018 to allow inmates to petition the Bureau of Prisons directly for their release based on compassionate reasons, including the health, age, and susceptibility an inmate has to severe illness or death - factors amplified by the COVID-19 crisis. A request may also be submitted on behalf of an inmate by their counsel. If a direct request to the Bureau of Prisons is denied a motion may be filed seeking Compassionate Release in the respective Federal District Court from which the Defendant was sentenced.
If you believe you have a loved one who may qualify for Compassionate Release please contact our office immediately for a free case evaluation.