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August 17, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG




Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here)


Confirmed active cases at 115 BOP facilities and 23 RRCs

Currently positive-testing inmates: 631 (up from 594) Currently positive-testing staff: 632 (down from 639) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 49,316 (down from 49,343) Recovered staff: 13,514 (up from 13,489)


Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing inmates:

La Tuna FCI: 80 (up from 63)

Allenwood Low FCI: 63 (up from 62)

Terminal Island FCI: 45 (unchanged)

Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing staff:

Central Headquarters: 55 (up from 47)

Carswell FMC: 26 (unchanged)

Houston MDC: 22

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 141,252 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,796 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,722 (unchanged) Positive tests: 55,370 (unchanged


Total vaccine doses administered: 327,341 (up from 327,269)


Case Note: Continuing threat of COVID supports 60-month sentencing reduction...


In U.S. v. Campa, No. CR 12-65-GF-BMM, 2022 WL 3346568 (D. Mont. Aug. 12, 2022) (Morris, CJ), the court held that the continuing threat of COVID, even for the vaccinated that have previously contracted COVID, warrants 60-month reduction but not release, explaining: "With respect to Campa's concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court consistently has noted that correctional facilities create a high-risk environment for the spread of COVID-19, which poses a particular danger to prisoners with pre-existing conditions. See For People Living in Prisons and Jails, Ctrs. for Disease Control & Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/living-prisons-jails.html (Accessed July 29, 2022). Campa's history of heart issues and his chronic obesity increase his risk of becoming seriously ill should he contract COVID-19. See People with Certain Medical Conditions, Ctrs. for Disease Control & Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html (Accessed July 29, 2022). Campa's age also places him at increased risk of COVID-19. COVID-19 Risks and Vaccine Information for Older Adults, Ctrs. for Disease Control & Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/aging/covid19/covid19-older-adults.html (Accessed July 29, 2022). Campa previously contracted COVID-19 while incarcerated (Doc. 743 at 5) and remains at risk of contracting the disease again. See COVID-19 Cases, www.bop.gov/coronavirus/ (accessed July 29, 2022). (indicating active cases at the time of filing).) It is impossible to surmise exactly how likely Campa is to become ill again, but recent studies indicate that there are significant chances of a person developing long-term health impacts after contracting COVID-19. See Maxime Taquet et al., Incidence, co-occurrence, and evolution of long-COVID features: A 6-month retrospective cohort study of 273,618 survivors of COVID-19, PLOS Medicine, Sept. 2021; See COVID-19 Cases, www.bop.gov/coronavirus/ (accessed July 29, 2022). Campa's vaccinated status will provide some measure of protection, but the longer he remains in a confined facility, the longer he remains at higher risk. The Court determines that COVID-19 poses a continued risk to Campa's health. In light of the Covid-related concerns for Campa's health, the Court will reduce Campa's sentence to 300 months. The Court determines that extraordinary and compelling reasons exist to reduce Campa's sentence, but not to grant Campa's motion for compassionate release effective immediately. Due to the extraordinary and compelling reasons argued by Campa, however, the Court will reduce Campa's sentence to 300 months.”


Death Watch (Note: The BOP press website announces BOP COVID-related deaths here.) The BOP has identified two of the previously unidentified inmate COVID fatalities, both of whom died several months ago but whose deaths and identities were not timely acknowledged, as Luis Felipe MirandaFeliciano, 62, of MDC Guanabo, who died February 23, 2022 and Roger Edward Picard, 70, of USP Coleman II, who died January 20, 2022. The total number COVID-related inmate deaths remains at 306. Eleven of the inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 7.

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