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August 30, 2021: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG



Quick Facts: Currently positive-testing inmates: 582 (up from 512) Currently positive-testing staff: 446 (up from 442) Recovered inmates: 42,781 (unchanged) Recovered staff: 7,220 (up from 7,190)


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

Coleman II USP: 107 (up from 76)

San Diego MCC: 77 (down from 89)

McCreary USP: 65 (up from 62)

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

Pollock USP: 36 (unchanged)

McCreary USP: 22 (up from 21)

Oakdale I FCI: 20 (up from 19)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 131,024 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 14,475 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 120,236 (up from 119,927) Positive tests: 42,809 (up from 42,804)

Total vaccine doses administered: 215,417

News Note: The Washington Times reports on the ACLU's effort to encourage President Biden to commute the sentences of inmates who the BOP had transferred to home confinement during the pandemic but who may be required soon to surrender to their institutions. According to the article, "The ACLU argued that fewer than 1% of prisoners put on home confinement had violated the terms of their release, and it was time for Mr. Biden to follow through on lowering the incarceration rate and size of the federal prison population that he campaigned on as a presidential candidate." The ACLU initiative includes a just launched $100,000 advertising campaign. “Forcing thousands of people to go back to prison would be cruel, legally unnecessary, would not make us safer, and would cost taxpayers millions of dollars,” Udi Ofer, director of ACLU’s justice division, said in a statement. “It’s time for President Biden to grant clemency to these men and women and keep them home.”



Death Watch: The BOP has provided the names of two additional inmate fatalities, Rasheem Kireem Hicks, 42, of FMC Butner, who died August 22, 2021, and Richard L. Blanchard Sr, 74, of USP McCreary who died August 22, 2021. Inmate deaths have now climbed to 248. Five of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 5.


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