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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- April 16, 2021

Quick Facts:

Currently positive-testing inmates: 355 (up from 352)

Currently positive-testing staff: 600 (down from 815)

Recovered inmates: 46,578 (down from 46,604)

Recovered staff: 6,234 (up from 6,019)

Note: the noted day-to-day reduction in total "recovered inmates" is counter-intuitive unless inmates previously deemed "recovered" relapsed.

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

Berlin FCI: 148 (up from 145)

San Diego MCC -- 27 (up from 26)

Oakdale FCI 26 (unchanged)

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

Pollock USP: 84 (unchanged)

Chicago MCC: 41

Miami FDC: 41

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 126,413 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,702 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:

Completed tests: 110,065 (up from 109,945)

Positive tests: 46,172 (up from 46,194)

Note: the reduction in total positive tests appears anomalous.

Case Note: Rehabilitated defendant granted compassionate release after serving 17 years...

In U.S. v. Ras Rahim, 2021 WL 1399763 (N.D. Ga. Apr. 14, 2021) (Brown, J.), defendant's crime was horrible, but the stacked sentencing scheme was worse and this rehabilitated defendant earned release: "The facts of this case—that is, the crimes Rahim committed to end up in prison—are egregious and do not obviously support a reduction of his sentence. On July 8, 2003, twenty-year-old Rahim entered a SouthTrust bank branch in Cartersville, Georgia, pulled a firearm, and demanded a teller put money in a bag. (Dkt. 191 at 2.) The teller gave him $4,700 and several security devices that exploded when he left the bank and got in his car. (Id.) Rahim thus abandoned his car and fled to a nearby store. (Id.) He tried to take a car from an employee and, when she said she did not have one, turned to Hazel King, a grandmother and employee of the store. … Rahim, again holding Ms. King in a headlock with a gun to the side of her head, led Ms. King out of the car and into a wooded area nearby. ... At one point, Rahim told Ms. King to lie on the ground and began firing at a police sniper. ... The sniper then shot Rahim in the head, dropping him to the ground and ending the confrontation. ...The way Rahim was charged—at least under today's standards— are extreme and support a reduction in sentence. … Rahim is now 38 years old. (Dkt. 158 at 4.) He recognizes the seriousness of his crimes and has taken responsibility by expressing remorse for his actions and the harm he caused to the community and his victims. (Dkt. 186 at 28.) Rahim states, and his BOP inmate records corroborate, that he has used his time in custody to rehabilitate himself and taken steps to prepare for post-release life. … The Court also finds that Rahim is not a danger to the safety of any other person or to the community. A bulging disc in Rahim's spine has kept him in a wheelchair for nearly a year, although he seems to have recovered from the injury. … Finally, having heard from Rahim directly during the March 22, 2021 hearing, the Court concludes that he feels remorse for his criminal conduct, most notably his treatment of Ms. King, the victim.”

Death Watch: The BOP has identified no new inmate fatalities, Inmate deaths remain at 230. Four of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff fatalities remain at 4.

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