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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- June 9, 2021

Quick Facts: Currently positive-testing inmates: 89 (up from 84) Currently positive-testing staff: 126 (up from 125) Recovered inmates: 44,992 (down from 45,039) Recovered staff: 6,850 (unchanged) Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing inmates: Sheridan FCI: 30 (up from 29)

Bennettsville FCI: 11 (unchanged)

Coleman II USP: 10

Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing staff: Pekin FCI: 9 (unchanged)

Big Sandy USP: 6 (unchanged) Central Office HQ: 6 (unchanged) System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 129,242 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,753 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 114,931 (up from 114,926) Positive tests: 44,446 (down from 44,483)

Case Note: Defendant, having served almost 10 years of a 15-year sentence in marijuana + gun case, granted compassionate release

In U.S. v. SANTIAGO CONTRERAS OROZCO, 2021 WL 2325011 (E.D. Wash. June 7, 2021) (Bastian, CJ) the court released defendant after serving almost 10 years in custody of a mandatory 15 years sentence (10 for marijuana and 5 for a gun), although sentence was only recently imposed, explaining: "On April 29, 2021, the Court sentenced Defendant to 10 years for Count 1, Manufacture of More than 1000 Marijuana Plants and 5 years for Count 2, Use or Carry a Firearm During Trafficking Crime. On the same day, the Court referred this matter to the Federal Defenders of Eastern District of Washington and Idaho to review Defendant's file and file, if appropriate, a Motion for Compassionate Release. Defendant now moves, pursuant to the First Step Act (“FSA”), for a reduction in his sentence based on “extraordinary and compelling reasons.” The United States neither recommends nor objects to Defendant's motion. After reviewing the record and the parties' briefing, the Court grants Defendant's Motion. … When Defendant was sentenced in April 2021, he no longer faced a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence. Even so, the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years that Defendant was subject to is unusually long by today's standards. Since Defendant was prosecuted over ten years ago, society's attitude toward marijuana has drastically changed. … Defendant has served close to ten years in federal custody. The Court finds this is sufficient to reflect the seriousness of the offense, promote respect for the law, provide just punishment for the offense and to provide an adequate deterrence to future criminal activity.”)

Death Watch: The BOP has announced no new fatalities. The inmate death toll remains at 238. Five of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff fatalities remain at 4.

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