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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- March 12, 2021

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Quick Facts:

Currently positive-testing inmates: 674 (down from 694)

Currently positive-testing staff: 1,535 (up from 1,530)

Recovered inmates: 47,059 (up from 47,020)

Recovered staff: 5,051 (up from 5,022)

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

Schuykill FCI: 80 (unchanged)

Florence (High) USP: 51 (up from 49)

Beaumont USP: 49 (up from 48)

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

Pollock USP: 84 (unchanged)

Tucson USP: 69 (unchanged)

Talladega FCI: 46 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 125,002 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,810 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:

Completed tests: 106,917 (up from 106,618)

Positive tests: 46,915 (up from 46,894)

Case Note: Hero inmate released...

In U.S. v. EZEQUIEL PIMENTAL-QUIROZ, 2021 WL 915141 (W.D. Wash. Mar. 10, 2021) (Bryan, J.), a “heroic act” taken together with rehabilitation convinced the court to release this defendant, who was "convicted of 'Felon in Possession of a Firearm – Armed Career Criminal' and was sentenced by the undersigned to the Mandatory Minimum of 180 months. … He has a presumptive release date of October 11, 2024. … Defendant's rehabilitation, as reflected by lack of any prison infractions, an extensive record of education classes completed in prison, and service as a 'suicide companion' and a mental health mentor assisting fellow inmates, has been extraordinary. 3. Heroic Act. Defendant, on July 11, 2020, put himself at risk when he assisted a female corrections officer who was being assaulted by a mentally ill inmate. He 'subdued the inmate physically...and detained the inmate calmly until the other BOP officers arrived to take control.' Dkt. 122 at 7. The investigating FBI agent said it was a 'big decision to help a correctional officer in danger,' and 'put Mr. Pimental at risk at the time of the assault or afterwards with prison politics.' Dkt. 122 at 7 & 9 . Defendant's quick action reflects his extraordinary rehabilitation. His reaction was to take the right side of the issue, and act. This event is deserving of additional consideration by the Court and was an extraordinary and compelling event justifying a reduction in Defendant's sentence. … Defendant's crime occurred during a relapse after a period of sobriety. It was a dangerous, and thoughtless, episode. The crime itself may well have been handled in a state misdemeanor court if it had not been for Defendant's substantial record, which forbade gun possession and which led to the armed career criminal finding. His acts were dangerous, and why he possessed guns was never explained, nor was his willingness to lie. These events were serious and justified a long sentence. He has served a long and just sentence of over nine years, and he is not the man now that he was then.”

Death Watch: The BOP reports no new deaths. Inmate deaths remain at 225. Four of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff fatalities remain at 4.

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