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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- May 20, 2021





Quick Facts:


Currently positive-testing inmates: 67 (unchanged)

Currently positive-testing staff: 143 (down from 144)

Recovered inmates: 45,722 (down from 45,802)

Recovered staff: 6,808 (up from 6,804)


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

Carswell FMC: 5 (unchanged)

Loretto FCI: 4 (unchanged)

Oakdale II FCI: 4 (unchanged)


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

Pekin FCI: 8 (unchanged)

Yazoo City USP: 7 (unchanged)

Central Office Headquarters: 6 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 128,826 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,745 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:


Completed tests: 113,854 (up from 113,694)

Positive tests: 45,111 (down from 45,186)

Case Note: Inability to receive vaccine due to allergy and ongoing complications resulting from COVID are extraordinary and compelling ...


In U.S. v. Raymond K. Walker, 2021 WL 1986111 (D. Minn. May 18, 2021) (Frank, J.), the court concluded that defendant's inability to receive vaccine due to allergy and ongoing complications resulting from COVID are extraordinary and compelling, allowing compassionate release even though petitioner has not served half of 132- month sentence, explaining, "After a careful review of Walker's Motion and all supporting documentation, the Court finds that Walker has demonstrated extraordinary and compelling reasons for a sentence reduction. While he is only 34 years, old, Walker is severely obese and has a long history of smoking. The Government concedes that obesity is a condition that increases Walker's risk of severe illness from COVID-19 but asserts that his risk is mitigated because he has already contracted and recovered from the virus and because he has been vaccinated.10 (Govt. Opp. at 17-20.) The record clearly reflects, though, that Walker has not been vaccinated, nor is he able to be vaccinated due to an allergy. Moreover, Walker asserts that he continues to suffer long-term effects from his first infection. The Court concludes that based on the COVID-19 pandemic and Walker's obesity, history of smoking, inability to be vaccinated, and assertion that he continues to suffer long-term effects from his first COVID-19 infection, he presents sufficiently extraordinary and compelling reasons to warrant a sentence reduction. … The Court does not underscore the seriousness of Walker's offense conduct, or the harm he inflicted on the community. However, the Court finds that Walker has conveyed genuine remorse for his offense, actively pursued rehabilitation, and demonstrated a commitment to bettering the lives of those around him. The Court also believes that Walker's expressed commitment to his children and recognition of how his incarceration has impacted them should provide strong motivation to remain law abiding and deter him from criminal behavior. Moreover, while Walker has served just under half of his sentence, the Court notes that the past year has been particularly harsh due to the restrictions and fear imposed by COVID-19. Finally, the Court can allay any concern about a just sentence by converting the remainder of Walker's sentence to a term of supervised release in addition to the term of supervised release originally ordered.”



Death Watch: The BOP has identified no new COVID-19 fatalities, leaving the inmate death toll at 235. Five of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff fatalities remain at 4.



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