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December 22, 2021: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG


Quick Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here) Currently positive-testing inmates: 452 (up from 367) Currently positive-testing staff: 261 (up from 245) Recovered inmates: 41,736 (down from 41,791) Recovered staff: 8,686 (up from 8,678)


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

Alderson FPC: 105 (up from 94)

Allenwood USP: 62 (up from 61)

Chicago MCC: 38

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

Carswell FMC: 15 (unchanged)

La Tuna FCI: 9 (up from 8)

Fort Worth FMC: 7

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 135,401 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 15,059 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 127,427 (up from 127,423) Positive tests: 41,699 (up from 41,695)


Total vaccine doses administered: 274,886 (up from 274,241)


Case Note: DOJ reverses Trump-era policy on returning inmates to prison from home confinement post-COVID...


In a reversal of Trump's DOJ policy AG Garland has issued an opinion advising that the BOP is not required to return to prison persons who had been transferred to home confinement during COVID, once the emergency subsides. In its opinion published Tuesday, the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel stated that a “better reading” of the coronavirus legislation and the agency’s own authority permits prisoners to remain home after the emergency period is declared over —even if the inmates had exhausted their pre-pandemic statutory home-confinement limit of the lesser of six months or 10 percent of their sentence. “In light of today’s Office of Legal Counsel opinion, I have directed that the Department engage in a rulemaking process to ensure that the Department lives up to the letter and the spirit of the CARES Act,” said AGGarland, in a prepared statement. “We will exercise our authority so that those who have made rehabilitative progress and complied with the conditions of home confinement, and who in the interests of justice should be given an opportunity to continue transitioning back to society, are not unnecessarily returned to prison.”


Death Watch (Note: The BOP press website announces BOP COVID-related deaths here.) The BOP has identified no additional inmate fatalities. Total inmate fatalities remain at 273. Eleven of the inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 7.







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