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Federal BOP COVID-19 Update January 26, 2021

Updated: Jan 26


Currently positive-testing inmates: 3,171 (down from 3,283)

Currently positive-testing staff: 1,987 (up from 1,977)

Recovered inmates: 42,394 (up from 41,967)

Recovered staff: 4,032 (up from 4,004)

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

Pollock FCI: FMC: 301 (up from 246)

Carswell FMC: 214 (up from 211)

Tallahassee FCI: 159 (unchanged)


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

Pollock USP: 79 (unchanged)

Tucson USP: 72 (unchanged)

Oklahoma City FTC: 59 (up from 57)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 123,273 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,780 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:

Completed tests; 100,601 (up from 100,181)

Positive tests: 44,742 (up from 44,329)

Case Note: Lifer who turned himself around, helping BOP, released...


In U.S. v. JOHN BASS, 2021 WL 228904 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 22, 2021) (Tarnow, J.), the court reduced defendant's life sentence because, inter alia, "examining Bass's crimes through the lens of his personal history renders them sadly unsurprising.”: "There is no question that Bass's offenses were horrific. For years, the “Dog Pound” inflicted harm on its own members and members of the community alike. Yet, examining Bass's crimes through the lens of his personal history renders them sadly unsurprising. Bass was reared in abject poverty, largely without parental supervision and guidance. His age and natural leadership ability led him to raise both himself and his siblings through childhood — experiencing unaddressed household trauma along the way. …Bass's history does not excuse his crimes. However, it offers essential context for the circumstances under which they were committed — an important factor in evaluating whether a sentence reduction is appropriate. See Pepper, 562 U.S. at 488 (“For the determination of sentences, justice generally requires consideration of more than the particular acts by which the crime was committed and that there be taken into account the circumstances of the offense together with the character and propensities of the offender”) … Therefore, considering that over two decades have passed since his crimes were committed, the Court evaluates Bass not as he was on the day of sentencing, but as he is today after spending years facing his past and overcoming the challenges of his upbringing.…Bass has committed himself to taking full advantage of the rehabilitation and educational programs available to him through the BOP.… Most notably, Bass has spent a considerable amount of time becoming a life coach. … He plans to use his coaching skills to mentor youth in his family and community. (ECF No. 1129-6). In addition, Michigan Liberation, a local non-profit dedicated to community leadership development, has offered to further support Bass outside of prison by offering him reentry coaching services. … Bass's 29-year-old, DaysJohn Yancy, has not seen his father since he was six years old. …Yancy is now manager at a Dollar Store and is starting his own entertainment company.…One indicator of Bass's recidivism risk is the BOP's PATTERN score.… nder this metric, the BOP concludes that Bass has a LOW recidivism risk, the second lowest rating on a four-point scale of minimum, low, medium, and high. …Since at least 2014, Bass has been providing information to Government agents regarding homicides in the Eastern District of Michigan. (ECF No. 1129, PageID.1073). On September 22, 2014, Bass was even transferred to Federal Detention Center (FDC) Milan from USP Terre Haute to help the U.S. Attorney's Office in person.…By placing himself in harms way to give information to the Government without personal gain, he has shown tremendous growth and dedication to helping to keep his community safe. … The gravity of releasing a defendant serving a life sentence is not lost on this Court. Such a decision must be approached with extraordinary care and only be granted in cases of transformational redemption. This is such a case. Bass is, quite simply, a BOP success case.”


Death Watch: The BOP had reported no additional inmate fatalities. The inmate death toll remains at 206, four of which occurred on home confinement. BOP staff fatalities remain at 3.






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