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July 19, 2021: BOP COVID AND COMPASSIONATE RELEASE UPDATE


Quick Facts: Currently positive-testing inmates: 168 (up from 138) Currently positive-testing staff: 115 (up from 114) Recovered inmates: 43,468 (down from 43,549) Recovered staff: 6,955 (up from 6,948) Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing inmates:

Texarcana FCI: 118 (up from 105)

Houston FDC: 12 (up from 4)

Bennettesville FCI: 5 (up from 3)

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

Texarcana FCI: 8 (unchanged)

Brooklyn MDC: 5 (unchanged)

Leavenworth USP: 5 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 130,449 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 14,128 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 117,235 (up from 116,704) Positive tests: 43,061 (down from 43,110)

Total Vaccine doses distributed: 202,205

Case Note: Defendant's need to care for infant supports release notwithstanding her expulsion from "MINT" Program....


In U.S. v. SHEENA STRONG, 2021 WL 2953999 (D. Haw. July 14, 2021) (Gillmor, J.), the court found that although defendant was kicked out of Mothers and Infants Together (MINT) program for possessing a cell phone, it would follow the advice to the infant’s pediatrician that the defendant’s presence would improve the infant’s condition, and the government did not oppose. The court explained: "Defendant states that she violated the terms of the MINT program. Defendant explains that she was removed from the MINT program. She has been returned to a Bureau of Prisons locked facility, and she can no longer provide care for her infant daughter while incarcerated. … On April 30, 2020, Defendant Strong was released from a BOP medical facility to a BOP Residential Reentry Management Center in Dallas/Fort Worth into the Mothers and Infants Together (“MINT”) Program. MINT is a residential program promoting bonding skills for pregnant inmates. In August 2020, Defendant's child was born prematurely at approximately 26 weeks. (Letter from child's physician, attached as Ex. B to Def.'s Second Supplement, ECF No. 243-2). On July 7, 2020, Defendant was removed from the MINT program because she violated its rules by possessing a cell phone without permission. (Def.'s Supplement, ECF No. 253). The Probation Office has been in contact with the baby's pediatrician, Dr. Rochelle Sexton. She describes the baby's medical condition as requiring close and complicated monitoring and care. Dr. Sexton indicates that the baby has been very stable over the past 5-6 months in part because of Defendant Strong's care. The child's pediatrician recommends that Defendant Strong be released in order for the safety of the child. Specifically, Defendant Strong has training on how to prepare the baby's thickened formula and on how to manage the baby's nebulizing treatments. The Probation Office established that there are no other adults who can provide the proper level of care for the child at this time. The baby's father and grandmother live and work on the Big Island. The Court has been notified that the baby's father and grandmother have taken custody of the baby and taken her to Oahu. The grandmother has agreed to reside with the baby on Oahu through the time that Defendant Strong is quarantined following her travel to Hawaii. The Government does not oppose Defendant Strong's release to care for her infant child. Considering the totality of the circumstances, the Court finds that Defendant's release is appropriate.”


Death Watch: The BOP has reported no additional inmate fatalities, leaving the number of inmate fatalities at 240. Five of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff fatalities remain at 4.



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