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March 21, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG



Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here) Currently positive-testing inmates: 97 (down from 101) Currently positive-testing staff: 243 (down from 295) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 54,052 (down from 54,129) Recovered staff: 12,414 (up from 12,358)


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

Sheridan FCI: 10 (unchanged)

Los Angels MDC: 6 (unchanged)

Sea Tac FDC: 5 (unchanged)

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

Central Office HQ: 30 (unchanged)

Florence ADMAX: 29 (up from 28)

Florence - High USP: 28 (up from 26)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 134,697 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 12,896 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,837 (down from 128,858) Positive tests: 55,485 (down from 55,506)


Total vaccine doses administered: 307,510 (up from 307,272)


Case Note: Kinda getting sick of you, your patriotic notions notwithstanding...


In U.S. v. JAMES WIGGINS, 2022 WL 806586 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 15, 2022) (Murphy III, J.), the court dismissed defendant's fourth compassionate release motion, this one expressing a desire to fight in Ukraine, explaining: "The Court has thrice denied Defendant James Wiggins's compassionate release motions. ECF 90; 104; 108. Defendant recently asked the Court to grant him compassionate release because Defendant wants to join the United States military so that he can fight Russia and protect the Ukraine. ECF 109, PgID 1901. According to Defendant, he is an “[a]ble bodied and mentally sane” man who “will be of great use to the country in its military.” Id. While the Court credits Defendant's patriotic notions, the argument has not been exhausted, and the Court will deny the motion. … Defendant has offered no evidence to suggest that the military would even accept him. See ECF 109. After all, Defendant committed violent crimes that show disregard for authority. ECF 69, PgID 750. And beyond that, Defendant has not shown that the military is seeking able-bodied men to fight in the Ukraine. See ECF 109. The Court will therefore deny the motion for compassionate release. Last, this compassionate release motion is the fourth from Defendant that the Court has denied in less than two years. All future frivolous requests for compassionate release from Defendant will be dealt with through a single-sentence form order. See United States v. Navarro, 986 F.3d 668, 671–73 (6th Cir. 2021) (holding that a district court does not abuse its discretion when it denies compassionate release with a single-sentence form order).”)




Death Watch (Note: The BOP press website announces BOP COVID-related deaths here.) The BOP has announced no new inmate deaths, leaving the inmate death toll at 288. Eleven of the inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 7.

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