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May 2, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG


Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here) Currently positive-testing inmates: 158 (up from 138) Currently positive-testing staff: 181 (up from 175) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 52,317 (down from 52,380) Recovered staff: 12,579 (up from 12,577)


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

Lompoc FCI: 39 (up from 36)

Allenwood USP: 28 (unchanged)

Victorville Medium II FCI: 9 (up from 8)

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

Central Office HQ: 36 (unchanged)

Rochester FMC: 18 (up from 16)

Victorville Medium I FCI: 13 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 137,812 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,365 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,739 (down from 128,760) Positive tests: 55,387 (down from 55,408)


Total vaccine doses administered: 314,922 (up from 314,433)


News Note: It's not over...


We saw rapidly declining infection numbers among federal inmates after the initial Omicron surge, with numbers falling into the low 50s in early-mid April. Courts began to note these falling numbers when considering compassionate release applications, even though recent history has told us that these welcomed declines are often followed by new surges. Now, we are seeing infection numbers rising once again. Even though the graph may not look like we are experiencing a major surge -- certainly not like the gigantic one we saw in February -- it is worth noting that inmate infections have tripled in the last three weeks, from a low of 53 in mid-April to 158 today, with Lompoc FCI at 39 and Allenwood USP at 28. When we file compassionate release applications and the government argues that inmates are no longer at risk of COVID it is important to remind courts both that the numbers are on the rise and that "past performance is no assurance of future results." Of course, the number of hospitalized inmates and fatalities are substantially down due to widespread vaccination, but vulnerable inmates are still substantially at risk and long COVID remains a worrisome problem for everyone, inside and outside prison.


Death Watch (Note: The BOP press website announces BOP COVID-related deaths here.) The BOP has identified no new inmate fatalities, leaving the total at 294. Eleven of the inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 7



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