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May 6, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG


Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here) Currently positive-testing inmates: 143 (down from 165) Currently positive-testing staff: 175 (up from 169) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 52,083 (up from 52,068) Recovered staff: 12,607 (unchanged)


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

Lompoc FCI: 39 (down from 40)

Miami FDC: 19

Allenwood USP: 28 (unchanged)

Victorville Medium II FCI: 7 (unchanged)

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

Rochester FMC: 20 (unchanged)

Central Office HQ: 20 (up from 18)

Victorville Medium I FCI: 13 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 137,706 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,489 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,742 (up from 128,741) Positive tests: 55,390 (up from 55,389)


Total vaccine doses administered: 315,853 (up from 315,502)


News Note: Court denies compassionate release but recommends immediate transfer to RRC...


In U.S. v. GARNELL WALKER, Defendant., No. 12-CR-203 (CKK), 2022 WL 1316426 (D.D.C. May 3, 2022) (Kollar-Kotelly, J.), the court denies compassionate release, but with Government's blessing recommends that BOP transfer petitioner to an RRC immediately, explaining: "Defendant's projected release date is December 16, 2022, and his home detention eligibility date is June 16, 2022, but he has “only been offered 6 months of residential reentry center [“RRC”] placement” so [June 16, 2022] is the date he will be transferred to an RRC. Def.’s Mot., ECF No. 43, at 5; see Ex. 2 [BOP Sentencing Computation]. Defendant moves now for compassionate release on grounds that “his health has been compromised by inadequate care from the Bureau of Prisons” after he has “failed to receive a proper diagnosis or adequate treatment ... despite multiple requests from both Mr. Walker and counsel ...” Def.’s Mot., ECF No. 43, at 3. The Government opposes Defendant's “immediate compassionate release” but “does not oppose the Court making a recommendation to the BOP that Mr. Walker be moved immediately to a residential reentry center (RRC)[.]” Govt. Resp., ECF No. 46, at 1. Defendant notes that while he “would welcome his release by any means available, the BOP is not bound to follow this Court's recommendation “and furthermore, “immediate release to his cousin's home and not to a halfway house would be preferable because it will allow him to access the health care he needs sooner and with fewer procedural roadblocks than those in place at a halfway house.” Def.’s Reply, ECF No. 47, at 10. For the reasons explained below, Defendant's [43] Emergency Motion for Compassionate for Release is DENIED, but this Court shall make a recommendation to the BOP that Mr. Walker be moved immediately to a residential reentry center.”


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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