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November 8, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE, COVID-19, and BOP BLOG


Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here)


Confirmed active cases at 89 BOP facilities and 11 RRCs

Currently positive-testing inmates: 277 (up from 270) Currently positive-testing staff: 322 (down from 326) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 48,130 (up from 48,127) Recovered staff: 14,396 (up from 14,390)


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

Carswell FMC: 67 (unchanged)

Butner FCI: 51 (unchanged)

Phoenix FCI: 30 (unchanged)


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

Central Office HQ: 58 (unchanged)

Rochester FMC: 27 (unchanged)

Brooklyn MDC: 14 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 144,239 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,941 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,667 (up from 128,666) Positive tests: 55,316 (up from 55,315)


Total vaccine doses administered: 336,063 (unchanged)


Case Note: Compassionate release granted -- without government opposition -- so inmate can provide care to mother who had stroke ....


In U.S. v. CLARENCE TRAPPS, Defendant., No. 15-CR-00382-JSW-1, 2022 WL 16706710 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 4, 2022) (White, J.), the court granted defendant's renewed motion for compassionate release to permit defendant to care for his mother who recently suffered a stroke, which the Government does not oppose, explaining: "Mr. Trapps requests compassionate release because he is needed at home to care for his 73-year-old mother, Lena Johnson (“Ms. Johnson”), who suffered a stroke in March 2022 that left her partially paralyzed and in need of constant care. (See Dkt. 83-1, Exs. A-B.) Mr. Trapps has submitted evidence from family members establishing that he is the only family member available to provide Ms. Johnson with the care she now requires. (See id., Exs. C, E, F, H.) Mr. Trapps argues that these family circumstances, in combination with his substantial rehabilitation, constitute “extraordinary and compelling” reasons warranting his release. He requests to be released on home confinement, under the conditions that this Court imposes, to live with his mother and care for her. The Government does not oppose the request and concedes that Mr. Trapps has made a showing of exceptional circumstances that justifies compassionate release. … Mr. Trapps seeks compassionate release to care for his mother, Ms. Johnson, who recently suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed on one side of her body and in need of around-the-clock care. Mr. Trapps' family members are unable to act as full-time caregivers to Ms. Johnson. His sister has physical limitations that prohibit her from providing the care Ms. Johnson requires. (See Dkt. 83-1, Exs. C, E.) Mr. Trapps' brother works full-time outside of the home to provide for himself and his family, and he is unable to take more time off work to care for his mother without jeopardizing his employment. (Id., Exs. F-G.) Mr. Trapps' nephew also works outside of the home to support himself. (Id., Ex. H.) If released, Mr. Trapps plans to reside with his mother at her home and is willing and able to provide care for her. Probation has approved Mr. Trapps' proposed living arrangement upon release. (See Dkt. No. 87.) The Court finds Mr. Trapps has established extraordinary and compelling reasons justifying his release because he has shown that his mother is incapacitated and that he is the only available caregiver who can provide the assistance that his mother requires. … Although the Government does not oppose Mr. Trapps' motion for compassionate release, it recommends the Court add to his term of supervision and impose a special condition of location monitoring for three years, with home detention for one year and a curfew for the remaining two years. The Court, however, agrees with Probation's recommendation and declines to add to Mr. Trapps' term of supervision or impose additional conditions to his term of supervised release.”


Death Watch (Note: The BOP press website announces BOP COVID-related deaths here.) No new deaths within the BOP have been announced, leaving the reported inmate death toll at 309. Eleven of the inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 7.


Job Posting: The Center for Justice and Human Dignity

The Center for Justice and Human Dignity is an education, advocacy, and training center, focused on advancing meaningful change in prison sentencing practices with the goal of reducing the number of people sent to prison and expanding the judicial use of alternative-to-incarceration sanctions.


The Center for Justice and Human Dignity is seeking an Executive Director who will have overall programmatic, operational, development, and fundraising responsibility for the development of CJHD and its staff, programs, public engagement, and execution of its mission. The Executive Director will establish and operationalize programmatic goals and strategic initiatives in alignment with stakeholder interests (including the board and the organization’s founder). Their role will include developing relationships with partners, establishing and implementing fundraising strategy, and leading public relations/media, programs, and operations. The Executive Director will be responsible for (in collaboration with the board and founding partner) the development and implementation of a self-sustaining, funding infrastructure to establish the organization’s full financial independence from its incubator. This position is remote and open to applicants in any location within the United States.


Respond to: aviva@aleph-institute.org


Complete Posting can be viewed here.

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