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November 9, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE, COVID-19, and BOP BLOG



Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here)


Confirmed active cases at 86 BOP facilities and 11 RRCs

Currently positive-testing inmates: 234 (down from 277) Currently positive-testing staff: 333 (up from 322) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 48,115 (down from 48,130) Recovered staff: 14,402 (up from 14,396)


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

Carswell FMC: 57 (down from 67)

Phoenix FCI: 31 (up from 30)

SeaTac FDC: 26


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

Central Office HQ: 58 (unchanged)

Rochester FMC: 28 (up from 27)

McKean FCI: 17

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 144,519 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,896 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,668 (up from 128,667) Positive tests: 55,316 (unchanged)


Total vaccine doses administered: 336,546 (up from 336,063)


Case Note: Two months to the door but defendant's bad record cited in denying compassionate release...


In U.S. v. Padgett, No. 19-CR-533, 2022 WL 16695263 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 3, 2022) (Gwin, J.), the court denied defendant release just two months to the door, citing his lengthy criminal history and history of probation violations, explaining: "Defendant Padgett argues that the sentencing factors weigh in his favor because he has shown rehabilitation and because granting his motion would only hasten his release by a few months. Specifically, he points to the fact that he has zero disciplinary infractions and has completed drug abuse coursework as signs of his rehabilitation. And if the Court were to order is his release to a reentry program now, in November 2022, he would only leave prison around two months ahead of schedule, as he is due to transition to a reentry program in January 2023. But the Court has serious concerns about Defendant's history of reoffending soon after being released. While any effort at rehabilitation is commendable and the Court encourages Defendant to continue his efforts, Defendant has fifteen prior convictions and a history of violating the terms of his probation. He has prior violent crime convictions, including for assault on a Peace Officer. In light of that history and the serious nature of his current offense, the Court is not persuaded that releasing Defendant early would adequately deter him from future criminal conduct or keep the public safe.”)


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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