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September 13, 2021: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG



Quick Facts: Currently positive-testing inmates: 553 (down from 566) Currently positive-testing staff: 563 (up from 562) Recovered inmates: 42,858 (down from 42,862) Recovered staff: 7,372 (up from 7,360)


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

Coleman Low FCI: 81 (unchanged)

Herlong FCI: 58 (up from 56)

San Diego MCC: 52 (down from 64)

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

Pollock USP: 40 (unchanged)

Oakdale I FCI: 25 (unchanged)

Beaumont USP: 23 (up from 22)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 131,011 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 14,437 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 121,027 (up from 120,834) Positive tests: 42,929 (up from 42,872)

Total vaccine doses administered: 220,912

News Note: Discussion continues regarding how the Administration and BOP will handle inmates transferred to home confinement during COVID... Pressure continues to grow on the Biden administration to any efforts by the BOP to require inmates who were transferred to home confinement to return to prison after the pandemic subsides. NBC New reports:


[A] BOP spokesman said the bureau may choose to keep inmates on home confinement post-pandemic if their sentence is nearly over. As for “more difficult cases,” in which inmates have many more years to serve, “the BOP is focused right now on the expanded criteria for home confinement and taking steps to ensure individualized review of more inmates who might be transferred,” the spokesman said.


The article continues, referencing the Administration previous agreement with Trump's legal interpretation, that "people will be required to return to prison a month after the official state of emergency for the pandemic ends,"


“The Biden administration came in and we hoped this would be something they would overturn,” Scott Roberts, senior director of criminal justice campaigns at Color of Change. “It would make common sense, especially since the president has said he wanted to reduce the prison population.”

“For this particular group of people, most are elderly or sick,” Roberts added. “Everyone has some kind of health condition that qualified them for release. All have been vetted, and it was determined they could go home. Seems if there is any group we should let remain at home, it is this group.”

Kevin Ring, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, said his organization had been urging the Biden administration to "stop this nightmare" since January.

"Thousands of people were sent home more than a year ago," Ring said. "They have followed the rules, reintegrated with their families, found work and are contributing to society. It makes no sense to send them back to prison."

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the administration’s stance and the possibility of clemency or some other relief for those released under the CARES Act during an August news conference.

Psaki said Biden is “deeply committed to reducing incarceration, helping people successfully re-enter society,” but she did not have specific information about the fate of the released inmates.


Death Watch: The BOP has identified no new fatalities. Inmate deaths remain at 252. Five of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 5.


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