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September 20, 2021: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG




Quick Facts: Currently positive-testing inmates: 627 (down from 651) Currently positive-testing staff: 562 (down from 574) Recovered inmates: 42,887 (up from 42,876) Recovered staff: 7,502 (up from 7,456)


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

Herlong FCI: 113 (up from 110)

Sheridan FCI: 94 (down from 97)

Coleman Low FCI: 98 (up from 94)

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

Oakdale I FCI: 26 (unchanged)

Beaumont USP: 24 (down from 26)

Manchester FCI: 19

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 131,301 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 14,414 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 121,608 (up from 121,337) Positive tests: 43,038 (down from 43,049)

Total vaccine doses administered: 223,394

Home Confinement Update: We've been updating the ongoing efforts to avoid requiring the re-incarceration of thousands of inmates transferred to home confinement during COVID under the CARES Act. Forbes.com reports in a September 19, 2021 online article by Walter Pavlo, titled Biden Considering Options To Avoid Returning Federal Inmates To Prison Post Covid-19,


The Biden administration’s Department of Justice has started sending out applications to inmates at home under the CARES Act for consideration of a presidential clemency. To be eligible, the inmate must be home under CARES Act, have been convicted of a drug offense and have 4 years or less remaining in their sentence. I spoke with Amy Povah who runs the non-profit Can Do for Clemency program to help prisoners achieve freedom from federal prison through changing laws and clemency. “President Biden has been handed an easy political gift. There are 4,000 inmates functioning in society, obeying the laws, bonding with family and held accountable for their past actions. There is no better group vetted to be given clemency than this group of CARES Act inmates.

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On what Biden should do, Povah said, “President Biden is in a position to show real criminal justice reform and his thinking of returning thousands of people to prison in one action should weigh heavily on him. It seems to me that even when solutions present themselves that seem so easy to implement to restore fairness, we still have to fight for every little bread crumb of justice.



Death Watch: The BOP has reported one additional inmate death, raising the inmate death toll to 256. The BOP has also identified two previously unnamed fatalities: Robert Neal Hatchell, 63, of FCI Beaumont Low, who died September 3, 2021, and Tavoris Delancy 42, of FCI Tallahassee, who died September 9, 2021. Eight of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 6.





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