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September 7, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG


Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here)


Confirmed active cases at 112 BOP facilities and 14 RRCs

Currently positive-testing inmates: 587 (up from 585) Currently positive-testing staff: 703 (up from 680) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 49,067 (up from 49,066) Recovered staff: 13,674 (up from 13,659)


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

Schuylkill FCI: 99 (unchanged)

Canaan USP: 49 (unchanged)

Yazoo City Low FCI: Sheridan FCI: 48 (unchanged)

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

Central Office HQ: 59 (unchanged)

Rochester FMC: 35 (up from 32)

Brooklyn MDC: 25

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 141,943 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,860 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,713 (up from 128,711) Positive tests: 55,362 (up from 55,359)


Total vaccine doses administered: 329,106 (unchanged)


Case Note: Not a stoke of luck...


In U.S. v. ANDREW EDWARDS Defendant, No. CR 16-204, 2022 WL 3998567 (W.D. Pa. Sept. 1, 2022), the court found that a stroke in prison is not extraordinary and compelling because it is common, explaining: "The problem with characterizing Edwards's strokes and resulting health problems as an extraordinary medical concern is that strokes are all too common. More than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. Ctrs. for Disease Control & Prevention, Stroke Facts (Apr. 5, 2022), https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm. Of those strokes about 610,000 of them are first or new strokes. Id. As the Government argues, “[m]any people will encounter serious health issues during their lifetime, and this includes federal inmates.” Gov't. Resp. at 1. Without any additional evidence that Edwards's recovery goes beyond what is usual, the Court concludes his current state of being does not constitute an extraordinary reason for early release. In sum, Edwards's health problems are not sufficiently extraordinary and compelling to warrant his release. Because Edwards fails to meet this requirement, this Court will not evaluate the § 3553(a) factors.”


Death Watch (Note: The BOP press website announces BOP COVID-related deaths here.) The BOP has identified no new COVID-related fatalities. The total number COVID-related inmate deaths remains at 306. Eleven of the inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 7.

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