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  • The COVID-19 Crises in Federal Detention (12/1/20)
    By Sentencing Resource Counsel for the Federal Public Community Defenders
    The Fact Sheet provides statistics and links to data and reports about the government's failure to control COVID-19 in federal detention, including:
    • In the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the disease is infecting incarcerated individuals at a rate at least 4.77 times the general population.
    • Public health experts agree that interventions such as widespread testing, PPE, hygiene and cleanliness, and responsible release of high-risk patients could help stop the disease from spreading.
    • Allowing the disease to rage unchecked in prisons is a far greater threat to public safety than lowering prison populations.
    • There have now been 157 reported deaths of individuals incarcerated in BOP, a devastating loss.
    • At least 25 individuals died in BOP custody after filing--and in some cases, even after being granted--requests for release.
    • The United States is not fulfilling its duty to maintain safe, secure, and humane detention facilities. Courts across the country have recognized that BOP undertreats or ignores COVID-related symptoms, despite CDC findings that COVID-19 can "result in prolonged illness even among persons with milder . . . illness."
    • BOP and AG Barr have barely used the tools Congress gave them to safely lower prison populations.
    • "Nobody should be forced to risk deadly exposure to COVID-19 while awaiting trial," but across the country, conditions of pretrial confinement are harsh, restrictive, and sometimes deadly. 
    • USMS's failures are consistent with a history of indifference to prison conditions and resistance to oversight.
  • Declaration of Dr. Tara Vijayan (11/24/20) 
    Dr. Virjayan, M.D., M.P.H., specializes in infectious diseases and internal medicine, and Board Certified in both fields.  She has a master's degree in public health, specializing in epidemology.  Her declaration describes the current state of the medical science as it releates to COVID-19, including duration of immunity, CDC guidelines on immunity, re-infection, high incidence of COVID-19 in correctional facilities, recovery and vaccine.
  • U.S. Marshal's Memorandum of Law In Opposition to Petitionbr for a Writ of Habeas Corpus and Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and in Support of Cross-Motion to Dismiss, John Doe 1 v. Sozio, U.S. Marshal S.D.N.Y., No. 1:20-cv-02183-BMC (E.D.N.Y. May 25, 2020), ECF No. 33 
    Two John Does incarcerated at the Queens Detention Facility (QDF) awaiting sentencing for federal convictions filed suit against the U.S. Marshal's service and private jail contractors seeking a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. SS 2241, claiming that the conditions of confinement at QDF are unconstitutional because the jails failure to pretect them from COVID-19 constitutes deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm in violation of the Eighth Amendment

  • Letter from Waylon Young Bird to District Court (10/10/20)
    Federal inmate at Springfield Medical Center letter to sentencing judge requesting compassionate release because of COVID-19 outbreak.
  • COVID-19 Operational Status Update from the BOP (10/12/20) In a letter from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of General Counsel to the Honorable Randolph D. Moss, Chair, Judicial Conference of the United States, Committee on Criminal Law, the BOP provides an update on their operational status during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The letter includes a description of operations related to court trips, transfer of inmates to BOP custody, movement of inmates within the BOP, social visits, legal access, and medical records. 


  • Report on Current Management and Future Risks Associated with COVID-19 Infection At FCI Terminal Island
    By Michael Rowe, MD
    This report provides the observations, findings and recommendations of Michael Rowe, MD following an assessment of the current status of the COVID-19 response and ongoing management at the Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island in San Pedro, California. This investigation was conducted beginning on July 14, 2020.  The author of this report was court appointed as an expert to conduct an independent site visit and to prepare a report discussing the current status and management of the COVID-19 outbreak to the Court in Lance Aaron Wilson, et al. v. Felicia L. Ponce, et al., No 2:20-cv-04451-MWF-MRW (C.D. Cal.).

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