Federal Bureau of Prisons and Courts Releasing Many Inmates Early Due to COVID-19

June 11, 2020

As a result of several directives from Attorney General Barr, the BOP has placed a record number of federal inmates on home confinement as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. In addition, hundreds of inmates not eligible for home confinement or early release under the AG's Directives have successfully petitioned federal courts for a Reduction in Sentence, commonly known as a compassionate release. There are too many cases with varying factors to accurately summarize or generalize, but most of the inmate releases were considered high risk for dire consequences if they contracted COVID-19 as a result of pre-existing medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, COPD, respiratory issues, prior cancer, heart conditions and the like. NPSC has been involved in a great number of these releases. Feel free to call or email with any questions.