Federal Bureau of Prisons Announces its Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.March 16, 2020
On Friday March 13, 2020, the Bureau of Federal Prisons took its first steps to protect federal inmates from the coronavirus (COVID-19). It has banned all social visits for 30 days and ceased all transfers of federal inmates. It has also has limited those that can access federal prison compounds to only health care workers, staff and food service vendors. For those who are self surrendering, the Bureau announced that absent a judge's order continuing their self surrender date, they are required to surrender as ordered by the court. Although not stated, I would imagine all social furloughs will likewise be denied. It is still banned the use of alcohol based hand sanitizers by inmates which has proven effective in slowing down the transmission of the virus. More information and details can be found here.