Inmates in prisons and jails across America are seeking early release or compassionate release due to coronavirus or COVID-19. Nearly two and half million incarcerated persons are especially at risk because of close proximity in cells and even common areas. And things like soap and warm water are not always readily available. Granting early release from prison is one way to mitigate the devastation of the virus.
Our offices receive daily updates on various programs and policies for compassionate release from state prison due to COVID-19 or coronavirus or early federal prison release. Even if your facility or court in your jurisdiction has announced such an early release policy, you are not automatically included in that group. You must have a criminal defense attorney to advocate for your early release.
If you think you may be eligible for early release from prison or jail in California, contact our offices at 858.699.0375 and let us review the details of your case.
Can I get released from federal prison early because of COVID-19 or coronavirus?
Activists have been pushing for a more consistent response at prisons and jails, especially early release from federal prison camp, where hothouse conditions allow easier spreading of the virus. Former inmate Louis Reed, in federal prison for 13 years and now an activist for #Cut50, expressed the intensity of the reactions to COVID-19 or coronavirus they’re seeing inside prisons and jails.
“When I was on that side of life and I found out about an outbreak, I would literally be shaking in my boots,” Reed said. “It feels as if you’re in a car driving 100 miles an hour with no seat belt on, not knowing whether that car is going to crash.”
Lompoc Penitentiary, Dublin Federal Correctional, Herlong Federal Correctional, Mendota Federal Correctional, Terminal Island, and more are considering compassionate release from federal prison due to coronavirus.
If you or someone you know might be eligible for early release from a federal prison in California due to risk of COVID-19 or coronavirus, contact our offices at (858) 699-0375 and we will review your case.
Can I get early release from state prison due to COVID-19 or coronavirus?
California City Correctional Facility and California Correctional Institution in Kern, California Correctional Center in Lassen, California Institution for Men in San Bernadino, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility here in San Diego, and more are reviewing state prisoners for early compassionate release due to COVID-19 or coronavirus. One condition is usually the ability to shelter in place after early release.
If you or someone you know might be eligible for early release from a California state prison due to risk of COVID-19 or coronavirus, contact our office at 858.699.0375 and we will review your case.
Can I get compassionate release from county jail due to COVID-19 or coronavirus?
Los Angeles County Sheriffs released nearly 2,000 inmates who had served most of their time. The presiding judge ordered 250 inmates released from Los Angeles County Jail after a statewide bail resetting to “zero dollars” ($0) for misdeameanor and nonviolent felonies. The county jail’s population has dropped by 5,000 inmates — about 30% of its original capacity.
Under an emergency order adopted by the Judicial Council of California, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department released 300 people from county jail. In San Francisco County, the District Attorney’s Office is reviewing people held pretrial, near the end of their sentence, and charged only with nonviolent offenses.
If you or someone you know might be eligible for early release from a county jail in California due to risk of COVID-19 or coronavirus, contact our office at (858) 699-0375 and we will review your case.