Terminal Island prison in San Pedro has seen another 500 inmates infected by coronavirus. Compassionate release or early release of prisoners may be a solution. Families complain about the lack of measures to curtail the spread of the virus at the facility. The facility has witnessed three deaths while half of the inmate population and 10 staff members have tested positive. And the shifting of prisoners to an old warehouse has highlighted a lack of hygiene at the prison.
“It’s too cold to sleep. There’s pigeons and bats flying around with feces and feathers everywhere,” said one Los Angeles woman. “It’s a hazardous situation.”
Am I eligible for federal prison early release due to COVID-19 or coronavirus?
U.S. Bureau of Prisons said that the prison is conducting tests on a large scale through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. However, not all positive cases are showing symptoms, which is why compassionate release due to COVID-19 or coronavirus is on the table. Many federal prisons are already expediting early release to open up space for social distancing.
“The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Terminal Island’s highest priority remains ensuring the safety of staff and inmates while decreasing the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Long said. The isolation of the affected will not only slow the spread but also shorten the quarantine period.
Our offices are monitoring early release programs. Even if you qualify, you must have a criminal attorney to advocate for your inclusion in such programs — or you may qualify for early release as an individual based on your case. If you think you or someone you know may be eligible for early release from federal prison due to COVID-19 or coronavirus, call our offices at (858) 699-0375.
What about early release for state prisoners in California due to COVID-19 or coronavirus?
Near FCI Terminal Island is California State Prison (CSP) Los Angeles County. In California’s state prison system, 208 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus. 208 inmates have tested positive, and the complaints regarding social distancing are on the rise. Officials, while conceding that it is difficult, have taken measures, especially at Terminal Island, to create space for social distancing. But it may not be enough, and compassionate release of state prisoners due to COVID-19 or coronavirus may be the only solution.
The officials have taken strict measures by restricting the use of telephone and email to curtail the spread of the virus. The measures are highly unpopular.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s instructed to expedite the release of some inmates. Long said that all inmates were automatically considered under Barr’s edict. Long, without providing exact numbers of released inmates at Terminal Island, gave an overall figure of 1,805 who had been released as per Barr’s order.
If you think you or someone you know may be eligible for early release from state prison in California due to COVID-19 or coronavirus, call our offices at (858) 699-0375.