Month: July 2020

BREAKING: California is approving up to 8,000 inmates for compassionate release from state prisons due to COVID-19 or coronavirus. How can I get into this early release program?

Up to 8,000 prisoners will receive early state prison release this summer as California attempts to create more space and prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in prisons. More early releases or “compassionate releases” (to protect the health of individual inmates and the prison population at large) are gaining momentum after so many inmates in California prisons have tested positive for COVID-19 or coronavirus — including more than a third of the …

BREAKING: California is approving up to 8,000 inmates for compassionate release from state prisons due to COVID-19 or coronavirus. How can I get into this early release program? Read More »

FCI Mendota has no HVAC. Prisoners have limited hygiene in a heat wave. Is federal prison early release an option for me?

It’s another boiling summer in the San Joaquin Valley, where temperatures often top 100 degrees. And once again, the air conditioning is on the fritz at the Mendota federal prison 35 miles west of Fresno. This time, hundreds of inmates are coping with another threat: A coronavirus outbreak that has them stewing in hot quarters with limited time to shower and no time outdoors. Early federal prison release is increasingly an option, since the heat …

FCI Mendota has no HVAC. Prisoners have limited hygiene in a heat wave. Is federal prison early release an option for me? Read More »

Can I get early compassionate release from Avenal State Prison due to COVID-19 or coronavirus?

Avenal State Prison now has the largest coronavirus outbreak of any prison in the state of California. Now early prison release — or compassionate release, for health reasons, like San Quentin‘s — is being considered as an urgent solution. Just two weeks ago, on May 16th, FOX26 News reported one staff member at the prison tested positive for coronavirus. Since then, that single positive case has spread to 593 prisoners and 20 more staff members. …

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I’m an inmate at FCI Dublin, a low-security federal prison for women. Is my security risk low enough for me to qualify for early compassionate release due to COVID-19 or coronavirus?

Public health experts have been calling for early release from federal prison for nonviolent and low-risk offenders, to increase space for social distancing and conserve scarce resources. Lavonne Roach, Lakota Sioux, is currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin in Dublin, California. It is a low-security federal prison for female inmates. In an email shared through her daughter, Roach described the situation at the prison as quite hectic since the number of COVID-19 cases …

I’m an inmate at FCI Dublin, a low-security federal prison for women. Is my security risk low enough for me to qualify for early compassionate release due to COVID-19 or coronavirus? Read More »

I’m in state or federal prison in California and I’m unable to receive visitors because of COVID-19 or coronavirus. Can I get early compassionate release to see my family again?

Gerald, a childhood friend from Washington, D.C., is serving a life sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, a prison 15 miles from my home in Merced, California.   A few years after I moved to Merced, I received a text from Gerald. I hadn’t heard from him since he had gone to prison decades earlier on charges related to cocaine distribution in the 1990s. He had heard from a mutual friend that I had …

I’m in state or federal prison in California and I’m unable to receive visitors because of COVID-19 or coronavirus. Can I get early compassionate release to see my family again? Read More »