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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 …

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The city of Atwater defied the state’s stay-at-home orders. I’m in Atwater USP. Is the prison granting early release for inmates to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus?

ATWATER, Calif.  —  The leaders of Atwater had just declared it a “sanctuary city” for businesses in defiance of California stay-at-home orders when they showed up at the future home of Jessie Chauhan’s Rapid XPress Car Wash. They came last month to the dirt lot by Highway 99 for a cheery civic ceremony that felt extra symbolic in the midst of a pandemic that has wrecked the economy: A groundbreaking ceremony. Chauhan, who alsoownsa car …

The city of Atwater defied the state’s stay-at-home orders. I’m in Atwater USP. Is the prison granting early release for inmates to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus? Read More »

At the California Institute for Men, the prison botched its response to COVID-19 or coronavirus. Is that grounds for early compassionate release from state prison?

Roderick Keith Dirden has been trying for months to get out of an overcrowded dormitory at the California Institution for Men, where he has been in intermittent lockdown since Covid-19 started sweeping through the prison. “I’m not looking for somebody to jump out of a parachute to save me,” he said in a phone interview with STAT. He’s simply looking, he said, for the system to keep inmates safe. With 767 cases and counting among …

At the California Institute for Men, the prison botched its response to COVID-19 or coronavirus. Is that grounds for early compassionate release from state prison? Read More »

FCI Lompoc has the largest outbreak of any federal prison for COVID-19 or coronavirus. Can I get early release or compassionate release?

The COVID-19 time bomb ticking inside the Lompoc prison complex since late March detonated in dramatic fashion this week as the federal facility confirmed 912 open cases among inmates and 25 cases among staff. The outbreak remains the largest in any federal prison in the United States. The rest of Santa Barbara County has reported 475 total positive cases. The sharp increase in numbers — the complex announced only 172 active infections on May 6 — is attributable to …

FCI Lompoc has the largest outbreak of any federal prison for COVID-19 or coronavirus. Can I get early release or compassionate release? Read More »

Am I Included in the Lawsuit Against California Department of Corrections Demanding Early Release of Low-Risk Inmates from State Prisons?

The coronavirus pandemic is giving new urgency to an ongoing lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections that demands the release of “low-risk” inmates from state prisons. Lawyers for inmates have filed additional motions asking that those who are deemed low risk by the state and would already be released in the next year be released immediately to prevent the spread of the virus. A special hearing on the motion is scheduled for Thursday afternoon …

Am I Included in the Lawsuit Against California Department of Corrections Demanding Early Release of Low-Risk Inmates from State Prisons? Read More »