Federal Sentencing, COVID-19 and Compassionate Release

Federal Sentencing, COVID-19 and Compassionate Release

(1) Federal Sentencing in the age of COVID-19; for drug crimes from the U.S. National Library of Medicine – Evidenced Based Diversion Sentencing (a step by step process clearly explained).

  • This is critical as prisons are perfect petri dish incubators for contagions to multiply as in the cruise ship; e.g., Diamond Princess.
  • With ~600K inmates released each year with no current treatments available;
(2) Compassionate Release  /COVID19; while to my understanding it’s been difficult-impossible to get in past years, with COVID19, these examples just appear cruel:
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher).
  • People with diabetes.
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.
  • People with liver disease.
  • I recommend the website UpToDate, an excellent resource tool for clinicians, hospitals, and hospital systems.

(3) 5-15-2020; Halfway House photos show no 6′ social distancing or masks being used.

 

Dr. M Blatstein

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