Washington D.C. March 26, 2020 – Attorney General’s Memorandum to the Bureau of Prisons
“The Attorney General of the United States just sent a Memorandum for inmates to the Director of the Bureau of Prisons on 3/26/2020. This dealt with allowing certain inmates, minimum and low risk, to be evaluated for immediate release to home detention. This is unprecedented in the history of the Bureau of Prisons but then again, these are unprecedented times.”Michael Frantz, Director of Jail Time Consulting
The criteria used in assessing inmates may involve the following:
- The age and vulnerability of the inmate to COVID-19. This is in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines;
- The security level of the facility currently holding the inmate. This prioritizes inmates residing in low and minimum-security facilities;
- The age and vulnerability of the inmate to COVID- 19, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines;
- The inmate ‘s conduct in prison, with inmates who have engaged in violent or gang-related activity in prison. Also, inmates who have incurred a BOP violation within the last year not receiving priority treatment under this Memorandum;
- The inmate’ s score under PATTERN, with inmates who have anything above a minimum score not receiving priority treatment under this Memorandum;
- Whether the inmate demonstrates and verifiable re-entry plan that will prevent recidivism and maximize public safety. This includes verification that the conditions under which the inmate would be confined upon release would present a lower risk of contracting COV-19 than the inmate would face in his or her BOP facility;
- The inmate ‘s crime of conviction, and assessment of the danger posed by the inmate to the community. Some offenses, such as sex offenses, will render an inmate ineligible for home detention. Other serious offenses should weigh more heavily against consideration for home detention.
Answers From a Prison Consultant
“Fortunately, we have been working very hard for the last 3-4 weeks on a program for this very topic and just completed it on Monday, March 23, 2020. We already are receiving many calls from concerned families and worried inmates that are being kept in the dark.” The key is to get started before the 175,376 inmates all start trying to submit applications on their own. No one knows how to do this and it will clog up the entire process.”Michael Frantz, Director of Jail Time Consulting
For more information on this breaking news, call Jail Time Consulting at 954-740-2253.