The Sentencing Resource Counsel has prepared a detailed fact sheet about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The up-to-date information and resources linked will be particularly helpful in our compassionate release efforts.
The emerging coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on us all, and is sure to impact how we practice and defend our clients.
This is an emerging situation, and we are all still figuring out best practices. In the meantime, here are some resources to help you advocate for your clients in these challenging times:
- The Justice Collaborative is hosting an emergency webinar on COVID-19 and Criminal Legal and Immigrant Detention Systems for Friday, March 13, at 1:30 pm Mountain Time. Participants will include U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley and Federal Defender David Patton, among other leaders in criminal justice community. Information and registration available here.
- They have also set up a COVID-19 Response & Resources Page, which is available here. The page currently includes an explanation of why prisons and jails are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks (link here), as well as guidance on COVID-19 release advocacy (link here). The page will be updated with new developments.