The court granted Clark’s motion for compassionate release due to his underlying health conditions, including moderate-to-severe asthma and hypertension, and because he only had a few months left on his sentence. The court noted Clark's “spotless” disciplinary record while incarcerated and the risk of COVID-19 spreading in prisons, even though a case had not been reported at the facility in which Clark was incarcerated. The court also noted Clark’s significant criminal history when he was younger but found that Clark had shown he had changed and been rehabilitated.
United States v. Clark, No. 4:08-CR-00096, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105896 (S.D. Iowa June 17, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Significant Criminal History
Compassionate Release Case
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Has a significant criminal history
Case Tracking Number
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Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
United States Penitentiary Leavenworth
First Step Act Exhaustion, First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
Shall reside at the home of his mother; maintain legitimate employment
Distributing crack cocaine with a prior conviction
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
An individual can move for compassionate release after 30 days have passed from the date the application was submitted to the warden, irrespective of whether the warden has granted or denied the request.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Asthma, Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Asthma (moderate to severe)
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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