The court granted Connell’s motion for compassionate release due to his underlying health conditions and the fact that FCI Lompoc had the most severe COVID-19 prison outbreak in the country at the time. After an extensive analysis, the court determined that the First Step Act exhaustion requirement was a non-jurisdictional claims processing rule subject to equitable exceptions. The court also noted that it was unlikely Connell would be able to get the medical care he needed at Lompoc in the midst of the pandemic.
United States v. Connell, No. 18-cr-00281-RS, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81642 (N.D. Cal. May 8, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
First Step Act Exhaustion, First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
Possession of child pornography
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
Exhaustion is subject to equitable exceptions.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Age, High Cholesterol, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Pre-Diabetes
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
Crowdsourced legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration, organized, collected, and summarized for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. Created and managed by Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, UCLA Law COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project, and Zealous. Mostly federal court opinions, but now expanding to states and legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.
This resource is designed to help lawyers, advocates, researchers, journalists, and others interested in challenging, remedying, or drawing attention to the grave risk that Covid-19 poses to individuals who are detained.