The court granted a motion for compassionate release. Exhaustion was satisfied because the warden at the prison where the defendant was incarcerated at denied her request for release. The court held that the defendant’s medical condition of hypertension, while falling outside of CDC’s risk category of “pulmonary hypertension,” placed her at significant risk of contracting COVID-19 combined with her age and obesity. In light of the fact that the defendant is a first-time offender of a non-violent crime, and the COVID-19 outbreak in FCI Danbury (where the defendant was incarcerated at), the court deemed it appropriate to grant the defendant’s motion.
United States v. Foreman, No. 3:19-cr-62 (VAB), 2020 WL 2315908 (D. Conn. May 11, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Improved Conditions, Preliminary Injunction (PI), Release, Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Low-Level Offenses, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Pretrial Detention [jail]
Compassionate Release Case
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Has a significant criminal history, Only served a small portion of their sentence (less than 33%)
Case Tracking Number
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Place of Incarceration
Federal Prison, Federal Medical Center
Name of Facility
Eighth Amendment - Deliberate Indifference, Substantive Due Process - Deliberate Indifference (both 14th and 5th Amendments), Substantive Due Process - Punitive Detention (both 14th and 5th Amendments)
First Step Act Exhaustion, First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), Section 1983, § 2241 Habeas
Immediate start of a previously-imposed term of supervised release; the defendant must self-quarantine for 14 days; the defendant must also contact her physician and get tested if instructed to do so
Tax evasion, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7201
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
Other, Government urged to waive exhaustion requirement by Court. Warden then denied release application and exhaustion was rendered moot.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Age, Asthma, Cardiac Disease, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Obesity, Other, Substance Use Disorder, Prior Heart Attack
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Age: 58; Obesity: unknown BMI, not high enough to create the highest risk but still a factor in the court's consideration
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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