The court granted the individual's request for compassionate release, doing so on the basis of his pre-existing conditions and the conditions at FCI Elkton. The incarcerated individual was convicted of Hobbs Act robbery and possessing a firearm in furtherance of the robbery, having been coerced into participating (due to his prior employment at Brinks Security) by robbers who threatened his family if he did not comply; he otherwise had no criminal history. On the issue of exhaustion, the court ruled that because his request for release had been denied by the warden, he was eligible to bring his case before the court. On the merits, the court ruled that his medical conditions, which included severe obesity, chronic bronchitis, and hypertension, all put him at serious risk for infection, with the court expressing particular concern about his bronchitis because it was "recognized as increasing the risks associated with contracting COVID-19." The court also noted that FCI Elkton had widespread infection, as "438 had tested positive for COVID-19[,] ...roughly 25% of the entire prison population."
United States v. Jackson, No. 2:18-CR-86-PPS, 2020 WL 3396901 (N.D. Ind. June 19, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Only served a small portion of their sentence (less than 33%)
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), Other, U.S.S.G. § 1B1.13
Will be placed into 14-day quarantine; government must determine suitability of family residence for home confinement; if residence found suitable and he exhibits no COVID-19 symptoms, Jackson will be released into home confinement for the remainder of his sentence as part of his supervised release
Hobbs Act robbery and possessing a firearm in furtherance of Hobbs Act robbery
Obesity (BMI of 47), Lung Disease (chronic bronchitis)
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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