The court granted the 51-year old individual’s motion for compassionate release, taking into consideration her cooperation and significant health problems, including Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, and recent surgeries including a pulmonary embolism, a cholecystectomy, a hysterectomy, a splenectomy, an appendectomy, and a left ankle reconstruction, which all made her “highly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and raise a serious risk of death in the confined and crowded setting of prison.” Due to a confirmed COVID-19 case and one death in the facility as well as the likelihood of asymptomatic cases, the court reduced her sentence to time served, finding that she posed no genuine risk to the safety of the public.
United States v. Joseph, No. 1:18-CR-00156-WCG (E.D. Wis. Jun. 17, 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
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
Attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession with intent to distribute more than 50g of methamphetamine; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50g of methamphetamine
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Diabetes, Other, Recent Surgeries (pulmonary embolism, cholecystectomy, hysterectomy, splenectomy, appendectomy, and left ankle reconstruction)
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1)
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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