The court granted an individual's request for compassionate release under the First Step Act on the basis of his pre-existing health conditions (severe obesity and hypertension) and conditions at the jail where he is being held. The government did not contest his request and at the time he was being held at a county jail waiting for transfer into a federal facility to complete his one-year prison term. The court noted the individual's risk for contracting COVID-19, due not only to his underlying health issues but also due to the fact that "there can be no dispute that COVID-19 is a present threat at the Santa Rita Jail." Thus, he was released into home confinement.
United States v. Madrigal, No. 5:18-CR-00356-EJD-3, 2020 WL 3188268 (N.D. Cal. June 15, 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%)
Immediate release into home confinement for one year followed by three years of supervised release; must quarantine for 14 days once he is released into home confinement
Sale of a firearm and ammunition to a felon
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Hypertension (high blood pressure), Obesity
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Obesity (BMI not listed)
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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