Shauniqua Rodriguez moved for compassionate release after health and safety concerns arose at both the Cimarron Detention Center and FPC Alderson facilities. The court had previously found “extraordinary and compelling reasons” for sentence reduction and granted Rodriguez's motion due to her preexisting conditions of substance use and obesity, allowing her to serve out the rest of her sentence under home incarceration at her grandmother's residence. The court refused to alter its ruling, even after Rodriguez moved from a private facility to a BOP facility with better COVID protections and tracking.
United States v. Rodriguez, No. 445 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 24, 2021).
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
Federal Prison Camp, Alderson
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), Other, Fed. R. Crim. P. 37(a)(3)
Executive Order on Reforming Our Incarceration System to Eliminate the Use of Privately Operated Criminal Detention Facilities
Home incarceration for the remaining term of imprisonment; supervised release of 3 years after incarceration; subject to all standard and special conditions of supervised release stated in the original judgment
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Obesity, Other, Substance Use Disorder, Unspecified Mental Illness
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Substance Use Disorder for unspecific substance; Obesity with unspecified BMI
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
Both of the cases I have reviewed so far involved people with other medical conditions. Were courts more willing to grant compassionate release motions when the movants had preexisting conditions, rather than someone concerned about the risk of COVID-19 alone?
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