The court granted Ms. Terraciano's motion for compassionate release, finding that she established extraordinary and compelling reasons justifying release. The conditions in FCI Victorville, where Ms. Terraciano lived in a congregate setting, did not allow for proper social distancing and presented a high risk of coronavirus infection to inmates. Additionally, Ms. Terraciano's health conditions, including hypertension, hepatitis C, and a history of smoking, increased the risk that she would suffer a more severe case of COVID-19 if she were to contract the virus. Lastly, the court concluded that the sentencing factors weighed in Terraciano's favor; although her conviction for bribery was a serious offense, her involvement stemmed from financial desperation rather than greed, and she had no other criminal record or record of discipline since incarceration, making a repeat offense unlikely.
United States v. Terraciano, No. 2:17-CR-00187-KJM-2, 2020 WL 5878284 (E.D. Cal. Oct. 2, 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%)
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Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
modified sentence to time served, followed by the term of supervised release previously imposed; added special condition that for 6 months, defendant be subject to home confinement, defendant bearing the attendant cost of location monitoring; order is stayed for up to fourteen days to allow for the making of appropriate travel arrangements and ensure defendant's safe return; defendant shall be released as soon as appropriate travel arrangement are made and it is safe for defendant to travel home; if more than fourteen days are needed, then the parties shall notify the court and show cause why the stay should be extended; she must self-isolate for fourteen days in her sister's home once she arrives there
one single count of conspiracy to commit bribery, identity fraud, and unauthorized access to a computer
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