The court denied a motion for compassionate release. The incarcerated individual had underlying health issues and had contracted and recovered from Covid-19, but had concerns about reinfection. While acknowledging the risk to the incarcerated person, the court stated there was “the need to afford adequate deterrence and to protect the public,” specifically noting that “Walker has spent most of his adult life as a drug user and dealer who possesses firearms, resulting in five separate federal prison sentences by the age of 39” and that Walker had “longstanding psychological issues that may increase his danger to society.”
United States v. Walker, No. 2:12-cr-0001-004, 2020 WL 2520242 (W.D. Va. May 18, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Discovery, Improved Conditions, Release, Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Immigrant Detention, Parole or Probation Violations, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Has a disciplinary history, Has a significant criminal history
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), § 2241 Habeas
Felon in Possession of Firearm; Unlawful Use of Controlled Substances (cocaine and marijuna); Conspiring to Distribute a Controlled Substance (oxycodone); Violations of Supervised Release
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
An individual can move for compassionate release after 30 days have passed from the date the application was submitted to the warden, irrespective of whether the warden has granted or denied the request., Exhaustion is subject to equitable exceptions.
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