The court granted Williams' motion for compassionate release due to William's obesity (BMI of 32.5), which is a CDC risk category for COVID-19 and the fact he contracted the virus in May while in jail. In addition, the court noted the documented failures of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections (“DOC”) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in its facilities. See Banks v. Booth, CCK-20-849, 2020 WL 1914896 (D.D.C. Apr. 19, 2020). In particular to Mr. Williams' condition, judges in other circuits have found obesity as a contributing factor in analyzing an extraordinary and compelling reason for compassionate release during COVID-19. The court also held Mr. Williams is not a danger to the community because he has no history of violent convictions and will be sufficiently supervised in the community.
United States v. Christopher Williams, No. 8:19-cr-00134 (D. Md. June 10, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison]
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
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Place of Incarceration
Local / County Jail
Name of Facility
Correctional Treatment Facility (“CTF”) in Washington, DC
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
Seven months home confinement with location monitoring; followed by three years of supervised release. Mr. Williams is also required to participate in vocational training and will be required to comply with all directives of federal and state governments related to COVID-19.
Violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C) for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine
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.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Obesity (BMI 32.5)
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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