Child Pornography: Compassionate Release

An inmate charged with child pornography offenses is released early from prison under compassionate release.

April 14, 2021

Child Pornography

United States v. Hagan

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division

2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70141

Remorseful inmate with underlying health conditions granted compassionate release 

Stanley Hagan, Jr. is a 36-year-old inmate approaching the end of a 60-month prison sentence for one count of receiving child pornography. According to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), he is scheduled to be released from prison fewer than 17 months from now, on September 1, 2022. Hagan requested early release under the compassionate release statute, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and because he suffers from various health problems. Among Hagan’s underlying conditions are Type 2 diabetes, morbid obesity, hypertension, and asthma.

The court acknowledged that the variety of underlying conditions from which Hagan suffers place him at substantial risk for serious complications were he to contract Covid-19. Additionally, the court noted that Hagan has fully accepted responsibility for his actions, has expressed unequivocal remorse, and demonstrates that he understands why his conduct was harmful. Hagan appears to be committed to bettering himself, and he intends to further his rehabilitation after he is released by continuing psychosexual therapy. Furthermore, Hagan demonstrated that he has a suitable release plan and a supportive family.

Finally, Hagan, despite his serious charges of child pornography, has conducted himself well in prison. He has not received any incident reports during his time in custody and has used his time in prison to further his education, having completed courses in paralegal studies, commercial truck driving, and investing. He has come to lean on his faith and has developed new hobbies to stay out of trouble.

Due to these combination of factors, the court granted Hagan’s request for compassionate release

 

About Brandon Sample

Brandon Sample is an attorney, author, and criminal justice reform activist. Brandon’s law practice is focused on federal criminal defense, federal appeals, federal post-conviction relief, federal civil rights litigation, federal administrative law, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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