Covid-19 Risk Leads to Compassionate Release for Inmate

April 2, 2021

Compassionate Release COVID

Covid-19 Risk Leads to Compassionate Release for Inmate


United States v. Salas-Arroyo

2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63092

Jose Salas-Arroyo pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release. At 60 years old, Salas-Arroyo was scheduled for release on August 8, 2021, but filed for compassionate release due to his age and underlying health conditions.

Salas-Arroyo suffers from type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and is overweight. These conditions, when considered in conjunction with his age, increase the risk of serious complications were he to contract Covid-19.

Because the court recognized Salas-Arroyo’s elevated risk of Covid-19 complications were he to contract the illness, and because he has served 95% of his 120-month sentence, he was granted compassionate release.

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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).