April 2, 2021

Compassionate Release Example

Covid-19 Survivor Granted Compassionate Release

United States v. Cameron

2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62694

While Gregory Cameron suffers from a co-morbidity that places him at higher risk of complications were he to contract Covid-19, he has already suffered through the virus while in prison. Cameron, who pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute narcotics and was sentenced principally to a term of imprisonment of 96 months.

As mentioned, Cameron already has contracted, and fortunately recovered from COVID-19. Nevertheless, he has a serious co-morbidity and, while cases of reinfection with COVID have been rare, the increasing prevalence of highly infectious variants has created concern as to whether the prior rarity of reinfection will continue. Cameron continues to suffer from mild pneumonia as well.

The court recognizes that the time he has served, as in so many other cases, has been served under conditions made abnormally onerous by the pandemic.  The court also asserts that further incarceration at this point would not serve a substantial public interest. Therefore, Cameron’s request for compassionate release was granted.