Good news coming out of the South District of Ohio today for Curtis N. Mack. Curtis filed his own motion for compassionate release and was appointed counsel once his case hit the district court. His argument centered around that he had pulmonary hypertension, which put him at greater risk to COVID-19. In addition, he was subject to 924(c) enhanced penalties which had he been sentenced today, would not apply. In addition he took the following steps towards rehabilitation:
Defendant obtained his barber’s license; completed the Life Connections Program, an 18-month program; obtained a commercial driver’s license; completed 120 hours of training as a solar panel installer; completed a drug abuse program; completed training in aerial lift safety, fire extinguishers, and occupational safety and health; completed an EPA training course in mold prevention and remediation; and viewed motivational self-help videos. United States v. Mack, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53947 (S.D. Ohio).
The court found that Mack’s health concerns, his multiple accomplishments in prison and significant rehabilitation efforts, and his strong family and community support, including offers of employment, were sufficient, when considered in combination, to constitute an extraordinary reason for compassionate release.