Mother Granted Compassionate Release

Example of how being a mother can get you compassionate release.

April 6, 2021

Mother Granted Compassionate Release

United States v. Solorio-Quintero

2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64321

Mother with Covid-19 risk factors and young children granted compassionate release

In 2015, Marisol Solorio-Quintero pleaded guilty to possessing and aiding and abetting the possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with the intent to distribute it. She was sentenced to the low end of the guideline range, 51 months. With good-time credit, her release date was scheduled for April 16, 2023. She has served 18 months of her 51-month sentence, or 37 percent. Before her 2019 surrender, she spent three years on pretrial release, without incident.

At 36 years old, Solorio-Quintero is below the age of greater vulnerability to COVID, but she has two medical conditions that increase her risks. As of June 2020, shortly after she gave birth, she had a BMI of 35.4, which is within the BMI range that raises vulnerability to COVID. Obesity, as well as prior injuries and surgery, have left Solorio-Quintero with chronic back pain, which is not susceptible to effective treatment in her prison setting. Additionally, Solorio-Quintero has three children, two under two years old who are in the care of her 65-year old mother, who herself has asthma and obesity.

In weighing these factors, along with the fact that Solorio-Quintero has identified a likely source of employment on release, and has maintained good conduct in prison, the court granted this mother 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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