Compassionate Release News

Trends in Compassionate Release for 2020

By Casey Richards | June 28, 2021

Compassionate Release Trends in Federal Court In June of 2021, the United States Sentencing Commission released a report that synthesized data on compassionate release through December of 2020. Reports like this provide real-time data that allow for an analysis of current sentencing trends and practices. Prior to 2018, motions for compassionate release would only be…

Stacked Sentences Reduced

By Casey Richards | May 30, 2021

Stacked Sentences leads to reduction. May 27, 2021 United States v. Foreman United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99593 Stacked convictions coupled with rehabilitative efforts lead to reduction of sentence In September of 2002, Time Foreman and two other co-defendants robbed the Arvest Bank in Kansas, Oklahoma.…

Health Conditions

By Casey Richards | May 29, 2021

Health Conditions May 27, 2021 United States v. Wheelock United States District Court for the District of Minnesota 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99684 Multitude of health conditions lead to compassionate release At 65 years old, Guy Edward Wheelock suffers from a laundry list of medical conditions. He has type-2 diabetes and also suffers from numerous…

True Rehabilitation

By Casey Richards | May 28, 2021

True Rehabilitation sends inmate home early. May 27, 2021 Joseph Reyes United States District Court for the District of Connecticut 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99864 Evidence of true rehabilitation leads reduced sentence On August 29,2012, a jury convicted Joseph Reyes of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more…

Compassionate Release and Rehab

By Casey Richards | May 27, 2021

Compassionate Release requires rehabilitation efforts. May 25, 2021 United States v. Estac Lajuan Love United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96873 Sentence modified but compassionate release denied due to lack of robust rehabilitative effort The passage of the First Step Act by Congress in December 2018 has…

High Risk Medical

By Casey Richards | May 26, 2021

High risk medical conditions result in release. May 25, 2021 Marshall v. United States United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96563 Compassionate release granted to inmate with high risk health conditions  On May 30, 2001, a jury convicted Leonard Paul Marshall of conspiracy to distribute…

Sentence Length Reduced

By Casey Richards | May 25, 2021

Sentence length reduced for inmate in federal prison. May 24, 2021 United States v. Lawson United States District Court for the District of Maryland 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96972 Stacked sentences (sentence length) lead to sentence reduction for Lawson It’s safe to say that Willie Lawson had a difficult upbringing; he was raised by a…

Specialized Treatment

By Casey Richards | May 21, 2021

Specialized treatment for cancer leads to early release from prison. May 21, 2021 United States v. Jackson United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96110 Need for specialized treatment leads to compassionate release  Anthony D. Jackson suffers from several debilitating medical conditions, including hypertension, borderline, diabetes,…

A second chance granted for life outside prison walls

By Casey Richards | May 14, 2021

A second chance for truck driver turned fraudster. May 14, 2021 United States v. David Sun United States District Court for the Eastern District of California 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91791   A second chance granted for life outside prison walls David Sun managed to evade the law for at least six years from 2010-2016,…

Medical Reasons Early Release

By Casey Richards | May 13, 2021

Medical Reasons for Compassionate Release May 11, 2021 United States v. Hill United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Western Division 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88266 Inmate with cancer grated compassionate release At 57 years old, Gregory A. Hill suffers from a wide variety of medical ailments all of which contribute to…