The Feds Are Opposing Efforts To Release Maryland Inmates Into Home Confinement Because of Coronavirus
While states and counties around the country are trying to keep inmates out of dirty jails and prisons to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks, federal authorities in Maryland are fighting emergency petitions from federal inmates who want to be transferred into home confinement in order to avoid infection.
A Maryland defense attorney says the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is refusing to release one of his clients into home confinement earlier than scheduled, despite a judge’s order to do so. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors in Maryland filed a motion in a separate case today opposing an inmate’s petition to be transferred from a halfway house to home confinement.
Last Friday, a U.S. District Judge ordered Erica Cook, a federal inmate currently residing at a halfway house in Baltimore, to be released into home confinement following an emergency motion for her immediate transfer. Cook was scheduled to be released into home confinement on April 22.
However, Cook’s attorney, Brian Stekloff, says the BOP hasn’t budged to move Cook since the judge’s order last week.
“The Department of Justice—specifically the Bureau of Prisons—has a constitutional and statutory obligation to ensur
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