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November 9, 2020

Does My Loved One Qualify for a Covid-19 "Compassion Release?"

As of October 17, 2020, the general public, health professionals and governments are coming to terms with the second wave of Covid-19.  National health organizations continue to promote social distancing, the wearing of masks, and restrictions on gatherings as a way to slow the spread of Covid-19.

However, a large segment of Americans, held in overcrowded prison facilities, are unable to comply with the recommended health guidelines. The fear of contracting this deadly virus has resulted in incarcerated persons petitioning courts for "compassion releases."

Frustration is also added to Covid-19 fears, due to the sobering fact that thousands of people held in jails are there pre-trial and presumed innocent.  Currently, over 74% of individuals held in jail have not been convicted of any crime.

Individuals in jail who are elderly, sick, and/or non-violent, are among the applicants most likely to be awarded a compassion release by the courts.

Paul Daugerdas, a former attorney  sentenced to 15 years in prison for tax fraud, sought early release after contracting Covid-19.  Mr. Daugerdas is infamous for the fraudulent taking of over $7 million dollars.  The judge, in that case, provided Mr. Daugerdas a small glimmer of hope by recommending that prison officials permit Mr. Daugerdas to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

If your loved one is incarcerated, contact a legal professional to discuss the viability of a compassion release due to Covid-19.

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