ABA policy favors early release of prisoners in exceptional circumstances, which are defined to include serious illness. When prisoners are released, corrections facilities should make reasonable efforts to ensure a smooth transition of health care services and help prisoners to apply for appropriate healthcare benefits. (ABA Criminal Justice Standards on the Treatment of Prisoners - Standard 23-8.9).
Many jurisdictions are seeing an expanded push to release those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Here are a selection of NEWS REPORTS:
- Opinion: Consider early release to limit virus spread
- Amid coronavirus fears, public defenders petition judges to order release of high-risk inmates; sheriff join in call for more releases
Webinar and Materials
ABA SCLAID, together with the ABA Section on Civil Rights Social Justice and ABA Criminal Justice Section hosted a WEBINAR on the Compassionate Release of Older, Infirm and At-Risk Prisoners. The webinar is now available for replay. Additionally, the page for the webinar contains a summary of the webinar and documents relevant to seeking the release of low-level offenders.