The firm’s COVID-19 Compassionate Release Task Force was formed in response to the unprecedented number of illnesses and deaths that continue to occur in federal, state and county jails across the country as a consequence of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Task Force will assist non-violent offenders who are currently incarcerated and have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 with requests for bail, compassionate release, medical furloughs, and early parole.
It is now well documented that the density of prison environments, lack of access to adequate healthcare, and other considerations place prisoners at particularly high risk for contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus. In March of 2020, New Jersey became the first state to temporarily suspend and commute county jail sentences in response to the pandemic under an order issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court with the support of the New Jersey Attorney General, the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey and the ACLU.
Shortly thereafter, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order creating a process for the New Jersey Department of Corrections to grant temporary reprieve to certain at-risk inmates during the COVID-19 crisis. With that action, New Jersey joined the federal government and other states in releasing certain state prison inmates in order to curtail the spread of the virus.
Individuals seeking assistance with securing bail, compassionate release, medical furloughs, or early parole for any inmate serving a sentence who may qualify for release should contact any member of the COVID-19 Compassionate Release Task Force for assistance.
Robert J. Flanagan III
Abdus-Sami M. Jameel