The jails are never a safe, happy place to be, and now with the Coronavirus Pandemic, it is even worse. As the Coronavirus continues to run rampant, our jails and prisons are causing the virus to spread amongst those incarcerated as well as the people working in them. Because of this, they are letting many inmates out early. Thousands of low-risk federal inmates have been released from jails and prisons across numerous states and counties. Inmates particularly at risk of catching the virus, including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, are more likely to be released.

Over the past few months, criminal justice reform advocates have been urging President Trump to grant clemency to commute the sentences of numerous federal inmates who may be eligible for “compassionate release”. Others are urging all states’ Governors to name a high-level health coordinator to address the growing problem and health concerns many low-risk state prisoners face. It makes no sense to keep low-level, non-violent offenders in jail where they may get sick and die these advocates argue. You probably agree!

Intense pressure is on our state’s prison system to take action, but you already know that when it comes to inmates’ needs it’s unfortunately usually a long, drawn-out process. In this situation with the fast spread of the Coronavirus, there is no time to waste. What does this mean for you? It means the jail or state of Lousianna may not just let your loved one out because it’s the right thing to do. You need to fight for their release, with the help of a Louisiana criminal defence attorney.

There are several options. A compassionate release means this inmate’s health circumstances outweigh continued imprisonment. An early release means a release from serving punishment before the expiration of the term set by their original judgement. Home confinement is similar to house arrest in that you’re technically out of jail, but not able to go wherever you want. This person is still an inmate and must stay home. You’d probably agree this is better than jail! If you believe your loved one may qualify for early release, compassionate release, or home confinement but are worried you may not be granted your request, you need to hire an experienced criminal defence attorney.

Motions for pre-trial release are now going to be heard. For those who are identified as part of a vulnerable or at-risk population by the CDC, COVID-19 is now presumed to be a “material change in circumstances,” so a skilled Louisiana criminal defence attorney will not have to write up an additional briefing on the Coronavirus to the court. Contact the lawyers at Ellen Cronin Badeaux and we’ll start our fight for you!

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