Cohen, Manafort An Exception As Few Prisoners Sent Home | The Marshall Project

Chaos, confusion, COVID-19. Federal prison officials are still failing to implement a consistently coherent policy that allows elderly and medically vulnerable prisoners to gain early release in the face of COVID-19. So much so that federal judges around the country are growing increasingly frustrated with the Bureau of Prisons. Prisoner advocates say they don’t begrudge the release of well-connected prisoners like former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. They say, however, that officials should be more generous in also releasing non-celebrity prisoners seeking to escape the virus. In collaboration with NBC News, Joseph Neff and Keri Blakinger have our story. Context: Few federal prisoners released under COVID-19 policies.

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