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DC Compassionate Release Project

The District of Columbia Compassionate Release project is to a coalition of advocates who have come together to assist District of Columbia prisoners who are vulnerable to COVID-19 to seek release under a newly enacted District of Columbia statute. The project will place these cases for pro bono assistance with private counsel and will provide training and support to the lawyers who are taking cases. The District of Columbia, as part of its emergency response to COVID-19 amended its criminal law to permit incarcerated persons serving sentences under the D.C. Code to seek compassionate release if they meet certain criteria, including conditions that place them at high risk if they contract COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Project

FAMM, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and other advocates, are currently recruiting attorneys, social workers, and medical professionals to work on compassionate release motions for prisoners serving federal sentences most vulnerable to COVID-19: the elderly and chronically ill. If you are available to assist in this historic effort to protect our most vulnerable populations in federal prison.

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