Black Political Prisoner Seeks Bail Pending Appeal After COVID-19 Infection Attack at Seattle FDC
According to court papers, on August 20, 2020, civil rights lobbyist Cary Lee Peterson (40) was assigned a cellmate, who arrived to FDC SeaTac infected with the coronavirus, July 17, despite that same morning, the FDC's associate warden publishing an inmate notification [letter] stating, "SeaTac still has zero positive cases of COVID-19 for staff and inmates," and Peterson's prisoner unit having over twenty empty cells. However, the newly arrived inmate infected with the COVID-19 virus caused the entire prison facility to invoke a "24-7 (cell confinement)"
FDC SeaTac's July 17 inmate notification also stated, "Movement is still restricted and only critical transfers are allowed," but Federal Bureau of Prisons' population reports showed that BOP's Seattle detention center went from 585 to 615 inmates, between July 16 and August 6, despite the BOP's national prisoner population decreasing from 158,838 to 157,526 within the same time period, with respect to the CARES Act, ordered by the Trump administration and Congress, March 13, 2020, and adopted by United States Attorney General William Barr, April 6, in efforts to reduce the federal prison population due to the potential health risks introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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