The COVID-19 pandemic that’s currently affecting the entire state, nation and globe presents a particularly severe risk to those who are incarcerated. The best public health advice presented by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) involves preventing the spread of COVID-19 by regularly washing hands, social distancing, getting vaccinated, and self-quarantining when necessary. All of these precautions are especially difficult, if not impossible, in jail and prison settings. Therefore, this article covers the very important topic of coronavirus early jail release.
motions to challenge continued pretrial confinement for at-risk clients,
motions for medical probation if a detainee has tested positive for COVID-19, etc., for those who qualify.
What Can I Do To Help My Loved One in Jail?
Our attorneys are committed to ensuring that inmates are given a fighting chance to avoid this terrible pandemic as much as possible.
We’re currently filing motions on behalf of incarcerated individuals who meet the following criteria:
Are currently housed in a county jail awaiting trial or sentencing,
Are currently serving a jail sentence in a local county jail; or
Were sentenced to a term of incarceration at a Michigan prison in the last six months.
If the inmate has been housed in a Michigan prison for more than six months and currently has an appeal pending regarding their conviction, they should contact their appellate attorney to see if a request for release pending appeal is possible.
There’s no such thing as early release in Michigan prisons because of Michigan’s truth in sentencing law. The law requires prisoners to serve 100% of their minimum sentence. Of the 38,000 inmates in Michigan prisons, there’s about 5,000 eligible for parole.
The parole board is currently evaluating all inmates eligible for parole. Additionally, the board is looking into releasing inmates who are 60 years or older and/or who have a preexisting health condition. All of these decisions, however, are up to the parole board.
If you have a loved one who is currently being held in jail awaiting trial or sentencing, or confined to jail serving a sentence, call us now at (248) 541-2600 or contact us below. We'll quickly evaluate your case and move forward with necessary emergency motion or appeal to have your loved one released.
Attorney Morris is trial lawyer who has been providing high-quality legal representation in the areas of state and federal criminal defense for more than 20 years. He’s known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges and clients alike. As a trial attorney, he’s dedicated to attaining justice in every case, and is always prepared to successfully take on complex legal issues. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot.
Not only does Barton Morris have extensive experience, he also engages in continuing legal education to provide the highest quality legal services. Barton has received specialized scientific training through the American Chemical Society, and is the only forensic lawyer-scientist in Michigan. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barton Morris is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. He’s also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has graduated from their National Criminal Defense Trial College in Macon, Georgia.
Barton Morris is consistently chosen as a Top Lawyer of Metro Detroit and for DUI/OWI and criminal defense by DBusiness Magazine and Hour Magazine. He has also been chosen as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense.