June 18, 2021

Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort to serve sentence at home amid virus fears

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been released from prison to serve the remainder of his sentence at home due to Covid-19 fears.

He had served a little over a year of a seven-and-a-half year sentence in jail.

Manafort, 71, was convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges that stemmed from a justice department inquiry into Russian election meddling.

There are over 2,800 confirmed Covid-19 cases among US federal prisoners and 50 deaths.

According to the latest data from the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), there are 139,584 federal inmates in federal custody, and another 11,235 in community facilities, plus around 36,000 staff. According to the BOP, 2,818 inmates and 262 staff have tested positive for coronavirus.

There have not been any confirmed cases of the disease at Manafort’s prison, FCI Loretto in Pennsylvania.

Last month, Manafort’s lawyers sought for his release to home confinement in Northern Virginia, arguing that his “age and pre-existing health conditions” put him at high risk for infection in prison.

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