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Former New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, released from fed prison early due to pandemic
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Apr 29, 2020 09:46am|
|News Date||Tuesday, April 28, 2020 09:20:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||NEW ORLEANS - On Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards extended the statewide stay-at-home directive in Louisiana, highlighting the fact that COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to the community. |
And as increasing numbers of inmates in jails and prisons across the state fall victim to the virus, many are appealing for their release on the basis of health concerns.
Former New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin, is one such inmate and on Monday his appeal was granted.
According to WWL-TV, Nagin was released from a federal prison in Texarkana three years early due to the threat posed by the spread of novel coronavirus.
According to public defender Claude Kelly, who handled aspects of Nagin's case back in 2014, the 63-year-old former politician asked the federal Bureau of Prisons for a compassionate release under a new program to lower the prison population amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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