Until recently, supporters, friends and family of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were hopeful that he would soon be released from federal prison because of the coronavirus pandemic. It now appears Kilpatrick will not be released early.
After reviewing Kilpatrick’s request for early release, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced Kilpatrick’s request for home confinement was denied. Kilpatrick will continue to serve his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Oakdale, Louisiana. His sentence is scheduled to end in January 2037.
The Department of Justice released the following statement: “On Tuesday, May 26, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reviewed and denied inmate Kwame Kilpatrick for home confinement. Mr. Kilpatrick remains incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution-I in Oakdale, Louisiana.”
In February, Kilpatrick’s family, politicians, religious leaders and business leaders asked President Donald Trump for a commutation of his sentence. The White House signaled that they were considering the request, but there still hasn’t been any official response.
Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn