DOUBLE-STANDARD OR PRECEDENT FOR EARLY RELEASE: Kwame Kilpatrick, Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, Paul Manafort

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from federal prison.

Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years behind bars, convicted in 2013 on 24 felony counts of public corruption for a criminal racket involving extortion, bribery, conspiracy and fraud. Prosecutors said he used his positions as a state representative and then mayor to enrich himself and his friends.

He was not expected to be paroled until 2037.

According to a Friday news release from the Ebony Foundation, Kilpatrick has been granted early release after serving only seven years of his lengthy sentence.



President Donald Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen will not be leaving prison to serve out the rest of his term in home confinement, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Two weeks ago, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had notified Cohen that he would be released early from prison due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cohen’s attorney Roger Adler told ABC News at the time.

Cohen is serving a 3-year sentence at the federal prison camp in Otisville, New York, where several staff and inmates have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

He is scheduled for release in November 2021. Cohen would have been allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence from home confinement.

It appears that other prisoners at Otisville who were granted home confinement have also lost those privileges, according to the sources. The BOP has not responded to requests for comment from ABC News.



Just as it affects us all, the coronavirus is affecting our nation’s prison population. Inmates across the country are seeking early release in hope of avoiding contracting the virus in their detention facilities.

Earlier in April, we learned that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney and self-described “fixer,” is supposed to be released from prison early as a result of a coronavirus outbreak in Otisville, New York, where he is serving his sentence.

Many other high-profile inmates are also requesting early release, including the rich, the famous, the infamous and the connected.

Many other high-profile inmates are also requesting early release, including the rich, the famous, the infamous and the connected: Michael Avenatti, Bernie Madoff, R. Kelly, Bill Cosby and others.

Avenatti, for example, will be spending the next few months in home detention, heading to the upscale home of a friend in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Just as important, countless other inmates who are not rich, famous or influential are also seeking early release.

Cohen’s pending release had already raised several important questions about the criminal justice system and how it is working. But then last week Politico reported that, in fact, many of the prisoners who had been told they could go home were being sent back to their cells.

The institutional flip-flopping is unfair to the inmates and their families, and it undermines the public’s confidence in our government’s ability to make difficult decisions in times of crisis.