Mother of 2 Dies of COVID-19 after She Was Denied a Compassionate Release from Jail – Details of the Heartbreaking Case
Saferia Johnson was a mother-of-two who died from complications relating to the novel coronavirus shortly after her appeal for compassionate release was denied.
Up until her death on Monday, August 3, Saferia Johnson was an inmate at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida.
“I am sad, heartbroken, in disbelief. This never should have happened.”
Saferia Johnson, 36, a mother suffering from asthma, asked the warden at her low-security Florida prison for a “compassionate release” to avoid COVID-19. He denied the request. She died at a hospital on Sunday.— The Marshall Project (@MarshallProj) August 6, 2020
More at @MiamiHerald. https://t.co/K27fTdy6Mr
Over a month before her death, Johnson’s appeal for home custody was denied by the prison. According to her mother, she appealed for compassionate release due to her underlying health issues.
“I should not be telling my great nephews that their momma is gone, and she’s not coming back. You do a crime ... you need to do your time. But it doesn’t have to be your life! It was her life. She’s gone.”— FAMM Foundation (@FAMMFoundation) August 5, 2020
- Carol Holmes, Saferia Johnson aunt (via @BN9) https://t.co/0RtzqtfRXl
The late 36-year-old suffered from asthma from childhood and was recently diagnosed with diabetes. With her tragic passing, Johnson’s mother has become the sole custodian of her two children, 7-year-old Kyrei and 4-year-old Josiah.
Madame Noire recalled that Johnson bagged a 46-month jail term after she pled guilty for aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to steal public funds in 2018.
“I should not be telling my great nephews that their momma is gone, and she’s not coming back.”
This is Saferia Johnson & her 2 sons. Johnson died from Covid-19 yesterday at FCC Coleman. A non-violent offender w/pre-existing conditions, she met federal home confinement criteria but died in prison. Cases there ⬆️ Many wonder why more inmates aren’t being released. @MyNews13 pic.twitter.com/KUhwnN9FSS— Stephanie Coueignoux (@StephanieCNews) August 4, 2020
Holmes went on to claim that the prison “killed” her niece because they refused to provide her with proper care. Johnson’s death was confirmed by the Bureau of Prisons in a statement that was released on Tuesday, August 4.
According to the statement, the late mother-of-two was first checked by health service staff at the Satellite Prison Camp for “shortness of breath.”
A test was later carried out and on July 19, Johnson got a positive diagnosis for the novel coronavirus. Within hours, she was moved to a local hospital where her health continued to decline over the next few days.
BREAKING: 36 yr old FCC Coleman minimum security inmate has died from Covid-19. Coleman has an outbreak with hundreds of imates and dozens of staff testing positive. The #s as of 10 AM on BOP’s website do not reflect Saferia Johnson’s death. @MyNews13 pic.twitter.com/5H8sBLcZ4R— Stephanie Coueignoux (@StephanieCNews) August 4, 2020
The condition of Johnson’s health caused medical personnel to place her on a ventilator eventually. The nonviolent inmate was then pronounced dead of COVID-19 complications by hospital staff on August 3. May Johnson’s soul rest in peace.
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