A federal judge has rejected a motion to commute Reality Winner’s sentence to home confinement despite the presence of COVID-19 at the federal prison where she is housed. 

In a Friday order, District Chief Judge Randal Hall, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, said he agreed with federal prosecutors that Winner has not exhausted her administrative remedies through the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Hall also held that the bureau, not the judiciary, has the sole authority to grant Winner “compassionate release.” 

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