Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Released from Prison Early Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been released from a federal prison in Texas, some three years before he was slated to complete a 10-year prison term on corruption charges.

Nagin, 63, was released Monday in accordance with a policy implemented by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who in March ordered the Bureau of Prisons to grant more federal prisoner releases over coronavirus concerns.

Barr had asked the bureau to consider prison camps like the one in Texarkana where Nagin was housed, for the age and vulnerability of inmates to COVID-19, conduct in prison and a reentry plan, with priority given to inmates in low- and medium-security facilities.

A former executive with Cox Cable, Nagin was convicted in 2014 on several corruption charges, ranging from wire fraud to bribery and tax evasion.

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