Kwame Kilpatrick
**FILE** Kwame Kilpatrick (Dave Hogg via Wikimedia Commons)

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will not be leaving a low-security prison in Oakdale, La., despite efforts by a prominent group of Black leaders to secure his early release amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Detroit News late Tuesday night that officials reviewed Kilpatrick’s case and refused to release him nearly 17 years early on home confinement. The review appeared to be part of a broader effort to release prisoners in hopes of stemming the spread of a virus that has killed 64 federal inmates nationwide.

“On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reviewed and denied inmate Kwame Kilpatrick for home confinement,” the Bureau of Prisons office of public affairs wrote in an email to the news outlet.

Kilpatrick, 49, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy in 2013 and several other charges that included fraud while he was in office. He has served roughly 25% of his 28-year sentence.

Kilpatrick’s supporters have railed against his sentence, which they say is unfair and excessive.

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