The release comes as the Federal Bureau of Prisons allows inmates who may be vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, and have served more than half of their sentence for a nonviolent crime, to be sent home, news outlets reported. The new coronavirus causes fever and cough, but also milder cases of pneumonia. The risk of death is greater for older people and those with other health problems.
Nagin had served about 56% of his sentence. He was scheduled to be released in September 2024 but was expected to get out on March 16, 2023, for good behavior, WWL-TV reported.