(HorizonPost.com) – As part of the CARES Act passed by Congress in March 2020, over 35,000 federal prisoners were put on home confinement instead of sitting in prison, in an attempt to mitigate the coronavirus spread. On December 21, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it might choose not to return thousands back to jail when the emergency period ends in January. Instead, the government intends to give the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) the right to decide “which inmates to return to facilities” and who can remain under house arrest for the duration of their sentences.
In order to qualify for the movement from prison to home in March 2020, prisoners had to meet specific parameters. None of those who transitioned included sexual predators. Of the prisoners sent home, several thousand remain in home confinement.
The Justice Department reversed its own legal opinion and said it would allow federal inmates released on home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic to stay out of prison. https://t.co/AswWxkKcU1
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Attorney General Merrick Garland stated many of the prisoners “reconnected with their families” while at home, in addition to following the rules and finding jobs. He feels some of the inmates should have the chance to transition back into society.
Kevin Ring, President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, praised the Biden administration for modifying the home confinement conditions in the CARES Act that stated all inmates should return to prison at the end of the confinement. However, some Americans might question if it’s the right precedent to set for inmates who break the law of the land. Do you believe this is the right call?
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