In April 2020, then Attorney General William Barr, under the authority of the CARES Act, told the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to address the COVID-19 infection in federal prisons by reducing the number of prisoners. I instructed. The prisoners covered by the program were older, had underlying health status, had the lowest / low security classification, and accounted for a certain percentage of their sentence. Since then, BOP has transferred thousands of federal inmates to house arrest, allowing them to be executed under house arrest under strict security conditions (curfew, GPS monitoring, restricted movement, etc.). increase. According to BOP director Michael Carvajal during a parliamentary testimony earlier this year, the program was successful and few prisoners violated the conditions of house arrest.
Since the start of the CARES home arrest program, the COVID-19 vaccine has now been required to be taken by almost all federal officials and appears to have some control over the virus spreading in most parts of the country. is. It is unlikely that Covid-19 will be declared dead at any time in the near future, but there has been some turmoil as to whether prisoners under house arrest will return to prison someday.
In January 2021, Trump administration lawyers announced that prisoners under house arrest under the CARES law could be returned to prison. More than 75% of prisoners released under house arrest since last spring qualified for the program as part of a regular pre-pandemic business course … in other words, they have been in the last 6 months or Of their statement they would have gone home anyway during the last 10%. Of the 25% of house arrests associated with the CARES Act, about 5,000 had a sentence of one year or more left … up to five years. Currently, some of these prisoners are concerned that returning to prison will not only expose them to unhealthy prison conditions, but will also destroy the family ties they have built over the past year. Some people have.
Take Mr. M, 74, who has been in federal prison for 16 years (renamed). She was originally sentenced to life imprisonment, but was commuted to 30 years in prison for drugs … she is still sentenced to more than 10 years. Having some medical problems, she wears an ankle bracelet and is called by the Halfway House all night to monitor her compliance.
M-san had a hard time sleeping at night, but he stared at the ceiling for hours and fell asleep. When I finally fell asleep, the phone rang at 2:30 am and a half-hearted voice from my house said, “Just make sure you are at home.“Mr. M was very frustrated and said he started yelling at the young man on the phone.”I’m 74 years old, where do you think you are?“
Mr. M currently lives with his family and cannot work. “”It’s difficult for me because the government sometimes requires me to go to a half-baked house to check in. It’s a two hour drive one way for me and I can’t drive. I don’t know what to do without my family.“
When asked what she thought about President Joe Biden’s current position on the possibility of returning prisoners under house arrest to prison, M did not chop up the words.How cruel! How cruel! I think he should think about what it really does bring me back to jail.“
The other was Mr. B, the minimum security guard who had diabetes and prostate problems. “”Most of my friends and family were there when I got home and it was very emotional“He said. “It was as if he had come back to life, and he returned to the lives of those who loved him. Mr. B recalled a side meeting with his sister who talked about his arrest and time in prison.” “She told me she was really hurt, and she explained that the event I learned to go to jail was like death, but no one was in the casket,“Mr. B said,”It was such healing and speaking that made up for the lack of a family.Now I’m worried that if I get back, I’ll have the same feeling of loss... “
The Biden administration’s Justice Ministry has begun sending applications to prisoners at home under the CARES Act to consider the president’s amnesty. To qualify, prisoners must be at home under the CARES Act, convicted of drug offenses, and sentenced to four years or less.I talked to Amy Pova, who runs a non-profit organization. What you can do for amnesty A program to help prisoners achieve freedom from federal prisons by changing laws and amnesty. “”President Biden was handed a simple political gift. 4,000 prisoners function in society, comply with the law, connect with their families and are responsible for their past actions. No better group has been scrutinized to be amnesty than this group of coronavirus support law prisoners.”
Povah told me that the popular and successful Obama Clementy Initiative has received over 30,000 applications and has been granted 1,715 Clementy. “I praised the program, but the resources associated with application review and scrutiny cost millions of dollars, yet many worthy people were left behind. Here, at home under the CARES Act. People in are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing. If not all people at home under the CARES Act are eligible to stay there, we are in line with the will of those who voted for President Biden. I’m afraid I’m dealing with an overly conservative way of thinking. “
The process of reviewing a normal amnesty application can take years or years to be rejected or approved. Every year, especially as the final day of the final term of the President of the United States counts down, there is hope in the hearts of many prisoners that they may return home.
Pova said about what Biden should do.President Biden is in a position to show true criminal justice reform, and his idea of returning thousands to prison in a single action should weigh heavily on him. Even if a solution emerges that seems to be very easy to implement to restore fairness, it still seems that we still have to fight for the little crumbs of justice.“