White House begins leniency process for drug offenders sent home from prison during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to report
- Inmates sent home during the pandemic have been asked to submit applications for sentences to be commuted, Politico said
- It reportedly applies to non-violent drug offenders with less than four years of service
The Biden administration is asking offenders sent home from prison due to the pandemic to submit applications to have their sentences commuted, it emerged Monday.
The idea would mean that potentially thousands of nonviolent offenders would not have to return to prison once the pandemic is over.
Those who have been asked to submit applications are drug offenders, who have been released home under the pandemic relief law known as CARES, with four years or less on their sentences, according to Politics.
“While we are pleased to hear that the Biden administration is actively seeking clemency requests for non-violent drug offenders, we pray that he will not divide the recipients of the CARES Act into small groups,” said Amy Povah, a former inmate. and leniency attorney, against the news. exhaust pipe.
No other president in history has had a ‘dream come true’ opportunity to easily identify a large group of individuals who have already been vetted and successfully integrated into society, many of whom are now in paid employment, housing and the family unit injured by a strict sentencing policy that previous governments have recognized is horribly unjust.”
The Biden administration is reportedly considering commuting penalties for some non-violent offenders sent home from prison during the pandemic
The Bureau of Prisons has released thousands of nonviolent federal inmates into house arrest since early 2020 over concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
Prisoner groups say their recidivism rate is low.
The move comes after the White House confirmed last month that Biden was “exploring” the idea of shortening sentences for those incarcerated for drug offences.
“We are working hard every day to reform our justice system to strengthen families, boost our economy and give people a chance at a brighter future,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during one of her daily briefings in August.
“The president is deeply committed to reducing incarceration and helping people successfully return to society.
“And he said too many people are locked up — too many are black and brown — and so he’s exploring multiple avenues to help certain nonviolent drug offenders, including through the use of his leniency power.”