FAMM has since started a petition urging Biden to extend the home confinement authority. It has reached more than 6,000 signees of its 7,000 signature goal. The ACLU has also created a separate petition.
Some have begun to challenge Biden due to previous criticism he faced for supporting the 1994 Crime Bill, which ultimately increased prison population figures, The Hill reported.
Fulton, however, told Blavity he doesn’t pay much attention to the politics but does believe an overhaul decision from the Biden Administration is still crucial. He said it should come easy since he and other incarcerated people serving time under BOP have already been screened and cleared for home confinement. Some politicians agree, and question why they should be sent back.
On April 8, 2021, more than two dozen members of Congress signed a letter to Biden requesting that he reverse the Trump Administration’s memo. The letter did not hold back when confronting Biden’s early campaign remarks in regard to reducing nationwide incarceration.
“The vast majority of those people on home confinement today have reunited with their families and are working and contributing to society. They were not told they would have to return to prison and forcing them to do so would be cruel and devastating,” the letter argued.
“You rightly pledged to reduce the federal prison population. Sending thousands of people back to federal prison who have already proven that they do not need to be there would undermine this commitment and would undermine, not advance, public safety,” it continued.
By late April, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) called on Garland to rescind the memo. In their letter, the senators addressed The CARES Act, to which they clarified never suggested that prisoners would be removed from their homes after the pandemic, or ever.
“The purpose of [the plan] is to allow prisoners to finish the remainder of their sentence in home confinement,” their letter read. “Recalling prisoners, absent a violation of the terms of release, is contrary to that goal.”
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