Once again those who are responsible for maintaining law and order, via the judicial system, have used their authority to not punish criminals, once again using COVID as the excuse.
The Department of Justice, per a Biden Executive Order, is already using prosecutorial discretion by preventing the border patrol from arresting and deporting hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have crossed our U.S. southern border since Biden took office.
In response to their findings, DOJ officials announced Tuesday, that thousands of federal inmates who were let because of the spread of COVID-19 in the prisons, will not have to return when and/if it officially ends.
This order reverses a January order issued by the Trump administration that affects nearly 5,000 convicts who will now be allowed to remain out of jail on home confinement.
“Thousands of people on home confinement have reconnected with their families, have found gainful employment, and have followed the rules,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement Tuesday.
“We will exercise our authority so that those who have made rehabilitative progress and complied with the conditions of home confinement, and who in the interests of justice should be given an opportunity to continue transitioning back to society, are not unnecessarily returned to prison.”
The new ruling reinterprets the language of the CARES Act, the March 2020 coronavirus relief bill that allowed for prisoners to be transferred into home confinement.
The inmates were selected based on several factors, including their vulnerability to the virus and their conduct behind bars. Sex offenders were not considered.
The Justice Department’s 15-page memo, they concluded that the bill, “most reasonably interpreted”, gives Bureau of Prisons officials “discretion over which inmates to return to facilities and which to leave in home confinement at the end of the emergency period.
The NY Post reported
“It allows the agency to use its expertise to recall prisoners only where penologically
justified, and avoids a blanket, one-size-fits-all policy,” Christopher Shroeder, an assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, wrote.
Over 35,000 federal inmates had been transferred to house arrest under the CARES Act, according to the memo. Many had completed their sentences, and several hundred reoffenders had been sent back to the penitentiary, but nearly 5,000 remained confined to their homes under the program, Shroeder wrote, advising against a blanket recall.
Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered his staff to reexamine the ruling as prison reform advocates lobbied the White House for a more flexible approach to home confinement, according to The Washington Post.
So once again, COVID has been used by the left to override law and order. Hopefully, this large group of prisoners takes full advantage of the, which resembles a computation of their prison sentences, upcoming freedom going on the live productive lives in their communities.
This story syndicated with permission from Eric Thompson – Trending Politics
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