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ACLU Pressures Biden to keep People on Home Confinement Out of Prison Due to Pandemic

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The Washington Times: Ryan Lovelace - August 27, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union is mounting a six-figure ad campaign to pressure President Biden to prevent prisoners on home confinement from returning to federal prisons when the COVID-19 pandemic winds down.

A coronavirus relief package passed last year, the CARES Act, enabled the transfer of thousands of prisoners to home confinement for the duration of the national emergency declared over the pandemic. The law allows for the home confinement period to last up to 30 days after the end of the national emergency declaration for the pandemic.

They are urging Mr. Biden to use the president’s clemency power to keep an estimated 4,000 convicts out of the federal prisons.

“Forcing thousands of people to go back to prison would be cruel, legally unnecessary, would not make us safer, and would cost taxpayers millions of dollars,” Udi Ofer, director of ACLU’s justice division, said in a statement. “It’s time for President Biden to grant clemency to these men and women and keep them home.”

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