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Organizations to US Attorney: Reduce Prison Population to Minimize COVID Risks

March 17, 2021

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice is one of several organizations that signed on to a letter last week urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to augment efforts to transfer federal incarcerated persons to home confinement and pursuant to compassionate release, and to not pursue re-incarceration of released persons.

The single most effective strategy for minimizing the COVID-19 risk to incarcerated individuals, staff and communities involves reducing the prison population. The letter explores several ways for the Bureau of Prisons to “more robustly” implement a home confinement program, utilize compassionate release and participate another release programs under relevant provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Read the full letter below.

CARES Act Organization Sign on Letter by Melissa Boughton on Scribd