Recently it was reported that President Joe Biden is looking into clemency for certain non-violent prisoners. What is clemency? Clemency is the process by which a president, governor or administrative board may reduce a defendant’s sentence or grant a pardon. In effect, clemency lessens the severity of a prisoner’s punishment.
In January, the Department of Justice started allowing eligible prisoners to serve their punishment through home confinement as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. It was a way to lessen the pandemic’s impact on prisoner’s and prison staff, and an attempt to stem deaths occurring within our federal prison system. Since the start of the pandemic, it is said that nearly 43,000 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, and that more than 250 inmates have died from the virus.
Just because one may find himself in a prison cell does not mean he should be forced to risk life and limb. Hence, the move to home confinement. But not all are eligible for home confinement, of course, and this is where clemency may be able to bridge that gap. Clemency may help because it reduces and/or lessens a prisoner’s sentence and thereby helps those not eligible for home confinement also avoid the risks associated with the pandemic in our prison system.
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