Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700
More Than 30 CARES Act employers urge Biden to keep their employees home
WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement in reaction to the more than 30 CARES Act employers who have sent a letter to President Biden urging him to keep their employees home. The employers join a growing list of people and organizations who are asking Biden to grant clemency to people on CARES Act home confinement.
“What an amazing letter!” said Kevin Ring, FAMM President. “The managers who hired, trained and work with the people on home confinement every day are confirming what we’ve been saying: these people are productive members of their communities and should stay home. President Biden should act now to keep these people home.”
All the signed employers have provided jobs to one or more people on home confinement who will have to return to prison once the pandemic ends. See some of their comments in USA Today.
People sent home under the CARES Act were not told that they might have to return to prison. The letter was written in response to the inaction of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to rescind the Jan. 15 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) Home Confinement Memo and recent news reports suggesting the Biden administration’s legal advisors are wary of using clemency authority.
For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies at the state and federal level and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.
FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.