At this moment, thousands of people safely completing their sentences at home are living in fear that they’ll be sent back to federal prison through no fault of their own. A memo issued in the final days of the Trump administration threatens to send around 4,500 people on home confinement back to federal prison after the pandemic ends. If the Biden administration doesn’t act to fix this, families like David M.’s will be torn apart. Since he’s been home, David has been a strong advocate for himself and many others around the OLC memo issue. Here’s his story, in his own words:
I am 57 years old and on home confinement per the CARES Act, having served eight of 13¼ years required of my 188-month sentence for bank fraud, with a release date of January 4, 2027.
Since transferring to home confinement, I have reconnected and restored my relationships with my wife of 31 years, my elderly parents, my son and his fiancé, my daughter and son-in-law, and excitedly, my 8-year-old granddaughter, Sage, who couldn’t wait to have me take her fishing, since her ‘daddy does not know how to put a worm on the hook!’, as well as watch her compete in artistic swimming and share in her love of math and science – two of Grandpa’s passions. As well as the rest of our family and friends.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be involved in their day-to-day lives, providing for my family and others, not just financially, but spiritually, mentally, emotionally.
Caring for my wife’s ailing father and mother, who is in hospice care. Giving back to the community via various charities and organizations, while advocating for families of the incarcerated. In our church, I serve as a mentor, assist with sermon prep, and perform baptisms. And am a volunteer with Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World program, which provides wheelchairs, physical therapy, and the Gospel to those with special needs throughout the world.
As business development manager for BOHO Brands International, I have been integral to the growth of the company via thousands of new outlets, including Walmart, while spearheading the launch of 14 new food and beverage brands, which entails the need to hire over a thousand employees. This job has allowed me to take our household from the brink of bankruptcy to being debt free. Obtaining the medical treatment we desperately needed, using our own insurance and funds. And, not to mention, complete eight years of honey-do repairs and upkeep of our home – the list that never ends.
I am blessed to be making amends for my past decisions through giving back and pouring every fiber of my being into my family, church, community, and employer. Serving others.
Yet, a black cloud of uncertainty looms over my successful family and community integration — the OLC memo that says I must return to prison after the pandemic. It constantly weighs on us, suffocating everything. My wife and I find it impossible to sleep with this uncertainty, affecting our health, mentally and physically, as well as our marriage. My wife, children, and parents are in shock that I may have to return, and don’t even want to discuss it. We do not dare broach the subject with my granddaughter, nor my ailing in-laws, out of fear of the harm it may cause. The rest of my family and friends are angry and in fear, yet feel helpless, unsure of what to do. To have me ripped out of our community, our home, our family, is just unimaginable, the harm this would cause. What will happen to my employer, who depends on me for their continued growth and success, the thousands of jobs to be created, and the church and ministries that I serve? Devastating to all. Impossible to plan for the future, we are in a constant state of limbo.
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