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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. This memo, from the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), is incorrect. Moreover, none of these people were told that they might be sent back and most made plans for a future with their families at home. If the Biden administration doesn’t act to fix this, these families will be torn apart.

FAMM launched the Keep Them Home campaign in order to urge the administration to fix this mess. Right now, we need to bring attention to this issue and have as many people as possible tell the administration that this needs immediate action.

The Biden administration should grant clemency to the thousands of people currently at home with their families under CARES Act home confinement.

Thousands of people on home confinement will be forced to go back to federal prison unless President Biden acts now. Urge the Biden administration to grant clemency to people on CARES Act home confinement and #KeepThemHome

Learn more at FAMM’s Keep Them Home Webpage: https://famm.org/KeepThemHome/

YouTube Links

Don’t Send Them Back – https://youtu.be/_jgtLrE2pQg

Keep Them Home – https://youtu.be/Zpwh2_pEKf0

Keep Them Home: Raquel Esquival: https://youtu.be/KLNdxbVy42Q

FAMM Tweets

In the final days of the Trump administration, @TheJusticeDept’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued a memo that incorrectly said that people released to home confinement under the CARES Act must return to prison at the end of the pandemic. #KeepThemHome

This memo is inaccurate and enforcing it would devastate families across the country. The vast majority have reunited with children, spouses, and loved ones and are working and contributing to society. None were told that they might have to return to prison. #KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/jA7ddcUHuK

FAMM and others have previously raised the issue, but the memo remains on the books. Today, FAMM and a bipartisan coalition of groups sent a letter to Attorney General Garland and @POTUS urging them to take action immediately. #KeepThemHome https://t.co/qyddpd4jzv

The majority of people released to home confinement have reunited with children, spouses, and loved ones, and are working and contributing to society. None was told that they might have to return to prison. The possibility is disruptive and stressful to all. #KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/FlHKeZPpGY

The majority of people released to home confinement have reunited with children, spouses, and loved ones, and are working and contributing to society. None was told that they might have to return to prison. The possibility is disruptive and stressful to all. #KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/TWZ1FnV9Wc

Thousands on home confinement will be forced to go back to federal prison unless @POTUS acts now. Join @KevinARing in urging the Biden administration to grant clemency to people on CARES Act home confinement.
Text HOME to 21333 to take action. #KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/XsEYuyQNHQ

Thousands of Prisoners Were Sent Home Because of Covid. They Don’t Want to Go Back. (via @nytimes)#KeepThemHome https://t.co/ZrokBjoFO5

#KeepThemHome Raquel Esquival is one of thousands sent home under the CARES ACT home confinement. The BOP has sent her back to prison for failing to notify the halfway house as she moved between job sites. pic.twitter.com/uDmaRN0Xs0

FAMM Action Tweets

Today we’re launching the #KeepThemHome campaign to urge the Biden Administration to rescind this harmful memo and ensure that families stay together. Text HOME to 21333 to take action or add your name here: https://t.co/RCwX3WAxa5

🚨TOMORROW: April 8, join us for a national day of action urging @POTUS to rescind the Trump Administration’s Office of Legal Counsel memo that would require thousands of people on home confinement to return to prison when the pandemic ends. #KeepThemHome https://t.co/RCwX3WAxa5

Join us for a national day of action to #KeepThemHome!

Call now and urge the Biden administration to prevent thousands of people on home confinement from being sent back to federal prison when the pandemic ends.

☎️ 888-998-4769 ☎️

Script & more info: https://t.co/o6inwnegbx pic.twitter.com/L2TTpBhQhA

Our day of action might be over but the fight continues! We need to keep up the pressure until the Trump OLC memo is officially rescinded or overruled, ensuring that families stay together.

Take action with the #KeepThemHome toolkit: https://t.co/o6inwnegbx pic.twitter.com/4B9YOVkRFR

We need your help to make sure the Biden administration does the right thing — and rescinds the OLC memo. Add your name to this petition: https://t.co/RCwX3WAxa5#KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/5jdyWLBKu0

Join FAMM & our coalition partners tomorrow as we demand clemency for thousands of people on CARES Act home confinement. Learn more about the issue & take action by texting HOME to 21333. #KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/ZnGwrVgiS6

The Biden Administration is poised to oversee the fastest expansion of the federal prison population in history!

We must act now to protect thousands of people on home confinement from being sent back to prison. Call the White House at 202-318-6610. #KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/5ZfOafCy1j

Keep Them Home Videos from Families and Loved Ones

William is one of thousands of people on home confinement who will be sent back to prison at the end of the pandemic if @POTUS doesn’t take immediate action. Listen to William’s story in his own words then take action: https://t.co/o6inwnegbx#KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/r2bNg2afPD

#KeepThemHome Malissa Miles is 53 years old. She has been on home confinement since June 8, 2020. Malissa is a first-time, non-violent offender. Take a listen to her story. pic.twitter.com/QVpgCtBgas

62-year-old Alina Feas has been on home confinement for one year. Listen as she explains why she and others should not be sent back to prison. #KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/486GV44MlY

This is my friend Kyme! She doesn’t need to be going back either! @POTUS @JoeBiden#KeepThemHome @FAMMFoundation pic.twitter.com/HcsybqhCOY

@POTUS, #KeepThemHome #KeepThemAllHome pic.twitter.com/7HN8JTg7ma

Since being transferred to home confinement, Jeffrey has become a critical support to his family & his employer. It would be devastating to his community if he was sent back to prison. Listen to Jeffrey’s story then, take action to #KeepThemHome: https://t.co/o6inwnegbx pic.twitter.com/WKP2DcG03D

National and Local Media

USA Today – Biden’s executive orders on criminal justice should extend to inmates sent home by COVID: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/2021/01/28/bidens-justice-reforms-should-extend-inmates-sent-home-covid-column/4268953001/

Washington Post- Inmates sent home amid pandemic may have to return under Trump-era policy: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/federal-prisoners-pandemic/2021/04/21/5d4cc3c8-96fa-11eb-8e42-3906c09073f9_story.html

Detroit Free Press – Woman who was arrested after missing officials’ phone call while in computer class is headed home: https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2021/07/06/gwen-levi-headed-home-after-judge-approves-compassionate-release/7877359002/   (tweet: https://twitter.com/FAMMFoundation/status/1412504931072942081)

Kevin and Gwen Levi Interview on WYPR (Podcast/Radio): https://www.wypr.org/show/midday/2021-08-17/gwen-levi-and-famm-a-covid-era-case-for-compassionate-release (tweet: https://twitter.com/FAMMFoundation/status/1427722075851137036)

News Hour (PBS): https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/inmates-released-to-home-confinement-during-pandemic-fear-devastating-reincarceration (tweet: https://twitter.com/FAMMFoundation/status/1440662127576903680)

Fox 59 (embedded video in tweet): https://twitter.com/FAMMFoundation/status/1445856392972275713

Fox 17 (embedded video in tweet): https://twitter.com/FAMMFoundation/status/1448302512692363275

Organizations

Florida Restoration Coalition Leaders Podcast on #KeepThemHome:

ICYMI: Our Voice Podcast host @Volzie and @desmondmeade discuss the Biden administration sending 4,000 people on home confinement back to prison at the end of the pandemic. Watch and take action to #KeepThemHome.
Full Episode: https://t.co/RJ41Zuq1dT pic.twitter.com/HxrVHdSHkh

DreamCorps

“We were willing to give them a second chance and they are making the most of it. @POTUS: We urge you to use your authority to keep them home with their families + us.”

Read why small business owners are demanding Biden #KeepThemHome 👇https://t.co/u4AnsdqkrK

Reform

Forcing thousands of people to go back to federal prison would devastate families – and would do nothing to make our communities safer.

Urge @POTUS to use his clemency authority to ensure that families stay together. #KeepThemHome pic.twitter.com/zv8dYJMX6s

ACLU

4,000 people currently on home confinement can be sent back to prison.

By granting clemency, our government has the power to stop one of the largest acts of incarceration in this country. #KeepThemHome

Color of Change

Trying to get through to the @WhiteHouse switchboard today & can’t? Thats bc @FAMMFoundation @ACLU @civilrightsorg are leading a call action to demand @POTUS grant clemency to 4000+ people at risk of being sent back to prison when the pandemic is declared over #KeepThemHome

Prison Fellowship

We are asking @POTUS to continue holding people on home confinement proportionally & safely accountable with @FAMMFoundation today. #KeepThemHome @iDueProcess @RightOnCrime @DreamJustice @ACLU @ACUFforJustice @USJusticeAction

Due Process Institute

Over 4,000+ individuals released on home confinement are under threat to go back to federal prison because @POTUS has not granted them clemency.

If @POTUS continues to stall, maybe it’s time for Congress act instead and #KeepThemHome https://t.co/bjUGbiAeCv