Press Release

Will 7,000 people have to return to prison?

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Will 7,000 people have to return to prison?

FAMM to host a discussion with five people who may have to return to prison if Biden Administration does not rescind Trump OLC memo

WASHINGTON – The Trump DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a legal opinion in the final days of the administration that wrongly said the CARES Act requires that people on home confinement go back to prison when the pandemic ends.

People on home confinement can begin to reintegrate into their communities, and with their families — in some cases, people are even able to begin working again. More than 7,000 people placed on home confinement due to COVID-19 will be returned to prison, in some cases for multiple years, if the Biden Administration does not step in.

FAMM is hosting the discussion “Will 7,000 people have to return to prison?” on Wednesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. EST with five people on home confinement who may be sent back if the memo is not rescinded.

Kevin Ring — FAMM President
Kendrick Fulton —Round Rock, TX
Dawn Martinez Brooks —New Providence, NJ
Wendy Hechtman —New Haven, CT
Chad Ducey —Indianapolis, IN
Jesse Rodriguez —Odessa, TX

If you’re interested in attending the discussion, register here.

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.