Demand President Biden Grant Clemency for Thousands Today!

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    Demand President Biden Grant Clemency for Thousands Today!

    ------- UPDATE: 12/21/21 -----------

    We won the campaign to Keep People Home, now we need clemency to Get Them Free!

    We applaud the Justice Department's reconsideration of the OLC memo that would have ripped thousands of people from their families and communities to be sent to prison once again when the pandemic is declared over. 

    While we believe it’s a step in the right direction, and everyone we’ve spoken with on home confinement is grateful to be home with their families, they’ve also shared stories of the suffering and cruelty that comes with the carceral restrictions of home confinement. There have even been several instances where people were sent back to prison because of a bureaucratic error while on home confinement!

    This only highlights why keeping people on home confinement isn't enough. People need to be free.

    The new memo also creates discretionary power for the Department of Justice to decide who will stay or be sent back to prison, keeping people vulnerable to re-incarceration.  

    President Biden has the power to fix this. He promised us he'd cut the prison population in half and help put an end to racialized mass incarceration. And yet, he is dragging his feet on granting clemency to a group of people who have already proved that they are stronger at home with their families and communities, and were already heavily vetted by the Bureau of Prisons in order to be released to home confinement in the first place.

    Biden has the power to make this happen, we demand action, we demand freedom, we demand clemency now! 

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    Thousands of people - many of whom are elders and immunocompromised - who were released from prison to finish their sentences on home confinement during the pandemic, are now at threat of being re-incarcerated. 

    These are mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, community members - who have been spending their home confinement getting reacquainted with family and friends, while supporting their communities.

    And unless President Biden grants them clemency, thousands will be ripped from their homes once again and sent back to prison when the pandemic is declared over, or even earlier like Gwen Levi - who was re-incarcerated as a result of a bureaucratic error. 

    Thanks to her legal team and public outcry from over 55k Color of Change members, Ms. Levi was sent home on compassionate release. But thousands remain on home confinement with no certainty about what the future brings. 

    The Administration has decided to review clemency applications on an individual basis for non-violent drug offenders on home confinement with less than 4 years left on their sentence

    But ALL of the individuals on home confinement need clemency now. Everyone in the program was already rigorously vetted by the Bureau of Prisons in order to be on home confinement in the first place. And almost everyone released has since been thriving at home by reconnecting with their friends, families, and communities, and engaging in civic and professional life. 

    We can’t let Biden pick and choose who deserves to be at home with their families and who deserves to be locked up in a cage based on historically racist criteria. 

    If Biden is going to make a meaningful impact towards ending racialized mass incarceration, he needs to grant clemency to everyone living on home confinement today.

    Any circumstance where people are sent back to prisons is in direct contradiction to the Biden Administration's public promise to invest in ending mass incarceration. And if measures aren't taken to keep thousands of people at home and out of prison, this administration will be presiding over the fastest expansion of the federal prison population in history. 

    Join us in demanding President Biden grant clemency for all those on home confinement today!

    Below is the letter we'll send to President Biden:

    Here is the Petition:

    We are asking that you grant clemency for thousands of people, many of whom are elders and immunocompromised, who were released from prison on home confinement due to the increased threat of the pandemic in prisons. 

    We applaud the Justice Department's reconsideration of the OLC memo that would have ripped thousands of people from their families and communities to be sent to prison once again when the pandemic is declared over. 

    While we believe it’s a step in the right direction, and people on home confinement are grateful to be home with their families, they’ve also shared stories of the suffering and cruelty that comes with the carceral restrictions of home confinement. There have even been several instances where people were sent back to prison because of a bureaucratic error while on home confinement!

    This only highlights why keeping people on home confinement isn't enough. People need to be free.

    The new memo also creates discretionary power for the Department of Justice to decide who will stay or be sent back to prison, keeping people vulnerable to re-incarceration.  

    You have the power to fix this. You promised us to cut the prison population in half and help put an end to racialized mass incarceration. And yet, you are dragging your feet on granting clemency to a group of people who have already proved that they are stronger at home with their families and communities, and were already heavily vetted by the Bureau of Prisons in order to be released to home confinement in the first place.

    We are asking you to use the tools within your power to take action and grant clemency to all those on home confinement today.