Report: Soros-funded group petitions governors nationwide for mass prisoner release


Can we all agree that George Soros is evil incarnate, hell bent on destroying the United States of America?

The latest salvo from a group affiliated with the socialist butt-in is a letter sent to governors of all fifty states, urging them to “release as many people as possible from incarceration” due to the coronavirus.

Breitbart News reports that the Brennan Center for Justice, which is supported financially by Soros’ Open Society Foundations, sent the letter and added that they were requesting the release “provided they [prisoners] do not pose serious public safety threats.”

Wow, that is extremely generous of them. In their letter, they claim that those locked up in prison are exposed to a “greater risk of illness and death than the general public” due to the virus.

The letter asks the governors to utilize their powers of clemency as a basis for the release.

The letter states:

Ideally, people who are older, medically compromised, or nearing the end of their prison terms could have their sentences commuted to time served and be released outright.

We urge you to grant the broadest relief to the largest group of people possible, but should this prove impracticable, we urge you to consider clemency relief in other forms, such as reprieves, which temporarily suspend a sentence, or conditional pardons.

The far-left Brennan Center then uses its own research as a basis for granting clemency to “especially vulnerable prisoners, claiming that it “will not jeopardize public safety.”

It further says:

Our own research has shown that state prison sentences are often too long to begin with, and that roughly 14 percent of imprisoned people have “served sufficiently long prison terms and could likely be released within the next year with little risk to public safety.”

Moreover, researchers have shown, time and time again, that the likelihood of recidivism plummets as people age. One seminal study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that “offenders over sixty years old at the time of release had a recidivism rate of 16.0 percent”—roughly a quarter the rate of people released before age 21.

Brennan also, according to Breitbart offered other forms of relief that should be offered, including the use of conditional pardons or reprieves to temporarily suspend a prison sentence.

They continued that for convicts who were not able to be granted outright clemency, governors should use their “unique executive powers to further shrink the prison population as much as possible at this critical time.”

Brennan also proposed the possibility of expanding criteria for reductions in sentencing, utilizing merit time or using additional credits above and beyond the current “good time” sentencing reductions.

They also suggested delaying sentencing for those who have been convicted of crime, but who haven’t yet been incarcerated.

Finally, they also speak to some actions already taken by progressive left governors in some states, citing Pritzker’s executive order in Illinois which stopped the Illinois Department of Corrections from admitting new people into prison.

They also address Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who signed an executive order on March 22 which mandated detention centers reduce the number of people allowed to meet in groups in “any confined indoor or outdoor space,” such as housing unit common areas.

They also addressed actions taken in other states, such as New York, California and Iowa in reducing prison populations in those states.

For example, California has begun to fast track the release of some 3,500 inmates serving sentences for “nonviolent crimes” and who are also due to be paroled within 60 days.

The Brennan Center is located at the NYU School of Law. The group is heavily financed by Soros’ Open Society Foundations, and according to Breitbart is the recipient of numerous Open Society grants.

The call to release prison inmates in the midst of the pandemic is nothing new and is certainly not limited to the Brennan Center.

Criminal justice reform advocates, defense attorneys and family members of incarcerated prisoners have been urging states across the nation to release older prisoners, or those who are deemed to be at higher risk for the virus.

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According to The New York Post, thousands of state and federal inmates are taking advantage of coronavirus fears in order to bargain for early release, with their attorneys claiming underlying health issues.

“Everyone from killers, drug traffickers and gang members to mobsters, fraudsters and accused rapists are making a bid to get out of the clink,” the Post reported.

On a federal level, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a directive to release inmates in so-called “hot spot” areas to home release. States involved were Connecticut, Louisiana and Ohio.

According to Barr:

“We are experiencing significant levels of infection at several of our facilities. We have to move with dispatch in using home confinement when appropriate to move vulnerable inmates out of these institutions.”

“Some offenses, such as sex offenses, will render an inmate ineligible for home detention,” Barr’s directive continued. “Other serious offenses would weigh more heavily against consideration for home detention.”

Barr also issued a subsequent memorandum, in which he suggested prosecutors consider coronavirus risks when deciding bail and whether to send a defendant to jail while they are awaiting trial.

“You should now consider the medical risks associated with individuals being remanded into federal custody during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Barr wrote in the memo, obtained by Politico.

“Even with the extensive precautions we are currently taking, each time a new person is added to a jail, it presents at least some risk to the personnel who operate that facility and to the people incarcerated therein,” he said. 

Barr did, however make it clear that anyone who posed a threat to the public still needed to be detained.

“Controlling weight should be given to public safety and under no circumstances should those who present a risk to any person or the community be released,” he wrote.

“COVID-19 presents real risks, but so does allowing violent gang members and child predators to roam free.”

We saved the closing of the Brennan letter for last. Talk about tone deaf. The letter ends:

“We have put together a resource page with some guidance and examples of how different justice agencies across the nation have started to change practices and policies to reduce the harmful impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable in our society.”

Not for nothing, but thinking perhaps first responders, doctors and nurses might qualify as the most vulnerable to this pandemic, not prison inmates.

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