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Biden Administration to begin clemency process for people on home confinement due to COVID-19

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Huge news in the United States this week. According to the Biden-Harris administration, thousands of inmates on home confinement under the CARES Act (serving their actual sentences) are now eligible for review for clemency. The administration revealed on Monday that people who have non-violent drug offenses (or similar small things) will be reviewed for clemency and early release. The U.S Bureau of Prisons website reports that the U.S currently has about 7,569 federal prisoners (a good portion of them are understood to be NVOs) on home confinement status.

Prisoners must have no less than four years remaining on their sentences to be considered for clemency. Biden’s administration is urging families, if they have someone on the other side, to begin reviewing cases to determine if eligibility criteria(s) can be met.


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