The United States Attorney General, William Barr, on March 26th sent a memo to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), encouraging the BOP to explore the option of sending inmates home on home confinement rather than keeping them incarcerated in facilities where they have greater exposure to Coronavirus.

The memo contains a list of 6 bulleted items for the BOP to consider when weighing whether to keep an inmate housed in prison, vs sending them home. The last bullet says, “Some offenses, such as sex offenses, will render an inmate ineligible for home detention.”

We need to take action to correct the government’s perception on the risk and recidivism rates of people deemed “sex offenders”. It is entirely irrational for this class of person to be precluded from MOST programs because of an inaccurate perceived risk to public safety.

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