Dem Lawmaker Laments Return of Felons to Prison: ‘Contributing Members of Society”

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Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D., N.J.) lamented the Biden administration’s decision to re-incarcerate thousands of federal convicts who were temporarily discharged during the pandemic to reduce COVID transmission in prison facilities. She claimed that the prisoners have proven to be valuable members of society during the break.

“The unanticipated reprieve brought on by Covid-19 proved it is possible to safely reduce the prison population. Meanwhile, these inmates have shown to be contributing members of society, improving the wellbeing of their families and communities,” the legislator noted.

The convicts are scheduled to return to jail as soon as the Biden administration ends the COVID-related national emergency.

“This is an extremely disappointing decision,” Watson Coleman wrote in a statement Wednesday. “It directly conflicts with President Biden’s commitments to criminal justice reform and the overall reduction of our prison population.”

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