(Tea Party PAC) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has made it abundantly clear that she intends to milk the coronavirus crisis in the United States for all it is worth when it comes to getting the bits and pieces of the progressive agenda passed into law. She’s stalled numerous times on getting stimulus relief packages passed because she wanted more of her own policies, things liberals have been wanting for years now, put into the bills, despite the fact they have nothing to do with helping people right now.
Well, Pelosi has done it again. This time, Pelosi’s latest COVID-19 relief package contains a mandate for federal inmates, local convicts, and illegal aliens to be released from prison as long as the court doesn’t consider them to be violent offenders.
Clearly, Pelosi wants to politicize the virus and use it as a means to get these folks released, particularly the illegal aliens, so that she can get them to vote Democrat in the future.
Here’s more from Breitbart News:
Pelosi’s plan would order the release of federal prisoners, illegal aliens in federal immigration detention facilities, and local convicts if they are considered by the courts and judicial officers to not be a threat to the community.
Of course, violent criminals often plead down to shorten their prison sentences. Federal data released in 2018 revealed that more than 97 percent of federal convicts had taken plea deals rather than going to trial for more serious criminal charges.
A summary of the legislation notes:
During a declared national emergency relating to a communicable disease, mandates the release into community supervision of federal prisoners and pretrial detainees who are non-violent and, for instance, pregnant women, juveniles, older prisoners and detainees, and those with certain medical conditions. Modifies probation and supervised release policies to avoid unnecessary in-person contact with probation officers and to reduce the numbers of those supervised and those imprisoned for violations. Mandates the release of non-violent pretrial defendants on their own recognizance.
Provides $600 million in funding to address the COVID-19 crisis in state and local prisons and jails, including $500 million to states and local governments that operate correctional facilities to provide testing and treatment of COVID-19 for incarcerated individuals by creating two grant programs—one focused on the release of low-risk individuals who are currently incarcerated and another aimed at reducing COVID-19 exposure for those individuals who are arrested; $75 million in funding to a new grant program to encourage states and localities to adopt practices that promote juvenile safety and rehabilitation without unnecessarily exposing youth to incarceration during this crisis; and $25 million for a grant program for state and local governments that operate correctional facilities for rapid testing of inmates who are leaving correctional custody.
This section requires DHS to review the immigration files of all individuals in the custody of ICE to assess the need for continued detention. Individuals who are not subject to mandatory detention shall be prioritized for release, either on recognizance or into an alternative to detention program, unless the individual is a threat to public safety or national security.
What could possibly go wrong with allowing a judge, someone who could be easily bribed with cash and the promise of upward mobility in his or her career, to define what a “violent offender” is and to allow illegal aliens off the hook for entering the country without legal permission?
It’s not like we have to worry about cartel folk coming over to America and taking advantage of the current legal situation in order to skate beneath the radar and conduct business as usual while everyone is on lockdown.
This whole thing smacks of politicization. It’s like Pelosi is not even trying to hide what she’s up to anymore. The brazenness of progressives during this crisis is almost shocking. Well, it would be if we weren’t all aware of the fact that they see this sort of situation as an opportunity to push their agenda.
Two provisions of Pelosi’s plan allow judges to reduce the sentences of felons and abolishes fees for pre-trial inmates so they can be released without posting bail:
During the COVID-19 emergency, expands court authority to order compassionate release for federal prisoners and to reduce sentences, and removes administrative barriers that slow the ability of prisoners to seek compassionate release. Authorizes courts to temporarily release persons who have been sentenced, but have not yet been transported to a Bureau of Prisons facility, to protect them from COVID-19.
Authorizes the establishment of a grant program that distributes funds directly to state and local courts, with the condition that they impose a moratorium on the imposition and collection of court-imposed fees and fines during the COVID19 crisis.
It’s really hard to fathom that the left actually thinks allowing prisoners back out on the streets is a good idea. Look, just because someone wasn’t arrested for a violent crime doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of committing violent acts. Criminals are criminals. They don’t respect the law, nor the norms of society that we’ve all been living by for centuries. All that matters to them is satisfying whatever desire it is they want to satisfy, by any means necessary.
Wait and see. Pelosi will soon be pushing for felons who have been released from prison to have their right to vote reinstated. It’ll happen. Trust me.