In a letter to the governors of all fifty states in the U.S. this week, the George Soros-funded Brennan Center for Justice is urging the immediate release of “as many people as possible from incarceration” due to the potential spread of coronavirus throughout the prison system. The group, which is known for pushing an agenda that calls for the release of prisoners even when there isn’t a pandemic going around, says that convicted criminals in prison face greater dangers from the spreading virus than those out in the free population.
“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,” the letter advises. “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.”
For those governors who might naturally be concerned that a mass release of convicts would only exacerbate the problems faced by the American public right now, the Brennan Center assured them that, according to “our own research,” that was nothing to worry about.
“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,’” they wrote.
“Moreover, researchers have shown, time and time again, that the likelihood of recidivism plummets as people age,” they continued. “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.”
Look, we’re not saying that everything the Brennan Center is arguing for here is an outrage; reasonable officials – including Attorney General William Barr – have already recognized the dangers of letting the coronavirus spread freely among the imprisoned population. This is, indeed, a time to consider releasing prisoners who pose little to no threat to public safety.
We just find it awfully suspicious that groups like the Brennan Center and other liberal organizations – the same ones who are ALWAYS arguing that we should turn the keys over to the prisoners – are the ones out in front of this. If you were complaining in 2019 that we have too many Americans in prison, how can we take you seriously when you say that NOW it’s a public health crisis? It’s a little too convenient, and your credibility is shot.
And the fact that George Soros’s fingerprints are all over this? Well, that’s reason enough to be extremely wary.