Congresswoman Calls For Release Of Prison Inmates Due To Virus

Holly Matkin

“Now would be the time to commute some sentences, [and] to exact clemency,” Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley said.

New York, NY – Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley is using the COVID-19 pandemic to help justify her call for the release of prison inmates.

The Bureau of Prisons has the “authority to exact clemency, commutations and compassionate release, and they should be doing that,” Pressley told Al Sharpton during an MSNBC interview on Saturday.

The congresswoman referred to prison inmates as a “vulnerable” population akin to seniors, low-income residents, and the homeless.

She also noted that many of prison facilities are “already sub-par.”

“This pandemic, COVID-19, has certainly highlighted and exasperated every socio, ratio, and political fault line in our country,” Pressley declared.

She described herself as an advocate for the nation’s “most vulnerable” citizens, to include “incarcerated men and women.”

“Given the crowding and overpopulating in our prisons for a confluence of other reasons that we won’t get into…[they] are an ecosystem and a petri dish for the spreading of this pandemic, which is why I partnered with my colleagues, Representative [Nydia] Velasquez, [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez, and [Rashida] Tlaib, to lobby the Bureau of Prisons to use their full power and to communicate guidance for how we will contain and mitigate this epidemic behind the wall," she told Sharpton.

Pressley claimed that inmates “do not have access to soap, to alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and to regular showers,” thereby placing them at further risk.

“Now would be the time to commute some sentences, [and] to exact clemency,” she suggested. “We should be using compassionate release.”

Pressley said that the Board of Prisons’ response to the call for action made by her and her fellow congresswomen was “woefully inadequate.”

She said she was encouraged to learn that inmates will be able to call their loved ones for free while visitation is shut down, but said that such efforts “should have been happening anyway,” even before the onset of COVID-19.

She then blasted New York officials for “exploiting” inmates for labor.

“Getting paid 26 cents on-the-dollar to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizer that they can’t even use themselves is unconscionable,” Pressley declared.

The congresswoman also complained about the hand sanitizer development program shortly after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the plan on March 9.

Cuomo said that the sanitizer would be used in public transit stations, schools, and government buildings, and that it would not be sold to the public, the Washington Examiner reported.

New York inmates have been making as much as 100,000 gallons of the product each week, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But Pressley said that the program was “demeaning” and “exploitive.”

“Wow. Considering that many incarcerated men & women are subjected to inhumane conditions, including no hand soap, & hand sanitizer is banned in most prisons, this is especially demeaning, ironic & exploitive,” she tweeted later that day.

Comments (85)
Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Just an hour before this article went live, I posted

"Just wait until the virus goes rampant in the prisons. The Dems will probably call for releasing everyone because incarceration is an inhumane death sentence for some."

New York inmates have been making as much as 100,000 gallons of the product each week

Some toilet paper, and they should be good for a while.

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

“Getting paid 26 cents on-the-dollar to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizer that they can’t even use themselves is unconscionable,” Pressley declared."

I agree with her there. They should have access to the hand sanitizer they are making, as prisons are notorious for spreading illnesses (just like any place where people are kept in close quarters). That being said, if they didn't want to be in prison, they shouldn't have committed a crime in the first place.

floridacop
floridacop

HEY SWEET CHEEKS WHAT IS YOUR ADDRESS SO WE CAN SEND THEM STRAIGHT TO YOUR HOUSE SO YOU CAN TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEM

JBoH
JBoH

Just when you think that you can't be more stunned when a politician opens his/her mouth...here comes Rep. Pressley.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Each shit and die bitch they’re in there for a reason are you wanna let them out you make sure that was right there with you you can become real good buddies with all of them that you let out right in your own home

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Are they not safer inside? Now they've banned visitors to prisons across the country they're all effectively isolated, no?

Cee Jay
Cee Jay

Inmates are LITERALLY quarantined against the outside world while in prison, which means they are actually safer than outside. Furthermore, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has not one reported case of CV. This lady is nothing more than a talking head. 🙄

1BigHunter
1BigHunter

Just when I think we've heard from the top of the Democratic Idiots another one comes along to say "Look at me, I'm even stupider...!!!!"

Doggo2
Doggo2

There’s a REASON they don’t have access to these things she’s whining about. Sorry but releasing more people (convicts at that) into the community that we have to police let alone worry what they are getting into is about the dumbest stuff I’ve heard yet. Even dumber than hoarding toilet paper

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

I still say there is something in the DNA and wrong with some. They never do anything wrong, what happened wasn't their fault or wouldn't happen but did because xyz happened. This woman is so damn stupid I can't believe it.

Rtrdfed0274
Rtrdfed0274

Meanwhile, in Miami Beach...”City Commissioner Suggests Intentionally Infecting First Responders With Corona virus to develop immunity IF they make it through the first two weeks!!! Cites natural herd thinning......seems like prisons could be a better Petri dish 🤔

SheepDog104
SheepDog104

I hope Ayanna Pressley has a house big enough for all the scumbags to stay. I wouldn't want them running around my neighborhood. She's stupid enough to want to release them, then she's stupid enough to live with them. Dumb dumb dumb.

Lmcmasterl8
Lmcmasterl8

Real smart who would you let out first Harvey Weinstein maybe convicted pedophiles? Serial killers? You need to be voted out on Nov3 2020

Jcat
Jcat

My fiancé is in prison for dui and has been found not guilty but is serving for a prior dui . He was given 2 years . He was up for parole and denied and given an additional 3 months to be released to a long term treatment facility. That was. 3 Months ago and they refused to continue to look for him to get into a program.now with the coveid 19 he is stuck there and they are forcing him to clean on an eight hour schedule shift they say it’s volunteer work but they also told them if they don’t volunteer they will be thrown in the hole ! Or to max lock down . He has less than five months he should be able to be released I’m terrified of what happens if covid 19 happens inside Worcester County Jail. Please allow clemency to those that don’t belong there

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Another idiot

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

This STUPID IGNORANT CLAYMATION PUPPET AND HER SKANK WHORE TERRORIST SISTERS want to empty garbage dump's full of trash. FINE....but only into her home and rhe homes if the Taco and the Terrorist..

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

I must have psychic powers because just by the headline I knew the race of the idiot proposing this stupid liberal idea.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Just-My-Thoughts. Now, now, she did say ahead of time they were in there “for reasons we won’t get into” Gee, I wonder what she really meant by that? Lol!!! 😂😂😂

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Look at her posse that she said agrees with her.... Dumber than dumb

Raymelson
Raymelson

If this virus does hit the prisons it's gonna be really bad an I would be ok with releasing none violet inmates with less than 6 months left on there sentence if it would help with over crowding I'm probably gonna get some bad comments on this so I ask ya'll to keep in mind this is just my opinion

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Chaos is Control. The more chaos the easier it is for politicians to pass laws that take away our freedoms. The more criminals on the street during a time of crisis the more chaos you will have.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The Liberals must be loving this Covid-19 pandemic. It gives them an excuse to release all the criminals from jail. Be prepared for complete kaos!

Caddis
Caddis

Prisoners ate actually pretty safe as they're already quarantined. People are controlled coming into the facility so it's probably one of the safest places to be. Just a political stunt .

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

This Adam Henry is another prime example of why stupid people shouldn’t breed. Frick this Cut and her associate Cut’s. I put this right next to that asshole Romney who is proposing given every broke dick in America $1,000 a month income and $500 to the broke dick kids. Broke dicks have never seen it so good. Your government is going to feed you, give you $1,000 a month, free healthcare and educated your broke dick kids online. What a country.

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

Well there is one good thing about this idea. We will not have to pay for their state of the art medical care and they are much more likely to get sick on the streets. Aside from Baldy Talib needs to crawl back into the somali hole she came from.

Mikey G
Mikey G

This congresswoman is ill-informed. I work for the BOP and we regularly sell through commissary (as well as give out) soap, and there are showers on every unit with running hot water.

Grog
Grog

Prison is a contained area. Keep them contained. These Democrats will use any excuse to let the criminals out. She should join them.

kkat
kkat

Another idiot wanting to add an increase in crime along with the Virus. Great way to sabotage our nation and send it into an even greater downward spiral. Since when has letting true criminals out of jail ever been a good idea for innocent Americans? Only a twisted Socialist mind would think of such a dangerous idea disguised as Human Welfare. if it were not such a dangerous idea it would be hilarious!

natoj
natoj

How about we show some concern for the PO who are out there with the public everyday. Now they have to worry about dealing with the public who might be contagious with the virus. They should have protective gear at their disposal, don't they have enough to deal with.

natoj
natoj

Stupid is is stupid does

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Just when I thought libtards couldn't possibly come up with another stupid idea, one comes along and takes stupidity to a whole new astronomical level.

Robert Kahlcke
Robert Kahlcke

Just another "NESTING COCKROACH"


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