As your constituent, I am urging you to support the Emergency Community Supervision Act (S. 3579 / H.R. 6400) in the next COVID-19 relief package.
This bill will mandate the release of the populations that public health experts argue should have their sentences commuted by the president in response to COVID-19 – including those who are pregnant, those with underlying health issues, and those who are age 50 or older. Had this bill been enacted, it could have prevented the death of Andrea Circle Bear, the first federally incarcerated woman to die from COVID-19, who had just given birth on a ventilator a few weeks before her death.
Additionally, the Emergency Community Supervision Act will limit the use of pretrial detention and in-person supervised release, and prohibit the use of incarceration for technical violations of supervised release.