The Squad strikes again.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is now advocating for the mass release of prisoners due to the coronavirus emergency.
Let Them Go
As we all know, our elderly with underlying conditions are the most susceptible to the virus, as they would be with the flu.
As such, Rep. Pressley is advocating releasing prisoners over the age of 60, especially those with underlying health conditions.
And no, she is not kidding.
She stated, “I think now would be the time, to commute some sentences, to exact clemency and to take care of our most vulnerable.
“Ten percent of those incarcerated are over the age of 60 and already have an underlying condition.
“We should be using compassionate release.”
“Given the overpopulating and the fact that many of these facilities are already subpar and that many incarcerated men and women do not have access to soap, to alcohol-based hand sanitizers, to regular showers, what is the guidance, both for those incarcerated and for staff?”
.@AyannaPressley on the coronavirus possibly spreading to prison populations: “Now would be the time to commute some sentences, to exact clemency and to take care of our most vulnerable. 10% of those incarcerated are over the age of 60 and already have an underlying condition." pic.twitter.com/P9PurLJQsc
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 14, 2020
Where Will They Go?
Even considering the release of these individuals is making a lot of assumptions.
First and foremost, where are they going to go?
If they don’t have family in the immediate area willing to take them in, all she will be doing is adding to the homeless population.
Additionally, our country is in a virtual state of lockdown right now, so where are these people going to find work?
Overcrowded or not, the safest place for them right now is in prison, as they have a roof over their head, three meals a day, and medical care if needed.