Discretion to Continue the Home-Confinement Placements of Federal Prisoners After the COVID-19 Emergency
This Office concluded in January 2021 that, when the COVID-19 emergency ends, the Bureau of Prisons will be required to recall all prisoners placed in extended home confinement under section 12003(b)(2) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act who are not otherwise eligible for home confinement under 18 U.S.C. § 624(c)(2). Having been asked to reconsider, we now conclude that section 12003(b)(2) and the Bureau's preexisting authorities are better read to give the Bureau discretion to permit prisoners in extended home confinement to remain there.
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