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Press Release

Statement by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued the following statement in reference to today’s Office of Legal Counsel opinion on home confinement:

“Thousands of people on home confinement have reconnected with their families, have found gainful employment, and have followed the rules. In light of today’s Office of Legal Counsel opinion, I have directed that the Department engage in a rulemaking process to ensure that the Department lives up to the letter and the spirit of the CARES Act. We will exercise our authority so that those who have made rehabilitative progress and complied with the conditions of home confinement, and who in the interests of justice should be given an opportunity to continue transitioning back to society, are not unnecessarily returned to prison.”

Updated December 21, 2021

Press Release Number: 21-1283