- May 29, 2020
-- National Police Support Fund, a political grassroots organization, released a statement today formally condemning local decisions to release prisoners early due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 within prisons and jails continues to rise, correctional facilities are releasing incarcerated people early to reduce the size of their populations. However, cities across the nation are reporting huge increase in crime, including violent crime, since the pandemic started. National Police Support Fund and other police organizations are concerned that this unprecedented release will continue to exacerbate increased crime rates and put officers in danger.
"We cannot disregard legal determinations and ignore the rule of law. Making rash decision without facts and without comprehensive plans will inevitably lead to an increase of infections and, if released an increase in the risk to the safety of citizens around the nation," Executive Director Simon Lewis said in a statement.
As an organization, the National Police Support Fund is committed to promoting the interests and well-being of American police officers within the public policy process through grassroots political action. National Police Support Fund was founded as a response to the rise of an increasingly violent anti-police sentiment across the country. These early prisoner releases are part of the continued trend of pushing liberal agendas, at the direct risk of police officers that are putting their lives on the line as they protect and serve.
"These rash decisions to release convicts before their sentences are up is a direct affront to police officers all over the country," said Mr. Lewis, "It is disrespectful to the hard and dangerous work officers do every single day than to put these felons back on the streets. At this time, there are no guidelines or standards on deciding who is being released. It is unsafe, unwise, and those that are making these decisions are abusing their power. These decisions should not be made without the input of law enforcement and other parties."
National Police Support Fund published a full article about the dangers and concerns of early prisoner releases here: https://nationalpolicesupportfund.com/unprecedented-circumstances-can-lead-to-unprecedented-decisions-but-this-is-going-too-far/