Rubio Pens Letter to Bureau of Prisons Director Demanding Answers Regarding Lack of Data

Rubio Pens Letter to Bureau of Prisons Director Demanding Answers Regarding Lack of Data

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
July 23, 2023

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is demanding answers regarding the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and their “consistent refusal” to provide data concerning recidivism programs, including inmate participation numbers.

This goes against the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recommendation. More importantly, it is required by The First Step Act, passed in 2018.

Because of this, Sen. Rubio wrote a letter to BOP Director Colette Peters regarding this issue.

“As you know, the FSA requires the U.S. Attorney General to identify, evaluate, and offer “evidence-based recidivism reduction programs” and ‘productive activities’ for federal inmates, with the goal of providing programs to lower recidivism rates. As part of this requirement, the BOP not only allows prisoners to accrue time credits for approved ‘structured productive activities,’ but also for approved ‘unstructured productive activities,” wrote Sen. Rubio.

He continued, “To date, the BOP has refused to make a publicly available list of all ‘unstructured productive activities’ that inmates are eligible to receive time credits for, despite being willing to publish a list of ‘structured productive activities.’  This decision ignores recommendations from the GAO that the agency publish such a list.”

Rubio concluded the letter by calling the findings regarding the BOP’s inability to provide credible evidence, “troubling.”

“The troubling nature of these findings is further bolstered by the fact that BOP officials did not document the 2020 literature review, thus creating another missed opportunity for the BOP to provide the public with transparency pertaining to the time credit programs,” penned Rubio.

Moreover, Rubio scolded someone else in a letter recently, chastising the CEO of Moderna, a pharmaceutical company that created one of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The company recently announced a partnership with China, which will allow the communist regime to “research and manufacture new mRNA medicines,” as well as grant the country exclusive access to the intellectual property surrounding said medicines.

Rubio reinforced the idea that with this partnership, vaccines and medicines produced in China will only be available for use in China, and would be “a betrayal of the American taxpayers.”

“Significantly, under this agreement with the PRC, any vaccines developed in the PRC to treat new diseases would only be for use in the PRC. Allowing the PRC to monopolize the benefits of research and production that Moderna performs on Chinese soil is a betrayal of the American taxpayers whose hard-earned dollars made this technology possible,” Rubio wrote.

The Florida Senator has stated that he will not run for president in 2024.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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