Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) has yet to hear from the D.C. Department of Corrections, whose director he queried in July of 2021, about the status of the men and women who remain in the agency’s custody for charges related to the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Steube is on the House Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of the nation’s federal prisons and jails in the District of Columbia.
Steube told Breitbart News that he did get a response from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), but that his inquiry to the D.C. agency has gone unanswered. His letter was addressed to Michael Carvajal, Director of BOP, and Quincy Booth, Director of D.C. Department of Corrections.
“It’s very demonstrative of a willful and intentional intent on behalf of the D.C. jail system to avoid oversight, to avoid accountability, and to avoid transparency, even with members of Congress, as to what is occurring in the D.C. jail with the January 6 prisoners. If you don’t have anything to hide, then why are you not responding to a member of Congress who sits on the Judiciary Committee, the committee that has oversight authority over the D.C. prison?”
In fact, when Breitbart News contacted the D.C. Department of Corrections, staff members said that Quincy Booth was no longer director of the department.
According to the department’s website, Thomas Faust, who previously worked at the D.C. Department of Corrections, took over as acting director on January 24, 2022. The announcement added, “Director Booth will continue to lead the Department and will serve in an advisory role.”
…….According to a Department of Justice database, scores of people were arrested, some charged, some sentenced, some released on their own recognizance, and dozens more who appear to remain in custody in D.C.
At a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing on the January 6 riot, Director Carvajal was questioned by Steube about the January 6 inmates held under his jurisdiction. Carvajal said only a small number of people are in custody.
Steube cited reports that claim January 6 inmates are being treated differently than other prisoners, including being put in solitary confinement and not being allowed to attend religious services or get haircuts.
“Congressman … everybody has equal access and are treated with dignity and have access to everything equally,” Carvajal said.
Steube said the BOP did respond to the July letter with similar remarks, but the Democrats in the House have not called officials from the D.C. Department of Corrections to testify on the January 6 inmates.
“Political motivations should not be taken into consideration when determining conditions of custody, especially for individuals who have not been convicted of a crime,” Steube said in the letter. “Yet reports have surfaced that many of the suspects arrested in connection with the January 6 protests are being held in solitary confinement or in other extreme conditions without a satisfactory explanation.”
In an extract from the letter shared with Breitbart News, Steube asked the following questions:
- Describe the process by which your agency determines the conditions of custody for individuals being held in pre-trial detention (“pre-trial inmates”). Specifically, describe how your agency determines if a pre-trial inmate will be placed in solitary confinement, protective custody, or in a special type of custody where they are more restricted than the general population of pre-trial inmates (collectively referred to hereinafter as “solitary confinement”).
- How many pre-trial inmates are currently in your agency’s custody? How many pre-trial inmates in your agency’s custody are currently in solitary confinement?
- How many pre-trial inmates in your agency’s custody are being held on charges connected to the January 6 protests? How many pre-trial inmates in your agency’s custody being held on charges connected to the January 6 protests are currently in solitary confinement?
- List all pre-trial inmates in your agency’s custody being held on charges connected to the January 6 protests that are currently in solitary confinement. Please provide background on why they are in solitary confinement.
“There’s obviously egregious political manifestations of treatment, unfair treatment, political treatment, that’s happening to these prisoners that are in the D.C. prison,” Steube told Breitbart News.
American political prisoners have been held for more than 8 months in solitary confinement in 7X10 cells for 23 hours a day. These people have not been convicted of any crimes, they are being held in “pretrial detention” for trespassing the capitol halls of corruption on 6 January 2021. Their trials have not been set. They have been denied bail. They are not allowed to meet with lawyers in private. They have one hour a day for “exercise”, showers, and phone calls. They have been denied due process.
One of them died awaiting trial.
Yet, the Antifa/BLM goons responsible for the destruction of neighborhoods, businesses, police stations, and courthouses, have skated out of any legal consequences for their crimes. The Feds refuse to prosecute.
The House Judiciary Committee should haul the DC gulag director up in front of a grand jury, along with the capitol cops who committed murder on 6 January.
Enough of this shit. The entire Biden regime, including his goons in the DOJ and FBI need to get another revolution that makes 1776 look like a minor scuffle. They all belong under the fucking prison.