A judge denied a request from the leader of far-right group Proud Boys to be released early from jail in Washington, D.C.
Superior Court Judge Jonathan Pittman said in the ruling that the poor living conditions that Proud Boys Chairman Henry “Enrique” Tarrio cited did not prove any “extraordinary and compelling reasons” for his sentence to be reduced or for him to be transferred to house arrest.
Tarrio filed the requests claiming that he has been harassed by correctional officers and that sewage water regularly floods his cell.
Although Pittman acknowledged that the D.C. Department of Corrections “admits that much of what the defendant has claimed did in fact occur,” he said that they were not sufficient reason for Tarrio’s early release.
The “appropriate remedy for unconstitutional conditions of confinement is correction of the unconstitutional conditions of confinement, which are experienced by all inmates, not just the defendant,” Pittman wrote in the ruling, according to The Washington Post.
Pittman further noted that the jail has been the source of complaints for many years.
Pittman also denied Tarrio’s request to be freed under the capital’s “compassionate release” statute.
Tarrio is serving a five-month prison sentence for stealing and burning a Black Lives Matter banner from a historic Black church in December 2020.
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