OU Calls for Commutation of Pollard's Sentence

Orthodox Union of Jewish Congregations of America

February 20, 1992

Honorable William Barr
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice
Constitution Avenue & 10th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Attorney General Barr:

The Orthodox Union, which represents close to one thousand synagogues across America, expresses to you its deep concern with the humanitarian dimension of the Jonathan Pollard case. We strongly favor commutation of Mr. Pollard's life sentence on humanitarian grounds. Furthermore, we call for an investigation of the conditions of his incarceration with the aim of improving the treatment in a manner consistent with those governing the treatment of other prisoners.

Our position is not meant to be taken as a judgment on the particulars of the case, the severity of the offense, or as support for those who advocate a new trial. It is the humanitarian aspects of this case which motivate us to urge you to commute Mr. Pollard's sentence to time served.

Sheldon Rudoff