The Spinka Rebbe, who pleaded guilty to money laundering and who is currently serving time in a federal prison in Otisville, New York, gets a day furlough to attend his grandchild's wedding. But is it legal?
According to Behadrei Haredim, Naftali Tzvi Weisz, the Spinka Rebbe, got an unsupervised day out of prison Wednesday to attend his grandson's wedding.
Is this furlough legal?
Yes – sort of:
§ 570.35 Limitations on eligibility.
(a) The Warden ordinarily may not grant a furlough to an inmate convicted of a serious crime against the person and/or whose presence in the community could attract undue public attention, create unusual concern, or depreciate the seriousness of the offense. If the Warden approves a furlough for such an inmate, the Warden must place a statement of the reasons for this action in the inmate's central file.
So it would seem the Spinka Rebbe should not have received the furlough.
Perhaps one day we'll see the warden's statement placed in the Rebbe's file and we'll find out what justification was used to give the Spinka Rebbe his amazing vacation.
[Hat Tip: Chaim.]