UPDATE 4.27.18: The DC Department of Corrections has confirmed that the notification sent to members of the community with an early release date for Barry Freundel was sent in error, and they are investigating how that happened.
Freundel's lawyer confirmed to the Washington Post that the notification did not reflect any actual change in his sentence.
UPDATE 4.26.18: The following message was received at 1:40 p.m. April 26:
"This notification is from the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.
The offender for whom you registered, BERNARD FREUNDEL, with the DCDC number 346271, is scheduled for release from the Correctional Treatment Facility on 8/21/2020."
Information as to whether the Aug. 21, 2018 release date sent in notifications to members of the community by the DOC on April 25 was a typographical error or reflected some sort of change in Freundel's sentence will be shared as soon as it is available.
Barry Freundel, former rabbi of Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., was sentenced to six and a half years in prison in 2015 after pleading guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism. As of the time of this paper going to print on April 26, there is an as-yet unconfirmed report that Freundel will be released early, in August 2018.
Freundel’s date of release has in fact been getting moved incrementally earlier on a regular basis, according to notifications on his prison status sent by the District of Columbia Department of Correction to his victims and others registered to receive them. An August 2018 release date would be the biggest jump yet, however, and mean he would serve less than 50 percent of his original sentence.
On Jan. 10, 2018, Freundel was scheduled for release on Nov. 6, 2020. On April 19 at 11:50 a.m., however, a notification said he had been transferred from “the Central Detention Facility to the Unknown.” A second message at 5:20 p.m. said he had been transferred “from the Correctional Treatment Facility to the Unknown.”
The latest notification, on April 25, said he is “scheduled for release from the Correctional Treatment Facility on 8/21/2018.”
“We have no confirmation that this is actually accurate, and until we do we have no further comment,” said Kesher Israel President Elanit Jakabovics.
A call to the Department of Corrections by Kol HaBirah on April 25 went to voicemail.
By Kol HaBirah Staff