New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will be releasing 300 inmates from Rikers Island prison due to coronavirus concerns.
The mayor said that only non-violent and elderly inmates with at least five pre-existing conditions will be eligible for the early release. To qualify, the inmate must also have less than a year remaining to serve of their sentence.
“We want to identify anyone in those categories and get them released immediately,” de Blasio said during a news conference.
Inmates who committed acts of domestic violence or sexual assault will not be released, the mayor asserted.
“I’m listening to all the input … But I want to make very clear that I’m making the ultimate decisions, […]
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