Several weeks ago, someone got the bright idea to release older prisoners due to the dangers the coronavirus posed to them.
Violent offenders were not supposed to be part of that release program, but it looks like New York Mayor de Blasio did not get the memo, and New York prosecutors are pissed.
Let Them All Go
It is bad enough prisoners are being released, but violent offenders?
Department of Corrections Commissioner Cynthia Brann and Mayor de Blasio received a letter from the prosecutors, stating, “We were assured that the release would not include those serving time for domestic violence or sex offenses, given the risks to victims.
“Unfortunately, we later learned that such individuals were indeed included in the ranks of those to be released.”
The letter continued, “To be clear, we fully appreciate the unique risks that the COVID-19 virus poses in our jails, and we agree that the number of those incarcerated must decrease to limit the spread of the virus on Rikers Island and in other facilities.”
The letter further addressed a concern that I made when I first heard about this plan, that the release of any prisoners would “only compound the possible health, safety, and other risks, both to the communities and to the individuals at issue.”
Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon also penned a letter in an op-ed, stating, “Sadly, the mayor and his administration have continued to ignore the advice of district attorneys’ offices, choosing instead to pander to these defense attorney-led groups, and have now pressured the DA’s to review and consent to the release of defendants charged with these serious crimes as well.”
Creating More Problems
Even if it were only non-violent offenders, where are these people going to live? What are they going to do for money?
It is a fairly safe assumption most of them do not have current health care coverage, having just been released from prison.
This, of course, is not even mentioning the fact you are releasing those most likely to get the virus into a city that is a petri dish for the coronavirus right now.
This is just one of many mistakes de Blasio has made during this crisis and it surely will not be the last.
And everyone wonders why New York has about five times more cases than any other state right now and makes up for about half the cases in the entire country.
Source: Fox News
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