Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to release “vulnerable” inmates from city
jails to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic into local
lockups, he said Wednesday.
“In the next 48 hours, we will identify any inmates who need to be
brought out because of either their own health conditions — if they have
any preexisting conditions, etc. — or because the charges were minor
and we think it’s appropriate to bring them out in this context,” de
Blasio said on WCBS radio Wednesday evening.
“That said, we still need our criminal justice system to function,” he added.
The announcement comes as correction officer and an inmate both tested positive of the deadly illness in the past day.
The Correction Officers Benevolent Association union has called for
new masks to protect its members and for all new detainees to be housed
in facilities other than Rikers Island amid the outbreak.
Leave it to the defiant hypocrite to do this after he proposed a shelter-in-place executive order. Is it possible an island prison isn't a suitable venue for social distancing?