Instead of spending his time worrying about law-abiding citizens, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York appears to be worried about prisoners contracting coronavirus.
At the governor’s orders, prisons across the state released certain prisoners this weekend. The governor’s orders come in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eight of those prisoners are sex offenders. Three of the eight were convicted for child rape.
How does it make sense that while law-abiding citizens have to remain locked in their homes, child rapists get released from prison?
New York City plans to release about 300 nonviolent inmates from Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday, after the city’s first prisoner tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
The prisoners all have light sentences, less than a year, and were found guilty of misdemeanor charges, de Blasio said. The city has incarcerated more than 5,000 inmates, housed mostly at Rikers. About 500 of those inmates are serving sentences for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies; De Blasio said he has the authority to release those in this category.
De Blasio said he won’t release inmates serving time for domestic violence or sexual assault.
He said he wants to release inmates who are over age 70 or who have any of the five preexisting health conditions that make them most vulnerable to the coronavirus but that he doesn’t have the authority to release everyone in that category. He said the city will be working through the legal issues with prosecutors and the state case-by-case to try to release those inmates.
Check out this video from NBC on the prisoners being released:
Naturally, the governor's orders were not warmly accepted by many.
Take a look at some of the responses:
Breitbart added to the reporting on the released sex offenders:
Eight sex offenders, three of which were convicted for raping children, were released in the state of New York as a statewide initiative led by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to empty prisons in fear that inmates will contract the Chinese coronavirus.
This weekend, the Monroe County, New York, jail freed more than 50 inmates from their custody as part of the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Services jailbreak effort in the midst of the coronavirus, according to WIVB 4.
Among those 50 inmates released were eight sex offenders, three of which were convicted for raping a child. Even as the New York state courts have deemed the sex offenders likely to re-victimize children, they were released.
Patrick Phelan, the chief of police in Greece, New York, told WIVB 4 that his office was not notified by state officials of the sex offenders’ release, though the state has placed them in a local Holiday Inn Express.
“We weren’t told by anyone. I think good practice would be if you’re going to release convicted felons,” Phelan said. “Some of them very violent some of those level 3 sex offenders, You might want to give law enforcement the heads up.”
Cuomo’s Department of Corrections and Community Services defended their decision in a statement to local media, saying, “This significant action is being taken in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in local jails over the past few days and weeks.”
“Our top priority remains the public health and safety of New Yorkers during this global public health emergency and this measure will further protect a vulnerable population from contracting and transmitting this infectious disease,” a department official said.
The move comes as Cuomo has ordered the release of 1,100 inmates who have broken the terms of their parole in fear that the convicts may contract the coronavirus in prison.