NY to free 300 nonviolent Rikers Island inmates over coronavirus

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

Also on the release you can count about 100 people now in custody awaiting sentencing, reports TASS.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is mulling on releasing "vulnerable" inmates sentenced in local jails to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in their penitentiaries.

"We want to identify anyone in those categories and get them released immediately", the mayor said during a news conference. Died, 131 people, of which half of the cases - people older than 75 years.

"There will not be any basketball games because there will not be any basketball hoops", de Blasio said during a City Hall briefing Wednesday evening.

New York City jails have a daily inmate population of about 8,900, according to figures from the New York City Department of Corrections.

Rikers Island now houses 5,000 inmates. To meet release requirements, prisoners must have at least five pre-existing health conditions and less than a year to serve.

In a similar way, Sacramento County Sheriff's officials began releasing "a handful" of non-violent inmates late Tuesday. New York City has faced at least 14,904 confirmed cases.

NY city is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus in the U.S. and experts warn that the highly infectious disease is certain to spread.

As of Tuesday afternoon, NY state accounted for almost 7 percent of global coronavirus cases, with at least 25,665 confirmed and 210 deaths.

The city has been under a stay-at-home order since Sunday, banning all non-essential businesses from opening and ordering against all non-essential gatherings of any size.

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