Actor Joaquin Phoenix Tells NY Governor To Free Prison Inmates Due To Pandemic

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“I’m calling on Governor Andy Cuomo to take action in New York by granting clemency to New Yorkers in prison,” he said.

Albany, NY – Academy award-winner Joaquin Phoenix has instructed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to release convicts in the state’s prisons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phoenix’s videoed call-to-action was posted to Twitter by the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign on Tuesday.

“The spread of coronavirus in prison threatens the health and safety of all of us,” he declared in the footage. “Leaders must do everything possible to prevent incarcerated people and those who work in prisons from becoming ill and spreading the virus.”

The 45-year-old actor argued that “there’s no such thing as social distancing” for inmates, and claimed that “ensuring good hygiene is not an option.”

The only logical solution, according to Phoenix, is to empty the prisons by releasing all inmates into the community.

“I’m calling on Governor Andy Cuomo to take action in New York by granting clemency to New Yorkers in prison,” he said in the video. “The lives of so many people depend on his action. No one deserves to die in prison from COVID-19.”

Phoenix’s video shared some of the exact same language singer John Legend used in his own Twitter video on Tuesday.

After lamenting the lack of social distancing and good hygiene in prisons, Legend told Cuomo that it is “time for action.”

“You can make communities across New York safer and healthier by reducing the prison population,” he insisted.

Legend called on the governor to grant “immediate clemency” to inmates who are “close” to completing their sentences, as well as convicted felons who are “incarcerated for parole violations.”

He said he would “especially” like to see Cuomo release inmates who are “vulnerable because of their age or underlying health conditions.”

“Governor Cuomo,” Legend said with a smile, “free them now!”

Cuomo already kicked 1,100 prison inmates loose over coronavirus concerns in late March, the New York Post reported.

“We’re releasing people who are in jails because they violated parole for non-serious reasons,” the governor said at the time. “And wherever we can get people out of jails, out of prisons, now, we are.”

Such “non-serious” parole violations included testing positive for drugs, failing to show up for appointments with the parole officer, or failing to notify the parole officer that they weren’t really residing at their last known address, the New York Post reported.

“Following an individualized review, the Department began canceling any warrant where the individual has identified adequate housing is available and the release of the individual does not present an undue risk to public safety,” the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told the New York Post at the time.

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flybynight
flybynight

Well who does this guy think he is? Strutting around here giving orders like he's crazy704!!!! He's got plenty of nerve.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

This is what happens when you genuinely believe none of the people in prison did anything to get put there.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Sure as long as he is made financially responsible for every goddamn thing they do and they must stay with him what a fucking idiot

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Real name: Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Can't seem to find any information about him having a college degree. He probably got his criminal justice education from his hippy parents who home schooled him at day camp and fed him vegan meals, according to answers dot com.

floridacop
floridacop

Wasn't not long ago this fine outstanding man was having drug and alcohol problems. If the inmates are there already it is the best place for them. As for new inmates ship them to another place.

JBoH
JBoH

What is this guy smokin'? Is he going to house all these inmates at his house?

Pack
Pack

Or hang them all and start over with a clean prison.

RetFF
RetFF

Oh HELL NO! Who's fault that they're in there?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Look, he's a great actor and was outstanding in his role as the Joker but I don't think he is in a position to dictate what should be done with the prison population. On the other hand if he is willing to house the most dangerous ones in his mansion, and promises they'll behave themselves, well maybe we can work out a deal.

SPD33
SPD33

Don't we have to save the cows first??

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I think that those screaming to let out the prisoners need to open the gates to their estates and open the door to their mansions and allow these criminals to move in. Nuff said. They won't because they're hypocrites. Like many in Hollywood who said they'd move to Canada if Trump won...... They still live in the US

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Sure, the prisoners can be released. Let’s start by executing them one by one.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Fock him! Who does that jerk think he is to dictate what our criminal justice system does. Fa-Q!

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Joaquin Phoenix needs to house them, supervise them, care and feed them. Nothing should happen to you, Joaquin, and you'll be providing them a hand up, not a hand out. You have the $$$ for it.

You must lead the way, Joaquin!

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Can they move in with him. He should have plenty of room

ikaika
ikaika

The politicians aren't dumb enough already? Now they're supposed to take orders from celebrities? Sure, that'll work.

Rottweilerowner7
Rottweilerowner7

So let’s release the asshats back in the community where they will once again commit crimes and most likely come in contact with covid19 because they won’t listen to social distancing. Yeah Phoenix great plan. I wonder how Cuomo likes when you call him Andy.

firedogg95
firedogg95

Easy for him to say as these people are not being released in his backyard ... Mind your own bobber Mr. Phoenix!

BAH330
BAH330

Liberals are mentally defective

XIHP308
XIHP308

You have room for how many Mr. Phoenix?

Gramercy
Gramercy

“Great” is a relative word for an actor...usually means in the right place at right time....I have to agree with some...let the released prisoners find the “right place” under HIS roof and restraints! See how long that plays out

RmdGRD
RmdGRD

Another celebrity incorrectly believing that because he's an actor he knows all, like must of them do, by elevating themselves to a God position. Why does the news even print their Bullshit? Maybe because they're all Democrats, and like all Democrats, they think they know what's best? And of course we have all these sheeple laying on their every word.

Taco1
Taco1

Hair lip lives matter.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I wouldn't have a problem with that as long as they were none violet even then it might not work very well

Stanracer
Stanracer

Joaquin is a nutjob. Nothing good will come of this.

Mo_
Mo_

"“I’m calling on Governor Andy Cuomo to take action in New York by granting clemency to New Yorkers in prison,” he said."

How about we send them to your neighborhood? Morons!

Jdgeigerusa
Jdgeigerusa

Yeah right and how is this supposed to make us all safer? Size 3 hat and 58 shirt

Jones24
Jones24

And they can live with you! Idiot

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

This boils down to one principal, one more vote this year! One prisoner loose, one more rape, murder, robbery, injury to free and lawful citizens! This is real, and what is happening. Why risk and lose lawful citizens who obey the law. The prisoners took a risk, as did their victims, it was the inmate's choice, so now let them live the consequences and keep them in jail. One life matters to some they say while killing babies, cops, and helpless women on the streets and in their homes. Seriously, you Hannibal Lector wannabes, get some sanity and protect your brothers and sisters who do no harm!!!

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

What does this idiot mean, non-serious issues? They should not be there if true. He or she does not think drugs are severe and non-serious, although they support and finance drug cartels who kidnap their daughter for the sex trade, facilitate their kids' overdose, and kill folks for almost any reason. This thought process is insane, voting for these heartless, uninformed politicians who only exist for their gain.

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

Why don’t you and Miss Legend open your homes to those that Goomba Governor releases and y’all be responsible for their care, custody and control...won’t do it will you...then when public throws you a dime....pull a trick...otherwise stay silent lest you thought a fool or speak and confirm it....

Schick56
Schick56

IDIOT, 😠

NomonK
NomonK

Free prisoners but you are locking Roger Stone up in that same environment

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

F••king idiot Hollyweird elites!!

Coastalcrusr
Coastalcrusr

This goes right along with the call when outbreak originated asking all criminals not to commit crime durning outbreak.
In Mendocino county we just received our 5 th case of Covid-19. I say received because it was a prisoner released from jail because he had Covid-19 he travel several hundred miles just to land here with virus while the rest of California is shelter in place, the criminals go free to commit crime and spread the virus.

lcatoggio
lcatoggio

And this man’s request matters because...why? Because he is a washed up actor? Because he is a survivor of a crime committed by one of the criminals he wants released? Because he is the father of a small child victimized by a coward? Because he is the elderly woman who was robbed at gunpoint who’s perpetrator this guy wants to walk the street free?

Go back to Hollywood with the rest of the entitled and play whatever role you want Leave real life up to the professionals.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

If it's one thing I hate worse than a SJW, it's a celebrity SJW!

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Wait, didn’t this guy kill some people?? Oh, maybe that was another joker! Played the role so good ya gotta wonder...

cops-kid
cops-kid

Fix it quick... it’s called LOCK DOWN

cspcapt
cspcapt

why do we even pay attention to these liberal idiots? ie Robert DiNiro and alike. let the inmates live with him

nuccten
nuccten

So NY released parole violators who failed to report and whose residence was not known (absconded). So now the PO's and law enforcement will have to track them down AGAIN and arrest them. Makes sense.

Sassy325
Sassy325

Stfu Joaquin.....

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

Get the fruck outta here he sounds like a pelosi supporter

suzieb
suzieb

I just have one question for Joaquin, would you like these inmates you're instructing the governor to be released as your next door neighbor? This isn't the solution to those already incarcerated.

Wolf Hunter
Wolf Hunter

Surely, he's joking...

nadkram
nadkram

Bleeding heart Liberals will be the death of more innocent people.

dlorisc
dlorisc

You’re a special kind of stupid aren’t you, Joaquin!!! Shut your pie hole you idiot...

BigPapaFrosty
BigPapaFrosty

If you do not want to be in there stop breaking the law! Simple isn't

BRAVO77
BRAVO77

If These Individuals Didn't Break The Law In The First Place, They Would Be Home. Incarceration is Not meant to be a Vacation. Do the Crime, Do ALL The TIME. COVID-19 or Not. Joaquin Phoenix. You Sir Are an Idiot. And Your Acting Sucks Also.

lauraaz
lauraaz

The last thing we need in a time of crisis is a bunch of criminals set lose on the streets to make things worse. Making things worse is just what the democrats want to justify their unconstitutional actions and to prevent the reelection of our president.


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