Mayor Dismayed That Released Inmates Are Re-offending, 'It’s Unconscionable'
New York, NY – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed shock and dismay over the fact that dozens of inmates released due to COVID-19 concerns immediately went out and committed new crimes.
“I think it’s unconscionable just on a human level that folks were shown mercy and this is what some of them have done,” de Blasio lamented during his Monday briefing, according to the New York Post.
The city has released over 1,400 inmates in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus inside jail facilities.
At least 50 of those inmates immediately went out and committed new crimes, and despite their new offenses, some of them have been released from jail yet again, the New York Post reported.
Among them was an inmate accused of attacking a Department of Homeless Services officer.
Two days after he was released, the suspect was arrested again for allegedly punching a sergeant from the same agency, the New York Post reported.
Another inmate had been kicked loose from jail while serving a two-month sentence for a theft conviction.
Just weeks after he was released, he was arrested for allegedly burglarizing a store and stealing over $9,000.
A third inmate had been in custody for allegedly setting his girlfriend’s door ablaze and choking her mother, the New York Post reported.
After the city released him due to concerns about the virus, he went back to his girlfriend’s apartment and allegedly threatened to murder her entire family.
“We do see some recidivism,” de Blasio acknowledged on Monday. “I have not seen a huge amount, but any amount is obviously troubling.”
The mayor said the city will be “buckling down” on released offenders, although it is unclear what exact efforts are being implemented to accomplish that feat.
“We’re going to just keep buckling down on it, making sure there’s close monitoring and supervision to the maximum step possible,” he said, according to the New York Post. “And the NYPD is going to keep doing what they’re doing.”
As of Thursday, 142,432 New York City residents had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and 10,977 have died, according to Bing's COVID-19 Tracker.