State Releases Sex Offenders To Protect Them From Virus Without Warning Police

Sandy Malone

New York State released more than 50 inmates, including sex offenders, into communities without warning local police.

Greece, NY – Greece Chief of Police Patrick Phelan is furious that a statewide order from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services (DOCCS) released more than 50 prisoners from jail – including sex offenders – into his community without warning.

The Monroe County Jail released more than 50 prisoners on Saturday and eight of them were sex offenders, WROC reported.

Chief Phelan said nine of those inmates are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Greece, less than 100 yards from a school and without spitting distance of a neighborhood.

Four of the inmates at the Holiday Inn Express are sex offenders, and three are Level 3, meaning they are considered the highest risk to re-offend, according to WROC.

“It doesn’t make any sense. If you could present an argument to me that makes sense, I’m willing to listen. But this doesn’t make any sense,” Chief Phelan said.

Those inmates were moved to the Holiday Inn Express after the DOCCS ordered jails to release low-level parole offenders, WROC reported.

“So you have a violent criminal who’s done time in state prison who’s been given the chance of parole, and not followed the conditions of their parole. That’s who you’re talking about right now,” Chief Phelan said.

He said neither the state nor the county bothered to notify local law enforcement that they were releasing more than 50 prisoners into their community, WROC reported.

“We weren’t told by anyone,” the chief said. “I think good practice would be if you’re going to release convicted felons. Some of them very violent some of those level 3 sex offenders, you might want to give law enforcement the heads up.”

Chief Phelan was very critical of the state’s decision to release the inmates from a jail that has not had one single case of coronavirus, WROC reported.

There is a coronavirus crisis in some New York prison facilities in other areas of the state and it is only expected to get worse because New York correctional officers are not allowed to bring or wear their own face masks to work with them in detention facilities because it violates the uniform.

On Monday morning, New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association President Michael Bowers tested positive for coronavirus, WKTV reported.

“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,” DOCCS said in a statement, according to WROC. “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.”

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

Wouldn't a better approach be to use them as human test subjects? We could test all kinds of things on them and then expose them to COVID-19 and see what substances work. We could try cyanide, strychnine...

Dem & RINO governors are trying to save their voter base. The reaction to this virus by certain states is going to kill a lot of innocent people.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Another brilliant idea! I don’t know where these whack jobs come from, oh wait, they’re Demorats from a sanctuary state with one of the most incompetent Governor in the states.

BDV123
BDV123

Don’t disagree that they shouldn’t have been released but if you think for one iota that the Governor or President has time to review every action taken by State employees during a pandemic you to need your head examined! This is a decision made by the Director of Prisons and he should be immediately fired!

NARSOL
NARSOL

Let's for the moment ignore Jim and John who, by their comments, show themselves to be more dangerous and heartless individuals than most of those in prison. Let's look at the scenario if huge numbers aren't released. With the first case of Covid-19 in an institution, it will be only a matter of time before almost everyone has it and many are dead. The dead will have to be removed, contaminating those entrusted with that task. Before the seriousness of the situation was fully known, prison personnel will have been going home to their families, shopping, being in public. I don't have to go on. We know what the result will be. And actually, this may all be academic. We may have waited too late. If I were like Jim and John, I would wish that they be among the first to get the virus. But I'm not, and I don't. I pray for their safety and wellness, as I do for that of our nation.

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JBoH
JBoH

So what's the solution? Open the prisons and let everyone out? Where do you draw the line? Keep only murderers in? Let sex offenders out...oh, wait...they're already doing that. People are sentenced to prison because they can't assimilate into civilized society.

A better cure would be..."Don't do the crime if you can't do the time" (and welcome to the site, by the way).

NARSOL
NARSOL

John, I agree that it is an unbelievably difficult situation, one of those in which, no matter what you do, there will still be things that will go as we wish they wouldn't. The outrage at those convicted of sexual crimes being released is misplaced. 90-95% of those individuals will not commit another sexual offense. If you are in law enforcement, you know that. Virtually all new sexual crime is committed by persons with no prior conviction for such a crime. Virtually all child sexual crime, that which we all fear the most, is committed by persons in the children's lives, family members and such, not the released sex offender who lives down the street. We live in unparalleled times. We are in many instances making it up as we go. But with what we know about Covid-19, keeping masses of people clumped together without proper sanitation or health facilities when needed makes zero sense. Please take care and keep safe.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Whatever the merits of your arguments, it is inexcusable that they at least didn’t notify the local
Police.

NARSOL
NARSOL

Even though these ordered releases were publicized, if the affected police departments truly did not know it would happen, I agree that they should have been notified.

KKW
KKW

My thought here is that if even one person, especially a child, is sexually assaulted or killed, it’s not worth it. The article states some of those released are level 3 and likely to reoffend. This likely means it’s not their first time in prison for sexual assault. They don’t even have a case of the virus. They could quarantine any cases and the inmates could continuously sanitize every area of the prison. The corrections officers should be able to wear PPE to protect themselves and their families.... and should practice good protections measures such as removing their uniform and showering before they have contact with their family. Releasing people who were deemed as needing to be separated from society to protect society is wrong.

JBoH
JBoH

I was a cop for more than 30 years. Recidivism is a huge problem and sex offenders are the worst of the bunch. Let's agree to disagree. I give you this study with a link at the end:

Research has demonstrated that repeat offenders account for a disproportionate amount of crime and that offenders released from prison are arrested at rates 30 to 45 times higher than the general population (Rosenfeld, Wallman, & Formango, 2005). As a result, there is widespread recognition that recidivism has a direct impact on public safety and that recidivism reduction should be a key goal of the criminal justice system. This is particularly true with regard to crimes that are sexual in nature, given their impact on individual victims and the larger community (see Chapter 1, "Incidence and Prevalence of Sexual Offending," in the Adult section).

SarahF
SarahF

The registrants have served their time in prison for their sex offense. Some have a technical violation which could have been due just to registering one day late or other nonviolent, nonthreatening technicality. They were deemed safe enough to be freed from prison. I do not consider someone who has a technical violation as being someone to fear. In addition, research shows that the recidivism rate taken collectively for all inmates released from prison for a sex offense is in the single digits. The Department of Justice found in a study that over 90% of FUTURE sex crimes are committed by people NOT on the registry.

If there is a registrant in jail who is a violent, repeat offender, then they should NOT be released. But the majority of registrants never re-offend and deserve to be protected from this virus. Just because they register one day late is no reason to put them in a position to catch a life-threatening virus.

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

Let's for the moment ignore Jim and John who, by their comments, show themselves to be more dangerous and heartless

You wait until you see how much Socialism kills.

61,000 died of influenza in 2017-2018.

Each 1% increase in unemployment kills a similar number.

You folks who will so willingly sacrifice their Liberty for a little respiratory virus are much more dangerous and heartless than me.

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


Thanks for your service, and great post.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The New York hits just keep on coming. The funny part is the liberals who believe Cuomo is doing a great job.

Sogwa
Sogwa

Did they castrate them first at least

JBoH
JBoH

Because...Sex Offender Lives Matter.

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

Oh yeah, let's open the prison doors and let everyone of them out. Only on NY State will you find this happening. Now all the LEO's will have more stress worrying about what these assholes will do on the streets.

Marxest
Marxest

Who in their right mind would release sex offenders, pedophiles and rapists to protect them from the Chinese Coronavirus? Those people were right were they belong, prison. They don't deserve to be walking the streets, preying on people. I[f they should contract a lethal virus such as the Chinese Coronavirus, then that is a consequence of their crime.

J10107
J10107

I'm sure we all appreciate NARSOL's statistics, but what he FAILS to specifically mention is that those individuals who are designated to be Level 3 Sex Offenders have the highest the risk of reoffense, and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is also very high.

That is why Chief Phelan and those of us who live and work in the NY area are so upset and blindsided by the continued buffoonery displayed by Cumo and De Blasio !!!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Now we know in no uncertain terms why we don't want these batshit crazy liberals running this Country.

sonnyboy1
sonnyboy1

Just reading the headline I thought it had to be NY, WA, or CA. Yup, NY.

DR226
DR226

Holiday Inn, couldn't find a fleabag motel to put up in? I feel sorry for the other guests of the Holiday Inn.

XIHP308
XIHP308

I know not what to say with this idiotic line of thinking.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Idiot liberals being idiot liberals. Nothing good will come of this.

bryantrent
bryantrent

What the hell

4126120510
4126120510

There is something f'n wrong w you. Sex offenders have no right to breath same air as their victims. They absolutely re-offend. Talk to a victim then see how you feel. Sex offenders have no place in society.

rhj10077
rhj10077

Who was the Moron that that thought this one up.

Blueyes1
Blueyes1

So you release sex offenders into the streets without warning right. What do you think is going to happen the minute they hit the streets? They will be re-arrested for sexual based offenses . Not a smart move

Dustininga
Dustininga

For crying out loud, people. The story does NOT refer to anyone being released from PRISON. It's about those being released from JAIL, arrested for inane parole or probation violations, few (if any) of which had anything to do with their original crime and none of which would have been a crime at all if they weren't on parole or probation. Their original crimes were not a factor in the decision to release them, nor should they have been.

People that think wanton harassment and making life as unlivable as possible for those convicted of sex crimes makes the public "safer" are extremely foolish. Sex crime will still occur, and nearly always by those without priors of any kind.

J10107
J10107

To the num-nuts that wanted to spout recidivism statistics, you-all need to see the new statistics being generated around the country, and read the latest:


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