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Mayor de Blasio to release New York City jail inmates amid Coronavirus outbreak

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New York City is at it again when it comes to letting people out of jail- this time in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated that the jails will begin letting inmates out if they have pre-existing conditions or minor charges.

“In the next 48 hours, we will identify any inmates who need to be brought out because of either their own health conditions -if they have any pre-existing conditions, etc- or because the charges were minor and we think it’s appropriate to bring them out in this
context,” de Blasio said Wednesday.

Already under fire for bail reforms that have resulted in released criminals being arrested multiple times in one day, de Blasio’s new idea leads some to scratch their heads when it comes to the definition of “minor charges.”

The announcement, according to the New York Post, the decision came after a correction officer and an inmate both tested positive for the deadly illness in the past day.

The NYC Board of Correction is on board with the decision, causing NYPD officers a certain sense of consternation.

“The City must begin this process now,” the BOC said. “The City’s jails have particular challenges to preventing disease transmissions on a normal day and even more so during a public health crisis.”

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