De Blasio 'Shocked' At Re-Arrest Rate oF Some 100 Criminal Released From Rikers
The Democratic Mayor of New York Bill De Blasio was flabbergasted to hear the some 100 inmates released from perhaps one world most infamous prisons are being arrested on new charges. Which is code for; 'we knew it was a bad idea so I'll present to be surprised rather than admit I was wrong'.
You would think with all of the reports of 're-arrests' going on that De Blasio would have secured monitoring systems for the inmates set for release. If nothing else, to protect the people of New York. Then again, this is De Blasio
Police tell The New York Post that 110 former inmates at Rikers Island have accounted for 190 arrests since New York City began releasing inmates in March to limit the spread of COVID-19 through NYC’s jail system. Roughly one in four arrests were for burglaries as NYPD reported a 43 percent spike in city break-ins over the past month; one alleged repeat criminal, Terrance Brown, is suspected of 18 burglaries at closed restaurants between April 21 and May 4.
During a press briefing in late April, New York City De Blasio said he was troubled by recidivism among inmates who have been released from jail over COVID-19 fears, according to DailyMail.
'I think it's unconscionable just on a human level that folks were shown mercy and this is what some of them have done,' he said on April 21. 'We’re going to keep, just buckling down on it, making sure there is close monitoring and supervision to the maximum extent possible and the NYPD is going to keep doing what they're doing.'
Is it really 'unconscionable'? They are criminals, after all. Also, this notion that New York is letting them out on 'mercy' alone seems unlikely. It seems more plausible that the sue-happy state wants to avoid any possible legal issues, but that could just be me.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, inmates at Rikers were not able to follow the safety measures suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to avoid contracting the virus. Inmates, corrections officers, the DOT, and the head doctor at Rikers warned that better precautionary measures should be put in place and that non-violent inmates should be released, making arguments in the name of public health.