NYC Will Begin Releasing Inmates Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to release “vulnerable” inmates from city jails to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic into local lockups, he said Wednesday.

“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 preexisting conditions, etc. — or because the charges were minor and we think it’s appropriate to bring them out in this context,” de Blasio said on WCBS radio Wednesday evening. "That said, we still need our criminal justice system to function" he continued.

The announcement comes as correction officer and an inmate in Rikers both tested positive of the deadly illness in the past day.

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