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Fri Sep 17, 2021, 01:17 PM

N.Y. Gov. Hochul orders release of 191 Rikers Island inmates amid 'hell on earth' conditions at jail [View all]

Source: New York Daily News

Gov. Hochul ordered the immediate release of 191 Rikers Island inmates on Friday and signed a bill that paves the way for even more prisoners to be set free as conditions at the overcrowded city lockup continue to deteriorate.

The newly freed inmates landed behind bars for technical parole violations, like missing a curfew, consuming alcohol or being late for an appointment with a probation officer, and Hochul said they shouldn’t have been at Rikers to begin with.

“It doesn’t make us any safer,” she said in a press conference at her Midtown Manhattan office. “These people weren’t a danger in the first place.”

In addition to ordering the releases, Hochul said she’s directing her Department of Corrections to start the process of transferring 200 Rikers inmates into state prison facilities.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/n-y-gov-hochul-orders-release-of-191-rikers-island-inmates-amid-hell-on-earth-conditions-at-jail/ar-AAOyrBS?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=DELLDHP

they shouldn’t have been at Rikers to begin with


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