New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday, March 31, that 900 prisoners were released against the backdrop of the coronavirus spread in the city. The press conference was broadcast on his Twitter page on March 31.
“As of yesterday evening, 900 prisoners have been released from prison,” said de Blasio, stressing that the city authorities have no intention of stopping there.
The mayor specified that these measures are aimed at preventing the spread of infection among prisoners with chronic and other diseases.
The city’s decision on release will concern the prisoners who committed minor and non-violent crimes and who have not more than a year to serve their prison term.