Many Inmates Released From Prison Amid COVID-19 Fears Have Been Rearrested


Over one hundred inmates who were released from New York’s Rikers Island prison amidst ongoing fears of the spread of COVID-19 have been rearrested and account for a large percentage of the spike in burglaries plaguing New York City.

Jurisdictions across the nation have released inmates in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the prison system, however this has received fairly wide nationwide criticism .

The city’s spike in burglaries, police said, is a direct result of the mass release of nearly 1,700 inmates from prisons and jails, the Post reported:

The roughly 110 inmates have accounted for 190 arrests since the pandemic took hold of the Big Apple, according to police. [Emphasis added]

Of those arrests, 45 — or roughly one-quarter — were for burglaries, helping drive the 43-percent spike in break-ins over the last month, according to NYPD data. [Emphasis added]

Police sources believe the number of recidivists — which accounted for about 7 percent of the 1,500 released in March — doesn’t paint the whole picture, because hundreds more inmates have been released since

While the released inmates were generally reported to be non-violent, ABC News reported that in VA and NY that was not necessarily the case:

Two men allegedly involved in a robbery where a New York City police detective was killed in ‘friendly’ fire were among the violent offenders on the list of inmates slated to be released from the infamous Rikers Island jail complex due to the coronavirus pandemic, until prosecutors intervened, multiple sources told ABC News.