ROLLINS MOVES TO RELEASE SICK, ELDERLY INMATES FROM PRISON TO AVOID CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS
March 19, 2020
By Jennifer McKim
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said Thursday she is planning to release from prison some elderly and sick inmates who pose “no meaningful risk to public safety” and were prosecuted in Suffolk County, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“While Americans across the country are being encouraged to self-isolate, members of our incarcerated population are, by definition, doing the exact opposite with no alternative options,’’ Rollins said in a statement. “We need to seriously consider pathways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for our incarcerated populations, the overwhelming majority of which will return to our communities at some point in the future.”