As New York contends with the crippling coronavirus outbreak in the state, The Department of Corrections and Community Services (DOCCS) has made the decision to start releasing criminals from prison. Now, eight registered sex offenders have been released from Monroe County Jail as part of the statewide orders coming from the DOCCS.
According to WROC 8, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is expressing concern over more than fifty prisoners that have been released, nine of which are reportedly now staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Greece, NY. Of the nine staying at the Holiday Inn Express, four are registered sex offenders with three being registered as level 3, meaning they are deemed by the state of New York as most-likely to re-offend.
All three of these sex offenders have been convicted for the rape of minors.
“It doesn’t make any sense. If you could present an argument to me that makes sense, I’m willing to listen. But this doesn’t make any sense,” Patrick Phelan, the Greece Chief of Police, said to WROC.
As per the orders from the DOCCS, the inmates were moved to the Holiday Inn Express after qualifying for release as “low-level technical parole violators,” amid concerns that COVID-19 has spread in local prisons.
“So you have a violent criminal who’s done time in state prison who’s been given the chance of parole, and not followed the conditions of their parole. That’s who you’re talking about right now,” Phelan pointed out.
What’s alarming is that Phelan’s department wasn’t even notified of the release of these criminals.
“We weren’t told by anyone,” Phelan said. “I think good practice would be if you’re going to release convicted felons. Some of them very violent some of those level 3 sex offenders, You might want to give law enforcement the heads up.”
In response to an inquiry made by News 8, the DOCCS said they made decisions on who to release based on “a review of the underlying technical violation, not the original crime.”
Incredibly, as Police Chief Phelan pointed out, these are dangerous criminals who, were already given the chance of freedom and failed to comply with those requirements.
In their statement to News 8, the DOCCS said, “This significant action is being taken in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in local jails over the past few days and weeks. Our top priority remains the public health and safety of New Yorkers during this global public health emergency and this measure will further protect a vulnerable population from contracting and transmitting this infectious disease.”
Perhaps not all aspects of public safety had been fully considered when the DOCCS made the decision to release criminals who have violently hurt children. This is a precarious development in already uncertain, scary times for New York residents.
We can only pray that the DOCCS’s decision to release these criminals doesn’t come back to bite them at the expense of another innocent victim in the community.
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