Hochul orders release of 191 Rikers Island inmates
Why it matters: COVID has deepened a crisis at the prison, which had years of neglect and dysfunction prior to the pandemic.
- Ten people have died at Rikers since December, the New York Times reported.
Of note: The governor signed a measure on Friday to update the current parole process in New York.
What they're saying: "[We’ll] be looking at other people who qualify around the state [but] this was just an immediate Rikers driven situation," Hochul said at a press conference on Friday.
- "I am proud to take these steps to increase the safety in city jails, not only for those incarcerated, but for the staff who work tirelessly to keep operations running," Hochul added.