...Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will release 300 criminals from Rikers Island to stop them from contracting coronavirus.
...De Blasio's decision to release the criminals is likely to draw criticism from his political enemies and the NYPD, many of whom say he is too lenient on criminals.
...'The remainder have less than a year left on their sentence, some have many months, some have only a few months, some have only weeks - I'm going to treat this across the board - approximately 300 inmates will be released,' he said.
...De Blasio said he was trying to strike a 'humanitarian balance between trying to get everyone we need that we can physically out of her jail system out and be mindful that there are real public safety concerns here.
...New Jersey's Gov. Phil Murphy said he too was going to release 'low risk' inmates by Thursday.
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