Roughly 50 Inmates including those convicted of sex offences have been released from an upstate New York Jail to protect them from coronavirus infection.
The inmates were sprung Saturday from the Monroe County Jail as part of a statewide order by the Department of Corrections and Community Services, WIVB reported.
According to the NY Post, Nine of them are staying at a Holiday Inn Express in Greece, NY — including four of the sex offenders, three of whom have been convicted of raping minors and were registered as Level 3, meaning they are most likely to re-offend, according to the news outlet.
“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,” Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said.
The inmates were moved to the hotel after the department was ordered to release low-level technical parole violators amid concerns that the bug has spread in local lockups.
“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 said.
The chief criticized the move and said he would have liked to have been notified because of the threat the inmates pose to the community.
“We weren’t told by anyone. I think good practice would be if you’re going to release convicted felons,” he said. “Some of them very violent, some of those level 3 sex offenders, you might want to give law enforcement the heads-up.” [READ MORE]