8 Sex Offenders Released After Andrew Cuomo Orders Parole Violators Set Free Over Coronavirus Fears

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Eight registered sex offenders have been released from jail in Monroe County, New York, following an order from Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for 1,100 parole violators across the state to be freed due to concerns over the coronavirus.

“We’re releasing people who are in jails because they violated parole for non-serious reasons,” Cuomo told MSNBC on Friday.

The Cuomo administration directed the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to release 400 inmates in New York City and 700 across the rest of the state.

Level 3 Sex Offenders

Among the eight registered sex offenders, three have been identified as Level 3 violators meaning they have a “high risk of re-offense.”

Some, including these particular three, have reportedly been put up in a Holiday Inn Express.

It gets worse.

WIVB 4 reports: “All three of the level 3 sex offenders staying at the Holiday Inn Express have been convicted for the rape of minors.”

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How Could This Happen?

This is part of the problem in issuing blanket orders to release criminals as a means to halt the spread of coronavirus – a tactic championed by politically divided individuals as far wide as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex and President Trump himself.

These three individuals technically met Cuomo’s criteria of having only violated parole for ‘non-serious reasons.’

But their original punishable violations were not taken into account.

DOCCS, in a statement to News 8, explained that they were released due to a “review of the underlying technical violation, not the original crime.”

Rape of a minor is a hell of a thing to simply ignore when deciding who gets released.

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Justifiable Outrage

Patrick Phelan, the Chief of Police in Greece, New York, is justifiably outraged over the release of very serious felons.

“We weren’t told by anyone,” Phelan told WIVB. “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.”

The police chief also noted that the Monroe County Jail release of over fifty prisoners makes little sense because there has been no evidence of coronavirus in the facility.

“They don’t have the virus in the jail,” he explained. “There’s zero cases.”

And yet, Cuomo’s DOCCS still insists they took action as a means to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“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,” they wrote in a statement.

“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.”

No, it’s an over-reaction and a very ill-advised and ill-researched move in trying to placate the Governor.

Will the media continue to report on Cuomo’s leadership and preparedness in a positive light considering this news?

Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox... More about Rusty Weiss

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