Mayor sees recidivism among released inmates during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 12:55 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 13:42:47-04

NEW YORK — Several inmates who have been released from jails amid the COVID-19 pandemic are committing new crimes, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

“I think it's unconscionable just on a human level that folks were shown mercy and this is what some of them have done,” de Blasio said during his COVID-19 press briefing.

“We do see some recidivism. I don't have the exact numbers, we see some, I've not seen a huge amount, but any amount is obviously troubling.”

About 1,400 people have been released from jails because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

About 50 of those inmates have been sent back to jail, New York Post reported.

NYPD Transit said police had arrested a man several times after he had been released from jail due to coronavirus fears. Darryl Naser was released from jail on March 27 and allegedly broke into a closed newsstand at a subway station days later, police said.

Since then, he had been arrested three more times, NYPD Transit tweeted.

Despite seeing the recidivism of several inmates, de Blasio commended the NYPD for driving down crime these last few months and they're going to keep doing that.

“If anyone commits the kind of crime they have to be rearrested, of course they will be. If they have to be re-incarcerated they will be.”