Los Angeles County authorities released about 1,700 people from prison because of the coronavirus situation, and New York City authorities are preparing to release 300 prisoners.
“We released about 1,700 prisoners and reduced the number of people in prisons by about 10%,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference broadcast on the Sheriff Department’s Facebook page. At the same time, he assured that the authorities “under no circumstances” would release from prison people who have committed serious crimes and pose a security threat. According to him, the authorities have opened special shelters for those prisoners who do not have a home.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that ” no one over the age of 70 or with health problems should be in prison now.” “I’m going to immediately release about 300 people who have committed minor crimes and non-violent crimes,” the mayor said in a statement on Twitter.
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new COVID-19 coronavirus infection a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 372 thousand people have been infected in the world, and more than 16 thousand have died.