Even the most ardent supporters of criminal justice reform among New York City’s District Attorneys are objecting to a plan by Mayor Bill De Blasio to release hundreds of inmates from the city’s jails, including several deemed to be high risk offenders by prosecutors.
The NY Post reports the five DA’s in the city have penned a letter to De Blasio outlining their objections and concerns to his plan, which he says would only release non-violent offenders and those with little time remaining on their sentences.
“Our review of the lists provided to date has led us to consent to the release of many hundreds of individuals due to their age and/or health condition; the nature of their charged crime; or the length of their remaining sentence,” reads the letter to Hizzoner and DOC Commissioner Cynthia Brann.
“At the same time, we want to make clear that the categories of those proposed for release have, in some instances, included individuals who pose a high risk to public safety,” the letter says.
The joint missive goes on to that “in those instances” the DA’s “have communicated our concerns, but these concerns have not always been heeded.”
“As an example, when we learned last week that [Brann] was about to use her authority to order an across-the-board release of hundreds of inmates serving city sentences, we were assured that the release would not include those serving time for domestic violence or sex offenses, given the risks to victims,” the letter states. “Unfortunately, we later learned that such individuals were indeed included in the ranks of those to be released.”