Judge Denies Release of Rikers Island Inmates due to Coronavirus Concerns


Several Rikers Island Inmates Denied Request for Release amid COVID-19 Concerns

Several Rikers Island inmates were denied the request for a release amid the spread of coronavirus in one of the most significant correctional facilities.

Jagger Freeman and Christopher Ransom, charged in connection to the friendly fire death of an NYPD detective, were denied request along with 19 other inmates.

Queen Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder denied their release Wednesday and cited that there was a lack of enough proof that their detention was not constitutional. Separately, Queens Supreme Court Justice Marcia Hirsh denied the release of Freeman on Tuesday.

Weeks after the novel coronavirus was first reported in the facility, several officials worked together to release more than 1,000 inmates. Such an effort would help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the facility.

As of Tuesday, 330 inmates had been diagnosed with the virus.

Among the inmates who secured release were those with a high risk of contracting the virus because of having underlying conditions or age, and served sentences of less than a year or were detained for parole or probation violations.