When a Bronx, New York, man was sentenced to 364 days on Rikers Island for causing the death of a father of two with a single punch, the victim’s younger sister, LaTor Scott, thought that was the last her family would have to deal with her brother’s killer. Now, the man who threw the punch that killed her brother has been released without completing his sentence, as jail officials releases offenders — some of them convicted of violent crimes — in an effort to fight the novel coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, that was first detected inside the facility on March 18. The virus entered the walls of Rikers Island, one of the world’s largest correctional facilities, infecting inmates, correction officers and staffers by the dozen. Officials with the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), and the city’s prosecutors’ offices worked together to release as many detainees as possible in order to prevent the spread. The five district attorneys and the special narcotics prosecutor agreed to release individuals because of their age, health conditions, the nature of their charged crime or the length of their remaining sentence. However, in a March 30 joint letter sent


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