GREECE, N.Y. (WROC) – The release of 51 inmates from Monroe County Jail on Saturday was not settling news to hear for the Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich.
Reilich said he is calling on Monroe County Sheriff Baxter and all law enforcement agencies to join him in contacting Governor Andrew Cuomo and insisting he returns the inmates to their cells at Monroe County Jail.
“I think it’s being cautious and the safety of my residents is the number one priority,” said Reilich.
51 total low-level technical parole violators were released from Monroe County jail. 9 Inmates will be staying at the Greece holiday in express, including four registered offenders, leading the town to send alerts to residents.
“This morning we sent out the notification that we normally would when a sex offender moves into your neighborhood, to notify the residents so they could be aware of what’s going on,” said Reilich.
The department of corrections and community supervision made the move in response to COVID-19 outbreaks in local jails. In a statement they said; “…this measure will further protect a vulnerable populations from contraction and transmitting this infectious disease.”
But Reilich thinks the move was not necessary and he believes the jails could have handled a potential outbreak without releasing prisoners.
“The jail was doing a fine job of ensuring that there was no virus in the jail and at this point if had we run into that situation certain measure would have been taken. We’re not in that situation,” said Reilich.
Again these inmates are low-level technical parole, violators, and will still be under the rules of their parole.
None of the 51 inmates released showed signs of illness.