“I’m fighting to actually change the officer-to-inmate ratio, and this virus actually gives them a greater cause to actually make that happen sooner than later,” he told me. “The inmate population now is less than it’s been in decades, and we have 5,400 inmates and we have about 15,000 beds. So they can actually space out the inmates. We have more than enough real estate on and off Rikers Island to do that, which will, again, decrease the chances of this virus catching hold in such a contained environment as a jail.”

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