(CNN)The Legal Aid Society won the release of 51 individuals detained at Rikers Island on non-criminal, technical parole violations due to their age or underlying medical conditions, according to an order and a press release provided by Legal Aid.
51 additional people released from Rikers Island due to underlying health concern
The violations of which they are accused include missing a curfew, failing to report, or failing to notify their parole officer of an address change among other things, the press release said.
The suit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court in Bronx County, is the fourth complaint filed by Legal Aid.
In the order dated Monday, Justice Ralph Fabrizio writes, "The seriousness of this health crisis in terms of this writ was tragically and dramatically demonstrated even before the parties appeared for their virtual court appearance at 9:30 a.m. on April 8, 2020," when a local New York City paper reported a detainee had died at Rikers as a result of Covid-19 complications.
The order noted that the inmate named in the newspaper report was one of the petitioners in the writ. The Department of Corrections directed CNN to the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice for comment. That office referred CNN to the New York City Law Department for comment.