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Rikers inmates freed due to coronavirus staying at Manhattan hotel

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Some inmates released from Rikers Island amid the coronavirus outbreak are being housed at a shuttered Manhattan hotel, The Post has learned.
At least 61 rooms of the Radisson Hotel on Williams Street in the Financial District were being given to newly freed jailbirds, sources said.
A worker told The Post the hotel was closed, but that they were “housing a group of people” — and security guards were stationed at the entrance Saturday.
The repurposed accommodation was one of at least four hotels being used to board inmates, who are also being gifted free cellphones and cab fare as they leave the island, sources have told The Post.
Repurposed accommodation was one of at least four hotels being used to board inmates.
The inmates were being housed at the hotel so they can be “closely monitored in an isolated setting” amid the pandemic, a City Hall spokeswoman said.
The city has already released hundreds of inmates from custody in DOC jails, dropping the population from about 5,200 to 4,860 by the end of the week.
The mayor was also preparing Saturday to release teen inmates from city facilities, including Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx and Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, sources told The Post.
More the 100 inmates have tested positive for the deadly virus as the numbers of cases within city jails rise, city records show.

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