Daniel Hernandez, aka Tekashi 6ix9nie, walked out of federal prison on Thursday. The 23-year-old rapper will serve the final four months of his 2-year sentence in home confinement. The rapper was initially set to be released around August.
Even though discharging criminals from the jails is usually unpopular with law enforcement, but thanks to a nationwide effort to cut down the risk of coronavirus outbreak at jails and prisons, he got an early release. Tekashi’s lawyer successfully argued the rapper has asthma, so he is highly susceptible to COVID-19.
Harvey Weinstein, another high profile inmate, reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus last week. R.kelly and Bill Cosby are petitioning for home confinement too, so far without any success.
States Across the USA Are Releasing Prisoners
The New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, last week announced at least 900 prisoners had been released because of the Coronavirus pandemic. States across the USA have begun releasing inmates, hoping to avoid the mistakes done by the New York system. Rikers Island complex’s top doctor said the jail is a “public health disaster unfolding before our eyes”.
On Tuesday, the Legal Aid Society published a report indicating that there were at least 180 cases of COVID-19 in New York City jails.
Tekashi Had Connections With A Gang
The rapper was convicted in November 2018. The rapper had involvement in the Nine Trey Bloods gangs. He was charged with racketeering, drug trafficking, and firearm offences. Tekashi became famous with the “Soundcloud rap explosion”, he is well known for his bizarre persona.
Although he worked with the federal officials in their investigation for his gang in exchange for reduced prison time, he didn’t enter a witness protection program. The rapper’s term was reduced when he flipped on his gang associates.
The USA is going through a tough time; there are more than 200,000 confirmed cases as of today.