Bill De Blasio States New York City is Safer due to Releasing Inmates Early; FACT CHECKED

In a press conference today, New York City mayor Bill De Blasio said:

We now have fewer people in our jails than any time since WW2, and we are safer for it and better for it.

Bill De Blasio

Fact checked; The city is not safer, it’s actually the opposite:

New York City shootings are up 130% compared to this time last year. When averaging all metrics, crime is up roughly 200% compared to this time last year.

50 of the 1500 inmates released early already got caught committing crime again. The epidemic is amid New York City’s recent police de-funding measures, as a part of the war on police and Black Lives Matter movement.