Tekashi 6ix9ine is reportedly trying to get out of prison early because he’s afraid of catching Coronavirus. TMZ reports that the rapper’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro wrote a letter to judge Englemayer citing 6ix9ine’s preexisting medical conditions in the hopes of earning him an early release.
According to Lazzaro’s letter, 6ix9ine suffers from asthma — a condition which poses a heightened risk for those with Coronavirus. Lazzaro cites that 6ix9ine had to be hospitalized last year in order to receive treatment for bronchitis and sinusitis because his asthma posed complications.
Furthermore, Lazzaro says that 6ix9ine has recently been experiencing shortness of breath, which is one of the symptoms of Coronavirus. However, he claims prison officials haven’t allowed the rapper to receive medical care.
Back in December, 6ix9ine was sentenced to 24 months in prison with five years supervised release in his gun and racketeering trial. He was credited with 13 months time served and is expected to be released August 2.
The fear of Coronavirus spreading among inmates has spurred several US prisons and jails to offer some of their offenders early release. Meek Mill’s REFORM Alliance recently unveiled their S.A.F.E.R. Plan, which includes guidelines on how prisons and government officials can protect prisoners and prison staff from spreading the virus. Under the S.A.F.E.R. Plan, REFORM advised US governors to suspend probation visits, technical violations and all fines and fees. The plan also recommended that governors find alternative measures for imprisonment, provide additional precautions for prison staff, release vulnerable and elderly inmates to home confinement and provide free medical visits to prisoners.
“As our country takes measures to protect against Coronavirus, we can’t afford to forget about the millions of people under the control of our criminal justice system,” REFORM Alliance’s chief advocacy officer Jessica Jackson said in a statement. “People in prisons, jails, or under community supervision are more at risk of contracting and spreading the virus, given their age, underlying health conditions and close contact to each other. Protecting these individuals from Coronavirus is not just a moral obligation, but necessary to preserve the health and safety of our communities.”