I firmly believe that releasing any rightfully incarcerated individuals due to the Covid situation is a huge mistake and shouldn’t even be thought of.
That being said, I find this post distasteful. You don’t know what Dawkins is advocating for(as you stated yourself) and your assumption that he isn’t smart after reading one piece of writing/seeing the results of a completely arbitrary testing process seems very unfair. Don’t assume his motives and then attack his intelligence.
As for the discussion of releasing prisoners due to covid:
I think the question has to be asked as to why prisoners are incarcerated to begin with. I think the easiest answer, that many would agree with, is that their actions have deemed them a threat to themselves and/or society. With that being the basis for their incarceration, I don’t see releasing them when society is at its most vulnerable as being a good call.
Its also worth noting, as anyone familiar with social work/law enforcement in general would testify, that a huge portion of released inmates have a lot of trouble finding basic necessities such as housing, clothing, and food upon their initial re-entry into society. How much more so in the crazy world we live in now when human services are running over capacity (if at all) and society as a whole is barely producing the necessary things for those already active members.
In that sense, assuming probably safety measures are taken, I think Jails may end up being as safe, or safer for those people.