INMATES at a California jail are “deliberately” trying to catch the coronavirus in order to gain an early release, a local sheriff has claimed.
Security videos from the North County Correctional Facility appear to show inmates sharing containers of water and breathing into the same face mask, according to Castaic-based Sheriff Alex Villanueva
A man can be seen filling up a container from a water stationSheriff Alex Villanueva said the actions are part of a ploy for inmates to get sick.
“It’s sad to think that someone deliberately tried to expose themselves to COVID-19,” Villanueva said during one of his virtual weekly press conferences conducted at the Sherman Block Building in Monterey Park. “Somehow there was some mistaken belief among the inmate population that if they tested positive that there was a way to force our hand and somehow release more inmates out of our jail environment — and that’s not gonna happen.”
In one video, believed to have been taken on April 15, three inmates appear to share a Styrofoam cup and breathe into the same face mask.
He then appears to share it out with other inmates
The Sheriff says inmates can be seen sharing water
In one of the modules, 21 inmates tested positive
Calls for jails to early release some prisoners have been widespread
But the Sheriff claims some of these inmates are purposefully trying to catch the virusIn a second video, dated April 26, inmates can be seen swigging from the same container.
In April, a coronavirus outbreak in the jail resulted in 21 of around 50 inmates in one module testing positive.
More than 350 inmates have tested positive in jails across LA County, with the number of cases tripling since April.
Calls for jails to release non violent offenders early have been widespread, as the number of coronavirus cases in the prison system climbs.