Los Angeles-Inmates at the Los Angeles County Jail are trying to infect themselves with the coronavirus so they could be released early.
Last month, groups inside of the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, CA were drinking from the same water bottle, and were using the one face mask before passing it to the next guy according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who released footage surveillance on Monday.
The county has had 357 positive tests among inmates and that had tripled since the end of April. They previously released some inmates in response to concerns regarding the pandemic.
“It’s sad to think that someone deliberately tried to expose themselves to covid-19,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at the Monday news conference. “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 going to happen.” He added, “It’s dismaying and disheartening.”
While it’s unclear if inmates at North County Correctional Facility knew someone was sick when they were sharing water and a mask, the surveillance footage captured groups ignoring social distancing in an effort to try to get the coronavirus, the sheriff said.