LA Inmates Inmates Tried to Give Themselves Virus – Sheriffs

THE SHERRIF SAID MONDAY THAT INMATES TRIED TO INFECT THEMSELVES WITH THE NEW CORONAVIRUS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY JAILS.

The county has been taking steps since March to reduce the population in its jails as sheriff’s deputies are citing and releasing suspects more often. Inmates with less than 30 days left to serve are being released.

Officials said there was some mistaken belief among the inmate population that if they tested positive that there was a way to release more inmates out of our jail environment.

Surveillance videos show inmates breathing into or sniffing from a single facemask they passed around. Others took turns drinking from a container

Inmates also tried to raise their body temperatures by drinking hot water before being checked by a nurse. Within a week, 21 of about 50 inmates in one module at the Castaic correctional facility had tested positive for the virus.

Inmates with less than 30 days left to serve are being released. On Monday, the jails that usually have 17,000 inmates instead held fewer than 12,000. The reduction may not be happening quickly enough for some inmates.

On Monday, the jails that usually have 17,000 inmates instead held fewer than 12,000. The reduction may not be happening quickly enough for some inmates.

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