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Inmates intentionally catch coronavirus to force their release

Inmates intentionally catch coronavirus to force their release”

The activity came to light as prison officials investigated a broader spike in Covid-19 cases behind bars, with almost 40% of those incarcerated in Los Angeles County now in quarantine.

The inmates denied trying to infect themselves when questioned by investigators, he said.

Since realizing COVID-19 was underway, headed into our lives, facilities, jails, and daily operations, Sheriff Alex Villanueva directed Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees to take precautionary measures for everyone's protection, including those in our custody environment.Today, Sheriff Villanueva spoke about a unsafe trend in our jail system: Inmates deliberately trying to catch COVID-19, in hopes of early release.

In California, five inmates in a state prison in San Bernardino County have died from COVID-19 complications and outbreaks at federal penitentiaries at Terminal Island in San Pedro and Lompoc are considered among the country's worst. As authorities were investigating that incident, they found out about a second case where inmates were sipping from the same container of water in late April.

Since the start of the pandemic, 357 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 inside the jails. On Monday, the jails that usually have 17,000 inmates instead held fewer than 12,000.

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"Somehow there was some mistaken belief among the inmate population that if they tested positive there was some way that it would force our hands and release inmates", said LA County sheriff Alex Villaneuva. Not to mention the inmates were not actively practicing physical distancing.

Prison reform advocates denied the claim, and accused Villanueva of seeking to "demonise incarcerated people".

The video came from the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic and reportedly shows inmates huddled together and passing a mask around that they hoped would help them become infected. No inmates have admitted to a scheme.

"Lo and behold, we stumbled across footage that was very troubling to us", Chase said to the AP.

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