California inmates deliberately infect themselves with the coronavirus in hopes of being released from prison.
May 12, 2020
North County Correctional Facility have released surveillance footage that shows inmates appearing to share a bottle of hot water and breathing into the same face masks to deliberately contract the coronavirus in hopes to be set free.
According to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, an inmate is seen using a hot water dispensary to pour water inside of a bottle and sharing it with other inmates.
“Under normal circumstances, no one would be doing that anyway, particularly when everyone has the same access to the water and to all the different supplies… no one shares this,” Villanueva said, as he described the video footage.
“Right after this video was taken, a nurse came up to take temperatures. And with the hot water they’re trying to falsely elevate their temperature readings to generate a symptom for COVID-19,” he explained.
In another part of the video, inmates are seen “sniffing out of a common mask” while passing it from person to person. The video also shows them sharing Styrofoam cups.
“It’s sad to think that some would deliberately try to expose themselves to COVID-19,” Villanueva said.
Within a week of these videos, which were taken in mid April, a total of 21 inmates tested positive for the coronavirus.
Villanueva called the incident “deeply disturbing.”
“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,” the Sheriff said.
Recently, California governor Gavin Newsom approved the release of some 3,500 “non-violent” inmates back into society.
Other states across America have also released or are planning to release thousands of inmates out of fear of the coronavirus.