A Madison County Prison has confiscated face masks from all prisoners and isn’t planning to hand them new ones amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the fact that at least one confirmed case has been recorded at the detention facility, officials maintained their decision to ban face masks inside the jail: “You give them face masks with a nose piece, metal pieces in them; they’re going to eat them. They’re going to swallow them,” Brent Patterson, the county sheriff’s office spokesman said.
“It’s ridiculous,” Courtney Moore, a 33-year-old man who was arrested at a demonstration late June, said of his mask being confiscated after his arrest: “I was exposed to an unsafe condition. I think that is very, very irresponsible of them.”