E-mail points to outright ban on masks in jail housing unit


ALFRED, Maine (AP) — An email points to an outright ban on masks in housing units in a jail dealing with a coronavirus outbreak. The jail became a hotspot for coronavirus infections after an employee who attended a wedding in the Katahdin region spread the virus. The jail could’ve made things worse with its policies. The email said inmates were not permitted to bring masks into any housing unit. After the first cases at the jail, the Maine Department of Corrections reviewed 14 other jails in the state and found that four did not require inmates to wear face masks. Corrections Commissioner Randall Liberty said deficiencies are being addressed.