Inmates Begin Cloth Face Mask Production at the Oneida County Jail

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, the Programs Unit at the Oneida County Jail is excited and proud to announce that inmates at the jail have begun making cloth face masks as our community continues to do all we can to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Typically, the sewing program at the jail has annually made adult and child blankets, of which all were always donated to various shelters and homeless veterans organizations near the end of each year.

With the immediate need for masks for both first responders & front line essential personnel, along with others in the county, the Programs Unit at the county correctional facility decided to shift their efforts to cloth mask production.

The Sheriff’s Office Community Affairs Unit is also happy to announce the donation of several packages of flat bed sheet sets from both the New Hartford and Rome Walmart stores along with Target in New Hartford. The flat bed sheet material will be used to produce the masks. A huge thank you goes out to these stores for their generous contributions.

The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the inmates who are glad and excited to participate in this important initiative – it’s a great way for them to make a positive contribution to the community.