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Mask Making Initiative

 Inmates at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility are currently busy making hundreds of cloth masks for distribution to other incarcerated individuals, the County’s law enforcement officials, and for essential workers in Suffolk County. 


The program is led by several Suffolk County Correction Officers, who just happened to have the skills to operate the jail’s industrial-sized sewing machines, along with a group of female inmates who expressed an interest to learn and assist in the sewing effort. So far, they have made more than 20,000 cloth face coverings.

To assist with this effort, the Sheriff’s Office is requesting donations of cotton cloth and elastic for the ear loops that are either 1/8” or 3 mm flat or round, white or black, woven or braided elastic in spools of any length. Anyone wishing to make a donation may contact Lieutenant Adeline Kuhnle, the project leader for the initiative, at

We will be supplying masks to the community as long as we have the supplies to make them.  If your organization or small business would like to request some masks, send us an email to

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