International news and guidance on COVID-19 and prisons

18 Mar 2020

We are compiling a list of news articles, guidance and other resources from around the world on COVID-19 and prisons. This will be updated regularly.

International resources

WEPHREN are collating guidance and other resources on managing COVID-19 in prisons and places of detention from various countries and organisations which can be found here.

The ICPA has a resource page here 

Prison Insider is collating information on the measures being taken in different countries here

COVID-19 Behind Bars is an independent journalism project tracking jails, prisons, detention centers, and other facilities of incarceration impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Link here

The European Prison Observatory has a webpage on COVID-19: What is happening in European Prisons? which can be found here

The Association for the Prevention of Torture has developed a Covid-19 And Persons Deprived Of Liberty Information Hub available here

Europris have a dedicated COVID-19 page here

The Amend Team is developing real-time strategies and guidance for correctional facilities grappling with the life threatening challenges of COVID-19 here

The Fair Trials Covid-19 Justice Project can be found here

Information on measures being taken by different countries in dealing with the pandemic in prisons can be found here

Justice Project Pakistan has produced a live global map which is tracking reported cases of prisoners testing positive and dying of the virus across the world. You can view the map here

Policy statements and guidance

The WHO has issued guidance on Preventing COVID-19 outbreak in prisons which can be found here

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture has issued a statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which can be found here

Penal Reform International have produced a briefing note on Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison here

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a statement here

UNODC has published a position paper on Position Paper on COVID-19 preparedness and responses in prisons here

On 23 March the Regional Penitentiary Academy for Latin America organised a virtual conference of senior prison administrators in the region to discuss the issue of Covid 19 and to learn from each other about initiatives to manage the situation in prisons. Professor Andrew Coyle was invited to set the scene for the conference and a copy of his statement is available here

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has published a report on COVID - 19 and Prisons in the Commonwealth: Ensuring An Effective Response here

Children in detention are at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and should be released: Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore here

 

News 29 May

Africa

Ghana - GHS partners correctional facilities to fortify prisons against Covid-19

https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/national/ghs-partners-correctional-facilities-to-fortify-prisons-against-covid-19/

Liberia - UNDP Representative Wants Prison Facilities Decongested

https://www.liberianobserver.com/news/security/undp-representative-wants-prison-facilities-decongested/

Malawi Red Cross Targets Nsanje Prison With Coronavirus Preventive Messages

https://allafrica.com/stories/202005280800.html

Americas

Canada - 9 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in B.C. as major prison outbreak declared over

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-covid-19-update-may-28-1.5589129

US - Is COVID-19 Falling Harder on Black Prisoners? Officials Won’t Tell Us.

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/28/is-covid-19-falling-harder-on-black-prisoners-officials-won-t-tell-us

US - In Prison, Even Social Distancing Rules Get Weaponized

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/28/in-prison-even-social-distancing-rules-get-weaponized

US - Formerly Incarcerated People Talk About Life In Coronavirus-Stricken Prisons

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/formerly-incarcerated-people-coronavirus_n_5ed0344ac5b6ea9ffb6ee485?ri18n=true

US - Colorado released 290 inmates under governor’s executive order — less than 2% of prison population

https://www.fortmorgantimes.com/2020/05/28/colorado-prison-release-coronavirus/

US - Virginia begins releasing new data about COVID-19 in prisons

https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Virginia-begins-releasing-new-data-about-COVID-19-in-prisons-570850531.html

US (Texas) - 10,000 TX Inmates Granted Parole, Can’t Leave Prison

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/05/28/10000-tx-inmates-granted-parole-cant-leave-prison/

US - Medically vulnerable prisoners sue Colorado prison system over coronavirus threat, lack of care

https://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/2020/05/28/coronavirus-colorado-prisoners-lawsuit/

US - ACLU-NJ: Lifesaving Bill Would Slow Coronavirus Spread by Lowering Prison Population in NJ, Which Has Country’s Highest Death Rate from COVID-19

https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/aclu-nj-lifesaving-bill-slow-coronavirus-spread-lowering-prison-population-nj-countrys-highest-death-rate-covid-19/

Asia

India - Emergency parole of 900 convicts extended by 8 weeks

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/emergency-parole-of-900-convicts-extended-by-8-weeks/article31698974.ece

India - Two inmates each of Madurai, Tirunelveli prisons test positive

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/two-inmates-each-of-madurai-tirunelveli-prisons-test-positive/articleshow/76079595.cms

Lebanese MPs fail to reach agreement on draft amnesty law

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/legal/story/Lebanese_MPs_fail_to_reach_agreement_on_draft_amnesty_law-SNG_175605107/

Yemen - Human rights organisation: 10,000 detainees in Houthi prisons at risk of coronavirus infection

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200529-human-rights-organisation-10000-detainees-in-houthi-prisons-at-risk-of-coronavirus-infection/

Europe

England and Wales - Criminology students send ‘distraction packs’ to inmates at 25 prisons

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/university-of-suffolk-criminology-course-coronavirus-prison-packs-1-6673961

 

News 28 May 

Africa

Eighth death from medical negligence reported in Egypt's prisons

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/5/27/eighth-death-from-medical-negligence-reported-in-egypts-prisons

Americas

COVID-19 Has Reached Haiti’s Overcrowded Prisons. Some Fear A Human Rights Disaster

https://haitiantimes.com/2020/05/27/covid-19-has-reached-haitis-overcrowded-prisons-some-fear-a-human-rights-disaster/

More people are dying in American prisons – here’s how they face the end of their lives

https://theconversation.com/more-people-are-dying-in-american-prisons-heres-how-they-face-the-end-of-their-lives-138701

US - Jay-Z-Backed Suit Says Company Downplayed Prison Virus Risks

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-05-27/jay-z-backed-lawsuit-says-company-downplayed-prison-virus-risks

US - Designing for Decarceration in a Pandemic

https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14645-designing-for-decarceration-in-a-pandemic

US - Inmates: 'inhumane conditions' at California prison amid COVID-19

https://www.ktvu.com/news/inmates-inhumane-conditions-at-california-prison-amid-covid-19

Asia

Cambodia - Crowded prisons will set free 10,000 inmates

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/crowded-prisons-will-set-free-10000-inmates

How the pandemic has affected India’s overcrowded prisons

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/how-pandemic-has-affected-india-s-overcrowded-prisons-125448

Europe

Alarm over five suicides in six days at prisons in England and Wales

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/28/alarm-over-five-suicides-in-six-days-at-prisons-in-england-and-wales

Experience of health professionals, police staff and prisoners in Italy informs WHO COVID-19 guidelines for prisons

http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/italy/news/news/2020/5/experience-of-health-professionals,-police-staff-and-prisoners-in-italy-informs-who-covid-19-guidelines-for-prisons

 

News 27 May

Covid-19 Prisoner Releases Too Few, Too Slow

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/05/27/covid-19-prisoner-releases-too-few-too-slow

Africa

Kenya - Measures Put In Place To Combat The Spread Of Covid-19 In Prisons

https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/measures-put-in-place-to-combat-the-spread-of-covid-19-in-prisons/

Zambia - President Edgar Lungu Pardons 2,984 Prisoners

https://zambiareports.com/2020/05/22/president-edgar-lungu-pardons-2984-prisoners/

Americas

Canada - BC Corrections looks at extending early release to inmates serving no more than 60 days

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/bc-corrections-looks-at-extending-early-release-to-inmates-serving-no-more-than-60-days-1.24141249

US - No Photo ID, No Services: Coronavirus Poses Steep Hurdles After Prison

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/26/no-photo-id-no-services-coronavirus-poses-steep-hurdles-after-prison

US - In blow to DOJ, Supreme Court won't block order to move prisoners over coronavirus concerns

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-won-t-block-order-move-prisoners-ohio-over-n1215011

'She is worried': Pandemic raises fears for pregnant U.S. inmates

https://news.trust.org/item/20200527091721-vpex5/

US (North Carolina) - Inside A Federal Prison With A Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak, Compromised Men Beg For Help

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/butner-federal-prison-coronavirus-bop_n_5ec6a4c1c5b68eab33f8e2bd?ri18n=true

US - Confirmed COVID-19 cases increased 540% at Texas prison

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Confirmed-COVID-19-cases-increased-540-in-Texas-15296183.php

US (California) - More Testing Reveals Surging Virus Outbreaks At CA Prisons, With More Likely To Follow

https://witnessla.com/more-testing-reveals-surging-outbreaks-at-new-prisons-with-more-likely-to-follow/

Asia

Cambodia - Thai embassy helps prisons prevent coronavirus spread

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50727197/thai-embassy-helps-prisons-prevent-coronavirus-spread/

India - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Over 18,000 inmates to be released to ensure social distancing

https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/over-18000-maharashtra-jail-inmates-to-be-released

Philippines - COVID-19 cases in prisons jump to 194; 161 are inmates

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/05/27/2016915/covid-19-cases-prisons-jump-194-161-are-inmates

Europe

England and Wales - Dramatic leap in prison staff reported with Covid after MoJ change reporting method

https://www.thejusticegap.com/dramatic-leap-in-prison-staff-reported-with-covid-after-moj-change-reporting-method/

Turkey - 'Who Talks Wears the Mask': Eight Prisoners Given One Mask at Bayburt Prison, Says HDP MP

http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/224781-who-talks-wears-the-mask-eight-prisoners-given-one-mask-at-bayburt-prison-says-hdp-mp

Oceania

Australia - Aboriginal people in prison and out-of-home care suffering under 'punitive' Covid-19 restrictions

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/27/aboriginal-people-in-prison-and-out-of-home-care-suffering-under-punitive-covid-19-restrictions

 

23 – 26 May

Africa

Morocco prisoners make masks for fellow inmates

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1678601/middle-east

South Africa - Coronavirus: Another inmate dies at East London prison

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/coronavirus-another-inmate-dies-at-east-london-prison-20200525

South Africa - Correctional services department records 709 Covid-19 cases

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-05-24-correctional-services-department-records-709-covid-19-cases/

South Africa - Covid-19: Lockdown makes access to justice for prisoners even more difficult

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-05-25-covid-19-lockdown-makes-access-to-justice-for-prisoners-even-more-difficult/

Americas

Deaths in Brazilian prisons increased by 33 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic but only four were tied to the deadly virus as prisoner advocacy group calls for investigation

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8348507/Brazil-prison-deaths-increase-33-percent-COVID-19-pandemic-four-tied-virus.html

Canada - Confinement within confinement: It’s time to end medical isolation in prisons

https://ricochet.media/en/3141/confinement-within-confinement-its-time-to-end-medical-isolation-in-prisons

Thirty six inmates test positive for coronavirus in Salvadoran prisons

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-elsalvador/thirty-six-inmates-test-positive-for-coronavirus-in-salvadoran-prisons-idUKKBN23208O

US - Ohio's prison system has the most virus deaths, starts reopening anyways

https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/ohios-prison-system-has-the-most-virus-deaths-starts-reopening-anyways

US - Pennsylvania prisons to begin lifting lock downs without universal testing

https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-state-prison-corrections-coronavirus-pandemic-covid-sci-huntingdon-community-spread-reopening-20200522.html

US - As COVID-19 Cuts Deadly Path Through Indiana Prisons, Inmates Say Symptoms Ignored

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/26/861223677/as-covid-19-cuts-deadly-path-through-indiana-prisons-inmates-say-symptoms-ignore?t=1590487681111

US - Alabama prisons releasing some inmates early amid COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.alreporter.com/2020/05/22/alabama-prisons-to-release-some-inmates-early-amid-covid-19-outbreak/

US - Colorado corrections facilities see high rates of COVID infections; hundreds of prisoner deaths predicted

https://gazette.com/premium/colorado-corrections-facilities-see-high-rates-of-covid-infections-hundreds-of-prisoner-deaths-predicted/article_6eb6b288-9c8a-11ea-9527-8fff37da8c85.html

US - As North Dakota slashes its prison population amid pandemic, other states lag behind

https://www.inforum.com/news/crime-and-courts/6503997-As-North-Dakota-slashes-its-prison-population-amid-pandemic-other-states-lag-behind

Asia

Bangladesh - 4 more jail guards, an inmate test Covid-19 positive

https://www.thedailystar.net/coronavirus-deadly-new-threat/news/4-more-jail-guards-inmate-test-covid-19-positive-1905412

India - Convicts aged above 60 to get emergency parole: Delhi Prisons officials

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/convicts-aged-above-60-to-get-emergency-parole-delhi-prisons-officials-6423925/

India - COVID-19: At Least Three Die in Maharashtra Prisons

https://thewire.in/rights/covid-19-at-least-three-die-in-maharashtra-prisons

India - Covid-19: Yerawada Central Prison releases 1,000 inmates

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/yerawada-central-prison-releases-1000-inmates/articleshow/75927540.cms

Indonesia - COVID-19: ICRC expands material support to prisons in West Java and Banten

https://reliefweb.int/report/indonesia/covid-19-icrc-expands-material-support-prisons-west-java-and-banten

Indonesia's unconscionable prisoner policy

https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2020/05/25/indonesias-unconscionable-prisoner-policy.html

Nepal - Inmates at risk of contracting coronavirus in Kathmandu valley

https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/inmates-at-risk-of-contracting-coronavirus-in-kathmandu-valley/

Covid-19 infections surpass 300 in Pakistan prison

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/covid-19-infections-surpass-300-in-pakistan-prison/story-avPB5VxpyKbVOyDHyalW1L.html

Pakistan - Authorities understating corona infections in prisons: JPP

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2227611/1-authorities-understating-corona-infections-prisons-jpp/

Group calls for transparency in jail reports as coronavirus hits Philippine prisons

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/05/25/2016407/group-calls-transparency-jail-reports-coronavirus-hits-philippine-prisons

Philippines - 517 prisoners in BJMP facilities positive for coronavirus

https://www.rappler.com/nation/261975-prisoners-bjmp-facilities-positive-coronavirus-may-19-2020

UAE - Coronavirus: Dubai's main prison frees hundreds to reduce population

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/coronavirus-dubai-s-main-prison-frees-hundreds-to-reduce-population-1.1024244

Europe

England and Wales - MPs, peers and bishops call on government to release more women from prison

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/29623

England and Wales - Recovery from prison lockdown will take up to 18 months

https://insidetime.org/recovery-from-prison-lockdown-will-take-up-to-18-months/

Nearly 1,000 Russian federal prison authority’s staff, over 200 inmates contract COVID-19

https://tass.com/society/1160071

Spain - Tensions over coronavirus boil over in violent weekend in Andalucia prison

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/05/26/tensions-over-coronavirus-boil-over-in-violent-weekend-in-andalucia-prison/

Contagion risk in Turkish prisons feared

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1679161/middle-east

 

News 22 May

Africa

Morocco Unveils Plan to Counter COVID-19 in Prisons, Support Inmates

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/303429/morocco-unveils-plan-to-counter-covid-19-in-prisons-support-inmates/

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 case confirmed at federal prison in Agassiz, B.C.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6970777/covid-19-case-federal-prison-agassiz-bc/

Canada - Advocates say Montreal inmate’s COVID-19 death highlights need for action

https://globalnews.ca/news/6969466/covid-quebec-jail-death/

Rival deadly gangs share the same prison cell: A look at El Salvador's controversial move

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/rival-deadly-gangs-share-same-prison-cell-look-el-salvador-n1211476

Coronavirus detected in Haiti's largest prison

https://www.france24.com/en/20200521-coronavirus-detected-in-haiti-s-largest-prison

US - Letting prisoners use cellphones makes sense – now more than ever

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/22/coronavirus-prisons-covid-pandemic-cellphones

Pregnant inmates languish in US prisons despite promises of release amid pandemic

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/us-prisons-pregnant-inmates-coronavirus-pandemic-release

US (Florida) - A COVID-19-positive inmate died after being transferred back to prison from the hospital. His daughter wants answers.

https://www.wftv.com/news/local/covid-19-positive-inmate-died-after-being-transferred-back-prison-hospital-his-daughter-wants-answers/7MU3FS6XCRAHZE732FTC337IJY/

US (Texas) - Inmates Being Granted ‘Compassionate Release’ From Federal Prison Hospital in Fort Worth

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/inmates-being-granted-compassionate-release-from-federal-prison-hospital-in-fort-worth/2373862/

US (Michigan) - Judge orders release of medically vulnerable Oakland County Jail inmates; sheriff pledges appeal

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/judge-orders-release-medically-vulnerable-oakland-county-jail-inmates-sheriff-pledges-appeal

Asia

Pakistan - ‘Covid-19 tests of prisoners being conducted’

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/662153-covid-19-tests-of-prisoners-being-conducted

UAE - Dubai prison: Virtual visits and court hearing amid virus crisis

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/dubai-prison-virtual-visits-court-hearing-amid-virus-001802581.html

Oceania

Australia - The people keeping COVID-19 out of prison

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-people-keeping-covid-19-out-of-prison-20200515-p54tg6.html

 

News 21 May

Africa

Nearly 3,600 convicts granted conditional release in Rwanda: official

http://famagusta-gazette.com/2020/05/21/nearly-3600-convicts-granted-conditional-release-in-rwanda-official/

Americas

Canada - Civil rights groups call for action after Bordeaux jail inmate dies from COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-inmate-dies-covid-19-1.5577736

US - What’s driving COVID-19 in prisons and jails—and how to fix it

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/ethics/what-s-driving-covid-19-prisons-and-jails-and-how-fix-it

US - Covid-19 cases concerning prisoners' rights hit the Supreme Court

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/21/politics/covid-19-supreme-court-prisoners-rights/index.html

US - Federal Judges Are Relying On Bureau Of Prisons COVID-19 Numbers To Make Rulings

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2020/05/20/federal-judges-are-relying-on-bureau-of-prisons-covid-19-numbers-to-make-rulings/#3d6d303012c7

US (Alabama) - COVID-19 cases among prison workers reach 36

https://www.alreporter.com/2020/05/20/covid-19-cases-among-prison-workers-reach-36/

US (Texas) - She walked out of jail into a pandemic. Now she can't find the help she needs to get back on her feet.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/20/texas-jail-prison-reentry-coronavirus/

US - Federal judge issues order regarding inmate releases at federal prison in Ohio

https://news.ballotpedia.org/2020/05/20/federal-judge-issues-order-regarding-inmate-releases-at-federal-prison-in-ohio/

US - California prisons to begin accepting inmates as coronavirus deaths mount in Chino

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-20/california-prisons-to-begin-accepting-inmates-as-coronavirus-deaths-mount-in-chino

US - I Was in a D.C. Jail as Coronavirus Hit. Anytime Someone Coughed, You Were Concerned

https://time.com/5836216/dc-prisons-coronavirus-inmate-stories/

US - Fewer people being released from Philly jails as pool of eligible cases shrinks

https://whyy.org/articles/fewer-people-being-released-from-philly-jails-as-pool-of-eligible-cases-shrinks/

Asia

Bangladesh - Covid-19: 38 prisoners, guards infected so far

https://www.dhakatribune.com/health/coronavirus/2020/05/20/covid-19-38-prisoners-guards-infected-so-far

India - Why freed prisoners are not jumping with joy 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/why-freed-prisoners-are-not-jumping-with-joy/articleshow/75774265.cms

India - Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and International Society of Criminology appeal to Government for release of Undertrials and Petty Offenders to avoid overcrowding during COVID 19

https://indiaeducationdiary.in/jindal-institute-of-behavioural-sciences-and-international-society-of-criminology-appeal-to-government-for-release-of-undertrials-and-petty-offenders-to-avoid-overcrowding-during-covid-19/

India - Delhi's Mandoli Prison Reports First Covid-19 Case Days After 17 People in Rohini Jail Found Positive

https://www.news18.com/news/india/delhis-mandoli-prison-reports-first-covid-19-case-days-after-17-people-in-rohini-jail-found-positive-2629819.html

Malaysia - Raya greetings go virtual at prisons as Covid-19 measures continue

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/05/21/raya-greetings-go-virtual-at-prisons-as-covid-19-measures-continue/

Philippines - Outbreak hits Laguna jail; tests start near Zambo prison

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1278441/outbreak-hits-laguna-jail-tests-start-near-zambo-prison

Thailand - Prison visits set to resume from June 1

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1921536/prison-visits-set-to-resume-from-june-1

Europe

England and Wales - Mother appeals for prisoner's temporary release on health grounds

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-52736234

Oceania

The push for prisoners in Australia to be released in case of second Covid-19 wave

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2020/may/21/the-push-for-prisoners-to-be-released-in-case-of-second-covid-19-wave-podcast

 

News 20 May

Africa

Nigeria - Group trains prison officers on sanctions for offenders amid pandemic

https://www.thecable.ng/group-trains-prison-officers-on-sanctions-for-offenders-amid-pandemic

South Africa - Thousands of parolees eligible for social relief grant

https://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/news/thousands-of-parolees-eligible-for-social-relief-grant-48050075

South Africa - Eastern Cape prison records 34 new Covid-19 infections, taking number of cases in SA prisons to 654

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-05-20-eastern-cape-prison-records-34-new-covid-19-infections-taking-number-of-cases-in-sa-prisons-to-654/

Americas

Coronavirus: Packed Brazilian jails lead to fears of calamity

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/coronavirus-packed-brazilian-jails-lead-to-fears-of-calamity-1.4257430

Cayman Islands - 2 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the prison

https://www.loopcayman.com/content/cayman-2-cases-covid-19-confirmed-prison

US - More than 600 new coronavirus cases reported at Michigan prison

https://eu.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/19/coronavirus-michigan-prison-gus-harrison-correctional-facility/5218969002/

US - Maine inmates say their rights were violated when state didn’t release them from prison

https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/19/news/state/maine-inmates-say-their-rights-were-violated-when-state-didnt-release-them-from-prison/

US (Connecticut) - Prison inmates with coronavirus told to shower outside

https://www.ctpost.com/news/coronavirus/article/Prison-inmates-with-coronavirus-told-to-shower-15280235.php

US - COVID-19 death toll in Texas prisons rises to nearly 40

https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/COVID-19-death-toll-in-Texas-prisons-rises-to-nearly-40-570594901.html

US - COVID-19 numbers quickly rising in Arizona prisons

https://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/investigations/covid-19-numbers-quickly-rising-in-arizona-prisons

US - 'They are setting us up for death': thousands of California prisoners battle Covid-19

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/20/california-prisons-covid-19-outbreak-deaths

Asia

Red Cross Concerned About Risk Of COVID-19 Spreading In Bangladeshi Prisons

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/red-cross-concerned-about-risk-of-covid-19-sp-924796.html

Singapore sentences man to death via Zoom call

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/singapore-sentences-man-to-death-via-zoom-call

Europe

Prisons in England and Wales hit by nearly 1,000 coronavirus cases

https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/19/prisons-england-wales-hit-nearly-1000-coronavirus-cases-12728938/

England and Wales - Dozens of coronavirus cases confirmed at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, figures show

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18460731.dozens-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-hmp-berwyn-wrexham-figures-show/

France - risons : « Si rien n’est fait, on risque de remonter très vite à un taux d’occupation inacceptable »

https://www.nouvelobs.com/justice/20200519.OBS29084/prisons-si-rien-n-est-fait-on-risque-de-remonter-tres-vite-a-un-taux-d-occupation-inacceptable.html

Over 150 Scots prisoners freed early to help contain spread of coronavirus

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/over-150-scots-prisoners-freed-18278864

Turkey stops testing prisoners for Covid-19 in notorious Silivri prison

https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-stops-testing-prisoners-for-covid-19-in-notorious-silivri-prison/

 

News 19 May

Africa

Nigeria - COVID-19: Inmates Awaiting Trial Languish In Ondo Prisons As Courts Remain Closed

http://saharareporters.com/2020/05/19/covid-19-inmates-awaiting-trial-languish-ondo-prisons-courts-remain-closed

South Africa - Why the release of 19,000 prisoners is a good thing

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-05-18-why-the-release-of-19000-prisoners-is-a-good-thing/

South Africa - Justice Department could scrap criminal records after lockdown

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/criminal-record-could-be-scrapped-after-lockdown-admission-of-guilt-2020/

Americas

El Salvador - Notorious rival gang members find a way to coexist inside overpopulated jail cells after Salvadoran president's crackdown on violence

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8332643/Notorious-rival-gang-members-way-coexist-inside-overpopulated-jail-cells-El-Salvador.html

Special Report: 'Death Sentence' - the hidden coronavirus toll in U.S. jails and prisons

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-jails-specailr/special-report-death-sentence-the-hidden-coronavirus-toll-in-u-s-jails-and-prisons-idUSKBN22U1V2

US - Will the Coronavirus Make Us Rethink Mass Incarceration?

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/25/will-the-coronavirus-make-us-rethink-mass-incarceration?

US (Texas) - Ninth inmate dies from coronavirus at FMC Fort Worth prison 

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/coronavirus/article242819616.html

US - Fourth inmate dies of COVID-19 at Kansas' largest prison

https://themercury.com/ap/state/fourth-inmate-dies-of-covid-19-at-kansas-largest-prison/article_bcb6da7c-62eb-53d7-afa8-bc5ddd7a747b.html

Asia

Cambodia - Justice Ministry: ‘Reforms’ Will Hasten Court Procedures to Reduce Prison Overcrowding

https://www.voacambodia.com/a/justice-ministry-reforms-will-hasten-court-procedures-to-reduce-prison-overcrowding-/5425872.html

India - Mumbai Central jail: ‘We didn’t sleep, sat in barracks to ensure we didn’t end up sleeping near an infected inmate’

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/arthur-road-jail-inmate-coronavirus-positive-covid-19-test-mumbai-6416546/

Qatar confirms coronavirus in jail but denies widespread outbreak

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/qatar-confirms-coronavirus-jail-denies-widespread-outbreak-200519011620288.html

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoners with coronavirus symptoms could not shower for two weeks – report

https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/national/18457521.prisoners-coronavirus-symptoms-not-shower-two-weeks---report/

Ireland - Addict lost rehab place over Covid-19

 https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/addict-lost-rehab-place-over-covid-19-1000292.html

Scots prisons breach human rights during lockdown

https://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/scots-prisons-breach-human-rights-during-lockdown

 

News 16 – 18 May

Africa

South Africa - Almost 600 coronavirus infections in SA’s prisons

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2020-05-18-almost-600-coronavirus-infections-in-sas-prisons/

Americas

Bahamas - COVID-19 testing underway at prison underway

https://ewnews.com/covid-19-testing-underway-at-prison-underway

Bolivia COVID-19 update, Outbreak at Palmasola prison

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/bolivia-covid-19-update-outbreak-at-palmasola-prison-34406/

COVID-19 highlights the inhumanity of Canada's prisons

https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2020/05/covid-19-highlights-inhumanity-canadas-prisons

'We're all on death row now': Latin America's prisons reel from Covid-19

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/16/latin-america-prisons-covid-19-riots

Mexico - Juárez reports virus death for 6th day in a row, 15 new cases including a prison outbreak

https://kvia.com/news/border/2020/05/17/juarez-has-1-new-virus-death-26-more-cases-including-a-prison-outbreak/

US - California’s prisons and jails have emptied thousands into a world changed by coronavirus

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-17/coronavirus-prison-jail-releases

US (Ohio) - Lawsuit alleges cruel and unusual punishment, seeks release of 15,000 inmates amid outbreak

https://eu.cincinnati.com/story/news/2020/05/16/lawsuit-seeks-release-15-000-inmates-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/5207476002/

US - Texas Inmates Sue Over Coronavirus Concerns at Prisons

https://classifieds.usatoday.com/press/texas-inmates-sue-over-coronavirus-concerns-at-prisons/

US - NJ prisons report more than 150 COVID-19 cases in 3 days

https://eu.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2020/05/18/nj-prisons-report-more-than-150-inmate-coronavirus-cases-3-days/5185693002/

Asia

Afghanistan - 50 Prisoners, Prison Workers Test Positive for COVID-19: Doctors

https://tolonews.com/health/50-prisoners-prison-workers-test-positive-covid-19-doctors

India - Over 42,000 undertrials released to unclog prisons: NALSA report

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/over-42000-undertrials-released-to-unclog-prisons-nalsa-report/article31609154.ece

Indian inmates released from crowded jails to limit Covid-19 spread

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/indian-inmates-released-crowded-jails-135234290.html

India - 125 prisoners, jail superintendent test corona positive in Rajasthan

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/may/16/125-prisoners-jail-superintendent-test-corona-positive-in-rajasthan-2144209.html

India - Punjab allows release of prisoners beyond 16 weeks a year

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/punjab-allows-release-of-prisoners-beyond-16-weeks-a-year.html

India - COVID-19: 3,000 inmates released from West Bengal jails

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/covid19-3000-inmates-released-from-west-bengal-jails/1837310

India - Parole, bail of 30% prisoners in Chandigarh’s Model Jail extended

https://www.hindustantimes.com/chandigarh/parole-bail-of-30-prisoners-in-chandigarh-s-model-jail-extended/story-Zthouj4E9gkCGRjgnMl6sM.html

India - Prisoners could soon be housed in private and govt buildings

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/coronavirus/news/prisoners-could-soon-be-housed-in-private-and-govt-buildings/articleshow/75767683.cms

India - COVID-19 Pandemic: 7,200 Inmates Released From Odisha Jails

https://sambadenglish.com/covid-19-pandemic-7200-inmates-released-from-odisha-jails/

Maldives - COVID-19: Inmates, guards at Himmafushi prison being tested

https://avas.mv/en/82825

Over 140 prisoners infected with COVID-19 in Pakistan

https://www.geo.tv/latest/288550-over-140-prisoners-infected-with-covid-19-in-pakistan

Philippines - 18,355 PDLs released from PNP lockup cells, BJMP jails nationwide

https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/18/18355-pdls-released-from-pnp-lockup-cells-bjmp-jails-nationwide/

Philippines - CHR seeks better conditions for persons deprived of liberty

https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/16/chr-seeks-better-conditions-for-persons-deprived-of-liberty/

Europe

Covid-19 in Europe's prisons - and the response

https://euobserver.com/opinion/148385

England and Wales - Almost 2,000 tags bought for UK Covid-19 prisoner releases remain unused

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/15/only-55-of-2000-tags-bought-for-uk-covid-19-prisoner-release-used

England and Wales - Covid-19 update: More than a thousand prisoners share cells at Welsh ‘super prison’

https://www.thejusticegap.com/covid-19-update-more-than-a-thousand-prisoners-share-cells-at-welsh-super-prison/

28 inmates in Irish prisons in isolation with coronavirus symptoms

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/28-inmates-irish-prisons-isolation-22034811

Isle of Man minister says inmates were detained 24 hours a day

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-52691702#

Two coronavirus deaths in 24 hours at one of Scotland's maximum security prisons

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/two-coronavirus-deaths-24-hours-one-scotlands-maximum-security-prisons-2853956

Sixth prisoner death in Scotland linked to coronavirus

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52677858

Scotland - Twelve prisoners released early from Perth Prison to try and tackle the spread of the coronavirus

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/twelve-prisoners-released-early-perth-22034462

 

News 15 May

Africa

Nigeria - CJN Orders Speedy Trial Of Cases, Decongestion Of Custodial Centres

https://www.channelstv.com/2020/05/15/cjn-orders-speedy-trial-of-cases-decongestion-of-custodial-centres/

South Africa - Prisons ‘breeding grounds’ for communicable and infectious diseases, including Covid-19

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-05-15-prisons-breeding-grounds-for-communicable-and-infectious-diseases-including-covid-19/

South Africa - Where, when and how - Correctional Services outlines plans for release of 19 000 inmates

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/where-when-and-how-correctional-services-outlines-plans-for-release-of-19-000-inmates-20200515

Zimbabwe Death Row Prisoners Benefit From Covid-Amnesty

https://www.fairplanet.org/story/zimbabwe-death-row-prisoners-benefit-from-covid-amnesty/

Americas

Across the Americas, prisons are hothousing the coronavirus

https://www.equaltimes.org/across-the-americas-prisons-are#.Xr5sZ2hKg2w

Cut off by coronavirus: Hondurans in packed prison suffer mental toll

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-honduras-prison-wi/cut-off-by-coronavirus-hondurans-in-packed-prison-suffer-mental-toll-idUKKBN22Q2C5

U.S. Prison Population Remained Stable as Pandemic Grew

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/us/prison-populations-covid.html

US - As coronavirus spreads behind bars, prisons release very few people

https://theintercept.com/2020/05/14/prison-release-coronavirus/

US - Another 100 Florida prison inmates test positive for COVID-19

https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/another-100-florida-prison-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19

US (New Jersey) - Despite promise of release, N.J. has highest COVID-19 prison death rate in the nation

https://whyy.org/articles/despite-promise-of-release-n-j-has-highest-covid-19-prison-death-rate-in-the-nation/

US - The largest prison in Kansas reports 750 positive tests for COVID-19

https://www.koamnewsnow.com/the-largest-prison-in-kansas-reports-750-positive-tests-for-covid-19/

Asia

India - Explained: Freeing prisoners in emergency

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/mumbai-central-jail-maharashtra-releasing-prisoners-coronavirus-6410383/

India - After 12 Agra Prison Inmates Test Covid-19 Positive, UP Govt Starts Random Testing In All 71 Jails In State

https://swarajyamag.com/insta/after-12-agra-prison-inmates-test-covid-19-positive-up-govt-starts-random-testing-in-all-71-jails-in-state

South Korea - Seoul courts close after prison officer catches coronavirus

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2020/05/119_289568.html

Europe

England and Wales - Secure video calls to help prisoners maintain family ties

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/secure-video-calls-to-help-prisoners-maintain-family-ties

Italy - 498 high-security prisoners out 

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2020/05/14/498-high-security-prisoners-out-8_43aca47b-147e-4634-9639-c48e56a675f8.html

Scotland - Death of sixth inmate linked to coronavirus

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/death-of-sixth-inmate-linked-to-coronavirus/

Oceania

Australia - Prison outbreak: Prisoners released to protect them from COVID-19

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/prisoner-covid-corona-release-health/12245052

 

News 14 May

UNODC, WHO, UNAIDS and OHCHR joint statement on COVID-19 in prisons and other closed settings

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/13-05-2020-unodc-who-unaids-and-ohchr-joint-statement-on-covid-19-in-prisons-and-other-closed-settings

Africa

Nigeria - COVID-19: Niger State Releases 118 Prison Inmates

https://prnigeria.com/2020/05/13/covid-niger-releases-inmates/

South Africa - KZN prison official latest to contract Covid-19 as virus soars in prisons across country

https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/kwazulu-natal/kzn-prison-official-latest-to-contract-covid-19-as-virus-soars-in-prisons-across-country-47922100

South Africa - Edwin Cameron | A visit to 'Sun City' prison: Nightmare to manage the virus in confined spaces

https://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/edwin-cameron-a-visit-to-sun-city-prison-nightmare-to-manage-the-virus-in-confined-spaces-20200514

Americas

Nicaragua releases more than 2,800 inmates amid pandemic

https://wnyt.com/health/nicaragua-releases-more-than-2800-inmates-amid-pandemic/5728972/?cat=656

US - ‘Come on, we’re human beings’: Judges question response to coronavirus pandemic in federal prisons

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/come-on-were-human-beings-judges-question-response-to-coronavirus-pandemic-in-federal-prisons/2020/05/12/925e5d32-912a-11ea-a9c0-73b93422d691_story.html

US - The Deadly Spread Of Coronavirus Is Hitting Women's Prisons

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/incarcerated-women-left-behind-during-coronavirus-pandemic_n_5ebaf3e2c5b63253efcb3857?ri18n=true

US - Envisioning the New Normal After the Coronavirus Prison Crisis

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/envisioning-new-normal-after-coronavirus-prison-crisis-153901

US - Mississippi has tested fewer than 1% of state prisoners and staff for COVID-19

https://mississippitoday.org/2020/05/13/mississippi-has-tested-fewer-than-1-of-state-prisoners-and-staff-for-covid-19/

Venezuelan prison director and five soldiers charged in prison massacre case

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-venezuela-prisons/venezuelan-prison-director-and-five-soldiers-charged-in-prison-massacre-case-idUKKBN22P35G

Oceania

Australia - 'Negotiations' with inmates end Darwin prison siege

https://www.9news.com.au/national/darwin-correctional-centre-riot-sparks-standoff-with-police/5b97c60c-2d20-4d4d-a482-16d0b3b86846

 

News 13 May

Africa

South Africa - Western Cape warders strike, demand mass testing at prison

https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/western-cape-warders-strike-demand-mass-testing-at-prison-47876492

South Africa - Riot breaks out at Eastern Cape prison after ‘gross violation of rights’

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/prison-riot-eastern-cape-lusikisiki-covid-19-2020/

Americas

Moments cops storm Bolivia's most dangerous prison during mass rebellion where inmates chanted 'we want to live' after riot broke out when 'three inmates died from suspected COVID-19 in three days'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8312915/Police-prevents-riot-Bolivias-worst-prison-three-inmates-died-COVID-19.html

Canada - Convicted murderer sues feds over prison conditions during COVID-19

https://www.cp24.com/news/convicted-murderer-sues-feds-over-prison-conditions-during-covid-19-1.4935680

Coronavirus: The Colombian jail with 859 cases

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-52632919

Coronavirus cases spike in second Colombian prison

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-colombia-prison/coronavirus-cases-spike-in-second-colombian-prison-idUKKBN22P016

US - More than 240 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Arkansas prison

https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2020/05/12/more-than-inmates-test-positive-covid-arkansas-prison/

US - Eight Florida prisons are hot spots for COVID-19

https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2020/05/12/eight-florida-prisons-are-hot-spots-for-covid-19/

US (Virginia) - DOC reaches settlement in lawsuit over prison conditions

https://www.cbs19news.com/story/42121878/doc-reaches-settlement-in-lawsuit-over-prison-conditions

US (Ohio) - Despite staggering case counts and 50 deaths, prisons halt mass COVID-19 testing

https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/continuing-coverage/coronavirus/despite-staggering-case-counts-and-50-deaths-prisons-halt-mass-covid-19-testing

Venezuela Prison Implodes Under Additional Strain From Coronavirus

https://www.insightcrime.org/news/analysis/venezuela-prison-implodes-coronavirus/

Asia

Bangladesh - Prisoner dies in Sylhet hospital of Covid-19

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/prisoner-dies-sylhet-hospital-covid-19-1902136

Inmates Protest Over the Spread of COVID-19 in Northwest Iran Prison

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2020/05/13/inmates-protest-over-the-spread-of-covid-19-in-northwest-iran-prison/

Europe

Coronavirus: only 55 prisoners freed early in England and Wales

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/12/coronavirus-only-55-prisoners-early-release-england-wales

 

News 12 May

Africa

Benin - Covid-19: émeute ce matin à la prison civile de Lomé

https://beninwebtv.com/2020/05/covid-19-emeute-ce-matin-a-la-prison-civile-de-lome/

Kenya - 42 Inmates At Industrial Area Remand Prison Isolated After Contact With 2 COVID-19 Cases

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2020/05/42-inmates-at-industrial-area-remand-prison-isolated-after-contact-with-2-covid-19-cases/

Americas

US - Twitter CEO gives $10M to help prisons battle coronavirus

 https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/11/twitter-million-dollars-prisons-coronavirus-248419

US - Solitary, Brawls, No Teachers: Coronavirus Makes Juvenile Jails Look Like Adult Prisons

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/12/solitary-brawls-no-teachers-coronavirus-makes-juvenile-jails-look-like-adult-prisons

US - COVID-19 positive tests in Texas prison system tops 2,000

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2020/05/11/covid-19-positive-tests-in-texas-prison-system-tops-2000/

US - 12th Georgia prison inmate dies from the coronavirus

https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/11th-georgia-prison-inmate-dies-from-the-coronavirus/nvVIsOAX5PY64xIEyUD4bO/

US - Coronavirus outbreak revealed at private Colorado prison; second inmate death reported

https://coloradosun.com/2020/05/11/colorado-prisons-coronavirus-covid19/

US - ‘Deeply disturbing’: LA prisoners filmed trying to catch coronavirus in hope of early release

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-prison-la-california-los-angeles-video-release-a9509916.html

Asia

India - 1,700 women undertrials released since lockdown began: NCW

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/1-700-women-undertrials-released-since-lockdown-began-ncw/story-81QsFc9hlBldXF2qqW27eI.html

India - High power panel decides to release 17,000 prisoners from Maharashtra jails

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/high-power-panel-decides-to-release-17000-prisoners-in-maharashtra-jails/articleshow/75692821.cms

Indonesia - Prisons less overcrowded thanks to early release of inmates over COVID-19

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/11/prisons-less-overcrowded-thanks-to-early-release-of-inmates-over-covid-19.html

Rouhani’s Acknowledgement That 100 out of 120 Prisoners Are Infected With COVID-19 Shows How Deplorable Iran’s Prisons Are

https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/rouhanis-acknowledgement-that-100-out-of-120-prisoners-are-infected-with-covid-19-shows-how-deplorable-irans-prisons-are/

Covid-19: We're clean, says Prisons Department in Malaysia

https://www.asiaone.com/malaysia/covid-19-were-clean-says-prisons-department-malaysia

Europe

Cyprus - Special committee to suggest solution to prison overcrowding

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/05/11/special-committee-to-suggest-solution-to-prison-overcrowding/

Over 500 prison staff in Scotland currently off sick due to coronavirus

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/over-500-prison-staff-scotland-22011092

Covid-19 Spreading Fast in Turkey's Prisons, Rights Defenders Warn

http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/224129-covid-19-spreading-fast-in-turkey-s-prisons-rights-defenders-warn

 

News 8 - 11 May

WHO launches checklist to support prison administrators and policy-makers for rapid and effective response to COVID-19

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/prisons-and-health/news/news/2020/5/who-launches-checklist-to-support-prison-administrators-and-policy-makers-for-rapid-and-effective-response-to-covid-19

Africa

Prisons in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Africa

https://africanarguments.org/2020/05/08/prisons-in-the-time-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-in-africa/

Coronavirus infections at Moroccan prisons jump to 397

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/coronavirus-infections-at-moroccan-prisons-jump-to-397/1835773

South Africa - Covid-19: Correctional services records 15 new cases in prison system

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/covid-19-correctional-services-records-15-new-cases-in-prison-system-20200510

South Africa - 19,000 more prisoners will be paroled to ease jail overcrowding

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2020-05-08-19000-more-prisoners-will-be-paroled-to-ease-jail-overcrowding/

Sudan: Riot in Darfur prison amid pandemic

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/sudan-riot-in-darfur-prison-amid-pandemic/1834078

Uganda Prisons to Release Civil Debtors to Ease on Congestion

https://chimpreports.com/uganda-prisons-to-release-civil-debtors-to-ease-on-congestion/

Americas

‘Disaster waiting to happen’: Inside the biggest prison coronavirus outbreak in Canada

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/05/10/disaster-waiting-to-happen-inside-the-biggest-prison-coronavirus-outbreak-in-canada.html

Coronavirus outbreak in Colombia prison sparks fear among officials, families

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-colombia-prison/coronavirus-outbreak-in-colombia-prison-sparks-fear-among-officials-families-idUKKBN22J2J2

US - Why Did It Take the Feds Weeks to Report COVID-19 Cases In Privately Run Prisons?

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/08/why-did-it-take-the-feds-weeks-to-report-covid-19-cases-in-privately-run-prisons

US - 3 California prison inmates die from COVID-19 complications

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/05/07/3-california-prison-inmates-die-from-covid-19-complications/

US - Ninth inmate dies of coronavirus at Elkton federal prison in Ohio

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2020/05/ninth-inmate-dies-of-coronavirus-at-elkton-federal-prison-in-ohio.html

US - Colorado’s prison population is dropping, but not fast enough, advocates say

https://www.coloradoindependent.com/2020/05/07/colorados-prison-population-historic-low-pandemic/

US - 3 Michigan inmates with coronavirus sent to virus-free prison after lab mix-up, corrections official says

https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2020/05/3-michigan-inmates-with-coronavirus-sent-to-virus-free-prison-after-lab-mix-up-corrections-official-says.html

US (Wisconsin) - Corrections: Nearly 1,600 inmates released due to COVID-19

https://www.startribune.com/corrections-nearly-1-600-inmates-released-due-to-covid-19/570302832/

Asia

Bangladesh- 2,329 prisoners to be released from jail amid Covid-19 crisis

https://www.dhakatribune.com/health/coronavirus/2020/05/09/2-329-prisoners-to-be-released-from-jail-amid-covid-19-crisis

Cambodia - Prison overcrowding on table

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prison-overcrowding-table

India - 103 test positive at Arthur Road prison

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/103-test-positive-at-arthur-road-prison/article31530373.ece

Indonesia - Jakarta prison warden reveals risks of working in overcrowded jail amid COVID-19 pandemic  

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-covid-19-prison-warden-overcrowded-risk-jail-12703286

Lebanon’s biggest prison now has a Covid-19 isolation ward

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/lebanon-s-biggest-prison-now-has-a-covid-19-isolation-ward-1.1016417

Pakistan - 47 prisoners in Punjab infected with Covid-19: SC told

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2218000/1-47-prisoners-punjab-infected-covid-19-sc-told/

Philippines - Videoconference hearings lead to release of 4,683 prisoners in a week

https://www.rappler.com/nation/260487-videoconference-hearings-release-thousands-prisoners-in-a-week

Thai inmates meet loved ones via video call amid ban on visits

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-inmates-meet-loved-ones-via-video-call-amid-ban-on-visits

Europe

England and Wales - Plans for early prisoner release shelved by government

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-52607618#

Coronavirus: New Isle of Man inmates confined to cells for two weeks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-52583350

Italy tightens rules coronavirus prison releases for mafia members

https://www.thelocal.it/20200510/italy-tightens-rules-coronavirus-prison-releases-for-mafia-members

Ireland - Drop in numbers being jailed helps Covid-19 battle among prisoners

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/drop-in-numbers-being-jailed-helps-covid-19-battle-among-prisoners-998291.html

Ireland - Number of prison inmates in Cork plummets due to coronavirus

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Number-of-prison-inmates-in-Cork-plummets-due-to-coronavirus-e86c3701-702b-4156-84a5-1c04eeb3719a-ds

Coronavirus in Ireland – Five prison staff contract Covid-19 but Irish Prison Service say no inmates test positive

https://www.thesun.ie/news/5414019/coronavirus-ireland-five-staff-covid-no-inmates-positive/

Activists call for amnesty as COVID-19 spreads in Russian jails

https://www.dw.com/en/activists-call-for-amnesty-as-covid-19-spreads-in-russian-jails/a-53368640

Scotland - Calls for publication of plans to stop prisoners becoming homeless after early release

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/calls-publication-plans-stop-prisoners-18230000

Oceania

Australia (Victoria) - COVID-19 testing rolled out to prisoners and prison staff

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/covid-19-testing-rolled-out-to-prisoners-and-prison-staff-20200507-p54qng.html

New Zealand - Coronavirus: Prison 'timebomb' fears as frustration and boredom build

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300007046/coronavirus-prison-timebomb-fears-as-frustration-and-boredom-build

 

News 7 May

Africa

Coronavirus: Nigeria's death penalty by Zoom 'inhumane'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-52560918

Americas

Coronavirus Turns House Arrest Into Hot Button Issue in Argentina

https://www.insightcrime.org/news/analysis/argentina-coronavirus-house-arrest/

Canada - Laval inmate dies after contracting COVID-19 as Quebec prisons deal with outbreaks

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-laval-inmate-covid19-1.5557590

Canada - Number of inmates in Manitoba jails drops by almost 30% in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-jails-inmates-numbers-down-coronavirus-1.5558238

US prison COVID-19 infections hit 30,000: university

https://www.france24.com/en/20200506-us-prison-covid-19-infections-hit-30-000-university

CDC report details extent of coronavirus outbreaks in U.S. jails and prisons

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-outbreaks-jails-prisons-cdc-report-covid-19/

America’s Crowded Prisons Are About To Create A Coronavirus Crisis In Rural America

https://theintercept.com/2020/05/07/coronavirus-america-rural-prisons/

US - Other Countries’ Courts Are Treating the Prison Pandemic as A Real Emergency

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/05/international-prisons-coronavirus-punishment.html

US (Delaware) - Corrections reports 10% drop in inmate headcount during coronavirus crisis

https://delawarebusinessnow.com/2020/05/correction-department-announces-10-drop-in-inmate-population-during-coronavirus-crisis/

US (New Mexico) - State to begin widespread COVID-19 testing in prisons

https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/state-to-begin-widespread-covid-19-testing-in-prisons/5721975/?cat=500

Asia

The Risk Of Coronavirus In Afghanistan's Prisons Is Complicating Peace Efforts

https://www.wrvo.org/post/risk-coronavirus-afghanistans-prisons-complicating-peace-efforts

Bangladesh - Coronavirus: Visits from relatives suspended as prisoners, prison guards infected

https://www.dhakatribune.com/health/coronavirus/2020/05/06/coronavirus-meeting-with-relatives-suspended-as-prisoners-prison-guards-infected

India - Delhi: Convicts among 3,500 prisoners let off to decongest jails

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/delhi-convicts-among-3500-prisoners-let-off-to-decongest-jails/articleshow/75595480.cms

India - Delhi High Powered Committee Recommends 45 Days Extension of Interim Bail to Under Trial Prisoners

https://www.indialegallive.com/constitutional-law-news/courts-news/delhi-hc-recommends-45-days-extension-of-interim-bail-to-under-trial-prisoners-98505

India - COVID-19: Parole of 4,000 inmates of Haryana jails extended by 6 weeks

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/covid-19-parole-of-4-000-inmates-of-haryana-jails-extended-by-6-weeks-81667

Pakistan: Authorities Must Be Transparent About COVID-19 Cases in Prisons

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/05/pakistan-authorities-must-be-transparent-about-covid-19-cases-in-prisons/

Uncertain future for Philippines' freed child prisoners

https://www.ucanews.com/news/uncertain-future-for-philippines-freed-child-prisoners/87948

Europe

England and Wales - Prison reform bodies urge ministers not to ditch early release scheme

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/06/prison-reform-bodies-urge-ministers-not-to-ditch-early-release-scheme

England and Wales - Ministers Were Warned 3,500 Could Die Of Coronavirus In Prisons

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ministers-warned-of-3500-prison-deaths-from-coronavirus_uk_5eb2abc7c5b6ae37c13bb4dd

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Young offenders out of cells for 40 minutes a day

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-52573415?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story

Isle of Man - Prison governor refutes claims over poor treatment of inmates

https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/prison-governor-refutes-claims-over-poor-treatment-of-inmates/

Italy's government looks to reverse flood of mafiosi leaving jail over coronavirus

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-italy-mafia/italys-government-looks-to-reverse-flood-of-mafiosi-leaving-jail-over-coronavirus-idUKKBN22I2SJ

 

News 6 May

COVID-19: UN teams step up efforts to protect rights in prisons, as revolts intensify worldwide

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/05/1063292

Africa

Angola’s Prisons Ill-Equipped to Curb Covid-19 Spread

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/05/05/angolas-prisons-ill-equipped-curb-covid-19-spread

Coronavirus au Bénin : libération conditionnelle de plus de 400 prisonniers

https://www.banouto.info/article/securite%20humaine/20200506-coronavirus-au-bnin-libration-conditionnelle-de-plus-de-400-prisonniers/

DR Congo - RDC : des libérations de détenus envisagées face aux craintes de propagation du coronavirus en prison

https://news.sen360.sn/actualite/rdc-des-liberations-de-detenus-envisagees-face-aux-craintes-de-propagation-du-coronavirus-en-prison-1502136.html

Nigeria - NCWS decries alleged gender inequality in prison decongestion

https://guardian.ng/news/ncws-decries-alleged-gender-inequality-in-prison-decongestion/

South Africa - Covid-19 | Two East London prison inmates die amid 'significant increase' in recoveries

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/covid-19-two-east-london-prison-inmates-die-amid-significant-increase-in-recoveries-20200506

South Africa - Frustrated inmates at St Albans set fire to parts of the building

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2020-05-06-watch-frustrated-inmates-at-st-albans-set-fire-to-parts-of-the-building/

Zimbabwe - 2 528 more prisoners released

https://www.herald.co.zw/2-528-more-prisoners-released/

Americas

Prison Contagion in Americas 'Deeply Worrying', U.N. Says

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/05/05/world/americas/05reuters-health-coronavirus-un-prisons.html

Latin America’s Prison Gangs Draw Strength From the Pandemic

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/americas/2020-05-05/latin-americas-prison-gangs-draw-strength-pandemic

A second inmate in a Canadian federal prison has died of COVID-19

https://www.theloop.ca/ctvnews/a-second-inmate-in-a-canadian-federal-prison-has-died-of-covid-19/

US - Over 5,000 corrections officers have contracted COVID-19

https://abc11.com/over-5000-corrections-officers-have-contracted-covid-19/6155768/

US - A Dangerous Limbo: Probation and Parole in the Time of COVID-19

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/06/a-dangerous-limbo-probation-and-parole-in-the-time-of-covid-19

US - States Are Halting Executions Because of the Pandemic—But Not Missouri

https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2020/05/states-are-halting-executions-because-of-the-pandemic-but-not-missouri/

US - At Louisiana prison, 192 out of 195 inmates test positive for COVID-19

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/louisana-prison-unit-has-192-of-195-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19-2020-05-05

US - Almost 1,000 Prisoners Released In Mass. Amid Pandemic

https://www.wbur.org/news/2020/05/05/almost-1000-prisoners-released-in-mass-amid-pandemic

Asia

Coronavirus fears in south east Asia's overcrowded prisons as Covid-19 rapidly spreads among inmates

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-fears-south-east-asias-overcrowded-prisons-covid/

Saudi Arabia - SR1m fine and 5 years jail for violating coronavirus measures

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/592724/SAUDI-ARABIA/SR1m-fine-and-5-years-jail-for-violating-coronavirus-measures

Europe

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Defendants more likely to be jailed in video hearings, research warns amid rise of remote justice

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-court-hearings-jail-sentence-remote-lockdown-a9500101.html

Challenges abound for prisoners released early from French prisons due to Covid-19

https://www.france24.com/en/20200505-challenges-abound-for-prisoners-released-early-due-to-covid-19

Northern Ireland - Man with Covid-19 remanded into custody in NI

https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/national/18427464.man-covid-19-remanded-custody-ni/

Scotland - Regulations to allow release of short-term prisoners laid at Holyrood

https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/regulations-to-allow-release-of-short-term-prisoners-laid-at-holyrood

Coronavirus is exposing the health crisis within UK prisons

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/coronavirus-health-crisis-prisons-2843126

Oceania

Australia - Prison advocates call on Government to take more action to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in jails

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-06/government-urged-to-protect-inmates-from-covid19/12217928

 

News 5 May

Africa

DR Congo prison COVID-19 cases double in 48 hours

https://punchng.com/dr-congo-prisons-covid-19-cases-double-in-48-hours/

South Africa - Lamola ducks questions on release of 19,000 prisoners to counter Covid-19

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2020-05-04-lamola-ducks-questions-on-release-of-19000-prisoners-to-counter-covid-19/

Americas

Mexico warns states against prison terms to enforce lockdown

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3928229

US - As virus spreads in jails and prisons, correctional officers fear for themselves and their loved ones

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/as-virus-spreads-in-jails-and-prisons-correctional-officers-fear-for-themselves-and-their-loved-ones/2020/05/04/cb5d26f0-8643-11ea-ae26-989cfce1c7c7_story.html

US - Covid-19 Continues Its Toll on Jails and Prisons

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/covid-19-continues-its-toll-jails-and-prisons

US (California) - 6th inmate with coronavirus dies at Terminal Island prison in San Pedro

https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/05/04/6th-inmate-with-coronavirus-dies-at-terminal-island-prison-in-san-pedro/

US - COVID-19 deaths and cases continue to rise at Indiana prisons

https://www.theindychannel.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-healthcare/covid-19-deaths-and-cases-continue-to-rise-at-indiana-prisons

US - Kentucky gov: Prison virus figures will be ‘pretty tough’

https://www.wnky.com/kentucky-gov-prison-virus-figures-will-be-pretty-tough/

US - From Inmates To Officers: Texas Prisons Are Becoming A Coronavirus Hotbed

https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2020/05/9777756/texas-prison-coronavirus-inmates-officers-cases

US - Over 75% of people tested in Philly jails are positive for COVID-19

https://billypenn.com/2020/05/04/over-75-of-people-tested-in-philly-jails-are-positive-for-covid-19/

US (New Jersey) - Lawsuit calls for immediate release of vulnerable inmates at Fort Dix federal prison

https://eu.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2020/05/04/lawsuit-calls-for-immediate-release-of-vulnerable-inmates-at-fort-dix-federal-prison/3081973001/

US - New Mexico Court Denies Mass Prisoner Release During Virus

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/health-law-and-business/new-mexico-court-denies-mass-prisoner-release-during-virus

Asia

Bangladesh - Jail authorities start to release 2,884 inmates

https://www.newagebd.net/article/105722/jail-authorities-start-to-release-2884-inmates

India - Bihar: Few new prisoners amid lockdown 3.0

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/few-new-prisoners-amid-lockdown-3-0/articleshow/75541068.cms

50 Women Infected With Coronavirus in Southwest Iran Prison

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2020/05/04/50-women-infected-with-coronavirus-in-southwest-iran-prison/

Philippines - Health Dept. to give 10,000 COVID-19 test kits for inmates

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/5/4/DOH-test-kits-COVID-19-inmates.html

Overcrowded prisons and camps in northeast Syria raise fears of COVID-19 outbreak

https://syriadirect.org/news/overcrowded-prisons-and-camps-in-northeast-syria-raise-fears-of-covid-19-outbreak/

Europe

Fears over drugs drought in Northern Ireland jails as Covid-19 visits ban hits substances supply

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/fears-over-drugs-drought-in-northern-ireland-jails-as-covid-19-visits-ban-hits-substances-supply-39175659.html

Coronavirus in Scotland: Prison governors to have final say over early releases

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18426057.coronavirus-scotland-prison-governors-final-say-early-releases/

Scotland - Coronavirus: Ex-inmate warning over Barlinnie 'tensions'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-52539415

Turkey - Rights Groups Call for Prison Release Amid Pandemic

http://bianet.org/english/health/223785-rights-groups-call-for-prison-release-amid-pandemic

 

News 2-4 May

Africa

Coronavirus cases at Moroccan prisons jump to 341

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/coronavirus-cases-at-moroccan-prisons-jump-to-341/1828177

Nigeria - COVID-19: 101 prison inmates set free in Kwara

https://dailypost.ng/2020/05/02/covid-19-101-prison-inmates-set-free-in-kwara/

South Africa - Correctional services not considering mass release of prisoners

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-05-01-correctional-services-not-considering-mass-release-of-prisoners/

Europe to Uganda: Don’t shut courts and leave prisoners stranded

https://76crimes.com/2020/05/01/europe-to-uganda-dont-shut-courts-and-leave-prisoners-stranded/

Americas

Argentina - Protest against release of prisoners ups pressure on Fernández

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/protest-against-release-of-prisoners-ups-pressure-on-fernandez.phtml

Inmates Riot at Brazil Prison Over No Visits Amid Pandemic

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/05/02/world/americas/ap-lt-brazil-prison-riot.html

Cuba releases thousands of prison inmates amid coronavirus fears

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article242435511.html

US - A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/01/a-state-by-state-look-at-coronavirus-in-prisons

US - 1,299 inmates test positive for virus at Tennessee prison

https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/42080346/1299-inmates-test-positive-for-virus-at-tennessee-prison

US - Death row inmates sue Texas prison system over health conditions during COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/death-row-inmates-sue-texas-prison-system-over-health-conditions-during-covid-19-pandemic/ar-BB13xNU5

US - 70% of Texas prisoners tested have the coronavirus. Experts say it's time for more testing and fewer inmates.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/04/coronavirus-texas-prisons-testing/

US - Hawai‘i Judiciary Frees 37% of Prison Population in Two Months

https://bigislandnow.com/2020/05/03/hawaii-judiciary-frees-37-of-prison-population-in-two-months/

Asia

Bangladesh set to release another 385 inmates early to combat virus risks

https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2020/05/03/bangladesh-set-to-release-another-385-inmates-early-to-combat-virus-risks

India - Prison authorities told to allow video calls between jail inmates, their kin

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/prison-authorities-told-to-allow-video-calls-between-jail-inmates-their-kin/story-9KJFx6oot1DE8dfZchX17O.html

Rise in coronavirus cases in crowded Indian jails prompts concerns

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/05/03/asia-pacific/coronavirus-cases-india-jails/#.Xq_sR6hKjIU

Philippines: Nearly 10,000 prisoners released over virus fears

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/philippines-10000-prisoners-released-virus-fears-200502095707880.html

Philippines - COVID-19, curfew arrests magnify jail system’s ills

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1268276/covid-19-curfew-arrests-magnify-jail-systems-ills

Thai relatives can meet inmates using Line app

https://www.pattayamail.com/coronavirus/thai-relatives-can-meet-inmates-using-line-app-298116

Europe

England and Wales - How coronavirus is spreading through UK prisons

https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/2020/05/how-coronavirus-spreading-through-uk-prisons

England and Wales - Nearly 350 prisoners test positive for coronavirus across 73 jails, officials say as Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett urges judges and magistrates to consider Covid crisis gripping prisons when deciding whether to jail offenders

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8278289/Judges-magistrates-consider-Covid-crisis-gripping-prisons-Lord-Burnett-says.html

England and Wales - Devon prisoner who tested positive for coronavirus has died

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/local-news/devon-prisoner-who-tested-positive-4096463

Coronavirus: Phones in cells for affected inmates from Tuesday, Irish Prison Service confirm

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/coronavirus-phones-in-cells-for-affected-inmates-from-tuesday-irish-prison-service-confirm-997184.html

Turkey extends coronavirus measures in prisons until May 15

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-extends-coronavirus-measures-in-prisons-until-may-15-154377

 

News 1 May

Prisons are “in no way equipped” to deal with COVID-19

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30984-3/fulltext

Africa

COVID-19: Afghanistan pardons over 12,000 prisoners

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/covid-19-afghanistan-pardons-over-12-000-prisoners/1820251

Overcrowded DRC prisons 'ticking time-bomb' for COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/overcrowded-drc-prisons-ticking-time-bomb-covid-19-pandemic-200430133707410.html

Coronavirus cases confirmed in DR Congo prison

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/africa/Coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-DR-Congo-prison-939010

Seven killed in Sierra Leone prison riot on Wednesday - police

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2020/04/30/seven-killed-in-sierra-leone-prison-riot-on-wednesday---police

South Africa - Covid-19: Prisons, overcrowding and preventing transmission

https://city-press.news24.com/Voices/covid-19-prisons-overcrowding-and-preventing-transmission-20200430

Coronavirus: Reports of outbreak in Sudan prison holding Bashir cause uproar

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-sudan-outbreak-bashir-prison-uproar

Zimbabwe - Clemency Order Extended To Clear Prisons Of All Bedridden Prisoners

https://www.zimeye.net/2020/05/01/clemency-order-extended-to-clear-prisons-of-all-bedridden-prisoners/

Americas

Mission Institution: Voices from inside Canada’s worst COVID-19 prison outbreak

https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/mission-institution-voices-from-inside-canadas-worst-covid-19-prison-outbreak/

Canada - Thirty-eight per cent of Her Majesty's Penitentiary inmates released; St. John's crime rate lower than this time last year

https://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/thirty-eight-per-cent-of-her-majestys-penitentiary-inmates-released-st-johns-crime-rate-lower-than-this-time-last-year-444416/

Coronavirus: Colombia foils jail break attempt amid contagion fears

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-52454524

US - 31 dead, thousands infected in Ohio prisons; counts climb at five facilities

https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/continuing-coverage/coronavirus/local-coronavirus-news/31-dead-thousands-infected-in-ohio-prisons-counts-climb-at-five-facilities

US (Michigan) - Inmates sue state over COVID-19 prison conditions

https://www.wxyz.com/news/inmates-sue-state-over-covid-19-prison-conditions

US - New York Prisons Scramble To Fill Medical Jobs As Covid Cases Rise

https://thecity.nyc/2020/04/new-york-prisons-try-to-fill-medical-jobs-as-covid-19-rises.html

US - Kansas Prisons Are Fighting A Lawsuit To Release Prisoners To Reduce COVID-19 Spread

https://www.kcur.org/news/2020-04-30/kansas-prisons-are-fighting-a-lawsuit-to-release-prisoners-to-reduce-covid-19-spread

US - How COVID-19 is shrinking Connecticut’s prison population

https://ctmirror.org/2020/05/01/how-covid-19-is-shrinking-connecticuts-prison-population/

US - Judges have released more than 500 Hawaii inmates during pandemic

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/05/01/judges-have-released-more-than-hawaii-inmates-during-pandemic/

Asia

Cambodia - ICRC donates over 7,000 surgical gowns to prisons

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50718927/icrc-donates-over-7000-surgical-gowns-to-prisons/

India - Maharashtra: Nagpur central prison locked down to halt COVID-19 spread

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/apr/30/maharashtra-nagpur-central-prison-locked-down-to-halt-covid-19-spread-2137540.html

Philippines - 1 dead, 17 catch virus in Cebu provincial jail

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1267604/1-dead-17-catch-virus-in-cebu-provincial-jail

Philippines - DOJ: New rules on pardon, parole to wait 15 days more

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1267718/doj-new-rules-on-pardon-parole-to-wait-15-days-more

Europe

Albania – Prison hospital to treat coronavirus infected inmates

https://www.albaniandailynews.com/index.php?idm=41857&mod=2

England and Wales - ‘Worrying’ rise of prison staff contracting coronavirus

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/04/30/worrying-rise-of-prison-staff-contracting-coronavirus/

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Mother slams PPE supply after prison officer death

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52490680

England and Wales - Pregnant women are being kept in jail despite the risk to their lives – and their babies

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/coronavirus-pregnant-women-prison-release-children-a9491946.html

West Midlands prisons suffer most coronavirus cases in England

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/health/coronavirus-covid19/2020/04/30/west-midlands-prisons-have-suffered-most-from-coronavirus/

Five Northern Ireland prison officers diagnosed with Coronavirus, says Justice Minister

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/five-northern-ireland-prisoner-officers-18176837

Russian Supreme Court advises against jailing people accused of minor offenses due to COVID-19 pandemic

https://meduza.io/en/news/2020/04/30/russian-supreme-court-advises-against-jailing-people-accused-of-minor-offenses-due-to-covid-19-pandemic

West Lothian jail has 'vast majority' of Scottish prison coronavirus cases

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/west-lothian-jail-vast-majority-18179663

Oceania

Australia - Human rights lawyers laud decision on prisoner rights amid coronavirus fears

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/victoria/prisoner-fails-in-his-bid-for-early-release-over-coronavirus-fears-20200501-p54ozz.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed

Australia - Former detention centre to house ex-prisoners during COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/former-detention-centre-to-house-ex-prisoners-during-covid-19-pandemic-20200501-p54p3u.html

New Zealand - Women at Auckland prison confined to cells for up to 29 hours, diary shows

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/women-auckland-prison-confined-cells-up-29-hours-diary-shows

 

News 30 April

Africa

Sierra Leone - Rioting and shooting at Pademba road prison in Freetown – one prison officer dead

https://www.thesierraleonetelegraph.com/rioting-and-shooting-at-pademba-road-prison-in-freetown-one-prison-officer-dead/

Americas

Dominican Republic - COVID-19 infects 255 inmates at notorious prison

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2020/04/29/covid-19-infects-255-inmates-at-notorious-prison/

‘Time is running out’: Alarming number of positive coronavirus tests point to crisis in US prisons

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-prison-michigan-testing-lawsuit-covid-19-a9491331.html

US - Over 70% of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19

https://www.wbrz.com/news/over-70-of-tested-inmates-in-federal-prisons-have-covid-19

US - California prisons report 194 coronavirus cases, plan to bunk inmates in groups of eight

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/California-prisons-report-194-COVID-19-cases-15235154.php

US - Three more inmates at Indiana prisons have died from COVID-19

https://www.theindychannel.com/news/coronavirus/three-more-inmates-at-indiana-prisons-have-died-from-covid-19

US - Colorado's largest prison has state's biggest outbreak

https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Colorado-s-largest-prison-has-state-s-biggest-15235478.php

Asia

Bangladesh - Coronavirus: Prisoners expected to be released in May

https://www.dhakatribune.com/health/coronavirus/2020/04/30/coronavirus-prisoners-expected-to-be-released-in-may?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=816764b8316e4c4f33888c1649788cf87c5e99c1-1588239413-0-AZ_ZBXm_E121zzGfBIStVN8A9wztrEf20-3rrBT971D9bIKoCaqdovIlV4tOFYMX6D1jKDKM1kHev5W7rvdFCnqOBAe2jzbVB92cUMbOKHFb_-9bQElBxY7nfi0QGajCIqLuvMUL1ralGQRhZUJ56cAfPiHJ6j6gEYX810eK2i_XQrfNaT3j-iW3W4RL5FuITLtPaEGZyzKYugWiWG5Q6HgLRlPOYJ6fCpDDSBb_G4GeR5lI6cHcYT_eVLDpVXOY34cxHpj3NO79aZRsXuIsZHtChQxEisffnkfFTdzusXBzkiEDhOcuRo9YWBI_M7ipXN0MLQI1rHQQYCgnNUzDVebM9uOk0g6_mIV8ViZ0PwS-O0thGT4tb9PJSV6-W7rjsQ

India - Prisons in DK, Udupi set up quarantine facilities for inmates

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangaluru/prisons-in-dk-udupi-set-up-quarantine-facilities-for-inmates/articleshow/75458207.cms

India - Overcrowded Jails: Maharashtra Government Yet To Decide On A Supreme Court's Recommendation

https://www.mumbailive.com/en/crime/overcrowded-jails-maharashtra-government-yet-to-decide-on-a-supreme-court's-recommendation-48869

Philippines - DOH issues guidelines amid coronavirus infections in prisons, jails

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/29/20/doh-issues-guidelines-amid-coronavirus-infections-in-prisons-jails

Philippines - SC allows reduced bail, release on recognizance for poor detainees during COVID-19 crisis

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/30/20/sc-allows-reduced-bail-release-on-recognizance-for-poor-detainees-during-covid-19-crisis

Thailand - Prison visit ban extended

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1910620/prison-visit-ban-extended

Europe

Coronavirus: 14 inmates test positive in Belgium

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/108852/coronavirus-14-inmates-test-positive-in-belgium/

COVID-19: Belgium's overcrowded prisons a 'powder keg' for infections

https://www.euronews.com/2020/04/30/covid-19-belgium-s-overcrowded-prisons-a-powder-keg-for-infections

Cyprus - Coronavirus: Released inmates ask to go back to prison

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/04/29/coronavirus-released-inmates-ask-to-go-back-to-prison/

Coronavirus crisis exit strategy launched in Estonian prisons

https://www.baltictimes.com/coronavirus_crisis_exit_strategy_launched_in_estonian_prisons/

Malta - Court dismisses claim of poor conditions at Valletta lock-up

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/court-dismisses-claim-of-poor-conditions-at-valletta-lock-up.788795

Turkey - CİSST Association Report on Violations of Rights in Prisons Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/223618-cisst-association-report-on-violations-of-rights-in-prisons-amid-covid-19-pandemic

Oceania

New Zealand - Coronavirus: Deportees are sitting in prison cells after police cancel escort duties

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/121152913/coronavirus-deportees-are-sitting-in-prison-cells-after-police-cancel-escort-duties

 

News 29 April

Africa

Coronavirus reaches prisons in Guinea and Sierra Leone

https://www.macaubusiness.com/coronavirus-reaches-prisons-in-guinea-and-sierra-leone/

More than 300 virus cases in Morocco prisons

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1666521/middle-east

Nigeria - COVID-19: Lawyers Alert to drag govt to court over poor, slow pace of prison decongestion

https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/287475/covid-19-lawyers-alert-to-drag-govt-to-court-over-poor-slo.html

South Africa - Five new Covid-19 cases at Pretoria prison

https://rekordeast.co.za/335252/five-new-covid-19-cases-at-pretoria-prison/

Uganda - Museveni pardons 833 prisoners countrywide

https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Museveni-pardons-833-prisoners-Attorney-General-Cocid19/688334-5536982-ed9kg9/index.html

Americas

More than 1,000 inmates are released in Argentina after president calls on government to consider house arrest as fears over the spread of coronavirus sparks riots at prisons

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8265283/Argentinas-president-favors-house-arrest-stop-spread-COVID-19-detainees-continue-riot.html

Canada - What it’s like in—and once you’re out of—jail during COVID-19

https://www.thestar.com/podcasts/thismatters/2020/04/28/what-its-like-inand-once-youre-out-ofjail-during-covid-19.html

Canada - Rights groups demand COVID-19 prisoner death inquest

https://www.squamishchief.com/rights-groups-demand-covid-19-prisoner-death-inquest-1.24126059

El Salvador Authorizes Lethal Force Against Suspected Gang Members as Prisons Go on Full Lockdown

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/28/headlines/el_salvador_authorizes_lethal_force_against_suspected_gang_members_as_prisons_go_on_full_lockdown

Nine inmates killed in coronavirus prison riot in Peru

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/world-news/2020/04/28/nine-inmates-killed-in-coronavirus-prison-riot-in-peru/

US - Federal Prisons Told Inmates They Were Coming Home Because of COVID-19. Then They Took It Back.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/04/federal-prisons-reverse-covid-19-releases-william-barr.html

US - This Crisis Demands an End to Mass Incarceration

https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/coronavirus-incarceration-prosecutors/

US - In New Jersey Prisons, 29 Coronavirus Deaths And Only 184 Tests

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/28/coronavirus-new-jersey-prisons/

US - Mass outbreak of COVID-19 infections erupts at second Tennessee prison

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2020/apr/28/covid-19-second-tn-prison/521749/

US - Second inmate from Arizona prisons reported dead from coronavirus

https://ktar.com/story/3101569/second-inmate-from-arizona-prisons-reported-dead-from-coronavirus/

US - Oregon jails see decline in number of inmates

https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/oregon-jails-see-decline-in-number-of-inmates-127346/

U.S. federal inmate dies of COVID-19 after giving birth while on ventilator

https://www.abccolumbia.com/2020/04/29/u-s-federal-inmate-dies-of-covid-19-after-giving-birth-while-on-ventilator/

Asia

Bangladesh - 13 prison guards contract COVID-19

https://www.newagebd.net/article/105364/13-prison-guards-contract-covid-19

Fear and illness stalk Indonesia's packed jails as prisoners hope for early release

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/apr/29/fear-and-illness-stalk-indonesias-packed-jails-as-prisoners-hope-for-early-release-coronavirus    

Philippines - Jail mass tests planned as infections near 8,000

https://www.bworldonline.com/jail-mass-tests-planned-as-infections-near-8000/

Philippines: Prison Deaths Unreported Amid Pandemic

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/04/28/philippines-prison-deaths-unreported-amid-pandemic

Philippines - TIMELINE: The bid to release low-risk, sick, elderly prisoners in PH

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/259293-timeline-bid-release-low-risk-sick-elderly-prisoners-philippines

Philippines - Gov’t expediting probation, parole of convicts to decongest jails

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1101356

Europe

Nearly 1,800 'possible' coronavirus cases in English and Welsh prisons

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/28/nearly-1800-possible-coronavirus-cases-in-uk-prisons

England and Wales - Update on COVID-19 in prisons

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-covid-19-in-prisons

England and Wales - Further expansion of prison estate to protect NHS

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-expansion-of-prison-estate-to-protect-nhs

England and Wales - Prisons may have to remain in lockdown for a year to prevent 'explosion' of coronavirus

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/28/prisons-may-have-remain-lockdown-year-prevent-explosion-coronavirus/

Portugal releases 1,867 inmates under coronavirus scheme

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-04/28/c_139015897.htm

Turkey - 120 Prisoners in 4 Prisons Diagnosed with Covid-19, Says Justice Minister

http://bianet.org/english/law/223559-120-prisoners-in-4-prisons-diagnosed-with-covid-19-says-justice-minister

Oceania

Australia - Virus fears prompt court fight to free Victorian prisoner

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/virus-fears-prompt-court-fight-to-free-victorian-prisoner-20200428-p54o1h.html

 

News 28 April

Africa

Cameroon: Agbor Balla urges Gov’t to address COVID-19 situation in prisons

https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/cameroon-agbor-balla-urges-govt-to-address-covid-19-situation-in-prisons/

How Rwanda Is Delivering Justice During Lockdown

https://allafrica.com/stories/202004280148.html

South Africa - Covid-19 infections continue to rise behind bars, prisons record 129 cases

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2020-04-28-covid-19-infections-continue-to-rise-behind-bars-prisons-record-129-cases/

Sudan: Helping prison authorities keep COVID-19 at bay

https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/sudan-helping-prison-authorities-keep-covid-19-bay

Americas

Virus Spreads Fear Through Latin America's Unruly Prisons

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/04/27/world/americas/ap-lt-virus-outbreak-latin-america-prisons.html

El Salvador lines up semi-naked gang members for grim prison photos

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-el-salvador-gangs/el-salvador-lines-up-semi-naked-gang-members-for-grim-prison-photos-idUSKCN22A0GN

US - 'A Ticking Time Bomb': Advocates Warn COVID-19 Is Spreading Rapidly Behind Bars

https://www.npr.org/2020/04/28/846678912/a-ticking-time-bomb-advocates-warn-covid-19-is-spreading-rapidly-behind-bars

US - People freed from prison during coronavirus may face big risks on the outside

https://theconversation.com/people-freed-from-prison-during-coronavirus-may-face-big-risks-on-the-outside-135410

US - More Than 800 Inmates, Nearly 300 Staffers Positive for COVID-19 in Texas Prisons: TDCJ

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/more-than-800-inmates-nearly-300-staffers-positive-for-covid-19-in-texas-prisons-tdcj/2358782/

US - Michigan prison hot spot says 12th inmate has died of virus

https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/michigan-prison-hot-spot-says-12th-inmate-has-died-of-virus-04-27-2020

Asia

Nepal - NHRC draws attention toward overcrowded central prison

https://english.khabarhub.com/2020/28/92161/

Philippines - Elderly prisoners qualified for early release identified

https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/04/27/elderly-prisoners-qualified-for-early-release-identified/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=9668290246445bb5b62e001f04046a84e07757de-1588071639-0-Abs_58J3h8929fO9jS68qFdUAbJjDzz22cPMwbxlu_iAq41LMaQrkQoWU5pCDZxmJX835G7cYtqToWU0oKzaYvZspRk8CUnKZWxgpyjMCQVqAVWmUZ87zeNCCDVBuAKKxtFDJv6zECfKKYg4G_8kF-8XPL2cQtArdBAnpuCkTSsMkdTCo1BXCyaZGlL_ibFZhL_iiRxBNGyeT35fPPj8PiUp7SDwRQbuF20HrGQ5Y6oXqt8DkRRaFnTUXkbD78zfDMZBo_kc3iY1LwdKkdan-r93RPOCS8nrZzwHU66qGrL9_gsABLIhKmTrOP1SEPpEhvsLHMpQtJIjAYFiO7P5MWeJ7OzjpRYl-IzjiKpIAo88

Europe

Armenia deputy justice minister on release of prisoners based on grave disease

https://news.am/eng/news/575010.html

Belgian Inmates Make 42,000 Reusable Masks Against COVID-19

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/04/27/world/europe/ap-eu-virus-outbreak-belgian-inmates.html

England and Wales - Five members of prison staff have been killed by coronavirus as well as 15 prisoners, Justice Secretary confirms

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8262087/Five-prison-staff-died-coronavirus-UK-Justice-Secretary-Robert-Buckland-reveals.html

England and Wales - Coronavirus: More than 2,000 prisoners may have been infected, says PHE

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52449920

England and Wales - Only 33 prisoners in England and Wales released under anti-coronavirus measures

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/27/only-33-prisoners-in-england-and-wales-released-under-anti-coronavirus-measures

As France releases thousands, can Covid-19 end chronic prison overcrowding?

https://www.france24.com/en/20200427-as-france-releases-thousands-can-covid-19-end-chronic-prison-overcrowding

 

News 25-27 April

As Coronavirus Strikes Prisons, Hundreds of Thousands Are Released

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/26/world/americas/coronavirus-brazil-prisons.html

Africa

Egypt releases over 4,000 prisoners amid talk it has bowed to pressure over COVID-19 concerns

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200427-egypt-releases-over-4000-prisoners-amid-talk-it-has-bowed-to-pressure-over-covid-19-concerns/

Malawi army, police clash with defiant prison warders on strike

https://www.nyasatimes.com/malawi-army-police-clash-with-defiant-prison-warders-on-strike/

Morocco Launches Mass Testing for COVID-19 in Prisons

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/04/300653/morocco-launches-mass-testing-for-covid-19-in-prisons/

Morocco - DGAPR Suspends Transfer of Detainees to Courts, Inmates to Hospitals

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/04/300721/dgapr-suspends-transfer-of-detainees-to-courts-inmates-to-hospitals/

COVID-19: UNODC supports Nigeria prison to check spread among inmates

https://theeagleonline.com.ng/covid-19-unodc-supports-nigeria-prison-to-check-spread-among-inmates/

South Africa - Justice Edwin Cameron calls for release of prisoners due to Covid-19 fears

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/crime/2274500/justice-edwin-cameron-calls-for-release-of-prisoners-due-to-covid-19-fears/

South Africa - Happy Freedom Day: Thousands Of Prisoners To Be Released Today

https://ewn.co.za/2020/04/27/happy-freedom-day-thousands-of-prisoners-to-be-released-today

Americas

Argentine prison riot over coronavirus ends with promise of talks

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/riot-argentine-prison-virus-case-confirmed-202247913.html

Canada's prison watchdog calls out federal corrections for 'extreme' confinement as COVID-19 cases surge

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/canada-prison-conditions-covid-19-human-rights-1.5545303

El Salvador's jails: Where social distancing is impossible

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-52386404

El Salvador imposes prisons lockdown after 22 murders in a day

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/25/el-salvador-imposes-prisons-lockdown-after-22-murders-in-a-day

US - 17 Ohio prisoners now dead of coronavirus; 4 at Marion Correctional

https://eu.marionstar.com/story/news/local/2020/04/24/coronavirus-ohio-17-prisoners-now-dead-4-marion-correctional/3019337001/

US - 138 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Colorado prison

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/coronavirus/138-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-colorado-prison

In four U.S. state prisons, nearly 3,300 inmates test positive for coronavirus -- 96% without symptoms

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-prisons-testing-in/in-four-us-state-prisons-nearly-3300-inmates-test-positive-for-coronavirus-96-without-symptoms-idUSKCN2270RX

US - Few Federal Prisoners Released Under COVID-19 Emergency Policies

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/04/25/few-federal-prisoners-released-under-covid-19-emergency-policies

US - Juvenile Justice Centers And Vulnerable Youth Latest Victims Of COVID-19

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2020/04/24/juvenile-justice-centers-and-vulnerable-youth-latest-victims-of-covid-19/#6bab45ea158a

Asia

Pandemic: Fate Of ASEAN’s Prisoners In The Balance

https://theaseanpost.com/article/pandemic-fate-aseans-prisoners-balance

Bahraini prisoners in an involuntary game of Russian roulette with Covid-19

https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/bahraini-prisoners-in-an-involuntary-game-of-russian-roulette-with-covid-19-35782

India - Jail starts ‘e-meetings’ for prisoners, relatives

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/jail-starts-e-meetings-for-prisoners-relatives/articleshow/75362062.cms

India - HC seeks report from prison authorities on steps taken to prevent COVID-19 spread in jail

https://www.businessinsider.in/india/news/hc-seeks-report-from-prison-authorities-on-steps-taken-to-prevent-covid-19-spread-in-jail/articleshow/75369925.cms

Covid-19 Cases on the Rise in Northwest Iran Prison

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2020/04/26/covid-19-cases-on-the-rise-in-northwest-iran-prison/

Philippines - BuCor records two new COVID-19 cases in women's prison

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/04/24/2009552/bucor-records-two-new-covid-19-cases-womens-prison

Philippines - OSG: Congestion in prisons not a ground to release inmates

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/25/OSG-congestion-prisons-not-ground-to-release-inmates.html

Syrian opposition warns of ‘catastrophe’ if coronavirus infects detainees after death of prison guards

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/syrian-opposition-warns-of-catastrophe-if-coronavirus-infects-detainees-after-death-of-prison-guards-1.1010621

Europe

Several Italian mafia bosses released from prison over coronavirus fears

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/25/europe/mafia-bosses-italy-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

Inside Russia’s Secretive Prisons as Coronavirus Takes Hold

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/27/inside-russias-secretive-prisons-as-coronavirus-takes-hold-a70108

 

News 24 April

Africa

Cameroon releases about 1,000 prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

https://newsghana.com.gh/cameroon-releases-about-1000-prisoners-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

Algerians linked to protests ‘forgotten’ in pre-trial detention

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/africa/2020-04-23-algerians-linked-to-protests-forgotten-in-pre-trial-detention/

Ghana - Covid-19: Prisons boss pushes for non-custodial sentencing regime to facilitate physical distancing of inmates

https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/national/covid-19-prisons-boss-pushes-for-non-custodial-sentencing-regime-to-facilitate-physical-distancing-of-inmates/

Malawi prison warders go on strike demanding money

https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/international/malawi-prison-warders-go-on-strike-demanding-money/

Moroccan prison reports sharp jump in virus cases

https://www.macaubusiness.com/moroccan-prison-reports-sharp-jump-in-virus-cases/

Somalia: Places of detention overlooked during Covid-19 crisis

https://hornobserver.com/articles/313/Somalia-Places-of-detention-overlooked-during-Covid-19-crisis

Americas

Canada - Federal prison tensions rise amid COVID lockdowns; activists want releases

https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/federal-prison-tensions-rise-amid-covid-lockdowns-activists-want-releases

Canada - Ontario government and jail guards' union reach deal allowing officers to wear masks

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-government-and-jail-guards-union-reach-deal-allowing-officers-to-wear-masks-1.4909089

Colombia denounces lack of measures to prevent infection in prisons

https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=54925&SEO=colombia-denounces-lack-of-measures-to-prevent-infection-in-prisons

Cuban prisons without Covid-19 cases

https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=54921&SEO=cuban-prisons-without-covid-19-cases

US - New Jersey announced a coronavirus prison release plan. Two weeks later, not one inmate has been let out.

https://www.inquirer.com/news/new-jersey-coronavirus-prison-release-inmates-pennsylvania-murphy-wolf-20200423.html

US - Colorado Corrections Agrees To Release Some Inmates Early To Reduce Prison Populations

 https://www.cpr.org/2020/04/23/colorado-corrections-agrees-to-release-some-inmates-early-to-reduce-prison-populations/

US - Ohio Began Mass Testing Incarcerated People for COVID-19. The Results Paint a Bleak Picture for the U.S. Prison System

 https://time.com/5825030/ohio-mass-testing-prisons-coronavirus-outbreaks/

US - 2 more Georgia inmates die from COVID-19

https://www.news4jax.com/news/georgia/2020/04/23/2-more-georgia-inmates-die-from-covid-19/

US - Texas Counties Cut Jail Population By 10,000 In March

https://www.keranews.org/post/texas-counties-cut-jail-population-10000-march

US - Correctional Model Predicts 99% COVID-19 Infection Rate In Arizona Prisons

https://kjzz.org/content/1541266/correctional-model-predicts-99-covid-19-infection-rate-arizona-prisons

US (Virginia) - Lawmakers approve plan to release 2,000 inmates to stop spread of COVID-19

https://wset.com/news/coronavirus/lawmakers-pass-proposal-to-release-2000-inmates-to-stop-spread-of-covid-19

US - Tennessee’s coronavirus cases surge as prison outbreak grows

 https://www.ihoneida.com/2020/04/23/tennessees-coronavirus-cases-surge-as-prison-outbreak-grows/

US - Juvenile Detention Population Plummeted as the Pandemic Spread, Survey Suggests

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/justice/juvenile-justice-2/juvenile-detention-plummeted-pandemic-escalated-survey/42752

Asia

India - Coronavirus: Uttar Pradesh creates 34 temporary jails for coronavirus lockdown defaulters

 https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/apr/23/coronavirus-uttar-pradesh-creates-34-temporary-jails-for-coronavirus-lockdown-defaulters-2134255.html

Philippines - Cebu City jail reports 20 more COVID-19 cases

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/regional/2020/4/24/cebu-city-jail-coronavirus-disease.html

Europe

England and Wales - 'Much-loved' prison officer at HMP Usk dies of coronavirus

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18400563.much-loved-prison-officer-hmp-usk-dies-coronavirus/

England and Wales - Only 30 of 4,000 prisoners released early as jails step up to combat spread of coronavirus

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/23/30-4000-prisoners-released-early-jails-step-combat-spread-coronavirus/

Ireland - Coronavirus: State’s prison population falls by 248

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/coronavirus-state-s-prison-population-falls-by-248-1.4236031

Ireland - Cork Prison inmates get access to Netflix to compensate for coronavirus measures

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-Prison-inmates-get-access-to-Netflix-to-compensate-for-coronavirus-measures-06bd8870-78cb-432b-880b-dbc61a6946fc-ds

Ireland - Inmates with Covid-19 symptoms kept in 24-hour lock-up

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/inmates-with-covid-19-symptoms-kept-in-24-hour-lock-up-1.4236286

Oceania

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Ombudsman 'discouraged' from accessing prisons amidst pandemic lockdown concerns

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12327266

 

News 23 April

Americas

Canada - Test more correctional officers to ease burden in federal prisons, union says

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/test-more-correctional-officers-to-ease-burden-in-federal-prisons-union-says-1.4907475

Jamaica - Prison inmates trained as medical orderlies

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/prison-inmates-trained-as-medical-orderlies_192659?profile=1373

Jamaica - Prison visits further suspended — DCS

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Prison_visits_further_suspended_%26%238212;_DCS?profile=1754

Mass incarceration could add 100,000 deaths to US coronavirus toll, study finds

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/22/coronavirus-us-jails-incarceration-death-toll-study

US - As COVID-19 cases climb statewide, so do cases inside Florida’s prisons

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article242212141.html

US - Cases of COVID-19 in Iowa's prison system triples; union leader issues warning

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2020/04/22/covid-19-iowa-prison-officials-see-spike-coronavirus-cases-coralville-facility/3003895001/

US - Bureau Of Prisons Removes Webpage On COVID-19 FAQ Home Confinement

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2020/04/22/bureau-of-prisons-removes-webpage-on-covid-19-faq-home-confinement/

US (Indiana) - 92% of Westville inmates tested are positive for COVID-19, group says; Lake County officials report three more coronavirus deaths

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-corona-update-st-0423-20200422-zmkdmb2k6ncbnkh7zc6nxxzasa-story.html

Us - Ohio Judge Orders Removal Of 'Vulnerable' Inmates From Federal Prison With Second-Highest Coronavirus Death Toll

https://www.newsweek.com/ohio-judge-orders-removal-vulnerable-inmates-federal-prison-second-highest-coronavirus-death-1499613

Asia

India - NCW issues directives for female inmates amid COVID-19 lockdown

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/ncw-issues-directives-for-female-inmates-amid-covid-19-lockdown-6374446/

Philippines - DOH commits 10,000 COVID-19 test kits for inmates — DOJ exec

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/735317/doh-commits-10-000-covid-19-test-kits-for-inmates-doj-exec/story/

Europe

England and Wales - Ministers under renewed pressure to recommence prisoner releases

https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/national-news/18398247.ministers-renewed-pressure-recommence-prisoner-releases/

Coronavirus: Low-risk prisoners in Jersey permitted early release

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-52380866

First prison officer dies of coronavirus in Scotland

https://news.stv.tv/scotland/first-prison-officer-dies-of-coronavirus-in-scotland

 

News 22 April

Africa

Fear of coronavirus haunts Egypt's cramped jails

https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN2240MN

Moroccan prison becomes coronavirus hotspot

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200421-moroccan-prison-becomes-coronavirus-hotspot/

Nigeria - President Writes CJN on Speedy Trials, Prison Decongestion

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/04/22/president-writes-cjn-on-speedy-trials-prison-decongestion/

South Africa - Concerns mount over plans to protect prisoners from Covid-19

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-04-22-concerns-mount-over-plans-to-protect-prisoners-from-covid-19/

Zimbabwe - Ziyambi Ziyambi Wants To Implement Social Distancing At Highly Overcrowded Zim Prisons

https://www.zimeye.net/2020/04/22/ziyambi-ziyambi-wants-to-implement-social-distancing-at-highly-overcrowded-zim-prisons/

Americas

Brazil - Ministry of Justice wants prisoners with covid symptoms in containers during pandemic

https://www.explica.co/ministry-of-justice-wants-prisoners-with-covid-symptoms-in-containers-during-pandemic/

Inside the Canadian Prison Hardest Hit by the Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/4agjyq/inside-the-canadian-prison-hardest-hit-by-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Canada - A pandemic in prisons forces a rethink of why so many are behind bars

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-a-pandemic-in-prisons-forces-a-rethink-of-why-so-many-are-behind-bars/

Canada - Quebec inmates file COVID-19 lawsuit

https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news-story/9958000-quebec-inmates-file-covid-19-lawsuit/

US - Bureau of Prisons Reverses Coronavirus Home Confinement Policy

https://reason.com/2020/04/21/bureau-of-prisons-reverses-coronavirus-home-confinement-policy/

US (Maryland) - Gov. Hogan signs executive order expediting release of hundreds of prisoners

https://www.wmar2news.com/news/state/gov-hogan-signs-executive-order-expediting-release-of-hundreds-of-prisoners

US - 38 percent of Arkansas COVID-19 cases concentrated in state prison

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/493988-38-percent-of-arkansas-covid-19-cases-concentrated-in-states-prison

Asia

Bangladesh reports first prison coronavirus case

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/bangladesh-reports-first-prison-coronavirus-case/1813716

Iran Temporarily Releases 1,000 Foreign Prisoners Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/iran-says-1000-foreign-nationals-temporarily-released-from-prison-ami.html

Field Hospital Inside Notorious Lebanese Prison

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2246451/field-hospital-inside-notorious-lebanese-prison

Philippines - DOJ streamlines process for parole, pardon to ease jail congestion

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/22/DOJ-streamline-parole-pardon-jails.html

Coronavirus outbreak in Philippines jail sees 123 inmates infected

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-philippines-prison/coronavirus-outbreak-in-philippines-jail-sees-123-inmates-infected-idUKKCN2241FR

Pandemic Hotbeds in Syria's Prisons

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2246876/pandemic-hotbeds-syrias-prisons

Europe

England and Wales - Thousands of older prisoners are sharing cells during pandemic

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18395296.thousands-older-prisoners-sharing-cells-pandemic/

Jersey prisoners could be released early to manage coronavirus

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2020-04-21/jersey-prisoners-could-be-released-early-to-manage-coronavirus/

Penitentiaries in the pandemic: Russian officials say coronavirus hasn’t infected a single inmate, but COVID-19 has undeniably changed life behind bars in big ways

https://meduza.io/en/feature/2020/04/22/penitentiaries-in-the-pandemic

Coronavirus in Scotland: Early release for 'limited number' of prisoners

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52371785

Turkey - ‘A Mask is Sold for 17 Lira in Prison’

http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/223289-a-mask-is-sold-for-17-lira-in-prison

Oceania

New Zealand - Concerns prisons will turn into Covid-19 ‘quarantine facilities’

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/in-depth/414834/concerns-prisons-will-turn-into-covid-19-quarantine-facilities

 

News 21 April

Africa

Morocco Announces COVID-19 Cases Among Staff at 2 More Prisons

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/04/300072/morocco-announces-covid-19-cases-among-staff-at-2-more-prisons/

South Africa: COVID-19 - Prison Inmates Are in Immediate Danger

https://allafrica.com/stories/202004210596.html

South Africa - Two inmates injured during protest at Pretoria prison

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2020-04-20-two-inmates-injured-during-protest-at-pretoria-prison/

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak leads to Ontario jail being closed after 60 inmates, eight staff test positive

https://nationalpost.com/news/ontario-jail-closing-after-60-inmates-8-staff-test-positive-for-covid-19

Cayman Islands - Prisoners released to ease jail crowding

https://caymannewsservice.com/2020/04/prisoners-released-to-ease-jail-crowding/

Riot leaves one inmate dead and 13 more injured at a Colombian prison where detainees fear new detainees will spark a coronavirus outbreak

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8238353/Colombian-prison-riot-sparked-COVID-19-spread-leaves-one-inmate-dead-13-injured.html

US - California reports first prison inmate death caused by coronavirus

https://www.redbluffdailynews.com/2020/04/20/california-reports-1st-prison-inmate-death-caused-by-virus/

US - First COVID-19 Death Reported in an Alabama Prison

https://www.tv24.tv/single-post/2020/04/20/First-COVID-19-Death-Reported-in-an-Alabama-Prison

US - 25 Kids Confirmed to Have Coronavirus at Virginia Juvenile Detention Center

https://ourcommunitynow.com/news-local/25-kids-confirmed-to-have-coronavirus-at-virginia-juvenile-detention-center

Asia

Asian prisons at bursting point become COVID-19 breeding grounds

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Asian-prisons-at-bursting-point-become-COVID-19-breeding-grounds

Southeast Asia Speeds Up Prison Releases to Stave Off Coronavirus

https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/southeast-asia-speeds-prison-releases-stave-coronavirus

Spread of COVID-19 in Japanese prisons spurs calls for releases

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/04/21/national/crime-legal/covid-19-japanese-prisons/#.Xp652MhKjIU

Philippines - 18 inmates, one jail worker in Women's Correctional contract COVID-19

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/21/Women-s-Correctional-more-COVID-19-infections.html

Philippines - SC orders urgent release of inmates with lapsed jail time, shelved cases

https://www.rappler.com/nation/258508-supreme-court-orders-urgent-release-inmates-lapsed-jail-time-shelved-case-coronavirus

Europe

Almost 300 prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus in prisons in England and Wales - 13 have died

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/almost-300-prisoners-tested-postive-18121731

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Buckland on deaths in prisons [video]

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-52356846/coronavirus-buckland-on-deaths-in-prisons#

England and Wales - Second prisoner dies with coronavirus in Liverpool jail

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/second-prisoner-dies-coronavirus-liverpool-18121080

Coronavirus in Ireland: Prison officers want all new inmates tested

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-in-ireland-prison-officers-want-all-new-inmates-tested-c8jvpn2cw

Luxembourg - Inmate tests positive for coronavirus in first prison case

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1504984.html

11 inmates at Scots prisons test positive for coronavirus with 85 self-isolating

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/11-inmates-scots-prisons-test-21897458

Terrified’ Prisoners In Spain’s Mallorca Demand To Be Set Free After ‘Degrading’ Response To Covid-19 That ‘Violates Their Human Rights’

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/04/20/terrified-prisoners-in-spains-mallorca-demand-to-be-set-free-after-degrading-response-to-covid-19-that-violates-their-human-rights/

 

News 18 – 20 April

Africa

Kenya - Covid-19: 4,500 prisoners released in decongestion bid

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/1056-5527288-st21gn/index.html

South Africa - SA prisons scramble to isolate Covid-19 cases as infections spread

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/sa-prisons-scramble-to-isolate-covid-19-cases-as-infections-spread-20200418

South Africa - Prisoners threaten hunger strike if Covid-19 fears are not addressed

https://city-press.news24.com/News/prisoners-threaten-hunger-strike-if-covid-19-fears-are-not-addressed-20200419

Sub-Saharan Africa: Protect detainees at risk of COVID-19, unclog prisons and release prisoners of conscience

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/04/subsaharanafrica-protect-detainees-at-risk-of-covid-unclog-prisons-and-release-prisoners/

Americas

Barbados - HMP Dodds following health protocols during COVID-19

https://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/hmp-dodds-following-health-protocols-during-covid-19

Brazil – Without Visitors or Access to Attorneys, Prisoners Fear Coronavirus; First Fatality in Rio Jail

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/brazil/life-brazil/no-visitors-or-access-to-attorneys-prisoners-fear-coronavirus-first-victim-dies-in-rio-jail/

Coronavirus confirmed in one of Colombia’s largest prison

https://colombiareports.com/coronavirus-confirmed-in-one-of-colombias-largest-prison/

US - Federal prisons confirm first staff death linked to coronavirus

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-federal-prisons-confirm-first-staff-death-linked-to-covid-19-robin-grubbs-usp-atlanta/

US (Arkansas) - Prison virus outbreak is massive; governor considering early releases to create prison space

 https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2020/04/19/prison-virus-outbreak-is-massive-governor-considering-early-releases-to-create-prison-space

US - Coronavirus cases rising at Chicago’s federal high-rise jail

https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/4/18/21225747/coronavirus-cases-rising-chicago-federal-jail

US - More than 1,800 inmates, 100 staff test positive for coronavirus at Ohio prison

https://nypost.com/2020/04/20/more-than-1800-inmates-test-positive-for-coronavirus-at-ohio-prison/

Asia

Bangladesh to release selective prisoners in late April

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2020/04/19/bangladesh-to-release-selective-prisoners-in-late-april?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=e4108eb17c8d3fffc335cdd76c65a1d7b2f624b9-1587376161-0-AUn_bNS0O9kuevMv5USnsC1AymQsXLv5qGOwQb4DpwaW8zyphBn-g5pngtwmfEklJBNmidDwd-48Qft0-IzTgDv3urKibFEt8CL0hw8IObRxFZRNFIul-HfoKDcs7EaHfKcoJ7T7l26Dkl6BMg8TW5Fr1auNTynQraagoWP8P6E2vtHueVoX-9Gtz0qiESn1uJZdIVMxlm9fPhTRoMemElH_mVdL1QmJPAR5wd7DJ_O2LXYSO9m-uppTF4Cd3sPhwr6yF0eY4BBYXXP3042c7cDAUzFDzwY1qUbs1rOQx_VchbOBUW58lPCVV89hv72Dsft1iekmBzSBqgImw0AsZ55MsjIu9W_pTjhKDWrAWQ0ouumwLiOAvlJFpZxHh1AX3A

Cambodia - Prison authorities to learn disinfection methods

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50714777/prison-authorities-to-learn-disinfection-methods/

India - Violent protests by Jalpaiguri jail inmates demanding that they be released on bail due to coronavirus outbreak

https://www.businessinsider.in/india/news/violent-protests-by-jalpaiguri-jail-inmates-demanding-that-they-be-released-on-bail-due-to-coronavirus-outbreak/articleshow/75223944.cms

Iran Extends Prisoner Furloughs amid COVID Threat

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/voa-news-iran/iran-extends-prisoner-furloughs-amid-covid-threat

Prisoners in Japan produce masks and protective gear amid virus crisis

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/04/20/national/masks-prison-inmates-japan-coronavirus/#.Xp2AI8hKjIU

Malaysia - Prison academies risk becoming new Covid-19 clusters, warns rights group

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/04/20/prison-academies-risk-becoming-new-covid-19-clusters-warns-rights-group/

Coronavirus: Philippines acts to avert public health crisis in jails

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-acts-to-avert-public-health-crisis-in-jails

Singapore - Crime-fighting during COVID-19: Precautions taken in prisons, police stations and courts

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/crime-fighting-covid-19-precautions-prisons-police-station-court-12658234

Thailand - Time to let non-violent drug offenders out of jail

 https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1902315/time-to-let-non-violent-drug-offenders-out-of-jail

Europe

Cyprus - Coronavirus: Nicosia prisons lays out measures taken since March 10

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/04/17/coronavirus-nicosia-prisons-lays-out-measures-taken-since-march-10/

England and Wales - UK coronavirus prison plan on hold after six inmates freed in error

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/18/uk-coronavirus-prison-plan-suspended-after-six-mistakenly-released

No COVID-19 infection cases found in Latvian prisons so far

https://bnn-news.com/no-covid-19-infection-cases-found-in-latvian-prisons-so-far-212488

Scottish inmates to be allowed mobile phones in prison

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scottish-inmates-be-allowed-mobile-phones-prison-2542375

 

News 17 April

Africa

Cameroonian President Orders De-Crowding of Prisons to Combat COVID-19

https://www.voanews.com/africa/cameroonian-president-orders-de-crowding-prisons-combat-covid-19

DR Congo: Prisons Face Covid-19 Catastrophe

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/04/17/dr-congo-prisons-face-covid-19-catastrophe

Ivory Coast races to protect jails from coronavirus

https://www.modernghana.com/news/995888/ivory-coast-races-to-protect-jails-from-coronaviru.html

South Africa - Prison officials fear for their families' lives amid Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-04-16-prison-officials-fear-for-their-families-lives-amid-covid-19-outbreak/

Americas

Bahamas - “It’s gonna wipe us out”: Prisoners relay COVID-19 fears

https://ewnews.com/its-gonna-wipe-us-out-prisoners-relay-covid-19-fears

Bermuda - Virus arrests stretch prisons

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20200417/virus-arrests-stretch-prisons

Canada - Coronavirus: First federal inmate death reported at B.C. prison as case count climbs

https://globalnews.ca/news/6827710/bc-canada-prison-coronavirus-death/

Mexico - AMLO urges passage of amnesty law to reduce contagion in prisons

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/amlo-urges-passage-of-amnesty-law-to-reduce-contagion-in-prisons/

US - Why families of dying prisoners are unable to say last goodbyes

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/16/coronavirus-us-prisons-families-funerals-goodbyes

Over 16K US inmates have been released as coronavirus crisis has progressed

https://www.foxnews.com/us/here-is-how-many-prisoners-have-been-released-covid-19

U.S. Correctional Facilities Report Steep Rise In Coronavirus Infection Rate

https://www.newsweek.com/us-correctional-facilities-report-steep-rise-coronavirus-infection-rate-1498391

'It's horrible': how the US deep south's prisons exacerbate the pandemic

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/17/us-prisons-coronavirus-deep-south

US - Fears of prison rioting escalate as coronavirus causes staff shortages

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/fears-of-prison-rioting-escalate-as-coronavirus-causes-staff-shortages

Asia

Myanmar to free almost 25,000 prisoners in largest amnesty in years

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-myanmar-prisoners/myanmar-to-free-almost-25000-prisoners-in-largest-amnesty-in-years-idUKKBN21Z0FV

Virus outbreak at Philippine jail fuels calls for prisoner releases

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/virus-outbreak-philippine-jail-fuels-calls-prisoner-releases-091054803.html

Thailand - Paroled inmates 'have health checks'

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1901375/paroled-inmates-have-health-checks

Europe

England and Wales - More than HALF of UK prisons are now infected with coronavirus after 232 inmates and 103 staff test positive for Covid-19

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8226807/More-HALF-UK-prisons-infected-coronavirus-232-inmates-test-positive.html

England and Wales - Campaigners threaten legal action unless prisoners are released during pandemic

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/campaigners-threaten-legal-action-unless-prisoners-are-released-during-pandemic-2541074

Ireland - Calls to cut prison numbers more to protect from Covid-19

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/calls-to-cut-prison-numbers-more-to-protect-from-covid-19-994384.html

Jail deaths bring renewed attention to Romanian prison conditions

https://londonlovesbusiness.com/jail-deaths-bring-renewed-attention-to-romanian-prison-conditions/

Coronavirus in Scotland: Home curfew extended to gangsters to help jails

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18385309.coronavirus-scotland-home-curfew-extended-gangsters-help-jails/

 

News 16 April

Africa

Distribution de kits sanitaires dans les prisons de Côte d'Ivoire

https://www.bbc.com/afrique/region-52305077#

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 spurs prison reform from provinces but federal government slow to act

 https://nationalpost.com/news/covid-19-spurs-prison-reform-from-provinces-but-federal-government-slow-to-act

Canada - B.C. prison outbreak worsens, 48 now infected with COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6824504/mission-institution-outbreak-covid-19/

Colombia orders mass release of inmates after coronavirus deaths trigger prison protests

https://colombiareports.com/colombia-orders-mass-release-of-inmates-after-coronavirus-deaths-trigger-prison-protests/

Guyana - Prison service introduces video calls for inmates

 https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/04/16/news/guyana/prison-service-introduces-video-calls-for-inmates/

Panama - Sixth prisoner found with coronavirus in Colon jail

 https://menafn.com/1100031383/Sixth-prisoner-found-with-coronavirus-in-Colon-jail

U.S. Justice Department watchdog to inspect federal prisons' handling of coronavirus

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-usa-prisons/us-justice-department-watchdog-to-inspect-federal-prisons-handling-of-coronavirus-idUKKCN21X2N8

US - 2 inmates at Florida prison die of COVID-19

https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/04/15/2-inmates-at-florida-prison-die-of-covid-19/

US (Connecticut) - Coronavirus cases triple in prisons, prompting new outrage

https://www.ctinsider.com/news/coronavirus/ctpost/article/As-coronavirus-cases-rise-prison-advocates-15203675.php

Asia

India - This is the time to ensure systemic legal reform

https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/this-is-the-time-to-ensure-systemic-legal-reform/story-6zPBf8FZxpBYKnsYfw1p2J.html

India - 1,112 prisoners released on bail, parole from Karnataka prisons due to COVID-19

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2020/apr/16/1112-prisoners-released-on-bail-parole-from-karnataka-prisons-due-to-covid-19-2130985.html

Iran - Water shut down on Central Prison of Zahedan despite the pandemic

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2020/04/15/water-shut-down-on-central-prison-of-zahedan-despite-the-pandemic/

Nepal - SC seeks govt explanation over its delay to release detainees involved in petty crimes

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/sc-seeks-govt-explanation-over-its-delay-to-release-detainees-involved-in-petty-crimes/

Philippines - Prison facilities Covid-free – BuCor

https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/04/16/news/national/prison-facilities-covid-free-bucor/714472/

Europe

England and Wales - Total of 218 inmates and 82 staff have tested positive for coronavirus in 57 jails with ten prisoners dead, latest figures show

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8222567/218-inmates-82-staff-tested-positive-coronavirus-57-jails-latest-figures-show.html

Iceland - Drug Use in Prisons Less than Ever

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2020/04/15/drug_use_in_prisons_less_than_ever/

Ireland - Practice at Cork Prison of putting new prisoners in isolation 'bordering on unconstitutional' – judge

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/practice-at-cork-prison-of-putting-new-prisoners-in-isolation-bordering-on-unconstitutional--judge-994223.html

Turkey releases 1st batch of prisoners amid coronavirus

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-releases-1st-batch-of-prisoners-amid-coronavirus/1805879#

Oceania

New Zealand - Recommendations to push back release of virus-risk prisoners condemned

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/414370/recommendations-to-push-back-release-of-virus-risk-prisoners-condemned

 

News 15 April

Africa

Liberia - ‘Give Inmates Special Attention During COVID-19’ – CSOs Demand

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/front-slider/give-inmates-special-attention-during-covid-19-csos-demand/

Local Jail Reports 5 COVID-19 Infections, First Cases in a Moroccan Prison

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/04/299573/local-jail-reports-5-covid-19-infections-first-cases-in-a-moroccan-prison/

South Africa - Police officers, prison officials and inmates in isolation as Covid-19 hits correctional services

https://mg.co.za/article/2020-04-14-police-officers-prison-officials-and-inmates-in-isolation-as-covid-19-hits-correctional-services/

South Africa - Call for inmates to be released after Covid-19 outbreak in Eastern Cape prisons

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-04-15-call-for-inmates-to-be-released-after-covid-19-outbreak-in-eastern-cape-prisons/

Americas

US - Federal prisons make inmate calling, video visits free during pandemic

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/14/federal-prisons-make-inmate-calling-free-186383

US - Coronavirus Seen as Factor Spurring Compassionate Release From Prison

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-seen-as-factor-spurring-compassionate-release-from-prison-11586862002

US - Coronavirus: Outbreaks ignite at two California prisons; inmates feel like ‘sitting ducks’

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Coronavirus-Outbreaks-ignite-at-two-California-15200944.php

Asia

Philippines - BuCor processing release papers of eligible, vulnerable prisoners amid quarantine -officia

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/734078/bucor-processing-release-papers-of-eligible-vulnerable-prisoners-amid-quarantine-official/story/

Thailand - Over 8,000 prison terms suspended

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1899825/over-8-000-prison-terms-suspended

Europe

Albania - Parliamentary law committee rejects gov’t proposal on harsh prison sentences for violators of quarantine

https://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=145395

England and Wales - 2,000 extra temporary prison cells to be built to avert early release of more offenders into the community

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/14/2000-extra-temporary-prison-cells-built-avert-early-release/

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Fewer criminals to face prison due to outbreak

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/coronavirus-uk-prison-crime-cps-trial-charge-a9465061.html

France - Coronavirus. Dans les prisons françaises, près de 10 000 détenus de moins en un mois

https://larochesuryon.maville.com/actu/actudet_-coronavirus.-dans-les-prisons-francaises-pres-de-10-000-detenus-de-moins-en-un-mois_54135-4071762_actu.Htm

Ireland - Prisoner loses action over being put into isolation due to Covid-19 fears in prison

 https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/prisoner-loses-action-over-being-put-into-isolation-due-to-covid-19-fears-in-prison-1.4228945

Montenegro Warned about Poor Conditions in Remand Prisons

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/04/14/montenegro-warned-about-poor-conditions-in-remand-prisons/

Virtual prison visits rolled out in Northern Ireland

https://www.irishlegal.com/article/virtual-prison-visits-rolled-out-in-northern-ireland

Coronavirus: Activists call for amnesty amid signs Covid-19 is beginning to hit Russian jails

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/coronavirus-russia-prison-jail-release-riot-kremlin-a9465001.html

Scotland - Government publishes prison rule changes during Covid-19 pandemic

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/prisoners-could-be-told-to-take-fewer-showers-in-response-to-covid-19-outbreak/

Coronavirus in Scotland: Prisoners face 28-day lockdown in jail cells

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18379278.coronavirus-scotland-prisoners-face-28-day-lockdown-jail-cells/

Oceania

Australia - Coronavirus lockdown measures lead to more disturbances in NSW prisons

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-15/coronavirus-restrictions-ignite-tensions-in-nsw-prison-system/12150076

 

News 10 – 14 April

Africa

Nigeria - COVID -19: Ekiti, Kwara to release prison inmates

https://www.thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2020/04/13/covid-19-ekiti-kwara-to-release-prison-inmates/

South Africa - Correctional Services says committed to safe Covid-19 practices in prisons

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-04-12-correctional-services-says-committed-to-safe-covid-19-practices-in-prisons/

Americas

Canada - More than 2,000 inmates released, 6 COVID-19 cases confirmed inside Ontario jails

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-jails-coronavirus-1.5527677

Outcry as Chile seeks to include Pinochet human rights abusers in jail release

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/13/chile-coronavirus-pinochet-dictatorship-prisons

Inmates set mattresses on fire and hurl objects at guards and cops as they're hit with rubber bullets during riot at notorious Dominican Republic prison where fury mounts after four people die of coronavirus

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8208345/Inmates-record-riot-inside-Dominican-Republic-jail-four-prisoners-died-COVID-19.html

US - Virus-wracked federal prisons again expand release criteria

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/11/federal-prison-release-criteria-coronavirus-179835

US - Inmates At Kansas Prison Take Over Cell Block, Destroy Property In Disturbance Over COVID-19 Frustrations

https://en.brinkwire.com/news/inmates-at-kansas-prison-take-over-cell-block-destroy-property-in-disturbance-over-covid-19-frustrations/

US - Nearly 200 inmates rioted after officials announced coronavirus cases in a Washington state facility

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/09/us/washington-monroe-prison-riot/index.html

US (North Carolina) - NC considering early release of 500 inmates based on certain criteria amid coronavirus

https://www.wbtv.com/2020/04/13/nc-considering-early-release-inmates-based-certain-criteria-amid-coronavirus/

US - Racing against a coronavirus clock, Philly courts release 200+ jail inmates in the first week of fast-track emergency hearings

https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-philadelphia-jail-inmate-release-bail-infection-larry-krasner-court-20200411.html

US (California) - State Sets Bail to Zero for Misdemeanors and Some Felonies

https://sacobserver.com/2020/04/state-sets-bail-to-zero-for-misdemeanors-and-some-felonies/

Asia

1,800 inmates freed from jail in Bahrain

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/legal/story/1800_inmates_freed_from_jail_in_Bahrain-SNG_172237862/

Bangladesh - Coronavirus: Release of prisoners delayed by general holiday

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2020/04/14/covid-19-release-from-jail-delayed-by-coronavirus-public-holiday

Coronavirus measures trigger prison riot in Indonesia

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/coronavirus-measures-trigger-prison-riot-indonesia-70103343

Iran - More prisoners die of COVID19, prisons lack coronavirus protections

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2020/04/13/more-prisoners-die-of-covid19-prisons-lack-coronavirus-protections/

Pakistan - Govt says measures tightened to prevent coronavirus in prisons

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/04/11/govt-says-measures-tightened-prevent-coronavirus-prisons/

Philippines - House Justice Committee recommends temporary release on bail of ‘vulnerable’ prisoners

https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/04/09/house-justice-committee-recommends-temporary-release-on-bail-of-vulnerable-prisoners/

Europe

England and Wales - 100 prisoners to be dispersed from jail after coronavirus outbreak linked to death of a member of staff

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/14/100-prisoners-dispersed-jail-coronavirus-outbreak-linked-death/

England and Wales - Prison estate expanded to protect NHS from coronavirus risk

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prison-estate-expanded-to-protect-nhs-from-coronavirus-risk

Netherlands - Pepper Spray Used To End Covid-19 Related Protest In Lelystad Prison: Report

https://nltimes.nl/2020/04/13/pepper-spray-used-end-covid-19-related-protest-lelystad-prison-report

Russian Jail on Coronavirus Lockdown After Inspector’s Death – Reports

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/10/russian-jail-on-coronavirus-lockdown-after-inspectors-death-reports-a69939

First inmate at Scottish prison dies from Covid-19

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/crime/first-inmate-scottish-prison-dies-covid-19-2535551

Coronavirus Scotland: Second Scots prisoner dies of suspected Covid-19 as ’30 inmates self-isolate’

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/5490963/coronavirus-scotland-second-prisoner-death-inmates-self-isolate/

Turkish Parliament agrees to free thousands from prison as anti-coronavirus safety measure

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/legislation/turkish-parliament-agrees-to-free-thousands-from-prison-as-anti-coronavirus-safety-measure

Three Turkish prisoners die of coronavirus

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1658131/world

Oceania

Coronavirus Australia: Queensland prisons taking drastic measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks

https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/coronavirus-australia-queensland-prisons-taking-drastic-measures-to-prevent-covid-19-outbreaks-c-973426

 

News 9 April

Africa

Ghana - Coronavirus: Sekondi Central Prison appeals for fumigation materials

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Coronavirus-Sekondi-Central-Prison-appeals-for-fumigation-materials-919129

Malawi - Concerns over coronavirus at overcrowded at Zomba prison

https://malawi24.com/2020/04/09/concerns-over-coronavirus-at-overcrowded-at-zomba-prison/

Nigeria - COVID-19: Buhari flags off release of qualified prison inmates

https://dailypost.ng/2020/04/09/covid-19-buhari-flags-off-release-of-qualified-prison-inmates/

South Africa - EC prison to undergo mass testing after official tests positive

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/prison-mass-testing-eastern-cape-lockdown-health-virus-2020/

Uganda: COVID-19 - Prisons Identify 2,000 Inmates for Release

https://allafrica.com/stories/202004080307.html

Americas

Canada - Judges release growing number accused of violent crimes due to COVID-19 fears

 https://globalnews.ca/news/6788223/coronavirus-prisons-inmates-released/

Canada - 11 inmates at federal prison in B.C. test positive for COVID-19

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/11-inmates-at-federal-prison-in-b-c-test-positive-for-covid-19-1.4888632

US - Coronavirus cases in California prisons multiplied in days and inmates fear further spread

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/09/us/california-prisons-coronavirus/index.html

US (N. Carolina) - Coronavirus outbreak hits Eastern NC prison. 15 state inmates now infected.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article241859326.html

US (Texas) - First state prison inmate dies of COVID-19, lockdown expands

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/article241866291.html                   

US - Colorado reaches 193 coronavirus deaths; first prison inmate tests positive

https://the-journal.com/articles/173240

US - 401 people infected with COVID-19 in Chicago prison

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-04-09/401-infected-with-COVID-19-in-Chicago-prison-PxFR8GIkNi/index.html

US - Michigan Prisons Are One Of The Fastest Growing COVID-19 Hot Spots

https://therealnews.com/stories/michigan-prisons-coronavirus-hot-spot-solitary-confinement-isolation

US (New Jersey) - COVID-19 Spreads Among NJ Jail, Prison Staff and Inmates

https://wpgtalkradio.com/covid-19-spreads-among-nj-jail-prison-staff-and-inmates/

US (Virginia) - Inmates sue state over conditions in prisons during pandemic

https://www.cbs19news.com/story/41987990/inmates-sue-state-over-conditions-in-prisons-during-pandemic

US - The Emergency in Florida Jails

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/the-emergency-in-florida-jails/609670/

US - As Coronavirus Spreads Among Juvenile Justice Facilities, Activists Are Calling For Their Release

http://www.mtv.com/news/3162492/coronavirus-juvenile-justice-facilities/

US (Illinois) - Medically Vulnerable to be Furloughed From Prison

http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=301938#.Xo7_echKjIU

Asia

In overcrowded cells, Bahrain's political prisoners fear coronavirus threat

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-bahrain-prisons/in-overcrowded-cells-bahrains-political-prisoners-fear-coronavirus-threat-idUSKCN21R1JC

Cambodia - Prisoners Won’t Be Released Amid Outbreak Fears, Justice Ministry Says

https://english.cambodiadaily.com/health/prisoners-wont-be-released-amid-outbreak-fears-justice-ministry-says-162514/

India - Panel dissatisfied with delay in prison decongestion

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/panel-dissatisfied-with-delay-in-prison-decongestion/article31293309.ece

India - Covid-19: Chhattisgarh releases 1,478 prisoners after SC order

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/covid-19-chhattisgarh-releases-1-478-prisoners-after-sc-order-to-decongest-prisons/story-YdmTjOO05Y7qZCuJszLD8N.html

Amid coronavirus scare, Myanmar court releases scores of detained Rohingya Muslims

https://scroll.in/latest/958681/amid-coronavirus-scare-myanmar-court-releases-scores-of-detained-rohingya-muslims

Coronavirus: Dozens of Prisoners Test Positive in Pakistan

https://communalnews.com/coronavirus-dozens-of-prisoners-test-positive-in-pakistan/

Philippines - SC urged to release sick, elderly political prisoners amid COVID-19

https://www.bulatlat.com/2020/04/08/sc-urged-to-release-sick-elderly-political-prisoners-amid-covid-19/

Philippines - BJMP builds coronavirus isolation facility

https://www.rappler.com/nation/257473-bjmp-builds-coronavirus-isolation-facility

Europe

England and Wales - Care homes and prisons are next to receive coronavirus test kits

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/care-homes-and-prisons-are-next-to-receive-coronavirus-test-kits-hkvfqbrrw

England and Wales - Prison fears as death toll rises

https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/18367504.prison-fears-death-toll-rises/

Estonia - Justice chancellor hits out at prisons coronavirus fresh air breaks ban

https://news.err.ee/1074819/justice-chancellor-hits-out-at-prisons-coronavirus-fresh-air-breaks-ban

Greece - Riot in women’s prison in Thiva after detainee dies

http://www.ekathimerini.com/251519/article/ekathimerini/news/riot-in-womens-prison-in-thiva-after-detainee-dies

Greece and COVID-19, in prisons isolation is not enough

https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Greece/Greece-and-COVID-19-in-prisons-isolation-is-not-enough-200939

Portugal - Plan to free up to 2700 prisoners trashed by Opposition

https://www.portugalresident.com/plan-to-free-up-to-2700-prisoners-trashed-by-opposition/

Scotland - Former justice secretary calls for prisoner releases to fight virus

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/former-justice-secretary-calls-for-prisoner-releases-to-fight-virus/

Scotland - New rules could ‘prevent prisoners from keeping themselves clean’

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/new-rules-could-prevent-prisoners-from-keeping-themselves-clean/

Scots prison officers given emergency pay fund to cover staffing crisis during coronavirus pandemic

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scots-prison-officers-given-emergency-21835230

 

News 8 April

England and Wales - Ten prisoners have died after contracting coronavirus

https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/07/ten-prisoners-died-contracting-coronavirus-12523406/

England and Wales - 15,000 prisoners need to be curb spread of coronavirus, officials told ministers

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/07/15000-prisoners-need-curb-spread-coronavirus-officials-told/

England and Wales - Discharged UK prisoners with Covid-19 symptoms given travel warrants

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/discharged-uk-prisoners-with-covid-19-symptoms-given-travel-warrants

England and Wales - First six pregnant prisoners freed after coronavirus rule change, Robert Buckland tells MPs

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18364801.first-six-pregnant-prisoners-freed-coronavirus-rule-change-robert-buckland-tells-mps/

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: NZ prisoners kept in solitary during outbreak, says prison reform group

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12323375

Lebanon prisons hit by unrest amid coronavirus fears

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/lebanon-prisons-hit-unrest-coronavirus-fears-200407181016398.html

Overcrowded prison populations worry about impending ‘disaster’

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2020/04/08/overcrowded-prison-populations-worry-about-impending-disaster

Haiti's crowded prisons a coronavirus catastrophe waiting to happen

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/haitis-crowded-prisons-coronavirus-catastrophe-waiting-happen-002419772.html

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends prison sentences for debtors

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/coronavirus-saudi-arabia-suspends-prison-sentences-for-debtors-1.1586292228187

Indonesia - Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowding

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/04/08/activists-experts-caution-against-slapdash-reform-tackle-prison-overcrowding.html

US - Coronavirus has led to thousands of early releases from prisons and jails. Not in Arizona

 https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-04-07/coronavirus-prisons-arizona-covid19

US - 'They're All Really Afraid': Coronavirus Spreads In Federal Prisons

https://www.wgbh.org/news/national-news/2020/04/07/theyre-all-really-afraid-coronavirus-spreads-in-federal-prisons

Australia – COVID-19 prison changes include isolation of new inmates, temperature checks

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/covid-19-prison-changes-include-isolation-of-new-inmates-temperature-checks-20200408-p54iab.html

Europe’s Prisons Reel Under Virus Assault; A Warning to U.S.?

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/04/07/europes-prisons-reel-under-virus-assault-a-warning-to-u-s/

DR Congo frees 1,200 inmates amid coronavirus outbreak

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/dr-congo-frees-1-200-inmates-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/1796522

Release or isolate: The debate on how to help people inside Canada’s prisons and jails during COVID-19

https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/07/release-or-isolate-the-debate-on-how-to-help-people-inside-canadas-prisons-and-jails-during-covid-19/

Covid-19: More than sixty prisoners released from prison in La Réunion

https://www.linfo.re/la-reunion/societe/covid-19-plus-d-une-soixantaine-de-detenus-liberes-de-prison-a-la-reunion

Pakistan - District jail declines to accept new prisoners

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2193046/1-district-jail-declines-accept-new-prisoners/

Nepal’s prisons need to be depopulated

https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/nepals-prisons-need-to-be-depopulated/

India - Coronavirus: Over 2000 prisoners granted bail in Karnataka, some choose to remain in jail

https://indianexpress.com/article/coronavirus/coronavirus-karnataka-jail-prison-bail-6353188/

Ukraine's justice minister names possible ways of infection with COVID-19 among prisoners

https://www.unian.info/society/10949021-ukraine-s-justice-minister-names-possible-ways-of-infection-with-covid-19-among-prisoners.html

Coronavirus Could Worsen Grave Health Crisis in Venezuela Prisons

https://www.insightcrime.org/news/brief/coronavirus-health-prisons-venezuela/

Malta - Corradino prison staff start week-long shifts to reduce COVID-19 risks

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/101555/corradino_prison_staff_start_weeklong_shifts_to_reduce_covid19_risks#.Xo2yZMhKjIU

Canada - Ontario Is Releasing Nearly 2,000 Inmates To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19

https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/on/ontario-inmates-are-being-released-from-prison-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19

 

News 7 April

England and Wales - Two more prisoners die after testing positive for coronavirus

https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/06/two-prisoners-die-testing-positive-coronavirus-12518417/

Asia: Reduce Prison Populations Facing COVID-19

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/04/06/asia-reduce-prison-populations-facing-covid-19

Coronavirus spreads across Belgium’s prisons

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/105080/coronavirus-spreads-across-belgiums-prisons/

Report Into Coronavirus in Iran Prisons

https://www.iranfocus.com/en/human-rights/34404-report-into-coronavirus-in-iran-prisons

Prevention plan to protect prison population in Cuba

https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=54285&SEO=prevention-plan-to-protect-prison-population-in-cuba

Uganda - COVID-19 CRISIS: Prisons Management recommend release of 2000 prisoners

https://www.pmldaily.com/news/2020/04/covid-19-crisis-prisons-management-recommend-release-of-2000-prisoners.html

Dominica - COVID-19: Visits at state prison suspended indefinitely

https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/covid-19-visits-at-state-prison-suspended-indefinitely/

Australia - Policy backflip in lead-up to Queensland election puts youth in detention centres at risk of coronavirus

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/06/policy-backflip-in-lead-up-to-queensland-election-puts-youth-in-detention-centres-at-risk-of-coronavirus

Syria slow to free prisoners despite coronavirus risk in crowded jails - rights groups

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-syria-jails/syria-slow-to-free-prisoners-despite-coronavirus-risk-in-crowded-jails-rights-groups-idUKKBN21O1VH

Unclog the jails: Covid-19 lends urgency to ending overcrowding of India’s prisons by undertrials

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-editorials/unclog-the-jails-covid-19-lends-urgency-to-ending-overcrowding-of-indias-prisons-by-undertrials/

Guyana - Early release among measures being taken to safeguard prisons from coronavirus

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/04/07/news/guyana/early-release-among-measures-being-taken-to-safeguard-prisons-from-coronavirus/

Almost 50 inmates contract coronavirus in Pakistan prison

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2020/04/07/almost-50-inmates-contract-coronavirus-in-pakistan-prison/

 

News 4 – 6 April

England and Wales - Two workers at London's Pentonville prison die from Covid-19

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/04/two-workers-at-londons-pentonville-prison-die-from-covid-19

England and Wales - Measures announced to protect NHS from coronavirus risk in prisons

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/measures-announced-to-protect-nhs-from-coronavirus-risk-in-prisons

Up to 4,000 prisoners in England and Wales to be temporarily released from jail to control coronavirus

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/health/coronavirus/4000-prisoners-england-and-wales-be-temporarily-released-jail-control-coronavirus-2529402

Estonia - Prison guards to switch to five-day schedules during emergency situation

https://news.err.ee/1072808/prison-guards-to-switch-to-five-day-schedules-during-emergency-situation

US - Barr expands early release for inmates at prisons hard hit by coronavirus

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/04/politics/barr-early-release-inmates-prisons/index.html

US - Judges reject sweeping California inmate release

https://www.marinij.com/2020/04/05/judges-deny-california-inmate-release-request-cite-us-law/

Cambodia: Prisons Potential COVID-19 Epicenters

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/04/05/cambodia-prisons-potential-covid-19-epicenters

Virus prompts Sri Lanka prison release

https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/virus-prompts-sri-lanka-prison-release/news-story/ca86cb5f070ca5bb04159804013327a6

Iran: Situation in Prisons Becomes Increasingly Tense 

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/insider/6976-iran-news-coronavirus-prison-20200403.html

Overcrowding and the risk of unmitigated spread of COVID-19 in Madagascar's prisons

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/04/overcrowding-and-the-risk-of-unmitigated-spread-of-covid-19-in-madagascars-prisons/

Singapore - Parliament: Prisons to suspend all family visits from April 7 to May 4 amid Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-prisons-to-suspend-all-family-visits-from-april-7-to-may-4-amid-covid-19

Turkey - Riot erupts in southeast penitentiary, after parliamentary committee approves prisoner release bill

https://ahvalnews.com/prisoner-bill/riot-erupts-southeast-penitentiary-after-parliamentary-committee-approves-prisoner

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Prisoners in cells up to 23 hours a day

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12322673

Bangladesh - Efforts underway to prevent Covid-19 spread in prisons: Red Cross

https://www.thedailystar.net/efforts-underway-prevent-covid-19-spread-in-prisons-1889860

COVID-19 pandemic: urgent steps are needed to protect the rights of prisoners in Europe

https://www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/-/covid-19-pandemic-urgent-steps-are-needed-to-protect-the-rights-of-prisoners-in-europe

Malaysia - Consider danger of Covid-19 spreading in prisons, says CJ

https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/04/06/consider-danger-of-covid-19-spreading-in-prisons-says-cj/

At least 200,000 prisoners to be released worldwide due to Coronavirus outbreak

https://www.thenational.ae/world/at-least-200-000-prisoners-to-be-released-worldwide-due-to-coronavirus-outbreak-1.1001775

Calls grow to release Myanmar prisoners to tackle Covid-19

https://www.ucanews.com/news/calls-grow-to-release-myanmar-prisoners-to-tackle-covid-19/87641

Northern Ireland - Justice minister Naomi Long says she will consider further prisoner releases due to Covid-19

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/crime/justice-minister-naomi-long-says-she-will-consider-further-prisoner-releases-due-covid-19-2530077

Morocco to free over 5,000 prisoners over virus fears

https://middle-east-online.com/en/morocco-free-over-5000-prisoners-over-virus-fears

“No Prison in Colombia Can Deal with Coronavirus, if They Leave Us Here We are Facing the Death Penalty”

https://www.newsclick.in/Colombia-Prisons-Coronavirus-COVID-19-Outbreak

Trinidad & Tobago - State takes first step to early prison release

https://newsday.co.tt/2020/04/06/state-takes-first-step-to-early-prison-release/

Guyana - GHRA calls for hundreds of prisoners to be released

http://demerarawaves.com/2020/04/05/ghra-calls-for-hundreds-of-prisoners-to-be-released/

Kenya – Government suspends prison visits by another 30 days

https://www.the-star.co.ke/covid-19/2020-04-05-government-suspends-prison-visits-by-another-30-days/

Canada - Old people in prisons are facing a COVID-19 “death sentence”

 https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/old-people-in-prisons-are-facing-a-covid-19-death-sentence/

REPORT: Nigerian inmates live in danger amid Coronavirus pandemic

https://www.icirnigeria.org/report-nigerian-inmates-live-in-danger-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

Pakistan - Safety of mentally ill prisoners during pandemic outbreak should be ensured

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/640023-safety-of-mentally-ill-prisoners-during-pandemic-outbreak-should-be-ensured

 

News 3 April

US - Death toll from COVID-19 at Oakdale prison in Louisiana continues to climb

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-prisons/death-toll-from-covid-19-at-oakdale-prison-in-louisiana-continues-to-climb-idUKKBN21K2F1

Australia - Coronavirus restrictions spark unrest in prisons as cell fires confirmed in NSW

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-03/coronavirus-restrictions-spark-inmate-unrest-in-nsw-jails/12113820

Northern Ireland - Almost 200 prison staff off in NI due to Covid-19

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/national/18354448.almost-200-prison-staff-off-ni-due-covid-19/

Indonesia - Dozens released from Wamena prison in Papua

 https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/413395/dozens-released-from-wamena-prison-in-papua

US - Nearly 1,000 Kentucky prison sentences to be commuted, Beshear says

https://www.wave3.com/2020/04/02/nearly-kentucky-prison-sentences-be-commuted-beshear-says/

Kenya Has Freed Nearly 5000 Inmates Via Skype Court Sessions

https://nbcpalmsprings.com/2020/04/02/kenya-has-freed-nearly-5000-inmates-via-skype-court-sessions/

UK's leading prison charities warn of unprecedented deaths in jails if low-risk inmates are not released early

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/02/uks-leading-prison-charities-warn-unprecedented-deaths-jails/

England and Wales - Prison officers 'forgotten service' of coronavirus

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/health/coronavirus-covid19/2020/04/03/prison-officers-forgotten-service-or-coronavirus/

England and Wales - Fears Leeds prison is on brink of 'boiling point' as inmates locked up for 23 hours a day

https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/news/leeds-news/fears-leeds-prison-brink-boiling-18031126

England and Wales - HMP Peterborough defends single cells being used by two inmates after concerns of coronavirus raised

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/hmp-peterborough-defends-single-cells-being-used-two-inmates-after-concerns-coronavirus-raised-2528212

Malaysia - New prison inmates to be quarantined first

https://www.thesundaily.my/local/new-prison-inmates-to-be-quarantined-first-LI2208049

Egypt sanitizes prisons to curb spread of coronavirus

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1652321/middle-east

Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/World/Burkina-Faso-frees-prisoners-stem-virus-spread/688340-5512766-6gph40/index.html

Libya does the right thing: it releases prisoners in pretrial detention amid Covid-19

http://north-africa.com/2020/03/libya-does-the-right-thing-it-releases-prisoners-in-pretrial-detention-amid-covid-19/

Russia’s Penitentiary Authority seals off pretrial detention facilities

http://rapsinews.com/news/20200331/305650974.html

Trinidad: 388 low-risk prisoners targeted for release

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/04/03/news/regional/trinidad/trinidad-388-low-risk-prisoners-targeted-for-release/

UN expert urges Eritrea to reduce risk of COVID-19 spreading by releasing prisoners

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/990862-un-expert-urges-eritrea-to-reduce-risk-of-covid-19-spreading-by-releasing-prisoners

Ill-prepared for Covid-19, Mexico City prisons continue to allow visitors

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/04/02/ill-prepared-covid-19-mexico-city-prisons-continue-allow-visitors

Turkey: COVID-19 Puts Sick Prisoners at Grave Risk

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/04/03/turkey-covid-19-puts-sick-prisoners-grave-risk

France - Coronavirus. Prison : 6 266 détenus libérés en quinze jours

https://www.ouest-france.fr/sante/virus/coronavirus/coronavirus-prison-6-266-detenus-liberes-en-quinze-jours-6799255

 

News 2 April

Inmates at Scottish jails not following social distancing, warn prison officers

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/inmates-scottish-jails-not-following-social-distancing-warn-prison-officers-2525633

Coronavirus: Almost a quarter of Scottish prison staff absent from work

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52133835

Authorities In Chile Must Guarantee The Health Of The Prison Population Against Covid-19

https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/authorities-in-chile-must-guarantee-the-health-of-the-prison-population-against-covid-19/

Australia - Coronavirus causing anxiety in Vic prisons

https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/coronavirus-causing-anxiety-in-vic-prisons/news-story/b244d544625cf790fdf19f80da019ea0

Trinidad & Tobago - COVID 19: Gov't looks at reducing prison population

http://www.looptt.com/content/covid-19-govt-looks-reducing-prison-population

Rwanda: COVID-19 - Prisons Service Reassures on Inmates' Safety

https://allafrica.com/stories/202004010634.html

Canada - Consider Releasing Some Inmates Early Due To COVID-19, Bill Blair Asks Federal Officials

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/inmates-release-covid-19-bill-blair_ca_5e8484b8c5b6a1bb7650afbc

Third British prisoner with coronavirus dies after contracting Covid-19 in custody

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/coronavirus-prison-third-dies-hmp-littlehey-a4404671.html

US - Federal prisons are fighting coronavirus with home release and a quarantine, but that may not be enough

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/1/21202808/coronavirus-federal-prisons-doj-barr-14-day-quarantine

US - Rikers Island Prisoners Are Being Offered Ppe And $6 An Hour To Dig Mass Graves

https://theintercept.com/2020/03/31/rikers-island-coronavirus-mass-graves/

Coronavirus Restrictions Stoke Tensions in Lock-ups Across U.S.

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/04/02/coronavirus-restrictions-stoke-tensions-in-lock-ups-across-u-s

Bangladesh - Jail authorities recommend release of 4,450 inmates

https://www.newagebd.net/article/103618/jail-authorities-recommend-release-of-4450-inmates

Canada - Guards at Ottawa jail refuse to work over lack of COVID-19 screening protocols

https://globalnews.ca/news/6761103/guards-ottawa-jail-refuse-work-covid-19-screening/

Portugal - Judges call on government to release 1400 prisoners

https://www.portugalresident.com/judges-call-on-government-to-release-1400-prisoners/

Liberia: RAL Wants Protection for Detainees

https://allafrica.com/stories/202004020387.html

Guyane : mutinerie dans une prison

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/guyane-mutinerie-dans-une-prison_3896229.html

Égypte : le Covid-19 atteint les prisons

https://www.lepoint.fr/afrique/egypte-le-covid-19-atteint-les-prisons-02-04-2020-2369859_3826.php#

 

News 1 April

Prison riots break out around the world as coronavirus spreads

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/01/prison-riots-break-around-world-coronavirus-spreads/

US - Coronavirus: California to release 3,500 non-violent prison inmates

https://www.france24.com/en/20200401-coronavirus-california-to-release-3-500-non-violent-prison-inmates

Scottish criminals to be released early if prisons overwhelmed with coronavirus

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/31/scottish-criminals-released-early-prisons-overwhelmed-coronavirus/

England and Wales - 70 pregnant women and mothers to be released from prison early to combat coronavirus crisis

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/31/70-pregnant-women-mothers-released-prison-early-combat-coronavirus/

Coronavirus: Tunisia releases 1,420 inmates to reduce prison population

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-tunisia-releases-1420-inmates-reduce-prison-population

Ireland - Prisons introduce temperature screening at entrances to stop Covid-19 spread

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/prisons-introduce-temperature-screening-at-entrances-to-stop-covid-19-spread-991322.html

Prisoners Killed In Major Disturbances At Two Prisons In Iran

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/prisoners-killed-in-major-disturbances-at-two-prisons-in-iran/30520472.html

US - Federal prisons will confine inmates to cells for 2 weeks due to coronavirus

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/31/politics/prisons-lockdown-coronavirus/index.html

Jamaica - Prison COVID Worries - Opposition ­Senator Calls For Release Of Low-Risk Detainees

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20200401/prison-covid-worries-opposition-senator-calls-release-low-risk

Coronavirus prompts calls to free inmates from overcrowded Belgian prisons

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/103626/coronavirus-prompts-calls-to-free-inmates-to-ease-overcrowding-in-belgian-prisons-covid19/

Tensions Grow in Latin America’s Prisons as COVID-19 Spreads

https://www.irinsider.org/latin-america-1/2020/3/31/tensions-grow-in-latin-americas-prisons-as-covid-19-spreads

Nigeria - Coronavirus: Two injured as riot rocks Kaduna prison

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/385199-coronavirus-two-injured-as-riot-rocks-kaduna-prison.html

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons Service temporarily suspends visits amid COVID-19 concerns

http://www.looptt.com/content/prisons-service-temporarily-suspends-visits-amid-covid-19-concerns

Luxembourg - 30 inmates embark on hunger strike following protests

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1493481.html

COVID-19: Indonesia releases more than 5,500 inmates, plans to free 50,000

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/04/01/covid-19-indonesia-releases-more-than-5500-inmates-plans-to-free-50000.html

'The whole system is broken': Lebanon’s prison riots stretch deeper than coronavirus fears

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2020/Mar-31/503615-the-whole-system-is-broken-lebanons-prison-riots-stretch-deeper-than-coronavirus-fears.ashx

Bangladesh - 40 prisoners quarantined, 6 isolation units at jails

 https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/40-prisoners-quarantined-6-isolation-units-jails-1888378

 

News 31 March

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Prisoners to be temporarily freed in response to pandemic

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-52090399

Coronavirus: Total of 55 prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in England and Wales

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-total-of-55-prisoners-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-uk-11965930

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Pregnant prisoners 'set to be released early' over fears of Covid-19 spreading through jails

https://inews.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-pregnant-prisoners-released-early-sources-government-covid-19-outbreak-2523056

UK prisoners with flu symptoms forced to share cells with those with Covid-19

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/31/uk-prisoners-covid-19-symptoms-forced-share-cells

We need to decongest Africa’s prisons urgently. For everyone’s sake.

https://africanarguments.org/2020/03/30/decongest-africa-covid-19-prisons-urgently/

Turkey - Prison staff to be isolated after shifts

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/prison-staff-to-be-isolated-after-shifts-153413

Russia: Authorities urged to protect half a million prison population in face of COVID-19

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/03/russia-authorities-urged-to-protect-half-a-million-prison-population-in-face-of-covid-19/

Spain – Region’s prisons ready to explode

 https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/30/regions-prisons-ready-to-explode/

Cyprus - Coronavirus: Cabinet to approve measures to mitigate prison overcrowding

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/03/31/coronavirus-cabinet-to-approve-measures-to-mitigate-prison-overcrowding/

Irish Prison Service contacts retired staff in a bid to get them temporarily back to work

https://www.thejournal.ie/irish-prison-service-staff-retired-coronavirus-5062182-Mar2020/

COVID-19 Threatens Indonesia’s Overcrowded Prisons

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/03/30/covid-19-threatens-indonesias-overcrowded-prisons

Indonesia to release 30,000 prisoners early amid coronavirus concerns

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1650401/world

Singapore's prisons remain Covid-free due to precautionary measures

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/singapores-prisons-remain-covid-free-due-to-precautionary-measures

Human Rights Watch warns of Coronavirus outbreak in Libyan prisons

https://www.libyanexpress.com/human-rights-watch-warns-of-coronavirus-outbreak-in-libyan-prisons/

Colombian government is set to release almost 11,000 prisoners and place them under house arrest in bid to control spread of coronavirus one week after riot left 23 inmates dead

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8168945/Colombia-transfer-10-000-prisoners-house-arrest-control-coronavirus-spread.html

Coronavirus: Congested prisons across India to release prisoners on parole

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/coronavirus-congested-prisons-across-india-to-release-prisoners-on-parole/cid/1760575

In Canada’s courts, accused criminals are asking for release due to COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6746173/coronavirus-covid-19-criminals-asking-for-release/

Australia - Plan to quarantine prisoners infected with coronavirus in private hospitals

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/federal/plan-to-quarantine-prisoners-infected-with-coronavirus-in-private-hospitals-20200331-p54flv.html

COVID-19: Pakistan's top court halts prisoner release

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/covid-19-pakistans-top-court-halts-prisoner-release/1784906

Violent protest in Sudan prison

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/violent-protest-in-sudan-prison

Release inmates in Yemen to avert nationwide coronavirus outbreak, experts urge

https://indiablooms.com/world-details/F/23667/release-inmates-in-yemen-to-avert-nationwide-coronavirus-outbreak-experts-urge.html

 

News 28 – 30 March

England and Wales - 27 inmates test positive for Covid-19 in 14 different prisons

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/03/27/27-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-14-different-prisons/

Scotland - Fires started and wardens injured during ‘Coronavirus prison riot’, but prison service plays down the damage

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/fires-started-wardens-injured-during-17994244

Thailand - Virus rumour sparks riot, prison break

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1888885/virus-rumour-sparks-riot-prison-break

Spread of coronavirus accelerates in U.S. jails and prisons

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-inmates-insigh/spread-of-coronavirus-accelerates-in-us-jails-and-prisons-idUSKBN21F0TM

US - An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/an-explosion-of-coronavirus-cases-cripples-a-federal-prison-in-louisiana/2020/03/29/75a465c0-71d5-11ea-85cb-8670579b863d_story.html

US - Federal prisons mark first virus death

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/29/federal-prison-first-coronavirus-death-153387

If US prisons don't release some inmates, coronavirus will be a death sentence for the incarcerated

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/us-prisons-coronavirus-prisoners-release-death-a9431546.html

Cameroon Should Protect Prison Population from COVID-19

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/03/27/cameroon-should-protect-prison-population-covid-19

Inmates riot at Iran prison over coronavirus fears

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/inmates-riot-at-iran-prison-over-coronavirus-fears/1784696

Iran extends prison furloughs as coronavirus death toll rises

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-iran-toll/iran-extends-prison-furloughs-as-coronavirus-death-toll-rises-idUKKBN21G0CC

In Italy’s overcrowded prisons, fear of coronavirus

https://www.politico.eu/article/in-italys-overcrowded-prisons-fear-of-coronavirus/

Malaysia - Suspension of prison visitations continues

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/03/579528/suspension-prison-visitations-continues

Lebanese Judicial Measures to Ease Pressure on Overcrowded Prisons

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2204081/lebanese-judicial-measures-ease-pressure-overcrowded-prisons

Canada - Trudeau ‘very concerned’ that COVID-19 could spread in federal prisons

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/03/29/trudeau-very-concerned-that-covid-19-could-spread-in-federal-prisons.html

UAE - Abu Dhabi Police launch distance prison visits

https://gulfnews.com/uae/crime/abu-dhabi-police-launch-distance-prison-visits-1.70691195

Jamaica - Prisons Beef Up COVID-19 Security - Correctional Services Say No Need For Inmates And Relatives To Worry

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20200329/prisons-beef-covid-19-security-correctional-services-say-no-need

India - Maharashtra to release 11,000 undertrials on bail over COVID fears

https://frontline.thehindu.com/dispatches/article31183492.ece

India - 5,000 prisoners likely to released from UP jails

https://www.hindustantimes.com/lucknow/5-000-prisoners-likely-to-released-from-up-jails/story-wvxc7jmQDviltBA22NUphI.html

India - New jail inmates to be in separate barracks for 10 days

https://www.deccanherald.com/state/top-karnataka-stories/new-jail-inmates-to-be-in-separate-barracks-for-10-days-818612.html

Pakistan - Move to release 4,000 convicts from Sindh prisons to stop spread of Covid-19

https://www.dawn.com/news/1544810

Bangladesh - Steps taken to prevent virus spread in jails: Addl IG

https://en.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/steps-taken-to-prevent-virus-spread-in-jails

The Coronavirus Is Prompting Middle East Regimes to Release Prisoners. But Journalists and Activists Remain Behind Bars

https://time.com/5811237/coronavirus-middle-east-prisoners-released/

Sri Lanka’s overcrowded jails tense over COVID 19

https://economynext.com/sri-lankas-overcrowded-jails-tense-over-covid-19-62500/

Cyprus - Coronavirus: around 50 prisoners to be released – reports

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-around-50-prisoners-to-be-released-reports/

Coronavirus: Buhari approves decongestion of Nigeria Prisons, those to be freed revealed

https://dailypost.ng/2020/03/28/coronavirus-buhari-approves-decongestion-of-nigeria-prisons-those-to-be-freed-revealed/

Myanmar limits inmates’ visitors

https://www.mmtimes.com/news/myanmar-limits-inmates-visitors.html

 

News 27 March

Covid-19: UK prisoners with health issues 'face death sentences'

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/26/covid-19-uk-prisoners-with-health-issues-face-death-sentences

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak 'causing chaos' in Merseyside prisons

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/coronavirus-outbreak-causing-chaos-merseyside-17985738

Afghanistan to release nearly 10,000 prisoners to curb coronavirus spread

https://www.geo.tv/latest/279369-afghanistan-to-release-nearly-10000-prisoners-to-curb-coronavirus-spread

Justice Ministry: 200 prisoners released early in Azerbaijan

https://menafn.com/1099921561/Justice-Ministry-200-prisoners-released-early-in-Azerbaijan

Israel to release hundreds of prisoners to curb spread of coronavirus

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-to-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-to-curb-spread-of-coronavirus-622611

Greece - Plan for early release of inmates to curb virus risk

http://www.ekathimerini.com/251010/article/ekathimerini/news/plan-for-early-release-of-inmates-to-curb-virus-risk

US - Photos Show Some Prison Beds Are Only Three Feet Apart

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/03/27/photos-show-some-prison-beds-are-only-three-feet-apart

US - Coronavirus: New York prison infections surging as mayor moves to release more inmates

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-new-york-prison-cases-infection-rate-rikers-island-nyc-a9427411.html

US - Colorado places a moratorium on new prison intakes during pandemic

https://www.coloradoindependent.com/2020/03/26/colorado-moratorium-prisons-inmates-covid-19-cspii/

US (California) Gov. Gavin Newsom halts state prison intake for 30 days

https://www.correctionsone.com/jail-management/articles/gov-gavin-newsom-halts-state-prison-intake-for-30-days-UX4S8VmHH7g7prT6/

Coronavirus Fatalities on the Rise in Iran’s Prisons

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2020/03/26/coronavirus-fatalities-on-the-rise-in-irans-prisons/

Iran - Riot in Tabriz Prison: Guards Open Fire, Wound Prisoners

https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/ncri-statements/statement-iran-protest/riot-in-tabriz-prison-guards-open-fire-wound-prisoners/

Ghana - COVID-19 Infections In Our Prisons: Release More Petty Offenders, The Sick, The Aged And Others

https://www.modernghana.com/news/991913/covid-19-infections-in-our-prisons-release-more.html

Malta - PN suggests temporary prisons to ease overcrowding and virus risk at Corradino

 https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/pn-suggests-temporary-prisons-to-ease-overcrowding-and-virus-risk-at.781073

Coronavirus: Inmates in France hit out over prison hygiene amid COVID-19 fears

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/26/coronavirus-inmates-in-france-hit-out-over-prison-hygiene-amid-covid-19-fears

Liberia: ‘Coronavirus Outbreak in Prisons Would Be A Disaster’ – Bureau of Corrections Chief

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/liberia-coronavirus-outbreak-in-prisons-would-be-a-disaster-bureau-of-corrections-chief/

Inmate advocates warn of COVID-19 spread in Canada’s correctional facilities

https://globalnews.ca/news/6738316/prisoner-advocates-jails-covid-19-coronavirus-canada/

What Will Happen If Coronavirus Hits Indian Prisons?

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/coronavirus-india-prisons_in_5e7c4c82c5b6cb9dc19a6b2c

Cambodia: overcrowded prisons are 'ticking time bomb'

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/cambodia-overcrowded-prisons-are-ticking-time-bomb

Ireland - Prisoners offered 'virtual visits' from loved ones after all in-person visits suspended

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/coronavirus/prisoners-offered-virtual-visits-from-loved-ones-after-all-in-person-visits-suspended-39081343.html

Coronavirus in Africa: pandemic feared in overcrowded prisons on the continent (in French)

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/afrique/societe-africaine/coronavirus-en-afrique-la-pandemie-est-tres-redoutee-dans-les-prisons-surpeuplees-du-continent_3885847.html

Belgium - Coronavirus: 323 prisoners on extended prison leave (in French)

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_coronavirus-323-detenus-en-conge-penitentiaire-prolonge?id=10469058

 

News 26 March

Coronavirus: First UK prison Covid-19 death confirmed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-52047003#

HMP Manchester inmate becomes second British prisoner to die from coronavirus

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/hmp-manchester-inmate-becomes-second-17985185

England and Wales - Release inmates or face jail pandemic, say prison governors

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/25/release-prisoners-or-face-jail-pandemic-says-chief

England and Wales - The reality of life in prison during the coronavirus pandemic

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/coronavirus-prisons-prisoners-manchester-court-17976671

England and Wales - ‘No Masks, No Showers, No Soap’: Prisoners Say Coronavirus Is ‘Spreading Unchecked’ In Women’s Jails

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-womens-prisons_uk_5e7a4974c5b62f90bc5253a1

England and Wales - 19 inmates across UK test positive for coronavirus in 10 prisons

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/19-inmates-across-uk-test-17982265

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Call to lower prison population to combat spread of virus

 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12319392

Prison riots break out across Argentina sparked by anger over conditions and coronavirus fears

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8150623/Prison-riots-break-Argentina-sparked-anger-conditions-coronavirus-fears.html

How the coronavirus is igniting riots, releases and crackdowns in world’s prisons

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/how-coronavirus-is-igniting-riots-releases-and-crackdowns-in-the-worlds-prisons/2020/03/25/6ca94494-6aba-11ea-b199-3a9799c54512_story.html

UN rights chief urges quick action by governments to prevent devastating impact of COVID-19 in places of detention

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1060252

Coronavirus is a ticking time bomb for the Australian prison system

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/26/coronavirus-is-a-ticking-time-bomb-for-the-australian-prison-system

Calls for some prisoners to be released from Australia's jails due to coronavirus

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-20/calls-for-australian-prisoners-to-be-released-due-to-coronavirus/12074182

Australia - We need to consider granting bail to unsentenced prisoners to stop the spread of coronavirus

https://theconversation.com/we-need-to-consider-granting-bail-to-unsentenced-prisoners-to-stop-the-spread-of-coronavirus-134526

Ireland - Prison visits and times restricted as part of Covid-19 measures

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0325/1126319-prison-release/

Northern Ireland – Call for prisoner releases to be considered as more than 160 officers self-isolate

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/call-for-prisoner-releases-to-be-considered-as-more-than-160-officers-self-isolate-39075768.html

COVID-19: Moroccan Prisons Adopt 2-Week Shifts for Correctional Officers

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/297583/covid-19-moroccan-prisons-adopt-2-week-shifts-for-correctional-officers/

Lock 'em up or let 'em out? Coronavirus prompts wave of prisoner releases

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-prisoners-released/lock-em-up-or-let-em-out-coronavirus-prompts-wave-of-prisoner-releases-idUKKBN21C38R

US - UCLA Law Builds Databases on Prisons and COVID-19

https://law.ucla.edu/news-and-events/in-the-news/2020/03/ucla-law-builds-databases-on-prisons-and-covid19/?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news

Ethiopia ፡ over 4000 prisoners walk free as part of COVID 19 prevention

https://borkena.com/2020/03/25/ethiopia-over-4000-prisoners-walk-free-as-part-of-covid-19-prevention/

 

News 25 March

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Inmates could be freed to ease virus pressure on jails

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52029581#

England and Wales - Call to suspend face-to-face prison education as staff don’t even have basic handwashing facilities

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/44334-call-to-suspend-face-to-face-prison-education-as-staff-don-t-even-have-basic-handwashing-facilities

Australia - Explainer: how will the emergency release of NSW prisoners due to coronavirus work?

https://theconversation.com/explainer-how-will-the-emergency-release-of-nsw-prisoners-due-to-coronavirus-work-134523

US - Bureau of Prisons Imposes 14-Day Quarantine to Contain Coronavirus

https://www.wsj.com/articles/bureau-of-prisons-imposes-14-day-quarantine-to-contain-coronavirus-11585093075

US - 14 inmates escape from Washington jail amid COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

https://abcnews.go.com/US/14-inmates-escape-washington-jail-amid-covid-19/story?id=69767853

Russia’s Pretrial Prisons Vulnerable as COVID-19 Spreads

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/03/24/russias-pretrial-prisons-vulnerable-covid-19-spreads

South Africa - Sonke Gender Justice: Reduce prison population to curb coronavirus

https://www.jacarandafm.com/news/news/sonke-gender-justice-reduce-prison-population-curb-coronavirus/

New Zealand - Coronavirus: More prison phone calls for inmates during lockdown

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120549161/coronavirus-more-prison-phone-calls-for-inmates-during-lockdown

First Coronavirus Death in Madrid Prison in and 38 Correctional Officers Test Positive for Coronavirus in Spain

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/25/first-coronavirus-death-in-madrid-prison-in-and-38-correctional-officers-test-positive-for-coronavirus-in-spain/#.Xns7kIj7TIU

Bermuda - Prison sets up sanitisation stations

http://www.royalgazette.com/health/article/20200324/prison-sets-up-sanitisation-stations

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Convicts of Zenica Prison sewed over 2,000 Protective Masks in only Two Days

https://www.sarajevotimes.com/convicts-of-zenica-prison-sewed-over-2000-protective-masks-in-only-two-days/

Coronavirus hits Turkish prisons with first inmate case reported

https://turkeypurge.com/coronavirus-hits-turkish-prisons-with-first-inmate-case-reported

Albania to Free 600 Prisoners as Pandemic Precaution

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/03/24/albania-to-free-600-prisoners-as-pandemic-precaution/

Nepal - Govt doing its bit to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in prisons

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/govt-doing-its-bit-to-prevent-covid-19-outbreak-in-prisons/

Bangladesh - Coronavirus gives prisoners the right to phone call

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/dhaka/2020/03/25/coronavirus-gives-prisoners-the-right-to-phone-call

All prison visits in Scotland suspended as justice system reacts to coronoavirus lock-down

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/all-prison-visits-scotland-suspended-justice-system-reacts-coronoavirus-lock-down-2516619

German state release some 1,000 prisoners due to coronavirus - report

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-germany-prisons/german-state-release-some-1000-prisoners-due-to-coronavirus-report-idUKKBN21C1RB

 

News 24 March

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Prisoners to be released early

http://www.irishnews.com/coronavirus/2020/03/24/news/prisoners-to-be-released-early-in-northern-ireland-1876325/?param=ds441rif44T

Confirmed coronavirus case at HMP Oakwood as virus reaches Britain's biggest prison

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/confirmed-coronavirus-case-hmp-oakwood-17966604

England and Wales - Three prisoners test positive for coronavirus in three different jails

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/23/three-prisoners-test-positive-coronavirus-three-different-jails-12445049/

Coronavirus: Prison visits cancelled across England and Wales

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-prison-lockdown-england-wales-latest-a9420606.html

Scotland - Coronavirus: Fears as prison inmates start 'riot' over restrictions inside jail

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coronavirus-hostage-fears-prison-inmates-21743141

Indonesia - Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infection

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/24/overcrowded-and-understaffed-prisons-scramble-to-protect-inmates-from-infection.html

Australia - Some NSW prisoners could be released early under Covid-19 emergency powers

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/24/hundreds-of-nsw-prisoners-could-be-released-early-under-covid-19-emergency-powers

Coronavirus: US prison inmates to make hospital gowns and masks amid critical shortage

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-masks-hospital-gowns-ventilators-shortage-prison-inmates-make-a9419206.html

WHO recommends tightening prison rules to prevent ‘outbreak’

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/633493-who-recommends-tightening-prison-rules-to-prevent-outbreak

New Zealand - Justice system: How prisons and courts are responding to Covid-19

 https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/covid-19/412517/justice-system-how-prisons-and-courts-are-responding-to-covid-19

India - Coronavirus: Tihar Jail to release 3,000 prisoners to ease congestion in prison

 https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/coronavirus-tihar-jail-to-release-3-000-prisoners-to-ease-congestion-in-prison-60070

Colombia may release some prisoners after deadly riots over coronavirus

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-23/in-colombia-critics-cite-overcrowding-in-coronavirus-linked-prison-riot

Portugal - Prisoners ‘of all kinds’ to be released as courts fail to meet judicial deadlines

https://www.portugalresident.com/prisoners-of-all-kinds-to-be-released-as-courts-fail-to-meet-judicial-deadlines/

 

News 21-23 March

Colombia says at least 23 killed, 91 injured in mass prison riots

https://colombiareports.com/colombia-says-at-least-23-killed-91-injured-in-mass-prison-riots/

Ban on Visitors Amid Coronavirus Triggers Riot in Sri Lanka Prison, 2 Inmates Killed

https://www.news18.com/news/world/ban-on-visitors-amid-coronavirus-triggers-riot-in-sri-lanka-prison-2-inmates-killed-2546169.html

Coronavirus: Turkey to pass law to release 100,000 prisoners

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-turkey-law-release-inmates-prisons

US - Prisons And Jails Change Policies To Address Coronavirus Threat Behind Bars

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/23/818581064/prisons-and-jails-change-policies-to-address-coronavirus-threat-behind-bars

US - Trump is considering releasing elderly, 'totally nonviolent' offenders from federal prisons amid coronavirus outbreak

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-consider-coronavirus-executive-order-federal-prisons2020-3?r=US&IR=T

US - California releases more jail inmates amid coronavirus crisis

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-20/california-releases-more-jail-inmates-amid-coronavirus-crisis

India - Coronavirus curbs trigger prison riot in Kolkata; one shot, eight hurt

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/riot-erupts-in-dum-dum-jail-undertrial-killed-in-firing/articleshow/74753923.cms

India - Coronavirus: Supreme Court orders release of prisoners to decongest jails

 https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/coronavirus-supreme-court-orders-release-of-prisoners-to-decongest-jails/story/398982.html

Northern Ireland - Prison visits suspended due to coronavirus crisis

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus/prison-visits-suspended-due-to-coronavirus-crisis-39062736.html

England and Wales - Prisons ‘could see 800 deaths’ from coronavirus without protective measures

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/21/prisons-could-see-800-deaths-from-coronavirus-without-protective-measures

Kenya Prisons suspends visits over coronavirus fears

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Coronavirus-Kenya-Prisons-suspends-visits/1056-5499588-a3cspxz/index.html

Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns

https://www.france24.com/en/20200320-anxiety-grows-for-egypt-jail-inmates-at-time-of-virus-shutdowns

Israel to send some 500 prisoners to house arrest to reduce jail virus threat

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-send-some-500-prisoners-to-house-arrest-to-reduce-jail-virus-threat/

Coronavirus: Syrian regime to release prisoners

https://www.thenational.ae/world/coronavirus-syrian-regime-to-release-prisoners-1.995909

Bangladesh - Overcrowded prisons not equipped to deal with Covid-19 cases

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/overcrowded-prisons-not-equipped-deal-covid-19-cases-1884628

'Everyone will be contaminated': prisons face strict coronavirus controls

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/23/everyone-will-be-contaminated-prisons-face-strict-coronavirus-controls

Poland wants to let some prisoners go home due to coronavirus

https://kfgo.com/2020/03/23/poland-wants-to-let-some-prisoners-go-home-due-to-coronavirus/

 

News 20 March

Two inmates at Scottish prison test positive for coronavirus

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/19/two-inmates-scottish-prison-test-positive-coronavirus-12424908/

US jails begin releasing prisoners to stem Covid-19 infections

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51947802#

Cayman Islands - Prison visits suspended

https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/03/19/prison-visits-suspended/

Coronavirus: 75 HMP Berwyn officers off sick or isolating

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51966387#

South Africa - Prisons to undergo deep cleaning to limit the spread of coronavirus

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/prisons-undergo-deep-cleaning-limit-coronavirus/

Uganda Prisons Service suspends visits to inmates

https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Uganda-Prisons-Service-suspends-inmates-Orik-Mapenduzi/688334-5497640-13vdonwz/index.html

Canada - Convicts serving intermittent sentences granted leave from prison during COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6703990/convicts-serving-intermittent-sentences-granted-leave-from-prison-during-covid-19/

Malta - Corradino prison takes early Covid-19 steps to protect inmates

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/101105/corradino_prison_takes_early_covid19_steps_to_protect_inmates#.XnS4coj7TIU

Belgium - Coronavirus: some prison sentences may be postponed

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/101432/coronavirus-some-prison-sentences-may-be-postponed/

Nepal - Convicts sentenced to less than year to be freed on bail or without bail

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/convicts-sentenced-to-less-than-year-to-be-freed-on-bail-or-without-bail/

 

News 19 March

Italy must release inmates to fight coronavirus in prison: Rights group

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/italy-release-inmates-fight-coronavirus-prison-rights-group-12553514

France Urged to Free Prisoners to Thwart Virus in Crowded Jails

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/france-urged-to-free-prisoners-to-thwart-virus-in-crowded-jails

First Dutch Prison Inmate Diagnosed With Coronavirus

https://nltimes.nl/2020/03/19/first-dutch-prison-inmate-diagnosed-coronavirus

Overcrowded and unsanitary, Venezuela's prisons brace for coronavirus

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-venezuela-prisons/overcrowded-and-unsanitary-venezuelas-prisons-brace-for-coronavirus-idUKKBN215323

Australia's overcrowded prisons could struggle to control coronavirus, expert says

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/19/australias-overcrowded-prisons-could-struggle-to-control-coronavirus-expert-says

Three dead after riot at prison in northwestern Romania amid Covid-19 restrictions

https://www.romania-insider.com/riot-prison-romania

US - Inmates in a prison with a coronavirus case say they're not allowed basic cleaning supplies and are worried about elderly inmates

https://www.insider.com/washington-prisoners-coronavirus-outbreak-cleaning-supplies-2020-3

New coronavirus cases in US jails heighten concerns about an unprepared system

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/18/politics/coronavirus-in-us-jails-heighten-concerns/index.html

First UK prisoner with coronavirus confirmed at HMP Manchester

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/uk-prison-coronavirus-case-confirmed-hmp-manchester-a4390981.html

Reassurances from HMIP as prison inspections suspended in England and Wales

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/29434

Belize - Prison disallows visits as of Saturday in preparation for COVID-19

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2020/03/18/prison-disallows-visits-as-of-saturday-in-preparation-for-covid-19/

British Virgin Islands - Gov’t restricts visits to prison and residential establishments

https://bvinews.com/govt-restricts-visits-to-prison-and-residential-establishments/

COVID-19: New Preventive Measures for Moroccan Prisons

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/296631/covid-19-new-preventive-measures-for-moroccan-prisons/

New Zealand - Coronavirus: 'Real concerns' over Covid-19's impact on prisons

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120383374/coronavirus-real-concerns-over-covid19s-impact-on-prisons

 

News 13-18 March

Europe

Coronavirus: Emergency plan for prisons in England and Wales

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51879952

England & Wales - Low-risk inmates could be released temporarily to ease pressure during coronavirus outbreak, head of prison officers union suggests

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/15/low-risk-inmates-could-released-temporarily-ease-pressure-coronavirus/

Irish prisons seek to release 200 prisoners in response to coronavirus recommendations

https://www.longfordleader.ie/news/national/525710/irish-prisons-seek-to-release-200-prisoners-in-response-to-coronavirus-recommendations.html

The 'doomsday' plan if coronavirus hits Northern Ireland's prisons

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/the-doomsday-plan-if-coronavirus-hits-northern-irelands-prisons-39045004.html

Luxembourg - Schrassig detention centre reduces visits to minimum

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1483295.html

Turkey - Prison Visits, Court Hearings Suspended over Coronavirus

http://bianet.org/english/health/221429-prison-visits-court-hearings-suspended-over-coronavirus

France - Coronavirus : Les Mesures Prises Dans Les Prisons

https://www.cnews.fr/france/2020-03-14/coronavirus-les-mesures-prises-dans-les-prisons-936125

 

Americas

US - Federal and most state prisons are banning visits to protect inmates from coronavirus

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/14/health/prisons-coronavirus-visitations-banned/index.html

US - How Prisons and Jails Can Respond to the Coronavirus

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/how-prisons-and-jails-can-respond-to-the-coronavirus

US - Bureau Of Prisons Announces Guidance On Coronavirus

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2020/03/13/bureau-of-prisons-announces-guidance-on-coronavirus/

US - LA sheriff releases hundreds of inmates to protect them from coronavirus

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/la-sheriff-releases-hundreds-of-inmates-to-protect-them-from-coronavirus

Canada - Jails and prisons ban visitors, allow weekend inmates to stay home as coronavirus fears grow

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/03/14/jails-and-prisons-ban-visitors-allow-weekend-inmates-to-stay-home-as-coronavirus-fears-grow.html

Trinidad - Prisons lock down over COVID-19

https://trinidadexpress.com/newsextra/prisons-lock-down-over-covid/article_8ec5c80a-679e-11ea-941d-cfd28e6c7b02.html

Guyana - Prison service to curb visits as part of COVID-19 response

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/03/17/news/guyana/prison-service-to-curb-visits-as-part-of-covid-19-response/

'Come back Monday, OK?' Hundreds of prisoners escape in Brazil amid Covid-19 anger

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/17/come-back-monday-ok-hundreds-of-prisoners-escape-in-brazil-amid-covid-19-anger

 

Middle East

Jordan says 2 dead in prison riot after visits banned over coronavirus

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/jordan-says-2-dead-in-prison-riot-after-visits-banned-over-coronavirus-1.1584317753578

Bahrain pardons hundreds of prisoners as coronavirus fears spread

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/03/bahrain-pardon-prisoners-coronavirus-formula-one.html

Israel - Prisons locked down over coronavirus fears

https://www.timesofisrael.com/prisons-locked-down-over-coronavirus-fears/

Riots rock overcrowded Lebanon prisons over coronavirus fears

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/riots-rock-overcrowded-lebanon-prisons-coronavirus-fears-200317164301234.html

Coronavirus: Iran frees 85,000 prisoners to combat spread of infection

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-iran-frees-85-000-prisoners-to-combat-spread-of-covid-19-11958783

 

Asia

India - Supreme Court takes suo moto cognisance of overcrowded prisons in wake of coronavirus

https://theprint.in/health/supreme-court-takes-suo-moto-cognisance-of-overcrowded-prisons-in-wake-of-coronavirus/381810/

Maldives - COVID-19: Govt commences work to clean, disinfect Maafushi Prison

https://avas.mv/en/79630

Thailand - All prisons closed to visitors March 18-31

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1881255/all-prisons-closed-to-visitors-march-18-31

Philippines - BuCor, BJMP ramp up efforts to protect inmates vs. Covid-19

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1096991

 

Africa

South Africa - SA prisons suspend visits for 30 days due to Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/sa-prisons-suspend-visits-for-30-days-due-to-covid-19-outbreak-45119045