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

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody has a Coronavirus Information Hub which can be accessed 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 8 July


Morocco - Local Prison in Tangier Records 20 COVID-19 Cases Among Inmates

Nigeria - FG frees 3,789 prison inmates to curb COVID-19 spread

COVID-19 : Le ministre de la Justice réceptionne du matériel de protection destiné aux prisons du Togo


COVID-19 in Brazilian prisons: Pandemic or a necropolitical project?

Canada - Coalition pushes Ontario for information on coronavirus in jails

US - Prison Healthcare So Bad It’s A Death Sentence

US - California’s Firefighter Prison Camps go on Lockdown as Coronavirus Rages

US - Just before a massive outbreak, a California prison declined free coronavirus tests and urgent advice

US - Some Ohio prisons will allow visitors for the first time in months

US - Group advocates for release of elderly NY prisoners


Israel - Six wardens at Jerusalem prison contract virus, 60 prisoners evacuated


England and Wales - Locked-up and locked-down: how prison education has fared during Covid-19

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Violence fears over longer lockdowns in prisons


News 7 July


US - Officials: Testing, fewer inmates help limit COVID-19 at lnd. jails

US (Louisiana) - Baton Rouge jail inmates' request for release amid coronavirus has been denied by federal judge

US (California) - Pressure rises for Newsom to release more people from San Quentin, other prisons

US - Florida prisons see hundreds of additional coronavirus cases


Covid-19 in prison: Is India doing enough?

India - Inform prisoner’s family, lawyers within 24 hours of +ve test

India - Jail staffers go on ‘mass leave’ after Covid blast

India - Covid-19: Daily check must for elderly inmates in Delhi's Tihar jail

Sri Lanka scrambles counter Coronavirus measures after prison inmate tests positive


England and Wales - Are “squalid” prison conditions and the response to the Covid-19 pandemic breaching human rights?

Northern Ireland - Prison visiting restrictions to be lifted


News 4-6 July


South Africa - Inmates accuse officials of bringing Covid-19 to prison and infecting them

South Africa - Deaths of three prison warders spark health fears


New Outbreaks Push U.S. Inmate Coronavirus Cases Past 50,000

US prisons in a hole as pandemic slows inmate flow

US - 63 Louisiana state prison inmates to be released through furlough programme

US - Tennessee prisons were 'ticking time bomb' ahead of COVID-19

US - Thousands Of Inmates Quarantined In Eastern Oregon Prison In COVID-19 Outbreak

US - Fifth San Quentin Death Row Inmate Dies During Prison COVID-19 Outbreak

US - 'Historic health screw-up': what you need to know about the Covid-19 crisis in California prisons


India - No Covid distancing in crammed prison worries inmates, kin

India - COVID-19 count in Delhi prisons stands at 141

India - COVID-19: 11,000 Maha jail inmates released temporarily so far

31 inmates contract COVID-19 at Iraqi prison

Pakistan - 1,196 prisoners infected with coronavirus in Sindh jails


England and Wales - First online service broadcast for prisoners and families

England and Wales - Inmates at HMP Maidstone not received any contact since lockdown

England and Wales - Open prisons suffer from suspension of ROTL

Turkey - Disabled prisoners ‘left to die’ in Istanbul jail, says lawyer


New Zealand - Parole Hearings Return To Prisons


News 3 July


Ghana pardons 794 prisoners to curb spread of COVID-19

Ghana - Review Amnesty criteria to decongest prisons - POS foundation to President

South Africa - Less than quarter of the 19 000 inmates eligible for Covid-19 parole released so far


Canada - Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of charter rights

Canada - COVID-19 and the difficulties for Ontario inmates | Sarina Nezhadian

US - New York’s Pandemic Rolls On, and Prison Testing is Still an Issue

US - Prison Officials In Kansas Ignored The Pandemic. Then People Started Dying.

US - As Massachusetts reopens, prisoners remain isolated

US (Arkansas) - State's prison system below capacity

US (Florida) - DeSantis cuts money for prison updates, hepatitis C treatment


India - Bombay High Court directs Maharashtra govt to conduct random COVID-19 tests in jails             


End Covid-19 jail visiting ban for children in England and Wales, MPs urge

England and Wales - Prisons inspectors concerned at prolonged pandemic restrictions on inmates at HMP Onley


News 2 July


South Africa - Pietermaritzburg prisoners fear Covid-19

Uganda - Prisons secures equipment worth UGX 1.2 Bn to boost COVID-19 response


Coronavirus: Mexican inmates die after drinking anti-bacterial gel

US - Coronavirus infections in prisons to surpass 50,000 within days

US - As an inmate, I had to educate an entire prison about coronavirus

US (California) - San Quentin Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike Amid Massive COVID-19 Outbreak

US - About 220 Officers and Inmates at a Washington State Prison Have Tested Positive for COVID-19


India - Agra Prison Installs 'Panic Button' For Timely Medical Assistance For Detainees

India - Covid-19 outbreak in Karnataka's central jail

India - Provide basic necessities to convicts’ families: Gujarat high court

Nepal - Suicide by youth in police custody raises concern over mental health of inmates

Philippines - Over 15,000 prisoners freed to decongest BJMP jails amid pandemic—DILG

News 27 June – 1 July


Cote d'Ivoire - Covid-19 : 60 prisonniers atteints du Coronavirus/ La MACA au bord d’une catastrophe sanitaire

Nigeria - COVID-19: 74 in prison despite qualifying for amnesty – Falana

Senegal - Covid-19 à la prison de Diourbel : Le major de l’infirmerie et 8 détenus testés positifs

South Africa - Correctional Services unions, organisations worried over prison Covid-19 infections

South Africa - Thousands of prisoners released on parole but only 329 in EC

South Africa - Prisoners tested positive for Covid-19 say they are not getting proper medication

Police storm prison in eastern Sudan after Covid-19 protest


COMMENTARY || Canadian prisons in the time of COVID-19: Recommendations for the pandemic and beyond

Canada - Alberta prisoner populations down 35 per cent since start of COVID-19 pandemic

US - How COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons Threatens Nearby Communities

US - 'Nowhere to go': U.S. pandemic prison releases prompt housing concerns

US - San Quentin: Covid-19 cases at California prison surge to 1,000

US - Nebraska to declare state of emergency for prison overcrowding

US - Panel meant to reduce Louisiana prison population during pandemic has negligible impact — 0.2%

US - Connecticut prisons announce coronavirus test results, brace for second wave


Why India’s jails remain overcrowded during the pandemic, even as prisoners are released on parole

India - As Covid cases rise in jails, experts say health should have been primary criteria for interim bail

Locked down in lockdown: Harsh restrictions keep COVID-19 out of Israel prisons

Malaysia - 18 new Covid-19 infections including prison case

Pakistan - Jail authorities lift ban on family visits

Philippines - President grants parole to sick, elderly prisoners


We need far more coronavirus tests in British prisons

England and Wales - Government to bring prisons out of lockdown with ‘Nightingale cells’ and 30,000 coronavirus tests

England and Wales - Just 175 out of 4,000 prisoners released early to stop spread of coronavirus

England and Wales - 23-hour Wandsworth prison lockdown damages mental health, say families

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Jail criticised for 'indefensible' restrictions

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Zoom calls reunite prisoners with families

Scotland - Hundreds of Scotland's prisoners - including 21 convicted of serious assault - released early to stop spread of Covid-19

Turkey - CİSST: Along with Covid-19, other outbreaks have also started in prisons


Australia (Queensland) - Personal visits to prisons begin from 10 July

Australia (Queensland) - Twenty assaults in 10 days: Prison officers bear brunt of COVID-19 tensions


News 26 June

Outbreak or breakout? How to protect prison populations from COVID-19   


Nigeria: The Increasing Prevalence Of Infectious Diseases And The Call For Use Of Non-Custodial Sentencing

South Africa is rethinking jail time as a punishment for low-risk crimes

South Africa - Cases getting postponed as prison warders fail to take suspects to court


Canada - Mass incarceration of Indigenous people betrays Ottawa’s reconciliation efforts

Haïti - Justice : Critères de libération pour désengorger les prisons en Haïti

US - The Coronavirus Crisis Inside Prisons Won’t Stay Behind Bars

US - States engaged in 'gross negligence' in Covid-19 response in jails and prisons, new report finds

US - Covid-19 outbreaks at jails and prisons should make us rethink incarceration

US - Black inmates in Kansas prisons suffer disproportionately from COVID-19, data shows

US (Illinois) - State COVID-19 Orders Keep Mentally Ill Inmates In Jail

US - Oregon governor to commute 57 prison sentences due to COVID-19


India - Prison un-break: Video-calling can become lifeline for jailbirds deprived of family visits

Israel - Dozens enter quarantine after prison guard tests positive for coronavirus

Yémen : de nouvelles mesures nécessaires pour lutter contre la propagation du COVID-19 dans les prisons (ONU)


New Zealand - Rimutaka Prison: Inmates still can't hug family and children in 'mind-boggling' rule


News 25 June


DGAPR: Morocco to Allow Family Prison Visits Starting July 13

Sierra Leone - Water Shortage, Coronavirus Hit Pademba Road Prisons

South Africa - Awaiting-trial prisoners hogging jail space: Lamola

South Africa - Correctional Services revises COVID-19 safety measures


Canada - Inuit over-represented in federal prisons’ COVID-19 cases

How U.S. Prisons Became Ground Zero for Covid-19

Thousands of US inmates got virus relief checks; the IRS wants them back

US - 'I don’t deserve to die in here': women in an Ohio prison fear Covid-19 will kill them

Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.

US (California) - Courts Try To Fast Track Release Of 1000s Of Low-Risk Prison Inmates Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

US (Massachusetts) - With prison populations halved, it’s time for a reinvestment strategy

US - Some New Mexico prisoners sentences cut short due to COVID-19

US - Nevada prisons have one of the lowest coronavirus positivity rates in nation


Cambodia - Covid-19 postpones expansion of prisons

India - Maharashtra: Month on, only 10,000 inmates released on temporary bail, emergency parole; prisons still overcrowded

Philippines - Human rights group asks SC to act on petition for prisoners’ release


Australia - Drug use at WA prisons declines after suspension of social visits during COVID-19 pandemic


News 24 June


Namibia - Covid-19: Prisons try to keep virus out

Nigeria - COVID-19: Again Delta Grants Amnesty to 125 Prison Inmates        


Brazil - Denúncia na ONU: Pandemia aprofunda política genocida do governo em prisões

Canadian prisons in the time of COVID-19: Recommendations for the pandemic and beyond

Haiti's president pardons more than 400 prisoners

US - New Senate Legislation Expands Early Prison Release

US - Pretrial Detention in a Pandemic

US - Despite Harsh Lockdowns, Nearly Half of Women in Massachusetts Prisons Caught the Coronavirus

US - Stanford works with California prisons to test and prevent COVID-19


India - Kin to be Informed Within 48 Hours if Prisoner Tests Positive For Coronavirus

India - Jails testing video call facility for inmates

Iran Prison Staff Refuse to Work as COVID19 Cases Rise

Iran: Second Coronavirus Wave in Isfahan Prison, Golestan Province

Pakistan - All prisoners being screened for coronavirus, court told

Philippines - How COVID-19 cases exploded in prisons: A timeline


First Covid-19 infection confirmed in Greek prison

Ireland - Family prison visits to resume after three months for 15 minutes slots


News 23 June


Ghana: Curbing COVID-19 in Prisons - Grant Amnesty to Inmates Convicted of Minor Crimes

Kenya - Footbaths in Kisumu prison in anti-virus war


Canada - Inmates at Barton jail hold weekend hunger strike over declining quality of food

US (North Carolina) - Judge denies state request to withhold some information about COVID-19 prison precautions

US (Pennsylvania) - PA prison populations reduced by record-setting 3,471 since mid-March, Gov. Wolf says

US (Pennsylvania) - Hunger strikers want PA prisoners released

US - Illinois Released White Inmates at Higher Rates in Coronavirus Pandemic


India - Days after first COVID casualty, 17 inmates test positive at Delhi''s Mandoli Jail

India - Maharashtra prison inmates can now email to communicate with lawyers: State to HC

Philippines - 'Too many are sick and dying': Supreme Court defers deciding on prisoner release

Philippines - The Old and New Bilibid Prisons in the Time of Pandemics

Covid-19 continues to spread in UAE prisons


News 18 – 22 June


‘It would spread quickly in those cells’: Covid-19 imperils packed Egypt prison

Uganda - Court orders Prisons to compensate Covid-19 suspects


Canada - Pandemic-related early release halted for B.C. prisoners

US - “I Begged Them To Let Me Die”: How Federal Prisons Became Coronavirus Death Traps.

US - College Programs in Prisons Go Remote

US - ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Addresses Alarming Coronavirus Spikes In Prisons And Jails, Urges Depopulating Facilities To Avoid Spread Of COVID-19

US - ‘We don’t have a health system:’ Expert on prisons, race, and COVID-19

US - San Quentin: outcry after Covid-19 cases at California prison triple in two weeks

US - COVID-19 death toll rises at Indiana prisons

US (Alabama) - Overcrowded prison accounts for nearly quarter of all prison COVID-19 cases

US - Judge demands plan for inmate reductions at D.C. jail, finds ‘deliberate indifference’ to prisoners’ health in pandemic


India - Covid-19 spread in jails lays bare systemic flaws

India - Delhi prison reports first COVID-19 death

India - High-risk inmates to be quarantined in 'temporary prisons'; inmates over 60 years to be kept separate inside jail: New draft guidelines in Maharashtra

India - Separated by Covid, Delhi prisoners and families demand e-meetings

India - COVID-19: HC extends by 45 days interim bail of 2,961 under-trial prisoners

Maldives - Jail officers, inmates being tested for COVID-19

Pakistan - Virus strikes Karachi Central Jail leaving a quarter of inmates infected


England and Wales - Sick prisoners forced to wait in hospital cupboards before getting treatment, report finds

England and Wales - Coronavirus lockdown: Thousands of children unable to see relatives in prison due to ban on jail visits

England and Wales - Prisoners won’t be consulted on lifting lockdown

England and Wales - New lockers at Staffordshire prison allow inmates access to medicine without seeing a doctor

England and Wales - Claims HMP Durham prisoners 'ripping up' bed sheets to make face masks over Covid-19 fears

England and Wales - Prison took effective action against pandemic - but prisoners were left frustrated with extreme restrictions

Coronavirus in Ireland: Nearly 500 prisoners released under Covid-19 precautions

Scotland - Early release scheme ‘helps reduce prison population’

Slovenia among countries with highest Covid-19 prison release rates


Australia (Victoria) - Shrinking prison population prompts call to rethink bail laws

New Zealand - Coronavirus: Corrections' fight against Covid-19 at expense of some prisoners' rights - Ombudsman


News 17 June


Fourth wing of Egypt’s Scorpion Prison to become quarantine centre for infected prisoners

Ghana - Group advocates amnesty for convicted non-violent drug users

Ghana - Kumasi Central Prison Records Its First Covid19 Case By Inmate

Kenya - Panic as 2 inmates contract Covid-19

Sierra Leone - Acute water shortage at Pademba Road prisons as number of covid-19 cases rises


US - 'This Is Mass Murder': Covid-19 Deaths in US Prisons Have Risen by 73% the Past Month

US (California) - Death toll from coronavirus at Chino prison rises to 15 after two more inmates die

Some inmates at California state prisons eligible for early release to stem coronavirus spread

US - Coronavirus cases set off rowdy demonstration at Washington prison

US (Vermont) - Black inmates make up a disproportionate share of Covid-19 cases in prison

US - Incarcerated, Infected, and Ignored: Inside an Arkansas Prison Outbreak

US - Pregnant NC prisoners hopes of release fading


India - SC says COVID-19 situation worse with each passing day

India - Covid hits 10 prisons in Maharashtra, nearly 300 inmates infected

India - Thane central prison grossly overcrowded: ADGP tells HC


Belgium - Les détenus en "congé Covid" rentrent en prison ce mercredi

England and Wales - Trans and in prison during a pandemic: A rare glimpse behind bars

Scotland - Prison service to roll out virtual visits at north-east jail

Coronavirus Scotland: Female prisoners at Cornton Vale given mobile phones to stay in touch with families


New Zealand - NZ's high number of remand prisoners 'unacceptable' - Chief Justice


News 16 June


Egypt: Third detainee dies of suspected coronavirus

Ghana - Overcrowding in Akuse Prisons hindering social distancing protocol - Authorities


In Brazil's overcrowded jails, COVID-19 breeds fear and calls for change

Canada - About 100 inmates to stage hunger strike at Lindsay jail over inhumane conditions

US - Coronavirus Cases Rise Sharply in Prisons Even as They Plateau Nationwide

Report: Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons Spiked by 500 Percent When Coronavirus Hit

US - Fourth Alabama inmate dies with COVID-19, 13 others from same prison test positive

US (Georgia) - Coastal State Prison reports highest number of inmate deaths related to COVID-19

US - Oregon governor to release some inmates to slow virus spread


India - 269 inmates, 73 jail staffers across state prisons Covid positive: Report

India - HC Seeks Delhi Govt Reply On Plea Challenging Suspension Of Inmates’ Legal Consultation

Philippines - SC starts deliberation of petition to free sick and elderly inmates


England and Wales - Over 1,000 prison leavers left homeless amid pandemic, MoJ figures show

England and Wales - Government ‘considering alternative uses’ for £4m tags bought for early-release scheme

Ireland - 'Outstanding' response in jails to Covid-19 with visiting back on the table

Halya Coynash: COVID-19 outbreak in Russian prison holding Ukrainian prisoners of conscience


News 13 – 15 June


Ghana Prison Service commended over coronavirus measures

Kenya - Inmate in Taita Taveta prison tests positive for coronavirus

Madagascar: les autorités reconnaissent les premiers cas de Covid-19 dans les prisons

South Africa - 1 452 confirmed Covid-19 cases recorded in prisons across SA

South Africa - Dept Fast-Tracking Inmate Releases As Prison Covid-19 Cases Rise

South Africa - Covid-19: Over 2 000 prisoners released: 19 000 more awaiting parole

South Africa - Inmates resort to desperate measures to force social distancing in crowded prisons


Human Rights Rapporteur: “Jails are a COVID-19 Time Bomb”

Barbados - Prison chief assures meals meet health standards

Peru frees 1,500 inmates out of fear of COVID-19

There are more Covid-19 cases in some US prisons than in entire countries

US - Some California prison transfers halted after inmates bring coronavirus to San Quentin

US - Over 100 COVID-19 cases reported at Washington state prison

US - Four Florida inmates on ventilators, 12 others hospitalized due to COVID-19

US - Attorneys Seek Release Of Oregon Inmates Kept Beyond Expected Sentences


Bangladesh - HC refuses to intervene regarding Covid-19 situation in jails

Hong Kong inmates to get tablets in prison trial opening up new world of e-books, movies and skills

India - HC seeks details of bails, paroles from lower courts since jail decongestion order

India - Virus: Separate area, diet for elderly Aurangabad jail inmates

India - Maharashtra: Prisoners can now make videocalls

268 prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in Kuwait

Pakistan - Infected inmates’ count climbs to 894

Pakistan - Court summons report on COVID-19 positive prisoners in Islamabad

Chinese inmates in Philippines fear the worst as coronavirus deaths rise


Colony 13: Coronavirus in an Azerbaijani prison

England and Wales - Rise in lockdown violence at major jail as prisoners kept in cells for 23 hours a day

Coronavirus in Ireland – Prisons to re-introduce physical visits after reporting zero cases of Covid since crisis began

Alarm at prison sickness rate in Scotland's jails


News 12 June


Ghana - ‘Lack of balanced diet poses threat to prisoners’ - Expert

Nigeria - Rights groups blame Bauchi police for COVID-19 spread among Inmates

South Africa - More than 100 more prisoners test positive for Covid-19


Sint Maarten - Criminal lawyers on strike in protest of prison disinfectant

US - Vermont’s prisons appear to be Covid-free

US (Arizona) - Virus cases in jails in Phoenix exceed state prison total


COVID-19: India's packed prisons may be courting disaster

Kyoto Prison holds Japan's 1st drill in event of virus outbreak

Philippines - SC admits delay in release of sick, elderly detainees


Australia (Western Australia) - Prison social visits set to resume within weeks


News 11 June


Kenya - Inmates, prison officers are safe, Government assures

Uganda - 200 inmates, warders quarantined as prisons confirms first Covid-19 case


Canada - Manitoba Justice moves to end direct lock-up permanently

US - Appeals Court Overturns Order To Release Vulnerable Inmates From Hard-Hit Ohio Prison

US (New Jersey) - As 47th inmate dies, Assembly hearing looks at COVID in prisons

US (Arizona) - COVID-19 spiking in county jails, prison cases also rise

US - COVID-19 cases jump inside Florida's juvenile justice system


Malaysia - Prison visits to resume June 15

745 prisoners, 125 personnel in Philippine jails test positive for coronavirus

Philippines - Stranded justice delays resolution of petition to free vulnerable prisoners

Thailand - Inmate boon as courts go high-tech

Thailand - Pattaya prison visitors face new health restrictions


Scotland - Coronavirus: Virtual visits to be rolled out at north-east jail


News 10 June

How are children in detention affected by Covid-19?


US - Pandemic has exacerbated longstanding problems with the prison system

US - Mass Decarceration and COVID-19

US - Michigan prison population sees record drop during coronavirus pandemic


Prisoners protest over Pakistan's jail COVID-19 infections

HRW Says Coronavirus ‘Additional Serious Threat’ to Prisoners in UAE


England and Wales - Prison officials fear easing restrictions could lead to second wave of Covid-19

England and Wales - Inmate at HMP Usk died of coronavirus, inquest hears

England and Wales - North Staffordshire youth jail stays coronavirus-free as governor opens up about what life's really like for prisoners during lockdown

CoE supporting Georgian prison system to combat Covid-19 pandemic

Ireland - Prison Service submits best practice paper to WHO after no inmate tests Covid-19 positive


News 9 June


Coronavirus spreads in Egypt’s Al-Qanater Prison

South Africa - Prison infection rates climbing as calls for release of mothers grow

Uganda - Prisons ready to release violators of COVID-19 regulations


Canada - Quebec Prisons Failing to Protect Inmates

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons receive donation of 10 sanitising stations

US - Nearly 1,000 infected at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in worst coronavirus outbreak to hit prison system

US - Three inmates dead of coronavirus at federal Mississippi prison in Yazoo City

US (Virginia) - Pace of early prison release frustrates inmates' loved ones

US - Thousands were freed from Kentucky jails to avoid COVID-19. Few have re-offended.

US (Maine) - Judge defers action in lawsuit seeking safeguards for at-risk inmates during pandemic


Armenia prison system benefits from CoE support to prevent COVID-19

England and Wales - COVID-19 cases, prison by prison

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Woman in Surrey jail petitions UN over 'horrific' lockdown treatment

COVID-19 has reached Ukraine's prisons


Australia - Long Bay Jail prison riot caused by authorities 'cutting off drug supply chains'


News 6-8 June


Ghana - Pardon Convicted Drug Users – POS Foundation To Govt

DGAPR: 75 Moroccan Prisons Are Coronavirus-Free

South Africa - Covid-19 outbreak: ‘Put moms in prison under house arrest’

South Africa - Covid-19 cases spike in Sada prison


Canada - COVID-19: Prisoners, guards worry about prison violence after lockdowns lifted

Chile confirms first inmate death from COVID-19

A third of Chile’s inmates released from prison over coronavirus

Another prisoner infected with coronavirus dies in Ecuador

Health supplies for Haiti as prison records cases of COVID-19

Coronavirus Pandemic Exacerbates Prison Crisis in Latin America

Inmates tell how the pandemic is lived in Nicaraguan prisons

St Lucia - Strict COVID-19 Protocols In Place At Bordelais Correctional Facility

US - Prosecutorial Discretion: The Prosecutor’s Role in Curbing Infections in Prisons

US - 523 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Ohio federal prison

US - Murphy’s coronavirus prison release program denies inmates’ rights, N.J. Supreme Court rules

US - Fla. Jail Inmates Sue Sheriff Over Failure To Stop Virus Spread

US - Inmates report dangerous practices inside the Texas prison with the most coronavirus deaths

US (Connecticut) - Federal Settlement Reached On Reducing Prison Population To Prevent COVID Spread


India - Covid-19: Ensure prisons do not turn into a fertile ground for the virus

India - Coronavirus: Maharashtra to Release 11000 More Prisoners on Emergency Parole to Decongest Jails

India - 16 Rohini jail inmates, 12 staff of Delhi Prison dept tested COVID-19 positive so far

India - Sub-jails in Tamil Nadu fill up fast as lockdown restrictions ease

Nepal - Rise in Covid-19 cases across the country prompts concern over already crowded prisons

Pakistan - Court orders medical facilities for Covid-19 positive prisoner

Pakistan - 560 COVID-19 patients in Karachi jail: officials

Saudi Arabia - 11,000 remote trial sessions held for prisoners


Self-harm increases among female prisoners in England during pandemic

Three Scottish jails offer virtual visits after weeks of isolation


Australia (NSW) - Prison visitation ban stirs tension


News 5 June


Ghana - Give us isolation center, free minor offenders – Prisoners plead

South Africa - First Covid-19 case at Qalakabusha Prison in Empangeni


Coronavirus hits Colombian prison population hard

Panama- 702 prisoners with coronavirus

US - COVID-19 races through prison facilities in New Mexico

US - Incarceration And Its Disseminations: COVID-19 Pandemic Lessons From Chicago’s Cook County Jail

US (Texas) - COVID-19 cases spike to highest level due to outbreak at El Paso correctional facility

US (Arkansas) - Active covid-19 prison cases fall


India - By taking proactive steps, Karnataka makes prisons Covid-free

India - 60 Including Eight Staff Contract Coronavirus At Solapur Jail

Philippines - PDLs with Covid-19 now 222

Philippines - Davao Region jails still Covid-19-free


England and Wales - COVID restrictions affect vulnerable women prisoners and mothers had not seen children for two months

England and Wales - Fears after Covid-19 positive prisoner is moved to HMP Usk

England and Wales - Coronavirus is rife in Welsh prisons despite prisoners being locked in cells for 23 hours a day

Turkey - 'Daily Food Allowance for Prisoners Not Enough for Healthy Nutrition'

Slow response to coronavirus led to unnecessary deaths in UK prisons, says expert


Australia - QCS launch prisoner voicemail system to increase connections


News 4 June


Zimbabwe - Prisons coronavirus infections probed


CARICOM IMPACS Come Bearing Sanitary Supplies for Belize Central Prison

Canada - Spiritual needs of vulnerable federal inmates unmet during pandemic: chaplains

COVID-19: CARICOM IMPACS and United Kingdom partner to support Dominica prison

COVID-19 and Narco Trafficking: South American countries keen to repatriate prisoners to serve balance sentence in jails back home

US - Sentenced to life as teens, they fear getting coronavirus before getting a second chance

US (Connecticut) - As CT prison population nears 30-year low, fewer intakes drive declines

US - Coronavirus testing increases in West Virginia jails and prisons

US - ACLU lawsuit claims 'cruel and unusual' punishment of Colorado prisoners during COVID-19 pandemic

US - Justice Served? Vermont Considers Corrections Reform to Shrink Its Prison Population

US (North Carolina) - Butner federal prison begins mass COVID testing after six inmates die in eight days

US (Louisiana) - DOC to suspend prisoner release program as state enters phase two of reopening


India - Madras HC Expressed Grave Concern Over Spreading Of COVID-19 In Jail, Seek Report From Govt

New COVID-19 Outbreak in Iran’s Prisons, Regime’s Inaction, and a Looming Catastrophe

Malaysia - Skype links Kelantan Prison inmates with loved ones during MCO


England and Wales - Dozens of staff and prisoners at HMP Berwyn have contracted coronavirus

Scots prisons release 350 cons early in bid to protect inmates from coronavirus


News 3 June

In prisons, COVID-19 is harming mental health


Kenya - Prisons Department Designates 20 Regional Quarantine Facilities For Inmates


Canada - Too few video visitation terminals available at prison, inmate's partner says

Cayman Islands - Prison: Three inmates on hunger strike

Trinidad & Tobago - T&T prisons to get more sanitisation equipment

US - Two-thirds of COVID-19 cases in federal prisons limited to 7 facilities, official says

US - Give Incarcerated ‘Basic Human Rights’ During Pandemic, Say Families

US - 'Governor, let me see my kids before I die': pressure mounts to release elderly women from prisons

US - Mass. High Court Refuses To Release Convicted Prisoners Because Of COVID-19

US (Maryland) - Inmate details poor COVID-19 prison conditions in striking video

US (Florida) - Juvenile Justice System Sees More COVID-19 Cases


Bangladesh - HC wants report on how prisons are handling the coronavirus crisis

Cambodia's Proposed Criminal Justice Reforms Should Go Further

India's long lockdown led to breakdown of criminal justice system

India - Puzhal prison cluster: 39 prisoners test positive for COVID-19 across TN, source of infection unknown

UNODC and EU strengthen resilience of Sri Lankan prisons to COVID-19

Yemen rights group says detainees face ‘slow death’ in prison


COVID19: Prisoner, student among Cyprus cases

Prison visits could resume in July in England and Wales

Malta - Covid-19: Prison visits to resume on Friday


News 2 June


Egypt- Interior Ministry continues prison disinfection to curb COVID-19 spread

Mayotte - Covid-19 : 63 nouveaux cas, dont 45 à la prison

Zimbabwe - Coronavirus Hits Prisons, Four Prisoners And Two Officers Test Positive.


Canada - No early release for provincial inmates in past two weeks

US - COVID-19 shows us that prison healthcare is in dire need of reform

US - Lawmakers question federal prisons' home confinement rules

US - Virus outbreak at West Virginia prison infects more than 100

US - 10th inmate dies of COVID-19 at California prison

US (California) - Severely crowded Avenal State Prison home to CDCR's worst COVID-19 outbreak: 596 cases


India - ‘Bail protocol, standardisation needed to ease undertrial burden in prisons’

India - ‘Jail isn’t for detaining undertrials so as to send message to society’

Malaysia - Covid-19: 800 inmates, 700 employees of Sungai Buloh prison to be tested

Oman citizen tests positive for COVID-19 in UAE jail


Cyprus - Tersephanou rehabilitation centre becomes part-prison for inmates testing positive to Covid-19

Ireland - Prison population falls by 11% during coronavirus pandemic



News 30 May – 1 June


Coronavirus in Egypt: Death of prison official prompts calls to test, release inmates

Coronavirus breaches Kenyan prison walls, 31 taken ill

Liberia - LNBA Advocates Release of Hundreds of Pre-Trial Detainees From Overcrowded Prisons


Canada’s elder-care crisis grinds away in our jails, too

Prison with Canada’s worst COVID-19 outbreak houses Inuit inmates

Nicaragua: Political Prisoners Start Hunger Strike, 37 with Covid-19 Symptoms

US - Editorial: Coronavirus shows us the danger and inanity of our prison state

US - The Case Against Solitary Confinement During Pandemic

US - First COVID-19 Case Confirmed In Utah State Prison

US - Special master defends early release of Hawaii inmates, says recidivism rate low


Afghanistan: Life inside Kabul's women's prison during Covid-19

India - 30 jail inmates test positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu

India - 29 temporary prisons earmarked across Maharashtra

Pakistan - Two inmates succumb to coronavirus in Karachi

Philippines - UN agencies call for closure of drug detention centers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Singapore - 3 new inmates and nurse at Changi Prison tested positive for virus in past 2 months


England and Wales - Fewer than 80 prisoners have been released early to combat the spread of coronavirus

England and Wales - Prison release schemes almost impossible to deliver, says watchdog

England and Wales - Covid causes child detention crisis, and a ‘timebomb’ in adult prisons

Ireland - Locked up in lockdown: How prisons are coping with Covid-19

Ireland - Coronavirus: All new prisoners to be tested for Covid-19

Scotland - Prisoners not routinely tested for Covid-19 before early release, MSPs told


News 29 May



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

Liberia - UNDP Representative Wants Prison Facilities Decongested

Malawi Red Cross Targets Nsanje Prison With Coronavirus Preventive Messages


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

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

US - In Prison, Even Social Distancing Rules Get Weaponized

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

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

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

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

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

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


India - Emergency parole of 900 convicts extended by 8 weeks

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

Lebanese MPs fail to reach agreement on draft amnesty law

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


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


News 28 May 


Eighth death from medical negligence reported in Egypt's prisons


COVID-19 Has Reached Haiti’s 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

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

US - Designing for Decarceration in a Pandemic

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


Cambodia - Crowded prisons will set free 10,000 inmates

How the pandemic has affected India’s overcrowded prisons


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,-police-staff-and-prisoners-in-italy-informs-who-covid-19-guidelines-for-prisons


News 27 May

Covid-19 Prisoner Releases Too Few, Too Slow


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

Zambia - President Edgar Lungu Pardons 2,984 Prisoners


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

US - 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

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

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

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

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


Cambodia - Thai embassy helps prisons prevent coronavirus spread

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

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


England and Wales - 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


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


23 – 26 May


Morocco prisoners make masks for fellow inmates

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

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

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


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

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

Thirty six inmates test positive for coronavirus in Salvadoran prisons

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Indonesia's unconscionable prisoner policy

Nepal - Inmates at risk of contracting coronavirus in Kathmandu valley

Covid-19 infections surpass 300 in Pakistan prison

Pakistan - Authorities understating corona infections in prisons: JPP

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

Philippines - 517 prisoners in BJMP facilities positive for coronavirus

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


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

England and Wales - 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

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

Contagion risk in Turkish prisons feared


News 22 May


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


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

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

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

Coronavirus detected in Haiti's largest prison

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Australia - The people keeping COVID-19 out of prison


News 21 May


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


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

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

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

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

US (Alabama) - 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.

US - 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

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

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


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

India - Why freed prisoners are not jumping with joy

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

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

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

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

Thailand - Prison visits set to resume from June 1


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


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


News 20 May


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

South Africa - Thousands of parolees eligible for social relief grant

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


Coronavirus: Packed Brazilian jails lead to fears of calamity

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

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

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

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

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

US - COVID-19 numbers quickly rising in Arizona prisons

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


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

Singapore sentences man to death via Zoom call


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

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

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

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

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


News 19 May


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

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

South Africa - Justice Department could scrap criminal records after lockdown


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

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

US - Will the Coronavirus Make Us Rethink Mass Incarceration?

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

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


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

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

Qatar confirms coronavirus in jail but denies widespread outbreak


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

Ireland - Addict lost rehab place over Covid-19

Scots prisons breach human rights during lockdown


News 16 – 18 May


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


Bahamas - COVID-19 testing underway at prison underway

Bolivia COVID-19 update, Outbreak at Palmasola prison

COVID-19 highlights the inhumanity of Canada's prisons

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

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

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

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

US - Texas Inmates Sue Over Coronavirus Concerns at Prisons

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Over 140 prisoners infected with COVID-19 in Pakistan

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

Philippines - CHR seeks better conditions for persons deprived of liberty


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

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

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

28 inmates in Irish prisons in isolation with coronavirus symptoms

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

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

Sixth prisoner death in Scotland linked to coronavirus

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


News 15 May


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

South Africa - 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

Zimbabwe Death Row Prisoners Benefit From Covid-Amnesty


Across the Americas, prisons are hothousing the coronavirus

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

U.S. Prison Population Remained Stable as Pandemic Grew

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

US - 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

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


India - Explained: Freeing prisoners in emergency

India - 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


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

Italy - 498 high-security prisoners out

Scotland - Death of sixth inmate linked to coronavirus


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


News 14 May

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


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

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

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


Nicaragua releases more than 2,800 inmates amid pandemic

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

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

US - Envisioning the New Normal After the Coronavirus Prison Crisis

US - 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


Australia - 'Negotiations' with inmates end Darwin prison siege


News 13 May


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

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


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'

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

Coronavirus: The Colombian jail with 859 cases

Coronavirus cases spike in second Colombian prison

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

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

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

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

Venezuela Prison Implodes Under Additional Strain From Coronavirus


Bangladesh - Prisoner dies in Sylhet hospital of Covid-19

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


Coronavirus: only 55 prisoners freed early in England and Wales


News 12 May


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

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


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

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

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

US - 12th Georgia prison inmate dies from the coronavirus

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Cyprus - Special committee to suggest solution to prison overcrowding

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

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


Prisons in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Africa

Coronavirus infections at Moroccan prisons jump to 397

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

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

Sudan: Riot in Darfur prison amid pandemic

Uganda Prisons to Release Civil Debtors to Ease on Congestion


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

Coronavirus outbreak in Colombia prison sparks fear among officials, families

US - 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

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

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

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

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


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

Cambodia - Prison overcrowding on table

India - 103 test positive at Arthur Road prison

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Italy tightens rules coronavirus prison releases for mafia members

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


News 7 May


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


Coronavirus Turns House Arrest Into Hot Button Issue in Argentina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Uncertain future for Philippines' freed child prisoners


England and Wales - 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

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

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

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


News 6 May

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


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

Coronavirus au Bénin : libération conditionnelle de plus de 400 prisonniers

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

Nigeria - NCWS decries alleged gender inequality in prison decongestion

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

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

Zimbabwe - 2 528 more prisoners released


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

Latin America’s Prison Gangs Draw Strength From the Pandemic

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

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

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

US - 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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Coronavirus is exposing the health crisis within UK prisons


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


News 5 May


DR Congo prison COVID-19 cases double in 48 hours

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


Mexico warns states against prison terms to enforce lockdown

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - 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

US - New Mexico Court Denies Mass Prisoner Release During Virus


Bangladesh - Jail authorities start to release 2,884 inmates

India - Bihar: Few new prisoners amid lockdown 3.0

50 Women Infected With Coronavirus in Southwest Iran Prison

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

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


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

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

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

Turkey - Rights Groups Call for Prison Release Amid Pandemic


News 2-4 May


Coronavirus cases at Moroccan prisons jump to 341

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

South Africa - Correctional services not considering mass release of prisoners

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


Argentina - Protest against release of prisoners ups pressure on Fernández

Inmates Riot at Brazil Prison Over No Visits Amid Pandemic

Cuba releases thousands of prison inmates amid coronavirus fears

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

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

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

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

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


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

Rise in coronavirus cases in crowded Indian jails prompts concerns

Philippines: Nearly 10,000 prisoners released over virus fears

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

Thai relatives can meet inmates using Line app


England and Wales - How coronavirus is 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

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

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

Turkey extends coronavirus measures in prisons until May 15


News 1 May

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


COVID-19: Afghanistan pardons over 12,000 prisoners

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

Coronavirus cases confirmed in DR Congo prison

Seven killed in Sierra Leone prison riot on Wednesday - police

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

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

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


Mission Institution: Voices from inside Canada’s 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

Coronavirus: Colombia foils jail break attempt amid contagion fears

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Albania – Prison hospital to treat coronavirus infected inmates

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

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

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

West Midlands prisons suffer most coronavirus cases in England

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

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


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

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

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


News 30 April


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


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

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

US - 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

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

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


Bangladesh - Coronavirus: Prisoners expected to be released in May

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

India - Overcrowded Jails: Maharashtra Government Yet To Decide On A Supreme Court's Recommendation's-recommendation-48869

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

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

Thailand - Prison visit ban extended


Coronavirus: 14 inmates test positive in Belgium

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

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

Coronavirus crisis exit strategy launched in Estonian prisons

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

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


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


News 29 April


Coronavirus reaches prisons in Guinea and Sierra Leone

More than 300 virus cases in Morocco prisons

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

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

Uganda - Museveni pardons 833 prisoners countrywide


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

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

Canada - Rights groups demand COVID-19 prisoner death inquest

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

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.

US - This Crisis Demands an End to Mass Incarceration

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

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

US - Second inmate from Arizona prisons reported dead from coronavirus

US - Oregon jails see decline in number of inmates

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


Bangladesh - 13 prison guards contract COVID-19

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

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

Philippines: Prison Deaths Unreported Amid Pandemic

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

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


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

England and Wales - Update on COVID-19 in prisons

England and Wales - 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

Portugal releases 1,867 inmates under coronavirus scheme

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


Australia - Virus fears prompt court fight to free Victorian prisoner


News 28 April


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

How Rwanda Is Delivering Justice During Lockdown

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

Sudan: Helping prison authorities keep COVID-19 at bay


Virus Spreads Fear Through Latin America's Unruly Prisons

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

US - '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

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

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


Nepal - NHRC draws attention toward overcrowded central prison

Philippines - Elderly prisoners qualified for early release identified


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

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

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

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

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

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


News 25-27 April

As Coronavirus Strikes Prisons, Hundreds of Thousands Are Released


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

Malawi army, police clash with defiant prison warders on strike

Morocco Launches Mass Testing for COVID-19 in Prisons

Morocco - DGAPR Suspends Transfer of Detainees to Courts, Inmates to Hospitals

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

South Africa - Happy Freedom Day: Thousands Of Prisoners To Be Released Today


Argentine prison riot over coronavirus ends with promise of talks

Canada's prison watchdog calls out federal corrections for 'extreme' confinement as COVID-19 cases surge

El Salvador's jails: Where social distancing is impossible

El Salvador imposes prisons lockdown after 22 murders in a day

US - 17 Ohio prisoners now dead of coronavirus; 4 at Marion Correctional

US - 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

US - Few Federal Prisoners Released Under COVID-19 Emergency Policies

US - Juvenile Justice Centers And Vulnerable Youth Latest Victims Of COVID-19


Pandemic: Fate Of ASEAN’s Prisoners In The Balance

Bahraini prisoners in an involuntary game of Russian roulette with Covid-19

India - Jail starts ‘e-meetings’ for prisoners, relatives

India - HC seeks report from prison authorities on steps taken to prevent COVID-19 spread in jail

Covid-19 Cases on the Rise in Northwest Iran Prison

Philippines - BuCor records two new COVID-19 cases in women's prison

Philippines - OSG: Congestion in prisons not a ground to release inmates

Syrian opposition warns of ‘catastrophe’ if coronavirus infects detainees after death of prison guards


Several Italian mafia bosses released from prison over coronavirus fears

Inside Russia’s Secretive Prisons as Coronavirus Takes Hold


News 24 April


Cameroon releases about 1,000 prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

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

Malawi prison warders go on strike demanding money

Moroccan prison reports sharp jump in virus cases

Somalia: Places of detention overlooked during Covid-19 crisis


Canada - Federal prison tensions rise amid COVID lockdowns; activists want releases

Canada - Ontario government and jail guards' union reach deal allowing officers to wear masks

Colombia denounces lack of measures to prevent infection in prisons

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.

US - 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

US - 2 more Georgia inmates die from COVID-19

US - Texas Counties Cut Jail Population By 10,000 In March

US - Correctional Model Predicts 99% COVID-19 Infection Rate In Arizona Prisons

US (Virginia) - Lawmakers approve plan to release 2,000 inmates to stop spread of COVID-19

US - Tennessee’s coronavirus cases surge as prison outbreak grows

US - Juvenile Detention Population Plummeted as the Pandemic Spread, Survey Suggests


India - Coronavirus: Uttar Pradesh creates 34 temporary jails for coronavirus lockdown defaulters

Philippines - Cebu City jail reports 20 more COVID-19 cases


England and Wales - 'Much-loved' prison officer at HMP Usk dies of coronavirus

England and Wales - Only 30 of 4,000 prisoners released early as jails step up to combat spread of coronavirus

Ireland - Coronavirus: State’s prison population falls by 248

Ireland - Cork Prison inmates get access to Netflix to compensate for coronavirus measures

Ireland - Inmates with Covid-19 symptoms kept in 24-hour lock-up


New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Ombudsman 'discouraged' from accessing prisons amidst pandemic lockdown concerns


News 23 April


Canada - Test more correctional officers to ease burden in federal prisons, union says

Jamaica - Prison inmates trained as medical orderlies

Jamaica - Prison visits further suspended — DCS;_DCS?profile=1754

Mass incarceration could add 100,000 deaths to US coronavirus toll, study finds

US - As COVID-19 cases climb statewide, so do cases inside Florida’s prisons

US - Cases of COVID-19 in Iowa's prison system triples; union leader issues warning

US - 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

Us - Ohio Judge Orders Removal Of 'Vulnerable' Inmates From Federal Prison With Second-Highest Coronavirus Death Toll


India - NCW issues directives for female inmates amid COVID-19 lockdown

Philippines - DOH commits 10,000 COVID-19 test kits for inmates — DOJ exec


England and Wales - Ministers under renewed pressure to recommence prisoner releases

Coronavirus: Low-risk prisoners in Jersey permitted early release

First prison officer dies of coronavirus in Scotland


News 22 April


Fear of coronavirus haunts Egypt's cramped jails

Moroccan prison becomes coronavirus hotspot

Nigeria - President Writes CJN on Speedy Trials, Prison Decongestion

South Africa - Concerns mount over plans to protect prisoners from Covid-19

Zimbabwe - Ziyambi Ziyambi Wants To Implement Social Distancing At Highly Overcrowded Zim Prisons


Brazil - Ministry of Justice wants prisoners with covid symptoms in containers during pandemic

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

Canada - Quebec inmates file COVID-19 lawsuit

US - Bureau of Prisons Reverses Coronavirus Home Confinement Policy

US (Maryland) - Gov. Hogan signs executive order expediting release of hundreds of prisoners

US - 38 percent of Arkansas COVID-19 cases concentrated in state prison


Bangladesh reports first prison coronavirus case

Iran Temporarily Releases 1,000 Foreign Prisoners Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Field Hospital Inside Notorious Lebanese Prison

Philippines - DOJ streamlines process for parole, pardon to ease jail congestion

Coronavirus outbreak in Philippines jail sees 123 inmates infected

Pandemic Hotbeds in Syria's Prisons


England and Wales - Thousands of older prisoners are sharing cells during pandemic

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

Coronavirus in Scotland: Early release for 'limited number' of prisoners

Turkey - ‘A Mask is Sold for 17 Lira in Prison’


New Zealand - Concerns prisons will turn into Covid-19 ‘quarantine facilities’


News 21 April


Morocco Announces COVID-19 Cases Among Staff at 2 More Prisons

South Africa: COVID-19 - Prison Inmates Are in Immediate Danger

South Africa - Two inmates injured during protest at Pretoria prison


Canada - COVID-19 outbreak leads to Ontario jail being closed after 60 inmates, eight staff test positive

Cayman Islands - 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

US - California reports first prison inmate death caused by coronavirus

US - First COVID-19 Death Reported in an Alabama Prison

US - 25 Kids Confirmed to Have Coronavirus at Virginia Juvenile Detention Center


Asian prisons at bursting point become COVID-19 breeding grounds

Southeast Asia Speeds Up Prison Releases to Stave Off Coronavirus

Spread of COVID-19 in Japanese prisons spurs calls for releases

Philippines - 18 inmates, one jail worker in Women's Correctional contract COVID-19

Philippines - SC orders urgent release of inmates with lapsed jail time, shelved cases


Almost 300 prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus in prisons in England and Wales - 13 have died

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Buckland on deaths in prisons [video]

England and Wales - Second prisoner dies with coronavirus in Liverpool jail

Coronavirus in Ireland: Prison officers want all new inmates tested

Luxembourg - Inmate tests positive for coronavirus in first prison case

11 inmates at Scots prisons test positive for coronavirus with 85 self-isolating

Terrified’ Prisoners In Spain’s Mallorca Demand To Be Set Free After ‘Degrading’ Response To Covid-19 That ‘Violates Their Human Rights’


News 18 – 20 April


Kenya - Covid-19: 4,500 prisoners released in decongestion bid

South Africa - SA prisons scramble to isolate Covid-19 cases as infections spread

South Africa - Prisoners threaten hunger strike if Covid-19 fears are not addressed

Sub-Saharan Africa: Protect detainees at risk of COVID-19, unclog prisons and release prisoners of conscience


Barbados - HMP Dodds following health protocols during COVID-19

Brazil – Without Visitors or Access to Attorneys, Prisoners Fear Coronavirus; First Fatality in Rio Jail

Coronavirus confirmed in one of Colombia’s largest prison

US - Federal prisons confirm first staff death linked to coronavirus

US (Arkansas) - Prison virus outbreak is massive; governor considering early releases to create prison space

US - Coronavirus cases rising at Chicago’s federal high-rise jail

US - More than 1,800 inmates, 100 staff test positive for coronavirus at Ohio prison


Bangladesh to release selective prisoners in late April

Cambodia - Prison authorities to learn disinfection methods

India - Violent protests by Jalpaiguri jail inmates demanding that they be released on bail due to coronavirus outbreak

Iran Extends Prisoner Furloughs amid COVID Threat

Prisoners in Japan produce masks and protective gear amid virus crisis

Malaysia - Prison academies risk becoming new Covid-19 clusters, warns rights group

Coronavirus: Philippines acts to avert public health crisis in jails

Singapore - Crime-fighting during COVID-19: Precautions taken in prisons, police stations and courts

Thailand - Time to let non-violent drug offenders out of jail


Cyprus - 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

No COVID-19 infection cases found in Latvian prisons so far

Scottish inmates to be allowed mobile phones in prison


News 17 April


Cameroonian President Orders De-Crowding of Prisons to Combat COVID-19

DR Congo: Prisons Face Covid-19 Catastrophe

Ivory Coast races to protect jails from coronavirus

South Africa - Prison officials fear for their families' lives amid Covid-19 outbreak


Bahamas - “It’s gonna wipe us out”: Prisoners relay COVID-19 fears

Bermuda - Virus arrests stretch prisons

Canada - Coronavirus: First federal inmate death reported at B.C. prison as case count climbs

Mexico - AMLO urges passage of amnesty law to reduce contagion in prisons

US - Why families of dying prisoners are unable to say last goodbyes

Over 16K US inmates have been released as coronavirus crisis has progressed

U.S. Correctional Facilities Report Steep Rise In Coronavirus Infection Rate

'It's horrible': how the US deep south's prisons exacerbate the pandemic

US - Fears of prison rioting escalate as coronavirus causes staff shortages


Myanmar to free almost 25,000 prisoners in largest amnesty in years

Virus outbreak at Philippine jail fuels calls for prisoner releases

Thailand - Paroled inmates 'have health checks'


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

England and Wales - Campaigners threaten legal action unless prisoners are released during pandemic

Ireland - Calls to cut prison numbers more to protect from Covid-19

Jail deaths bring renewed attention to Romanian prison conditions

Coronavirus in Scotland: Home curfew extended to gangsters to help jails


News 16 April


Distribution de kits sanitaires dans les prisons de Côte d'Ivoire


Canada - 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

Colombia orders mass release of inmates after coronavirus deaths trigger prison protests

Guyana - Prison service introduces video calls for inmates

Panama - Sixth prisoner found with coronavirus in Colon jail

U.S. Justice Department watchdog to inspect federal prisons' handling of coronavirus

US - 2 inmates at Florida prison die of COVID-19

US (Connecticut) - Coronavirus cases triple in prisons, prompting new outrage


India - This is the time to ensure systemic legal reform

India - 1,112 prisoners released on bail, parole from Karnataka prisons due to COVID-19

Iran - 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

Philippines - Prison facilities Covid-free – BuCor


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

Iceland - Drug Use in Prisons Less than Ever

Ireland - Practice at Cork Prison of putting new prisoners in isolation 'bordering on unconstitutional' – judge

Turkey releases 1st batch of prisoners amid coronavirus


New Zealand - Recommendations to push back release of virus-risk prisoners condemned


News 15 April


Liberia - ‘Give Inmates Special Attention During COVID-19’ – CSOs Demand

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

South Africa - Call for inmates to be released after Covid-19 outbreak in Eastern Cape prisons


US - Federal prisons make inmate calling, video visits free during pandemic

US - Coronavirus Seen as Factor Spurring Compassionate Release From Prison

US - Coronavirus: Outbreaks ignite at two California prisons; inmates feel like ‘sitting ducks’


Philippines - BuCor processing release papers of eligible, vulnerable prisoners amid quarantine -officia

Thailand - Over 8,000 prison terms suspended


Albania - Parliamentary law committee rejects gov’t proposal on harsh prison sentences for violators of quarantine

England and Wales - 2,000 extra temporary prison cells to be built to avert early release of more offenders into the community

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Fewer criminals to face prison due to outbreak

France - Coronavirus. Dans les prisons françaises, près de 10 000 détenus de moins en un mois

Ireland - Prisoner loses action over being put into isolation due to Covid-19 fears in prison

Montenegro Warned about Poor Conditions in Remand Prisons

Virtual prison visits rolled out in Northern Ireland

Coronavirus: Activists call for amnesty amid signs Covid-19 is beginning to hit Russian jails

Scotland - Government publishes prison rule changes during Covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus in Scotland: Prisoners face 28-day lockdown in jail cells


Australia - Coronavirus lockdown measures lead to more disturbances in NSW prisons


News 10 – 14 April


Nigeria - COVID -19: Ekiti, Kwara to release prison inmates

South Africa - Correctional Services says committed to safe Covid-19 practices in prisons


Canada - More than 2,000 inmates released, 6 COVID-19 cases confirmed inside Ontario jails

Outcry as Chile seeks to include Pinochet human rights abusers in jail release

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

US - Virus-wracked federal prisons again expand release criteria

US - 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

US (North Carolina) - NC considering early release of 500 inmates based on 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

US (California) - State Sets Bail to Zero for Misdemeanors and Some Felonies


1,800 inmates freed from jail in Bahrain

Bangladesh - Coronavirus: Release of prisoners delayed by general holiday

Coronavirus measures trigger prison riot in Indonesia

Iran - More prisoners die of COVID19, prisons lack coronavirus protections

Pakistan - Govt says measures tightened to prevent coronavirus in prisons

Philippines - House Justice Committee recommends temporary release on bail of ‘vulnerable’ prisoners


England and Wales - 100 prisoners to be dispersed from jail after coronavirus outbreak linked to death of a member of staff

England and Wales - Prison estate expanded to protect NHS from coronavirus risk

Netherlands - Pepper Spray Used To End Covid-19 Related Protest In Lelystad Prison: Report

Russian Jail on Coronavirus Lockdown After Inspector’s Death – Reports

First inmate at Scottish prison dies from Covid-19

Coronavirus Scotland: Second Scots prisoner dies of suspected Covid-19 as ’30 inmates self-isolate’

Turkish Parliament agrees to free thousands from prison as anti-coronavirus safety measure

Three Turkish prisoners die of coronavirus


Coronavirus Australia: Queensland prisons taking drastic measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks


News 9 April


Ghana - Coronavirus: Sekondi Central Prison appeals for fumigation materials

Malawi - Concerns over coronavirus at overcrowded at Zomba prison

Nigeria - COVID-19: Buhari flags off release of qualified prison inmates

South Africa - EC prison to undergo mass testing after official tests positive

Uganda: COVID-19 - Prisons Identify 2,000 Inmates for Release


Canada - Judges release growing number accused of violent crimes due to COVID-19 fears

Canada - 11 inmates at federal prison in B.C. test positive for COVID-19

US - Coronavirus cases in California prisons multiplied in days and inmates fear further spread

US (N. Carolina) - Coronavirus outbreak hits Eastern NC prison. 15 state inmates now infected.

US (Texas) - First state prison inmate dies of COVID-19, lockdown expands                   

US - Colorado reaches 193 coronavirus deaths; first prison inmate tests positive

US - 401 people infected with COVID-19 in Chicago prison

US - Michigan Prisons Are One Of The Fastest Growing COVID-19 Hot Spots

US (New Jersey) - COVID-19 Spreads Among NJ Jail, Prison Staff and Inmates

US (Virginia) - Inmates sue state over conditions in prisons during pandemic

US - The Emergency in Florida Jails

US - As Coronavirus Spreads Among Juvenile Justice Facilities, Activists Are Calling For Their Release

US (Illinois) - Medically Vulnerable to be Furloughed From Prison


In overcrowded cells, Bahrain's political prisoners fear coronavirus threat

Cambodia - Prisoners Won’t Be Released Amid Outbreak Fears, Justice Ministry Says

India - Panel dissatisfied with delay in prison decongestion

India - Covid-19: Chhattisgarh releases 1,478 prisoners after SC order

Amid coronavirus scare, Myanmar court releases scores of detained Rohingya Muslims

Coronavirus: Dozens of Prisoners Test Positive in Pakistan

Philippines - SC urged to release sick, elderly political prisoners amid COVID-19

Philippines - BJMP builds coronavirus isolation facility


England and Wales - Care homes and prisons are next to receive coronavirus test kits

England and Wales - Prison fears as death toll rises

Estonia - Justice chancellor hits out at prisons coronavirus fresh air breaks ban

Greece - Riot in women’s prison in Thiva after detainee dies

Greece and COVID-19, in prisons isolation is not enough

Portugal - Plan to free up to 2700 prisoners trashed by Opposition

Scotland - Former justice secretary calls for prisoner releases to fight virus

Scotland - New rules could ‘prevent prisoners from keeping themselves clean’

Scots prison officers given emergency pay fund to cover staffing crisis during coronavirus pandemic


News 8 April

England and Wales - Ten prisoners have died after contracting coronavirus

England and Wales - 15,000 prisoners need to be curb spread of coronavirus, officials told ministers

England and Wales - 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

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: NZ prisoners kept in solitary during outbreak, says prison reform group

Lebanon prisons hit by unrest amid coronavirus fears

Overcrowded prison populations worry about impending ‘disaster’

Haiti's crowded prisons a coronavirus catastrophe waiting to happen

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends prison sentences for debtors

Indonesia - Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowding

US - Coronavirus has led to thousands of early releases from prisons and jails. Not in Arizona

US - 'They're All Really Afraid': Coronavirus Spreads In Federal Prisons

Australia – COVID-19 prison changes include isolation of new inmates, temperature checks

Europe’s Prisons Reel Under Virus Assault; A Warning to U.S.?

DR Congo frees 1,200 inmates amid coronavirus outbreak

Release or isolate: The debate on how to help people inside Canada’s prisons and jails during COVID-19

Covid-19: More than sixty prisoners released from prison in La Réunion

Pakistan - District jail declines to accept new prisoners

Nepal’s prisons need to be depopulated

India - Coronavirus: Over 2000 prisoners granted bail in Karnataka, some choose to remain in jail

Ukraine's justice minister names possible ways of infection with COVID-19 among prisoners

Coronavirus Could Worsen Grave Health Crisis in Venezuela Prisons

Malta - Corradino prison staff start week-long shifts to reduce COVID-19 risks

Canada - Ontario Is Releasing Nearly 2,000 Inmates To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19


News 7 April

England and Wales - Two more prisoners die after testing positive for coronavirus

Asia: Reduce Prison Populations Facing COVID-19

Coronavirus spreads across Belgium’s prisons

Report Into Coronavirus in Iran Prisons

Prevention plan to protect prison population in Cuba

Uganda - COVID-19 CRISIS: Prisons Management recommend release of 2000 prisoners

Dominica - 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

Syria slow to free prisoners despite coronavirus risk in crowded jails - rights groups

Unclog the jails: Covid-19 lends urgency to ending overcrowding of India’s prisons by undertrials

Guyana - Early release among measures being taken to safeguard prisons from coronavirus

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

England and Wales - 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

Estonia - Prison guards to switch to five-day schedules during emergency situation

US - Barr expands early release for inmates at prisons hard hit by coronavirus

US - Judges reject sweeping California inmate release

Cambodia: Prisons Potential COVID-19 Epicenters

Virus prompts Sri Lanka prison release

Iran: Situation in Prisons Becomes Increasingly Tense

Overcrowding and the risk of unmitigated spread of COVID-19 in Madagascar's prisons

Singapore - Parliament: Prisons to suspend all family visits from April 7 to May 4 amid Covid-19 outbreak

Turkey - Riot erupts in southeast penitentiary, after parliamentary committee approves prisoner release bill

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Prisoners in cells up to 23 hours a day

Bangladesh - Efforts underway to prevent Covid-19 spread in prisons: Red Cross

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

At least 200,000 prisoners to be released worldwide due to Coronavirus outbreak

Calls grow to release Myanmar prisoners to tackle Covid-19

Northern Ireland - Justice minister Naomi Long says she will consider further prisoner releases due to Covid-19

Morocco to free over 5,000 prisoners over virus fears

“No Prison in Colombia Can Deal with Coronavirus, if They Leave Us Here We are Facing the Death Penalty”

Trinidad & Tobago - State takes first step to early prison release

Guyana - GHRA calls for hundreds of prisoners to be released

Kenya – Government suspends prison visits by another 30 days

Canada - Old people in prisons are facing a COVID-19 “death sentence”

REPORT: Nigerian inmates live in danger amid Coronavirus pandemic

Pakistan - 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

Australia - Coronavirus restrictions spark unrest in prisons as cell fires confirmed in NSW

Northern Ireland - Almost 200 prison staff off in NI due to Covid-19

Indonesia - Dozens released from Wamena prison in Papua

US - Nearly 1,000 Kentucky prison sentences to be commuted, Beshear says

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

England and Wales - Prison officers 'forgotten service' of coronavirus

England and Wales - Fears Leeds prison is on brink of 'boiling point' as inmates locked up for 23 hours a day

England and Wales - HMP Peterborough defends single cells being used by two inmates after concerns of coronavirus raised

Malaysia - New prison inmates to be quarantined first

Egypt sanitizes prisons to curb spread of coronavirus

Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

Libya does the right thing: it releases prisoners in pretrial detention amid Covid-19

Russia’s Penitentiary Authority seals off pretrial detention facilities

Trinidad: 388 low-risk prisoners targeted for release

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

Turkey: COVID-19 Puts Sick Prisoners at Grave Risk

France - Coronavirus. Prison : 6 266 détenus libérés en quinze jours


News 2 April

Inmates at Scottish jails not following social distancing, warn prison officers

Coronavirus: Almost a quarter of Scottish prison staff absent from work

Authorities In Chile Must Guarantee The Health Of The Prison Population Against Covid-19

Australia - Coronavirus causing anxiety in Vic prisons

Trinidad & Tobago - COVID 19: Gov't looks at reducing prison population

Rwanda: COVID-19 - Prisons Service Reassures on Inmates' Safety

Canada - Consider Releasing Some Inmates Early Due To COVID-19, Bill Blair Asks Federal Officials

Third British prisoner with coronavirus dies after contracting Covid-19 in custody

US - Federal prisons are fighting coronavirus with home release and a quarantine, but that may not be enough

US - Rikers Island Prisoners Are Being Offered Ppe And $6 An Hour To Dig Mass Graves

Coronavirus Restrictions Stoke Tensions in Lock-ups Across U.S.

Bangladesh - Jail authorities recommend release of 4,450 inmates

Canada - Guards at Ottawa jail refuse to work over lack of COVID-19 screening protocols

Portugal - Judges call on government to release 1400 prisoners

Liberia: RAL Wants Protection for Detainees

Guyane : mutinerie dans une prison

Égypte : le Covid-19 atteint les prisons


News 1 April

Prison riots break out around the world as coronavirus spreads

US - Coronavirus: California to release 3,500 non-violent prison inmates

Scottish criminals to be released early if prisons overwhelmed with coronavirus

England and Wales - 70 pregnant women and mothers to be released from prison early to combat coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus: Tunisia releases 1,420 inmates to reduce prison population

Ireland - Prisons introduce temperature screening at entrances to stop Covid-19 spread

Prisoners Killed In Major Disturbances At Two Prisons In Iran

US - Federal prisons will confine inmates to cells for 2 weeks due to coronavirus

Jamaica - Prison COVID Worries - Opposition ­Senator Calls For Release Of Low-Risk Detainees

Coronavirus prompts calls to free inmates from overcrowded Belgian prisons

Tensions Grow in Latin America’s Prisons as COVID-19 Spreads

Nigeria - Coronavirus: Two injured as riot rocks Kaduna prison

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons Service temporarily suspends visits amid COVID-19 concerns

Luxembourg - 30 inmates embark on hunger strike following protests

COVID-19: Indonesia releases more than 5,500 inmates, plans to free 50,000

'The whole system is broken': Lebanon’s prison riots stretch deeper than coronavirus fears

Bangladesh - 40 prisoners quarantined, 6 isolation units at jails


News 31 March

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Prisoners to be temporarily freed in response to pandemic

Coronavirus: Total of 55 prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in England and Wales

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Pregnant prisoners 'set to be released early' over fears of Covid-19 spreading through jails

UK prisoners with flu symptoms forced to share cells with those with Covid-19

We need to decongest Africa’s prisons urgently. For everyone’s sake.

Turkey - Prison staff to be isolated after shifts

Russia: Authorities urged to protect half a million prison population in face of COVID-19

Spain – Region’s prisons ready to explode

Cyprus - 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

COVID-19 Threatens Indonesia’s Overcrowded Prisons

Indonesia to release 30,000 prisoners early amid coronavirus concerns

Singapore's prisons remain Covid-free due to precautionary measures

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

Coronavirus: Congested prisons across India to release prisoners on parole

In Canada’s courts, accused criminals are asking for release due to COVID-19

Australia - Plan to quarantine prisoners infected with coronavirus in private hospitals

COVID-19: Pakistan's top court halts prisoner release

Violent protest in Sudan prison

Release inmates in Yemen to avert nationwide coronavirus outbreak, experts urge


News 28 – 30 March

England and Wales - 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

Thailand - Virus rumour sparks riot, prison break

Spread of coronavirus accelerates in U.S. jails and prisons

US - An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana

US - Federal prisons mark first virus death

If US prisons don't release some inmates, coronavirus will be a death sentence for the incarcerated

Cameroon Should Protect Prison Population from COVID-19

Inmates riot at Iran prison over coronavirus fears

Iran extends prison furloughs as coronavirus death toll rises

In Italy’s overcrowded prisons, fear of coronavirus

Malaysia - Suspension of prison visitations continues

Lebanese Judicial Measures to Ease Pressure on Overcrowded Prisons

Canada - Trudeau ‘very concerned’ that COVID-19 could spread in federal prisons

UAE - Abu Dhabi Police launch distance prison visits

Jamaica - Prisons Beef Up COVID-19 Security - Correctional Services Say No Need For Inmates And Relatives To Worry

India - Maharashtra to release 11,000 undertrials on bail over COVID fears

India - 5,000 prisoners likely to released from UP jails

India - New jail inmates to be in separate barracks for 10 days

Pakistan - Move to release 4,000 convicts from Sindh prisons to stop spread of Covid-19

Bangladesh - Steps taken to prevent virus spread in jails: Addl IG

The Coronavirus Is Prompting Middle East Regimes to Release Prisoners. But Journalists and Activists Remain Behind Bars

Sri Lanka’s overcrowded jails tense over COVID 19

Cyprus - Coronavirus: around 50 prisoners to be released – reports

Coronavirus: Buhari approves decongestion of Nigeria Prisons, those to be freed revealed

Myanmar limits inmates’ visitors


News 27 March

Covid-19: UK prisoners with health issues 'face death sentences'

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak 'causing chaos' in Merseyside prisons

Afghanistan to release nearly 10,000 prisoners to curb coronavirus spread

Justice Ministry: 200 prisoners released early in Azerbaijan

Israel to release hundreds of prisoners to curb spread of coronavirus

Greece - Plan for early release of inmates to curb virus risk

US - Photos Show Some Prison Beds Are Only Three Feet Apart

US - Coronavirus: New York prison infections surging as mayor moves to release more inmates

US - Colorado places a moratorium on new prison intakes during pandemic

US (California) Gov. Gavin Newsom halts state prison intake for 30 days

Coronavirus Fatalities on the Rise in Iran’s Prisons

Iran - 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

Malta - PN suggests temporary prisons to ease overcrowding and virus risk at Corradino

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

Inmate advocates warn of COVID-19 spread in Canada’s correctional facilities

What Will Happen If Coronavirus Hits Indian Prisons?

Cambodia: overcrowded prisons are 'ticking time bomb'

Ireland - Prisoners offered 'virtual visits' from loved ones after all in-person visits suspended

Coronavirus in Africa: pandemic feared in overcrowded prisons on the continent (in French)

Belgium - Coronavirus: 323 prisoners on extended prison leave (in French)


News 26 March

Coronavirus: First UK prison Covid-19 death confirmed

HMP Manchester inmate becomes second British prisoner to die from coronavirus

England and Wales - Release inmates or face jail pandemic, say prison governors

England and Wales - The reality of life in prison during the coronavirus pandemic

England and Wales - ‘No Masks, No Showers, No Soap’: Prisoners Say Coronavirus Is ‘Spreading Unchecked’ In Women’s Jails

England and Wales - 19 inmates across UK test positive for coronavirus in 10 prisons

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Call to lower prison population to combat spread of virus

Prison riots break out across Argentina sparked by anger over conditions and coronavirus fears

How the coronavirus is igniting riots, releases and crackdowns in world’s prisons

UN rights chief urges quick action by governments to prevent devastating impact of COVID-19 in places of detention

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

Australia - We need to consider granting bail to unsentenced prisoners to stop the spread of coronavirus

Ireland - Prison visits and times restricted as part of Covid-19 measures

Northern Ireland – Call for prisoner releases to be considered as more than 160 officers self-isolate

COVID-19: Moroccan Prisons Adopt 2-Week Shifts for Correctional Officers

Lock 'em up or let 'em out? Coronavirus prompts wave of prisoner releases

US - UCLA Law Builds Databases on Prisons and COVID-19

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

England and Wales - 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?

US - Bureau of Prisons Imposes 14-Day Quarantine to Contain Coronavirus

US - 14 inmates escape from Washington jail amid COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

Russia’s Pretrial Prisons Vulnerable as COVID-19 Spreads

South Africa - Sonke Gender Justice: Reduce prison population to curb coronavirus

New Zealand - 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

Bermuda - Prison sets up sanitisation stations

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Convicts of Zenica Prison sewed over 2,000 Protective Masks in only Two Days

Coronavirus hits Turkish prisons with first inmate case reported

Albania to Free 600 Prisoners as Pandemic Precaution

Nepal - Govt doing its bit to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in prisons

Bangladesh - Coronavirus gives prisoners the right to phone call

All prison visits in Scotland suspended as justice system reacts to coronoavirus lock-down

German state release some 1,000 prisoners due to coronavirus - report


News 24 March

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Prisoners to be released early

Confirmed coronavirus case at HMP Oakwood as virus reaches Britain's biggest prison

England and Wales - Three prisoners test positive for coronavirus in three different jails

Coronavirus: Prison visits cancelled across England and Wales

Scotland - Coronavirus: Fears as prison inmates start 'riot' over restrictions inside jail

Indonesia - Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infection

Australia - Some NSW prisoners could be released early under Covid-19 emergency powers

Coronavirus: US prison inmates to make hospital gowns and masks amid critical shortage

WHO recommends tightening prison rules to prevent ‘outbreak’

New Zealand - 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

Colombia may release some prisoners after deadly riots over coronavirus

Portugal - 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

Ban on Visitors Amid Coronavirus Triggers Riot in Sri Lanka Prison, 2 Inmates Killed

Coronavirus: Turkey to pass law to release 100,000 prisoners

US - 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

US - California releases more jail inmates amid coronavirus crisis

India - Coronavirus curbs trigger prison riot in Kolkata; one shot, eight hurt

India - Coronavirus: Supreme Court orders release of prisoners to decongest jails

Northern Ireland - Prison visits suspended due to coronavirus crisis

England and Wales - Prisons ‘could see 800 deaths’ from coronavirus without protective measures

Kenya Prisons suspends visits over coronavirus fears

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

Coronavirus: Syrian regime to release prisoners

Bangladesh - Overcrowded prisons not equipped to deal with Covid-19 cases

'Everyone will be contaminated': prisons face strict coronavirus controls

Poland wants to let some prisoners go home due to coronavirus


News 20 March

Two inmates at Scottish prison test positive for coronavirus

US jails begin releasing prisoners to stem Covid-19 infections

Cayman Islands - Prison visits suspended

Coronavirus: 75 HMP Berwyn officers off sick or isolating

South Africa - Prisons to undergo deep cleaning to limit the spread of coronavirus

Uganda Prisons Service suspends visits to inmates

Canada - Convicts serving intermittent sentences granted leave from prison during COVID-19

Malta - Corradino prison takes early Covid-19 steps to protect inmates

Belgium - Coronavirus: some prison sentences may be postponed

Nepal - 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

France Urged to Free Prisoners to Thwart Virus in Crowded Jails

First Dutch Prison Inmate Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Overcrowded and unsanitary, Venezuela's prisons brace for coronavirus

Australia's overcrowded prisons could struggle to control coronavirus, expert says

Three dead after riot at prison in northwestern Romania amid Covid-19 restrictions

US - Inmates in a prison with a coronavirus case say they're not allowed basic cleaning supplies and are worried about elderly inmates

New coronavirus cases in US jails heighten concerns about an unprepared system

First UK prisoner with coronavirus confirmed at HMP Manchester

Reassurances from HMIP as prison inspections suspended in England and Wales

Belize - Prison disallows visits as of Saturday in preparation for COVID-19

British Virgin Islands - Gov’t restricts visits to prison and residential establishments

COVID-19: New Preventive Measures for Moroccan Prisons

New Zealand - Coronavirus: 'Real concerns' over Covid-19's impact on prisons


News 13-18 March


Coronavirus: Emergency plan for prisons in England and Wales

England & Wales - Low-risk inmates could be released temporarily to ease pressure during coronavirus outbreak, head of prison officers union suggests

Irish prisons seek to release 200 prisoners in response to coronavirus recommendations

The 'doomsday' plan if coronavirus hits Northern Ireland's prisons

Luxembourg - Schrassig detention centre reduces visits to minimum

Turkey - Prison Visits, Court Hearings Suspended over Coronavirus

France - Coronavirus : Les Mesures Prises Dans Les Prisons



US - Federal and most state prisons are banning visits to protect inmates from coronavirus

US - How Prisons and Jails Can Respond to the Coronavirus

US - Bureau Of Prisons Announces Guidance On Coronavirus

US - 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

Trinidad - Prisons lock down over COVID-19

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


Middle East

Jordan says 2 dead in prison riot after visits banned over coronavirus

Bahrain pardons hundreds of prisoners as coronavirus fears spread

Israel - Prisons locked down over coronavirus fears

Riots rock overcrowded Lebanon prisons over coronavirus fears

Coronavirus: Iran frees 85,000 prisoners to combat spread of infection



India - Supreme Court takes suo moto cognisance of overcrowded prisons in wake of coronavirus

Maldives - COVID-19: Govt commences work to clean, disinfect Maafushi Prison

Thailand - All prisons closed to visitors March 18-31

Philippines - BuCor, BJMP ramp up efforts to protect inmates vs. Covid-19



South Africa - SA prisons suspend visits for 30 days due to Covid-19 outbreak