International news and guidance on COVID-19 and prisons - 1 December onwards

01 Dec 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

A special open access issue of the Victims and Offenders journal has been published focussing on the impact of the pandemic in prisons in a number of countries. The journal can be accessed here

The Council of Europe has published a report on "Prisons and Prisoners in Europe in Pandemic Times: An evaluation of the medium-term impact of the COVID-19 on prison populations" which is available 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

Physicians for Human Rights Israel has published a report on Health Remanded to Custody: The Future of the Prison Health Care System in Israel which can be found here


News articles from 13 March - 30 November 2020 can be found here 


News 21 January


Canada - COVID-19 exacerbates ‘filthy and inhumane’ conditions in Montreal jail

US - North Dakota prison system feeling impact of omicron variant

US (California) - Gavin Newsom Is Fighting A Vaccine Mandate For Prison Staff — At The Expense Of Prisoners

US - Florida Prisoners Lack Access to COVID Boosters Amid Omicron Uptick


India - Only 39 per cent fully jabbed in 3 Delhi prisons


England and Wales - Victims face waits of nearly two years to get justice in crown courts


News 20 January


Canada - 28 inmates catch COVID-19 at federal prison in B.C.'s Fraser Valley

Canada - Over a dozen inmates, staff at central Ontario jail test positive for COVID-19

US - Jails In Jeopardy Following New Treasury Rule: Federal Covid Relief Must Help People

US - Current COVID surge also affecting Indiana prisons


India - Yerawada jail officials seek for more space as Covid cases rise


Forcing jab will only worsen jail overcrowding: Belgian MP

Italy - COVID jail inmate cases more than doubles in 10 days

Scotland - More than 200 inmates isolating after latest outbreak hits HMP Perth


News 19 January


US (Michigan) - Corrections Department eases rules for COVID-positive prison officers to go back to work

US - Michigan prisoners wait for classes needed to be released

US - Visits suspended at Idaho prison as COVID cases rise, vaccine and booster requests mount

US - COVID-19 spreading rapidly in Illinois prisons


India - Covid centres, constant watch, doctors on duty — how crammed Delhi prisons are tackling 3rd wave

India - Mumbai: Video call facility between prisoners and their relatives resumes


Turkey - ‘Roof leaks, insects crawl in prison’s quarantine ward’


News 18 January

Mental health care for detainees failing worldwide


St Lucia - BCF Official Supports Electronic Monitoring For Low-Risk Offenders

US - Arizona prison to stop accepting nonviolent offenders due to COVID outbreak

US - Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid


England and Wales - Magistrates to be given power to jail offenders for up to a year to help clear court delays

Guernsey Prison bans visitors and enters special measures after Covid cases


New Zealand - Calling home: Why phone access for prisoners matters


News 15 – 17 January


South Africa - Prisons Accused Of Using Solitary Confinement As Torture: Oversight Body


Barbados - Prison Service lauded for controlling outbreak

Canada - More than half of prisoners at Burnside jail have had COVID-19

Canada - Nearly 30 per cent of Ontario jail inmates are in COVID-19 isolation

Massive drop in US prison population unlikely to hold post-pandemic

US (North Carolina) - NC prisons chief on COVID: ‘We’ve scrambled, improvised ... and learned from mistakes’

US - In-person visits suspended at Wisconsin prisons as COVID-19 cases triple among inmates in 1 week


India - COVID-19: Madhya Pradesh government bans visitors from meeting jail inmates till March end

India - Delhi: Over 90 inmates, 80 jail staffers have tested positive for Covid-19

Iran -Covid-19 outbreak spreading women’s ward of Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz

Maldives - Maafushi Prison brought under state of emergency due to Covid-19 outbreak


England and Wales - ‘Disgraceful’ Covid-19 restrictions on children in prison to end in March

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreak team reactivated at one of Portlaoise's jails


News 14 January


Inmates stage riot in Kenyan prison


Omicron variant causes full lock-down at Belize Central Prison

Canada - Indigenous Inmates Testing Positive For COVID-19 At Higher Rates In Federal Prisons – National

US - Prison Population Drops as States Revamp Admission Policies

US - New Rule Makes Thousands of Federal Inmates Eligible for Release

US - COVID Cases Triple In California Juvenile Prisons

US - Significant COVID-19 outbreaks reported at New Orleans jail, Louisiana state prisons


India - Physical meetings with family and lawyer stopped, but phone call facility yet to resume: Inmates to court

Malaysia - Virtual hearings the way forward post-Covid-19 pandemic, says Chief Justice


England and Wales - 'Fear, isolation and distress': Pentonville Prison during Covid-19

England and Wales - Hindley Prison told to increase face-to-face education for inmates


Australia - NT youth detainees test positive for COVID


News 13 January


Although increasingly authoritarian, Ecuador is unable to get a grip on its prison problem

Jamaica - Stand Up for Ja renews call for early prison release amid COVID outbreak

US - Prison Reforms Since COVID Called Uneven, ‘Disheartening’

US - Omicron hits Michigan's prisons, which rank second in nation for COVID cases

US - Washington prisons close to visitors through Feburary at the earliest due to Omicron outbreaks

US (Oregon) - State corrections reports spike in Covid cases among employees, people in prison over past two weeks


Probe into deadly riots at prisons in Philippines


France - En prison, alerte sur "l'épuisement physique et moral" des détenus

Ireland - No temporary release for Limerick prisoners despite Covid cases

At least 59 ill prisoners lost their lives in Turkey in a year


Australia - Visits suspended at multiple Queensland Correctional Centres


News 12 January


US - As COVID Cases Spike, Federal Bureau Of Prisons Is Not Releasing Eligible Inmates

US - Omicron wreaks havoc across California prison facilities as staff cases surge

US - While Active Cases Remain Low, Omicron Threat Looms in Oklahoma Prisons

US (Nebraska) - Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons costly for taxpayers; unsafe for prisoners and guards

US - Illinois prisons pause county intakes due to pandemic

US (New York) - Rikers inmates on hunger strike to protest conditions, COVID lockdown


European Prisons Push Back Against COVID-19

England and Wales - Covid-19 restrictions 'caused increase in violence at women's prison'

England and Wales - HMP Hewell: Troubled prison improving but problems persist


News 11 January


British Virgin Islands - Court hearings move online, prison visits suspended amid COVID surge

US (Wisconsin) - Inmates Flood Toilets to Protest Food, Hygiene Issues as Omicron Fuels Staffing Shortage

US (Nevada) - Prison system details rise COVID-19 cases that led to halt in visitations

US - More than 3,800 California prison staffers have coronavirus amid massive surge this month


India - Central jail authorities revive anti-Covid measures

Philippines - Rights group says PH jails ‘least safe from Omicron’


Ireland - Mass testing after Covid cases detected in Limerick Prison

Scotland - 'Credible' options to jail needed to cut prisoner numbers


Australia - Tasmania's Risdon prison battles COVID outbreak, fears workers and prisoners



News 8-10 January


Antigua - Prison inmates begin to get booster shots

Canada - 82 prisoners at Burnside jail have COVID-19

US - Most Illinois prison staff haven’t gotten Covid-19 boosters

US - A Year After NJ Released Thousands Early From Prison, Only 9% Are Back in Custody

US (Texas) - Tablets for inmates: the tech easing isolation and improving behavior during COVID lockdown

US - Nevada prison system suspends inmate visitations due to COVID surge

US (California) - CDCR: In-Person Inmate Visits Suspended Due To Surge In COVID Cases


Data: Prisons in India continue to be Overcrowded despite COVID-19

India - Amid Covid surge, West Bengal’s jails switch to ‘e-Mulakat’ between prisoners and families

India - About 1,000 Delhi Police personnel, 46 prisoners in Delhi jails test COVID-19 positive

Covid-19 infections on the rise among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails – Prisoner’s Society

Nepal - Dilapidated Salyan Prison overcrowded with inmates


HDP demands action over torture and medical negligence in Turkish prisons

England and Wales - ‘The system has collapsed’ Covid backlog sees number of people on remand in prison at highest level since 2010

England and Wales - ‘Delay and uncertainty is killing people’ as remand inmates account for 40 per cent of suicides in prison

Ireland - Mountjoy Prison hit with riot as lags furious about isolation due to Covid outbreak

Irish Prison Service suspends physical visits for two weeks

Isle of Man - Visiting resumes at prison after Covid outbreak

Scotland - More than 100 inmates at Perth Prison isolating after Covid outbreak



News 7 January


Canada - Prison staff shortage possible amid Quebec COVID-19 outbreaks: Union

US - Omicron Outbreaks in Prisons Put Everyone at Risk, But Data Is Scarce

US - Louisiana prison visits halted for third time due to COVID-19

US - How Vermont prisons are dealing with COVID behind bars


France - Covid-19 : 47% des détenus ont un schéma vaccinal complet, contre 76,9% de la population générale  

Italy - COVID: Over 1,000 jail inmates positive, close to 2020 peak


News 6 January


Uganda: Prisons Restrict Visits Due to Covid-19


US - Opinion: The Public Health Case for Decarcerating America’s Prison System

US - Federal prisons director Carvajal announces retirement amid coronavirus deaths, security lapses

US - Unvaccinated staff spread COVID-19 in California prisons

US - Arkansas prisons crack down on safety measures with rising COVID cases

US - As COVID-19 cases surge, Delaware's prison staff have higher infection rate than prisoners


India - Covid enters Delhi jails: Authorities in ‘wait and watch’ mode


England and Wales - ‘Vermin-infested’ London prison blighted by sexist and racist staff, warns watchdog

England and Wales - HMP Aylesbury is Covid 'outbreak site' as more prisoners test positive for coronavirus

Covid in Scotland: Backlogged courts about to face worst disruption yet, says official


News 5 January


Liberia: Major Prison Facilities Shutdown Due to Lack of Food Supply


Calls grow for inmate releases as COVID-19 cases climb in Canada’s jails and prisons

Canada - COVID-19 spreads to inmates from staff at Drumheller prison; more than 100 cases total

US - Latest COVID surge hitting Missouri prisons, treatment centers


Philippines - Over 46K BuCor inmates jabbed vs. Covid-19

Philippines - 4,610 PDLs released by BuCor in 2021


France - Covid-19 : 200 Détenus Isolés Après La Découverte D'un Cluster Au Centre Pénitentiaire De Beauvais

Gibraltar - Prison visits suspended as 19 inmates test positive for Covid-19

Irish prison chiefs splash out over €485,000 on library books to get inmates through Covid-19 pandemic

Pandemic in Turkey’s prisons | ‘36 people stay in a quarantine ward’



News 21 December 2021 – 4 January 2022


Canada - COVID-19 outbreaks now reported at 7 federal prisons, more staff than inmates infected

Canada - Advocates want Ottawa to release vulnerable inmates as COVID-19 hits N.S. women's prison

Haiti: 11 killed in foiled prison break

US - Omicron Has Arrived. Many Prisons and Jails Are Not Ready.

US (California) - Inmates’ attorneys warn of potential coronavirus outbreaks sparked by unvaccinated prison staff

US - ‘It's definitely coming to a boiling point’: Families, inmates worry about what comes next in Kansas prisons

US - Delaware Dept. of Correction suspends prison visitation amid COVID surge

US - Arkansas prisons lockdown amid record coronavirus case count

US Virgin Islands - Corrections Counts 13 COVID-Positive Cases At Facilities


India - Prisoners’ meetings with relatives suspended amid Covid surge in Bihar

India - Over 21,900 doses of Covid vaccine administered to inmates of 3 jails

India - To deal with Covid case spike, Tihar jail gets its own oxygen plant


In under-vaccinated Bosnia, inmate population stands out

England and Wales - Prison officer battered senseless and gangs clash in jail violence

England and Wales – The pandemic has been a catastrophe for people in prison. We must learn from it.

England and Wales - Tougher criminal sentences contributing to the courts backlog - new bar chair

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreaks confirmed in four prisons

Ireland - Prison Inspector criticises use of solitary confinement to contain Covid-19

Isle of Man - Covid: Jurby prison lockdown eases but visits still suspended

Scotland - Prison suspends in-person and online visits amid 'unforeseen circumstances'

Rights violations in Turkish prisons increased in 2021, says Diyarbakır Bar’s annual report

Despite normalisation, COVID-19 restrictions not lifted in Turkey’s prisons


New Zealand - Inmates cause $4.3m worth of damage to prisons in 12 months

New Zealand - Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland women's prison worker tests positive, staff, prisoners in isolation


News 20 December


US - DOJ says inmates on home confinement can stay out of prison

US - Wisconsin prisons struggle with staffing shortage


Ireland - Prison officers' stress at work worsened during pandemic

Prison visits in Northern Ireland to be suspended

Scotland - West Lothian prison Covid outbreak causes chaos as 'several' staff forced to isolate  


Australia - Visits cancelled at Arthur Gorrie and Brisbane Correctional Centre


News 19 December


US - What Officials Can Do to Keep Omicron From Ravaging One of Our Most Vulnerable Populations


England and Wales - HMP Manchester inmates locked up for 22 hours a day, report finds

Northern Ireland - NI Prison Service Covid-19 measures revised to keep vital system safe

News 18-20 December


Canada - Indigenous women make up almost half the female prison population, ombudsman says

Canada - Depopulate prisons before Omicron hits, Ottawa criminologist urges

Cayman Islands - Same-day testing rules kick in for hospital, home care and prison visits

Trinidad & Tobago - Police, Prisons & Fire Services associations reject 'vaccination-for-pay' initiative

Only four US states are providing data about inmate vaccinations


India - Prison population increased by 14% in last 2 years

India - Omicron: Delhi prisons to isolate inmates with Influenza-like illness

India - Gurugram: New inmates at Bhondsi jail to undergo five tests

Philippines - BuCor: 91% of those in jail received anti-Covid vaccine


England and Wales - Male prisoners' free family phone calls are scrapped – but women's aren't under MoJ decision

Backlog in court cases doubles in East of England during pandemic

Ireland - Arbour Hill prisoners hit out after being denied showers while being in Covid-19 isolation

In-person visits reduced as tighter Covid restrictions brought in at Jersey's prison

Malta - Inquiry report calls for major overhaul of prison system


Australia - Life on the ward: how do you care for Covid patients in prison?


News 17 December


Nigeria - Ekiti prison overcrowded, housing 700 inmates instead of 400: Prison Controller

Nigeria - Federal High Court with 75 judges has 128,000 pending cases – Chief Judge


Ecuador commission to investigate prison violence - president

US - An influx of sick, elderly inmates in Florida prisons called a 'crisis'


Rights watchdog calls for decongesting India’s prisons

Israel's Justice Minister Says More Prisons Are the Solution to Overcrowding

Malaysia - Prisons Dept: Families allowed to visit inmates for Christmas from Dec 26 to 31

Thailand - Prison riot “under control” after hundreds of inmates lashed out over Covid-19 treatment

Thailand - Krabi prison dorm ablaze in second riot


England and Wales - Wing of Durham prison locked down due to escalating Covid cases

'Turkey’s prisons have turned into houses of death'


Australia - WA jails are understaffed and under pressure, say WA prison officers


News 16 December

Global COVID Vaccination Rates for People in Prison Remain Far Too Low


US (North Carolina) - Prisoners on work release fear bringing in COVID from the outside, then spreading it inside

US - Tennessee prisons see overdoses surge

US - Alabama prisoner becomes 69th to die with COVID-19

US Virgin Islands - V.I. prison population cleared of COVID-19


Denmark to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo to ease overcrowding

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at sex offenders prison infects 100 inmates

Ireland sees one of highest rates in world for vaccinations in prisons

Inmates in Turkish prisons complain of lack of heating and inadequate amount of food


News 15 December


Canada - COVID-19 outbreak at Bordeaux prison infects 75, prompts new lockdown

Canada - Brockville, Ont. jail closes due to COVID-19 outbreak

US Prison Population Decreased 15% in 2020

US (Connecticut) - CT’s strict vaccine mandate for medical staff doesn’t apply to prisons


Philippines - QC jail congestion rate down to 55% from 1,000%- BJMP


England and Wales - Visits resume at Winchester prison following Covid outbreak

Italy - Two guards hurt in prison riot


Australia - Guards walk off Mount Gambier correctional site over prisoner-made food, pay and conditions


News 14 December


US (New York) - “People Need To Go Outside": Rikers Detainees Say Loss Of Rec Time Is Intensifying Jails Crisis


Pakistan - ‘Mysterious rise’ in inmates’ deaths witnessed in Lahore prison

Philippines - Bureau of Corrections realizes jail decongestion program

South Korea: 70000 inmates, officers at correction centres to get tested for Covid


England and Wales - Milton Keynes prison comes under fire again from inspectors

Scotland - Fife: Community payback hit by pandemic


New Zealand - High time: Sharp increase in prison drug seizures


News 4-13 December


Dozens killed in fire at overcrowded Burundi prison

Zimbabwe - 2 000 Prisoners Test Positive For Covid-19


Prevalence of COVID-19 infection in the prison system in Espirito Santo/Brazil: persons deprived of liberty and justice workers

Canada - More than 120 off work at GTA jail after health unit bars unvaccinated staff

Canada - Court hears about pandemic conditions at Burnside jail as judge debates inmate's sentence

US - For incarcerated Americans, the pandemic chaos of April 2020 has never ended

US - Multiple COVID outbreaks reported at Maine correctional facilities


Bangladesh - Prisoners to be vaccinated

A glance at the conditions of women in Iranian prisons – women’s rights are human rights

Pakistan - Undue delays : K-P struggles with vaccine hesitancy in jails

Philippines - 39,155 PDLs in BuCor jails vaccinated


COVID: How Europe's prisons have fared in the pandemic

England and Wales - The double lockdown: How it feels to leave prison during a pandemic

England and Wales - ‘Anger, fear and resentment’: prisoners speak out about lockdown

England and Wales - Bullingdon Prison report criticises chronic overcrowding and safety standards

England and Wales - Prison service 'closely monitoring situation' at Leyland's HMP Wymott after Covid outbreak

England and Wales - HMP Winchester: What restrictions mean for inmates as Covid cases rise  

Ireland - Covid outbreak at Cloverhill Prison leads to restrictions

Isle of Man - Covid: Virus outbreak prompts Jurby prison lockdown

Malta - Two inmates test positive for Covid

Covid in Scotland: Courts backlog could take five years to be cleared up


Australia - Casuarina Prison inmates riot amid union warning of shortages of up to 800 officers

Australia - NSW prisons are failing, new report claims

New Zealand - Turning Hawke's Bay prison youth unit into Covid-19 ward 'dreadful mistake'


News 3 December


Canada - Omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Halton and Durham regions cases

Trinidad & Tobago - CCHR calls for independent monitoring of prisons

US (Connecticut) - State Suspends In-Person Visits To Prison Due To High COVID Rates

US - Wyoming Prisons See 5th COVID-19 Death and a New Outbreak


France - COVID-19: Un Cluster Déclaré Dans Une Prison, Les Surveillants Pas Assez Protégés Selon Un Syndicat


News 2 December


Canada - National advocacy group joins inmate's lawsuit alleging substandard medical care in prisons

US - High number of deaths in Oregon state prisons


Philippines - 30,000 doses of COVID vaccines allotted to PDLs in BuCor jails

Singapore - S'pore Prison Service launched new vehicle for infectious inmates 3 weeks before Covid-19 hit


England and Wales - What it's like to be a mother in prison during a pandemic

Ireland - Prison visits by children to see parents plummets

Luxembourg – Schrassig prison: Sanitary measures reinforced as 45 infections reported

Malta - Prisons are overcrowded, lacking rehabilitation efforts, audit finds


News 1 December


US - About 200 Massachusetts prison guards, Department of Correction employees suspended over vaccine mandate

US - NY jail and prison staff not complying with COVID mandates face suspension

US (Delaware)  Del. DOC expands inmate visitation to children


England and Wales - HMP Bullingdon report criticises overcrowding due to Covid

England and Wales – Thousands in prison on remand face second Xmas behind bars as court chaos deepens

France - Cluster à la prison d’Argentan : 72 cas positifs au Covid-19

Luxembourg - Covid-19 : les contaminations se multiplient à Schrassig


News 30 November


Concerns over Covid-19 spread at notorious Egyptian prison


Ecuador's president extends state of emergency for prisons

US - Unnecessary and Complicated Transfers Are Spreading COVID in Federal Prisons

US - California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators


Philippines - 77% of 48,539 PDLs in BuCor jails vaccinated

Thailand - Joint letter on restrictions on prison visits and correspondence


Scottish prisons: Independent review calls for radical reform following deaths


Australia - Canberra's COVID rapid antigen screening pilot introduced at jail, the Alexander Maconochie Centre


News 27 – 29 November


US - Prison visits in Alabama to restart after almost two-year pause

US - Appeals court blocks order requiring COVID vaccines for California prisons


Kazakh ‘torture’ jail using virtual reality to help prisoners feel joy

Malaysia - 63% of inmates minor drug offenders, says Azalina, in calling for prison reform

Philippines - Gov’t assures COVID vaccination of BuCor’s PDLs


Albania Closes Prison Hospital Criticized by Human Rights Organizations

England and Wales - Gym restrictions and 'goodybags' for HMP Liverpool inmates at height of covid

Turkey to lift ban on contact visitation in prisons



News 26 November


Kenya - 43 inmates at Bungoma prison test positive for Covid-19


Cayman Islands - Lawyer: HMP Northward a ‘scary place right now’

US - Inmate claims Utah prisons mismanaged pandemic care

“Abandoned and deprived”: the women trapped in Venezuela’s overcrowded prisons


Cambodia - GDP, ICRC talk sprucing up prison management

Philippines - Majority of BJMP, BuCor inmates now vaxxed


Belgium - Covid et surpopulation: les prisons sont de nouveau au bord de l'implosion

England and Wales - Winchester Prison Covid outbreak as cases for the area rise

Ireland - Total of 277 cases of Covid-19 in prisons since pandemic began, Dáil told

Scotland - West Lothian prisoners slashed guard and sparked riot in violent Covid protest


News 25 November

Prisons Are Communities Too


India - No psychiatrist visited Ranchi's Birsa central jail since 2020 lockdown

Philippines - Prelate says inmates should not be left behind amid Covid-19 vaccination


France - Orne. Nouveau foyer de contamination à la prison d’Argentan : 48 détenus testés positifs au Covid

Malta - Prison reform in coming weeks, Home Affairs Minister pledges

Experts of Committee Against Torture Ask Serbia about Overcrowding in Prisons

Contact visits to resume in Turkey’s prisons after months


Australia (Tasmania) - Prison overcrowding is seeing inmates share cells, toilets and showers, and that's not meant to be normal


News 24 November


Prison congestion: CSOs solicit stakeholders’ support to release detained Nigerians


US - About 90% of Federal Workers Got Vaccinated by Deadline

US (New Mexico) - COVID still spreading in NM prisons despite nearly everyone getting the jab

US - NYC Jail Officers At 67% COVID Vaccination Rate As Mandate Looms


England and Wales - Essex prison described as rat-infested and piled with rubbish

Surge in drug seizures at Scottish prisons

Turkey - Heating system doesn’t work in İstanbul’s Silivri Prison despite freezing temperatures


New Zealand - 'Retraumatised': Calls for prison double bunking to be axed as new data shows level of sex assault



News 23 November


Ecuador pardons some inmates to cut prison overcrowding after riots

US - Federal judge rejects California’s bid to postpone vaccination of prison staff


Philippines - DOJ wants to include PDLs in 3-day national vaccination campaign


Belgium - Prison de St-Gilles: le bourgmestre prend un arrêté pour limiter la population carcérale

Ireland - Covid-19 in big Laois prison under control but community surge raises risk of more outbreaks

Luxembourg - Sanitary measures at Schrassig prison extended by two weeks


Australia - Queensland Parole Board applications backlog forcing prisoners to wait up to a year for decision


News 20 – 22 November


Ghana - We’ll implement non-custodial sentences to decongest prisons – Bawumia


Canada - Thirty-Four Inmates and Three Staff Test Positive for COVID-19 in New Brunswick Prison

Cayman Islands - Relatives visiting prison must get tested or be fined $10,000

US - COVID-19 outbreak at Vermont prison spreading

US - More than 100 Massachusetts prison guards suspended after refusing COVID vaccine over the past month

US - North Carolina’s aging death row population faces looming health care crisis


India - Delhi: With Covid-19 curbs eased, over 74,000 turn up to meet inmates in 10 months

Malaysia - Binding over better than jailing petty criminals, says lawyer

Philippines -DOJ chief seeks inclusion of 30,000 more inmates in three-day inoculation drive  

Singapore - 66 inmates with Covid-19 housed in Selarang Park Complex quarantine centre


Ireland - Covid outbreaks continue to worsen in prison system

Ireland - Inmate at prison hit by Covid-19 outbreak has trial delayed

Scotland - Overcrowded, under-funded: MSPs seek major justice system reform


New Zealand - Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Waikeria Prison quarantine lifted after negative test result


News 19 November


Ecuador - ‘We are all suffering’: What’s going on inside Ecuador’s prisons?

US - 76% of Nevada prison workers vaccinated against COVID-19 as mandate goes into effect

US (Massachusetts) - Prison depopulation request over COVID denied

US (California) - Judge Rules CDCR Inflicted Cruel and Unusual Punishment on San Quentin Inmates During Massive COVID Outbreak


Greece - Thessaloniki prison on lockdown after Covid outbreak


New Zealand - Covid 19 Delta outbreak: More than 50 Waikeria Prison staff isolating after Covid link

New Zealand - Covid-19: Vaccinated prisoners to have no choice if bunked with unvaxxed inmates


News 18 November


In Togo, prison visit ban keeps families apart


US Virgin Islands - Second Outbreak: 14 Detainees Test Positive for COVID-19 at St. Croix Jail


In Myanmar’s Insein Prison, inmates shared bath water and were denied medical care


England and Wales - Foston prison hit by outbreak of covid cases

Ireland - Prison service facing 'unprecedented challenge' as it manages three Covid-19 outbreaks

Ireland - Prison governor says prison service has entered 'silo mentality' amidst serious outbreaks of Covid-19

Luxembourg - 18 inmates test positive for Covid-19

News 17 November


Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons commissioner: No covid, chickenpox outbreaks in prison

US - COVID-19 cases rise at Mass. jails, prisons

US (Minnesota) - COVID-19 cases in St. Cloud correctional facility account for vast majority of systemwide cases


England and Wales - Covid cases confirmed at HMP Brinsford

Ireland - Covid in jails: Judge asks Prison Service rep to come to court after prisoner cannot attend trial amid ongoing outbreaks


News 11-16 November

Reimagine justice and end child detentions: UNICEF


South Africa - Eastern Cape prison hunger strike over, says inspection authority


At least 68 dead in latest prison violence in Ecuador

US - State Prisons Released More People Before Covid-19 Than During It

US - S.F.'s jails are leading California in COVID prevention. How are they doing it? No one knows


'Emotional Torture': Why Don't Indian Jails Give Inmates a Right to Phone Calls?

Malaysia - Prisons Dept: ‘Drug cluster’ rehab programme under 12MP aims to reduce overcrowding

Philippines - BuCor: 4K inmates fully vaccinated; 13K partially vaxxed vs COVID-19

169 inmates are Covid-19 positive, including prisoners on death row: Singapore Prison Service


Croatia - Protests against COVID Certificates Outside Zagreb Prison, Split Court

England and Wales - ‘Unacceptable’: Violent assaults on children surge 70% at youth prison

England and Wales - Surge in self-harm incidents at scandal-hit women’s prison where newborn baby died

Ireland - 30 Covid cases confirmed in country’s biggest jail as mass testing of staff and prisoners under way

Ireland - Covid outbreaks in prisons bring disruption to courts

Record Number Of Deaths At Isle Of Wight's Prison

Pandemic fallout: Convicts not eager to return to prison in Turkey

Turkey - Ban on contact visitation violates rights of inmates: Ankara Bar Association


Australia - ACT Supreme Court reduces sentences, cites COVID-19 prison woes


10 November

More than a million prisoners have been released during COVID-19, but it’s not enough


South Africa’s ‘Faulty’ Life Sentences are Catching Up – Prisons Crowded and Costing Citizens

South Africa - Irregular expenditure, violence and escapes increasing at SA prisons

South Africa - Vaccine hesitancy plaguing SA prison officials and inmates


Canada - Proof of vaccination to be mandatory for prison guards and visitors — but not for inmates

US - Philadelphia prisons to resume limited in-person visits


Singapore - Several inmates and staff of Institution A1 at Changi Prison Complex test positive for Covid-19


England and Wales - Stocken Prison in Rutland is undergoing a gradual return to normality following strict covid regulations

Ireland - Midlands Prison sees Covid-19 outbreak as 14 prisoners test positive


News 9 November


US (Maine) - Justice delayed: York County Jail turns away would-be inmates amid COVID pressures


India - Tihar Jail Has 20k Inmates against 10k Capacity in 'Inhuman' Conditions; Parliament Committee in 'Shock'


Belgium - 24-hour strike in prisons in Brussels and Wallonia

England and Wales - Government accused of ‘secretly’ rolling out pepper spray in prisons during pandemic

England and Wales - Justice Secretary Dominic Raab doesn't know how long it will take to reduce COVID court case backlog

England and Wales - 'Super courtroom' opens to address 'significant' backlog of over 60,000 crown court cases

Ireland - Prison Services reveal Covid-19 vaccine rates in Portlaoise and other jails

Luxembourg - Prison tightens pandemic restrictions, 100 in quarantine

Scotland - Shocking condition of Greenock Prison highlighted in national report

Spain - Anti-torture Committee publishes 2020 visit report on police and prisons in Spain


News 6-8 November


Canada - 18 cases associated with COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich jail, Island Health says


Thailand - 625 inmates infected with Covid-19 at two Korat prisons


Netherlands - 700 prisoners in isolation after coronavirus outbreak in Zaanstad penitentiary

Scotland - Dumfries Prison staff praised for handling of two coronavirus outbreaks

Scotland - Scotland’s courts to continue virtual hearings into 2022


Australia - Prison numbers have fallen during the COVID pandemic, but not for First Nations people

New Zealand - Prison staff miss Covid deadline


News 5 November


Cayman Islands - Full prison struggles with high COVID case load

US (California) - Newsom joins corrections department in appealing prison vaccine mandate

US (Minnesota) - State adjusts COVID-19 protocols for prison employees

US (Nevada) - Hundreds of prison staff submitted religious exemptions ahead of vaccination deadline


Maldives - Male' Prison over capacity by 33 percent


Belgium - Surpopulation, manque de personnel et recrudescence du covid : profond malaise à la prison de Saint-Gilles

Three of Scotland’s most violent prisoners killed by covid


Australia - NSW prisons COVID-19 outbreak infected hundreds



News 4 November


Canada - Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich jail

US (New Mexico) - Prison population continues statewide decline,8742

US (California) - Amid COVID-19 outbreak in Sacramento jails, advocates demand better care, emergency releases


Covid Scotland: Courts backlog will take 'multiple years' to clear warns Lord Advocate


Australia - NSW prison population down during COVID-19

New Zealand - Visitors To Prisons Required To Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Before 9 December


News 3 November


US - COVID-19 inmate cases soar at North Dakota state prison

US - Few Minnesota Counties Require COVID Vaccines for Prison Workers

US - Nebraska Corrections director says prisons are understaffed, overpopulated


India - Covid 19 Not A Valid Ground For Seeking Further Extension Of Parole Leave: Karnataka HC

India - Delhi: A year on, Diwali is back for Tihar inmates


England and Wales - Record number of deaths at HMP The Verne

Northern Ireland - Funding plea for jail mental healthcare after 460 self-harm incidents this year


News 2 November


US - Union for Federal Prison Workers Sues Over Covid Vaccine Mandate

US - Hawaiʻi federal prison workers protest staffing shortages, lack of COVID-19 testing option


England and Wales - Dour report finds HMP Hull prisoners living in 'intolerable' conditions

Ireland - Covid certs won't be needed for prison visits for now, but review underway

Prison union warns psychoactive drugs have reached 'very dangerous level' as Scots staff battle chaos behind bars

Scotland must reduce prisoner numbers, says watchdog


New Zealand - Auckland inmates among positive cases


News 30 October – 1 November


Argentina - After the freedoms anticipated by the Covid, the Buenos Aires prisons were filled again and already exceed the levels of the pre-pandemic

Bahamas - Request For Independent Review Of Prison Issues

Canada - Ontario to spend $72 million to tackle courts backlog, hire court staff

US prisons face staff shortages as officers quit amid COVID


Malaysia - Deepavali: Families allowed to meet inmates - Prisons Dept


Albania – Drenovë, Over 10 Prisoners Infected with Covid-19

France - Béziers. Covid : la prison identifiée comme cluster, plus de 50 cas confirmés

News 29 October


US - Virginia’s prison population fell by thousands during the pandemic. Will it stay down?

US - Despite outbreaks at Maine prisons and jails, workers aren’t required get vaccinated


India - After hunger strike, prisoners in Bihar allowed to meet kin, get outside food

Decongesting Philippine Prisons


Improving health in prisons: new WHO Prison Health Framework can improve data quality

England and Wales - Self-harm among women and children in UK prisons rises to record levels

England and Wales - Violent and rotting Winchester prison fails inmates, report says


Australia - Report criticises rising prison population


News 28 October


‘Stuck in limbo’: endless wait for justice for those in Nigeria’s prisons


St Lucia - Visits suspended at Bordelais due to COVID outbreak

US - Some states are cloaking prison COVID data

US - DOJ Will Revise Trump-Era Home Release Limit, Garland Says

US (California) - Inmates must be vaccinated to see visitors in state prison, CDCR says  

US (Arizona) - Prison officials: More than 80% of state inmates vaccinated

US - Lawsuits and protests: Texas county jails are on the brink during the pandemic


Cambodia - Courts urged to expedite clearing backlog to reduce prison overcrowding

In China, COVID-19 Had an Unlikely Side Effect: Bail Reform


Cyprus - Court cases postponed due to Covid-19

Turkey - ‘Pandemic restrictions’ still in place in prisons


News 27 October


Uganda - 18 percent prison inmates vaccinated against Covid-19


US - Missouri prisons urged to improve COVID protocols

US (Washington DC) - After year of isolation, Prison Scholars return to classrooms

US - Some unvaccinated California correctional officers could face discipline under new order


Malaysia - Prisons Dept allows visitations in states under Phase 4 NRP

Malaysia -Zero Covid-19 cases in Penang Remand Prison since September


England and Wales - Deal reached to end long running Covid safety dispute at 49 prisons

News 26 October


US - COVID-19 rates higher in Missouri counties with large prison populations, study says


India - Prisoners ordered to return to 'Covid-free' jails in Delhi

Thailand - Nakhon Si Thammarat widens lockdowns as prison infections rise


Armenian Prison Healthcare Staff Trained on Prevention and Control of Health Care-Associated Infections

News 23 – 25 October


Rwanda - Human Right Commission Reports An Issue Of Prisons Congestion Again

Uganda - Prisons cries out for Covid-19 vaccines


Jamaica - 74 COVID-positive cases among inmates at ‘Spanish Town prison’

St Lucia - Another COVID outbreak at Bordelais: 27 new cases at prison

US - When Prison Guards Refuse Vaccines, Incarcerated People Pay the Price

US (Connecticut) - Prison workers top list of those not complying with mandate

US (North Carolina) - COVID outbreaks continue in NC jails, which are exempt from state vaccine mandate

US - Nevada inmates’ health conditions amid pandemic spur call for independent probe


India - Over 17,000 Covid vaccine doses given to Delhi prison inmates

Philippines - BJMP records low COVID jail cases, high PDL vax numbers in past 6 months

Philippines - BuCor vows to have all PDLs, workers vaccinated vs COVID

Philippines - General Santos detainees crammed in cells while awaiting COVID-19 tests

Thailand - Covid-19 in prison: outbreaks from overcrowding now subsiding


Prison overcrowding report discussed with key stakeholders in Greece

Scotland - Covid: 200 inmates isolating at Perth Prison after 30 test positive

Two wings in Spanish prison go into lockdown due to major COVID-19 outbreak


Australia - COVID-19 inquiry ordered into Sydney jail

New Zealand - Covid-19: Corrections accused of subterfuge over staff vaccine mandate

News 22 October


US - Health care in Illinois prisons is deficient: Report

US (Washington) - Citing COVID-19 concerns, Gov. Inslee halts jail-to-prison transfers

US (New York) - As COVID Rages On Rikers, Staffing Crisis Delays Vaccine Mandate For Jail Staff

US - Visitations at Mississippi prisons to resume November 1


France - Béziers : encore plus de malades du Covid à la prison du Gasquinoy

Prison Revolts in Russia Growing in Number, Size and Impact

News 21 October


Nigeria - COVID-19: Grant clemency to prison inmates now, lawyer begs Okowa


Canada - Group says prolonged use of lockdowns, restrictive movement routines in prisons unconstitutional

Canada - More than 1,000 inmates locked in their cells amid staffing shortage at Montreal's Bordeaux prison

US (California) - Appeals court tosses order aimed at protecting immigration detainees from COVID-19

US (New York) - State prisons to offer food incentives for inmates who get vaccinated; CO union pushes back


Cambodia - Covid vaccinations for detainees near 100%


Cyprus - MPs ponder electronic bracelets to alleviate prison overcrowding

Scotland - Fife terror trial halted after another Covid outbreak at Perth Prison


Australia (ACT) - Government resists compulsory jabs for prison officers

News 20 October


US - The policy lessons learned from the criminal justice system response to COVID-19

US - Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend COVID-related prisoner releases


Kuwait to pardon more prisoners next year amid overcrowding


England and Wales - Prisoners three times as likely to miss hospital appointments with no notice than general public, says report


New Zealand - Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Corrections National Commissioner welcomes staff vaccine mandate

News 19 October


Canada - Sudbury Jail closing temporarily due to COVID-19 outbreak

US - How States Shunted Prisoners Aside in Vaccine Rollout

US - Covid-19 Cases Increase Seven-Fold in Wyoming Prison System


India - Jail inmates can now talk to relatives over phone

India - 20 jail inmates test Covid positive in Thane

Philippines - 31.34% of 123,848 inmates in BJMP facilities with complete doses vs COVID-19

News 16 – 18 October


Kenya - Kapsabet GK Prison Records 100pc Vaccination

COVID-19: 92% of Morocco’s Prison Population are Fully Vaccinated


US - In face of violent crime and COVID trauma, nation can't fall into overincarceration trap

US - Inmates are more vaccinated against COVID-19 than guards at nearly every prison in California

US - Louisiana Will Restart Prison Visits With Covid Precautions

US (Washington) - I'm in prison and I just had my first contact visit in 500 days. To reduce recidivism, prisons need to prioritize human contact.

US (Florida) - Anxiety runs high among some incarcerated people as regular Covid testing in short supply

US (Tennessee) - COVID rates at CoreCivic prisons soar above rates at state-run facilities


Only 10% of Philippine convicts have received COVID-19 vaccines

Philippines - Davao Prison sets up isolation facility for COVID, other infectious diseases


Australia - Rapid testing, jabs and jury bubbles: How NSW courts are reopening safely

News 15 October


Kenya - Gov’t Lauds Uptake Of Covid-19 Jabs In Prisons


US - How COVID-19 affected death row prisoners ahead of Alabama execution scheduled this month

US - Nearly 40 percent of Mass. prison guards still haven’t complied with the state’s vaccine mandate


England and Wales - Justice Secretary Dominic Raab can't say when court backlog will be cleared

England and Wales - Black mental health crisis in prisons

Turkey - İzmir F-type prison imposing extra restrictions on inmates despite new regulation


New Zealand - The spectre of Covid-19 in prisons, and what it means for Māori


News 14 October


US - Incarcerated Describe COVID Prison Practices as Torture

US - I’ve Spent 35 Years in Prison. I Live Each Day Fearing Another Wave of COVID.

US - Why are incarcerated people, the only Americans with guaranteed health care, dying of COVID-19 faster than the general public? | Opinion

US - California judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine order for correctional officers

US - As the deadline nears, Oregon Department of Corrections employees are 50% vaccinated


England and Wales - STC Still Locking Children In Cells For 23 Hours A Day, Warn Inspectors

News 13 October


Kenya - Gov’t Intensifies Covid-19 Vaccination In Prisons

Kenya - Inmates To Wait Longer To Receive Visitors


US - Despite being told otherwise, thousands of convicts sent home for COVID-19 will have to return to prison

US - Texas Prison Staff COVID-19 Death Toll Spikes

US - Supreme Court: No More Expedited Releases For Hawaii Inmates


Scotland - Covid: Around 40 prisoners self-isolating at Perth Prison as a ‘precautionary measure’


Australia - Lockdown in Hunter Valley maximum security prison after virus outbreak

News 12 October


Canada - Most Alberta offenders sentenced to weekends in jail, now serving at home due to pandemic


England and Wales - Children locked in rooms at youth prison up to 23 hours a day – report

England and Wales - Self harm at Peterborough prison drops during lockdown - despite ‘inhumane’ conditions jail forced to impose

England and Wales - Inside 'shabby' HMP Deerbolt - where prisoners wear bin bags instead of coats


New Zealand - People In Prison Must Be Protected From COVID-19

News 9-11 October


Bermuda - Courts reduce services because of Covid-19

Guyana - COVID-19: About half of prison population vaccinated

Panama - Outbreak of covid-19 in women's prisons

US - Vaccination rates rise at Washington Department of Corrections, other agencies in response to COVID-19 mandate


Cambodia - CHRC says NGOs call to release prisoners will affect public order


Croatia - 23 Prisoners at Zagreb's Remetinec Prison Infected, 110 Self-Isolating

Only valid Covid-19 certificates for prison guards in Latvia

Spain – Mass Covid outbreak in Cordoba prison

Turkey - COVID-19 outbreak reported at Antalya prisons


Australia - Victorian courts consider only allowing jurors who are fully vaccinated

New Zealand - Three Mt Eden prison Covid cases, one transferred to hospital

News 8 October


Kenya - 30,000 inmates get Covid vaccine in plan to resume visitation

Liberia: ‘Detainees are Five Times More at Risk of Contracting COVID-19’ — EU Head of Delegation Cautions Inmates to Get Vaccinated


US - Gov. Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Prison Population Reaches 20-Year Low

US (Texas) - Prison staff death toll spikes after state relaxes coronavirus precautions behind bars


England and Wales - How the pandemic is hurting women leaving prison

Northern Ireland - Inmates in crisis held in units designed for solitary confinement

News 7 October


More Than 50 Percent Of Prisoners In Kenya Vaccinated Against COVID-19


US - Federal Bureau Of Prisons Staff 63% Vaccinated But Union Digging In Heels On Mandate

US Prisons Were Covid Hothouses During Pandemic First Wave

US - New York’s Already Low Prison Vaccinations Plateau Through The Summer

US (California) - Public Health Sees COVID-19 Outbreaks at Correctional Facilities


Laos - Forty Lao Prisoners Found Infected With COVID-19

Philippines - Late submission of inmates’ prison records slowing down efforts to decongest jails


England and Wales - Inspection finds ‘high levels of violence’ plaguing Staffordshire prison

News 6 October


Bahamas - Another Suspected Covid Case At Prison

US - COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Could Exacerbate Understaffing in Federal Prisons, Union Warns


England and Wales - Woodhill prison violence very high during pandemic says report

England and Wales - Court backlog 'may not return to pre-pandemic levels for another year' - Raab

COVID-19 restrictions lead to rights violations in Turkish prisons, bar association and medical chamber say


Australia - COVID lockdown of prisoners at Alexander Maconochie Centre jail continues

Australia - Indigenous prisoners under 'extreme distress' amid pandemic healthcare fears

News 5 October


US - COVID precautions put more prisoners in isolation. It can mean long-term health woes

US - Electronic Monitoring Has Widened Its Net Amid COVID


Almost 40 prisoners infected as COVID-19 spreads to five Victorian jails

Papua New Guinea – Buimo Jail in Lockdown

News 2-4 October


Ecuador to pardon up to 2,000 inmates after deadly prison riot


Cambodia - Pchum Ben ceremonies permitted with conditions in prisons

India - Inmates in Odisha jail can now speak with visitors from glass cabin

Maldives - No plans to move high-risk inmates back to prison: Corrections

Philippines - DOH: More than 21,000 inmates fully vaccinated vs COVID-19

Sri Lanka - Prisons Department decides to permit visitation


England and Wales - Norwich prison 'no longer a Covid outbreak site'

England and Wales - Some HMP Berwyn prisoners claim "unfair and inhumane" treatment during pandemic

Turkey’s prisoners lack access to healthcare - report

News 1 October


US - Prison Inmates More Vaccinated Than Corrections Staff In At Least 13 States

US - Compassionate release became a life-or-death lottery for thousands of federal inmates during the pandemic

US - Governor Says Hawaiʻi Prisons Don't Have the Capacity to Fully Implement COVID Protocols


Thailand - Department recruits 74,000 prison inmates


England and Wales - Backlog of crown court criminal cases reaches record levels

News 30 September


US (California) - At San Quentin, Incarcerated People Organize For Safety As Prison Transfers Spread Covid-19

US - Massachusetts prison guard union files lawsuit to postpone Gov. Baker's COVID-19 vaccine mandate

US - Protesters object to Alabama prison plan, use of COVID-19 federal funds


India - SC orders extension of parole of prisoners released in Kerala amid COVID-19 pandemic

Philippines - Iwahig Prison sets up COVID facility


England and Wales - Year-long wait to see dentist at HMP Berwyn during pandemic, report states


Australia - Prison in lockdown after confirmed covid case

News 29 September


Prisons du Gabon : pas de vaccin covid, pas d’accès pour le personnel

Kenya - Government targets 50,000 prisoners in 5-Day Covid Vaccination drive


US - Office Of Inspector General Releases Survey On Federal Prisons’ Reaction To COVID-19

US - Judge requires Covid-19 vaccines for California prison staff


Malaysia - Push to have prisoners vaccinated


Ireland - More than 100 courts with technology for remote hearings in place by end of the year

News 24 – 28 September


Canada - Lawyers slam government after 43 catch COVID in latest outbreak at Edmonton Remand Centre

St Vincent & the Grenadines - Visitors prohibited at prison compounds

US (California) - A champion of COVID-19 vaccines, Newsom fights plan to mandate them for prison guards

US - Alabama Wants to Use $400 Million in COVID Relief Money to Build More Prisons


India - Another COVID-19 Outbreak in Byculla Prison Highlights Lessons That Haven't Been Learnt

India - SC Approves 'FASTER' System for Releasing Prisoners, Tells Jails to Accept e-Bail Orders

India - Bengaluru's NIMHANS offers stress management for prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

Indonesia - Comprehensive reforms needed to tackle prison overcrowding: Activists

Malaysia - Over 51,000 prison inmates, personnel infected with Covid-19 since last year, says Deputy Home Minister

Philippines - 682 inmates, 67 personnel at Leyte Regional Prison get COVID vaccines


Ireland - Include us in any Covid reward, say prison officers

Northern Ireland - Concerns raised over amount of time that prisoners spent in isolation units


News 23 September


Liberia: Covid-19 Vaccines Extend to 2076 Inmates in Prisons Across the Country


Canada - Federal inmates in Sask. boast second highest vaccination rate in country

Guyana - Cluster au centre pénitentiaire, 36 cas de Covid-19 désormais recensés : 13 surveillants et 23 détenus

US - To help stop the spread of COVID-19, stop packing a major hot spot: prisons and jails

US - COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy high among Michigan prison inmates

US (Hawaii) - Public defender tells state high court prison situation ‘dire’


News 22 September


British Virgin Islands - Mandatory COVID testing for detainees due to non-cooperation

St Lucia - Prisoner vaccination a major issue at BCF

US (Texas) - Delta variant outbreak infects highly vaccinated prison population, but few were hospitalized, CDC says


Cyprus - Coronavirus: Cases in prison means those on remand held in police cells

England and Wales - London gets new Nightingale court as cases backlog races ahead of rest of country

News 18 – 21 September


Tunisia: Covid-19 - 4,170 Inmates Vaccinated So Far


Martinique - Covid : une vingtaine de prisonniers positifs à la prison de Ducos

US - There Are Fewer People Behind Bars Now Than 10 Years Ago. Will It Last?

US - Biden Considering Options To Avoid Returning Federal Inmates To Prison Post Covid-19

US - Nearly half of Kentucky prison staff remain unvaccinated, including 67% at 1 facility

US - Inmate Vaccination Rates Climb In Hawaii Prisons And Jails


Bangladesh - High Court asks government to appoint 29 prison doctors promptly

Pakistan - Over 3,000 prisoners vaccinated in Adiala Jail

Thailand - Nakhon Si Thammarat prison sealed off as infections climb

Thailand - Second COVID death from outbreak at Phuket Prison


England and Wales - Ministry of Justice overhaul as prison population predicted to hit nearly 100,000

England and Wales - Court cases hit after prisoners test positive for coronavirus

England and Wales - HMYOI Aylesbury declares itself Covid outbreak site

Northern Ireland - Almost 400 inmates granted temporary release to help prisons cope with pandemic challenges

Scotland - More than 70 prisoners isolating amid fresh Covid outbreak at HMP Grampian


Australia - Public Service Association says jabs should be mandatory for prison staff and inmates

Australia - One in ten Parklea prison inmates has COVID-19, unable to call relatives

New Zealand - Man in Mt Eden prison tests positive for Covid-19

News 17 September


Cayman Islands - Prisons closed to public as staffer tests COVID-19 positive

US - Confinement and COVID-19: A Plea for Humanity for People in Prison | Opinion

US - New York’s Rikers Island jail spirals into chaos amid Covid pandemic


Nepal - Baitadi prison poses COVID-19 risks due to overcrowding

Thailand - Prison declared field hospital as 1,195 inmates catch virus


Isle of Man - COVID-19: IoM Prison visits resume


Australia - NSW youth corrections officer dies from Covid as prison cases surge

News 16 September


US - Utah inmates died after parole board declined to increase ‘compassionate releases’

US - Inmates Sue Northern Indiana Prison


Thailand - Large cluster of infections inside prison


Scotland - Nine in 10 under-18 cons in Polmont prison awaiting trial amid court Covid backlog

News 15 September


US - How Kansas Prisons Dodged A Delta COVID Surge After Getting Hit Hard Early In The Pandemic

US - Governor sets Nov. 1 deadline for Nevada prison workers to get COVID shot


India - Ensure continuous administration of vaccines to prisoners: HC to Kerala govt

Indonesia - C Sulawesi: Parigi penitentiary inmates start receiving COVID shots

Philippines - Vaccinating Persons Deprived of Liberty must be a gov't priority


England and Wales - Nightingale courts open for another six months to ease backlog

France - COVID-19: Plusieurs Clusters Détectés Dans Les Prisons De La Métropole Lyonnaise

News 10-14 September


South Africa - How one woman convinced an entire Bloemfontein prison to vaccinate

Tunisia: Covid-19 - Over 3, 000 Inmates Vaccinated Until September 6

Uganda - Nakatunya prison closed after surge in Covid-19 infections


Guyana - Almost half of all prisoners fully vaccinated against COVID-19

US - Biden starts clemency process for inmates released due to Covid conditions

US (Mississippi) - MDOC says 89% of incarcerated population is fully vaccinated, though some say they’re still waiting on second dose

US (Nevada) - Health board votes to require vaccinations for all prison employees

US - Hawaii’s incarcerated population 5.5 times more likely to die of COVID-19, report finds


Bahrain makes all prisoners eligible for 'alternative' sentences

India - Strict measures help contain Covid spread in Kochi jails

India - Bihar planning 93 additional wards to decongest overcrowded prisons

Philippines - DOJ, DILG asked to disclose vaccination plans for prisoners


Belgium - Alternative sentences needed to relieve pressure on prison capacity, report finds

England and Wales - London prison so bad that inmates hardly leave their cells and eat out of tin foil

Bleak picture of log-jammed criminal courts as Northern Ireland's justice system sees longest delays ever recorded


Australia - Inside the New South Wales Covid-19 prison outbreak

Australia (NSW) - Parklea prison cluster jumps to 169

Australia - Victorian prison records COVID-19 case

Australia - Fear grows of COVID outbreak in Canberra’s jail

News 9 September


US - Covid patients were unknowingly given ivermectin in an Arkansas jail

US - Wyoming Reports 26 New Covid Cases Among Prison Inmates And Staff


Malaysia - Covid-19: Inoculation drive begins in Sabah prisons this week


England and Wales - Sheppey prison HMP Swaleside praised for reaction to Covid-19 pandemic in annual report

France - Covid-19. Nouveau cluster à la prison de Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, le troisième en moins d'un an

Isle of Man - Prisoners praised for conduct during Covid restrictions


Australia - NSW corrections officials concede vaccine rollout hampered by limited Pfizer access

French Polynesia - La Covid-19 passe les murs de la prison de Nuutania

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Tempers frayed inside Waikato's Spring Hill Prison as level 3 restrictions remain

News 7-8 September


Spread of Covid-19 Delta variant fuels deep concern for Egypt's prison population

Kenya - Prison rejects jailed minor after he tests positive for Covid-19


Trinidad & Tobago - Prison officers pleased to have vaccines – but say they should do own research


Fire at overcrowded Indonesian prison leaves at least 41 dead

Philippines - 700 more BuCor prisoners vaccinated

Man in Vietnam Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Spreading Covid-19


New Zealand - Spring Hill prison stays at Alert Level 3: No visits, reintegration activities outside prison, or face-to-face rehabilitation programmes

New Zealand - Covid-19: Prisoners put in isolation with new inmates after escorted trips outside the wire

News 3-6 September


African Centre: Sudan must do more to protect detainees from COVID-19


Trinidad & Tobago - 200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines distributed to prisons

US - COVID Mitigation Efforts in State Prisons Called ‘Shameful Failure’

US - Drastically Reducing Jail Population Could Curb Covid Nearly As Much As Mask Mandates, Study Says

US - Michigan prison employees don’t have a COVID vaccine mandate, increasing the risk for inmates, experts say

US - Big drop in COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan prisons

US (Hawaii) - Class action suit over state’s handling of COVID in prisons results in new panel to oversee health concerns


India - Karnataka: Hi-tech visitor facilities to protect jail inmates in Dharwad

Malaysia - Covid: New cluster involving detention centre detected in Keningau

Maldives - Additional jail officer from Maafushi Prison tests positive


How Scotland's prison service is coping with emerging from Covid - Ash Denham

Extra courts operating across Scotland as part of Covid recovery scheme to clear backlogs


Australia - Covid vaccines earmarked for NSW prison inmates diverted to HSC students

New Zealand - Some prisoners have 'no idea' when their trials will be heard

News 2 September


US - State Prison Populations Shrink By 14%: Study

US (New Jersey) - Prisoners offered incentives, including time off their sentence, to get COVID-19 vaccine


Indonesia - 1,000 Pekanbaru prison inmates receive second COVID-19 shot


England and Wales - Damning report finds Hull prison patients at risk from healthcare shortfalls


Australia - Human rights advocates and families want the vaccine rollout ramped up in NSW prisons

News 1 September


US (Kentucky) - COVID-19 Deaths, Infection Rates in Ky. Prisons Among Nation’s Worst


Indonesia - 60% E Java prison inmates have received first COVID shot

Lao Prisoners Who Feared COVID-19 Infection Recaptured After Brief Jailbreak

Philippines - No COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among PDLs, says BJMP spox


Australia - Renewed call for early release of low-risk prisoners as inmate vaccination rates revealed

Australia - More than 110 NSW prisoners test positive

Australia - Over a third of Vic prisoners COVID vaxxed

New Zealand - Spring Hill Covid-19 case shows why screws should be tightened on Auckland, says expert

News 20-31 August


Antigua - Contact tracing underway at Prison after inmate tests positive for covid

Jamaica - Majority of prisoners say no to vaccine

Trinidad & Tobago - Ministers address COVID vaccination concerns in prisons

US - Thousands of prisoners have died of covid-19. Because of the ‘tough on crime’ era, there’s worse to come.

US - Delta Is Coming For Jails And Prisons, And The System Isn’t Ready To Protect The Incarcerated

US - Despite early access to COVID-19 vaccines, Oregon prison staff vaccination rates lag

US - Covid: Arkansas jail dosing inmates with ivermectin in spite of FDA warnings

US (North Carolina) - NC prisons and jails reporting increased COVID cases amidst Delta surge

US - Crowding in Massachusetts prisons led to increase in COVID-19 cases

US (Florida) - ‘The numbers don’t lie.’ COVID hits Miami’s justice system with deaths, staff shortages


Cambodia - J & J COVID-19 vaccines administered to more than 2,000 inmates at Siem Reap provincial prison

India - Over 10,000 doses given to inmates in Delhi jails

India - Tihar authorities to release 1,000 prisoners on parole every 2 months

COVID-19 cases in Laos surge due to outbreak in prison

Nepal - All inmates at oldest central prison vaccinated against COVID-19

‘We were punch bags’: North Korean prison beatings may be form of torture, says UN

Philippines - No inmates in New Bilibid Prison vaccinated for COVID-19 so far — BuCor exec

Philippines - Plea deals, pandemic decongest jails but 'still way beyond accepted standards' – COA


England and Wales - HMP Chelmsford: Urgent warning over prison's chronic failures

England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak at HMP Send led to prison staff member dying

England and Wales - More than 30 HMP Peterborough staff off work due to COVID

Mental health of Irish prisoners abroad worsened by Covid-19

Prison officer in Northern Ireland dies after contracting Covid-19

Contact visitation not allowed in Turkish prisons since beginning of pandemic despite reopening


Australia - NSW locks down prisons over Covid fears but refuses to reveal inmate vaccination rates

Australia - NSW prisons considering emergency release of some inmates if outbreak worsens

Contact experiences and needs of children of prisoners before and during COVID-19: Findings from an Australian survey

New Zealand - Two per cent of inmates at Hawke's Bay Regional Prison fully vaccinated

New Zealand - Prison officers can't avoid breaking their Covid-19 work bubbles - union

News 19 August


Uganda Prisons Service Resumes Vaccination of Inmates After Receiving 13,000 AstraZeneca Doses


Antigua & Barbuda - Prison officials pleased with internal Covid-19 management efforts

US - Nebraska prison system reports outbreak as COVID cases surge

US - Federal inmates in Oregon report alarming health conditions as pandemic continues


India - Uttar Pradesh: Jail inmates meet kin as curbs end after 18 months

India - Jails overcrowded up to four times, Uttar Pradesh extends parole for 2500 prisoners


England and Wales - Covid: HMP Altcourse inmate, 70, not told to shield before death

England and Wales - Detainees at detention centre near Heathrow 'very scared' after Covid outbreak with 'staff joking about having virus'

Ireland - Prison healthcare review delayed due to Covid-19 pandemic

Isle of Man - Prison visits 'under review'

Northern Ireland - No change in Covid-19 prison isolation rules


Papua New Guinea – Red Cross Partners Jails to Fight Coronavirus

News 18 August


Guadeloupe - Vaccination : Oui, un centre pénitentiaire a bien établi un lien entre vaccination et remise de peine

US - COVID-19 vaccine required for all prison staff, says Colorado Department of Corrections

US (California) - People are dying in Sacramento County jails. The sheriff isn’t telling the public


England and Wales - Drug smuggling pensioner was jail's fifth inmate to die with Covid


Australia - NSW jails to get another round of vaccines

Australia - ‘Preventable lapse in protocol’ risks COVID-19 outbreak in NSW prisons

News 14 – 17 August


Gambia Prisons Service - the Prisons Are Still Congested

How COVID-19 transformed the Kenyan court system

Malawi - 3,000 plus inmates jabbed against Covid-19

Mauritius - Covid-19 : Cluster Dans Les Prisons Mauriciennes Avec 250 Détenus Positifs


Cayman Islands - Prisons watchdog highlights concerns

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisoners lose appeal on covid19 protection

Trinidad & Tobago - Ministers going into prisons for vaccine education drive

US - Texas Counted More Prison Suicides In 2020 Than In Any Other Year Over The Last Two Decades

US - Top California law enforcement agencies report vaccination rates far lower than public


No Covid jab yet for Bangladesh prisoners

Cambodia - Vaccinations for prisoners may finish by August’s end

India - Negative RT-PCR report mandatory for meeting jail inmates in Uttar Pradesh

Israel Expands COVID Booster Shot Campaign for Health Workers, Prisoners and Wardens

Covid-19 Surge in Myanmar’s Prisons

Nepal - Crowded jails, new inmates raise Covid-19 risks

Sri Lanka - Circular regarding wellbeing of prisoners, issued


England and Wales - UK trails other countries in prison Covid jabs

England and Wales - Foreign inmates kept in prison after release date

England and Wales - Several inmates at HMP Portland test positive for Covid-19

England and Wales - Coroner calls for stronger safety regime after Pentonville Covid death

Ireland - Significant fall in number of people sent to prison during COVID pandemic

Ireland - Coronavirus: All prisoners have now been offered vaccine


Australia - NSW prison officers plead for more jabs

Australia (NSW) - Government and courts urged to release prisoners and grant bail to minimise Covid risk

News 13 August


Uganda - Rukiga district officials fear COVID-19 outbreak among prisoners


US - Prisons are where America most needs vaccine mandates

US - As COVID-19 surges, Louisiana has vaccinated 24 percent of its incarcerated youth


India - Tamil Nadu prisons to allow visitors to meet inmates


England and Wales - Leeds prison punished inmates by restricting showers, report finds

England and Wales - Over 300 inmates and staff at Peterborough prison had Covid during major outbreak

England and Wales - Vaccine rates in prisons lag behind rest of country prompting fear of Covid outbreaks


Australia - Call for rapid COVID-19 testing in prisons after former inmate's positive result takes four days

News 12 August


Egypt's prisoners are denied their rights and prison authorities appear to be above the law

Liberia: Inmates Reportedly Dying Slowly From Hunger At Gbarnga Prison


Barbados - Prison moving to prevent another COVID-19 lockdown

US - Prison suicides have been rising for years. Experts fear the pandemic has made it worse.

US (Louisiana) - COVID cases among state prisoners more than double since last week, with eight hospitalizations

US (Pennsylvania) - Low reports of prison staff COVID-19 shots leave vulnerability on both sides of the wire

US Virgin Islands - Mass Testing at STX Prison After COVID-19 Outbreak


Israeli prison shuts down as 23 inmates test positive for COVID


Isle of Man - Vaccine uptake at prison 'slow'


Australia - NSW inmate released on bail before prison received positive Covid test result

News 11 August


Lesotho- Covid hits prisons


US - Jailhouse Lawyers Take On Covid-19 Where Prisons Won’t

US - Documents Foreshadow a Grim Future for COVID-19 Spread in Federal Prisons

US - 30 New COVID Cases Reported In Massachusetts Prisons

US Virgin Islands - COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at St. Thomas jail


Battling Covid-19 Behind Bars In Pakistan


England and Wales - Coffee, covid and bedbugs: Life inside a Teesside prison during pandemic

England and Wales - Female self-harm rates in prison hits record high over pandemic

News 10 August


Côte d'Ivoire : Administration pénitentiaire, les Syndicats réclament des primes COVID-19, la nomination d'un nouveau Directeur de l'école du personnel pénitentiaire et menacent d'entrer en grève


US - Citing COVID threat, researchers urge policy changes to ease prison crowding

US - Get a Covid-19 Vaccine or Face Prison, Judges Order in Probation Cases

US - Staffing shortages leave critical posts unmanned at Hawaii’s largest prison

US - California correctional officers union to fight new COVID-19 vaccine mandate, memo says

US - As new COVID cases hit Florida prisons, staff vaccination rates are unknown

US (North Carolina) - A rare piece of good Covid-19 news: NC prisons appear to be a good test case for vaccine efficacy


Nepal - Tanahun jailbirds deprived of treatment


The Irish Times view on prison reform: A need to look to the long-term

Turkey - New warden pressuring inmates with arbitrary restrictions in İstanbul’s Silivri Prison, families claim

News 7-9 August


Mauritius - Prisons: 97 % du personnel vacciné et 65 % des détenus

Nigeria - ‘Gombe prison built for 378 inmates has over 1,000


Trinidad & Tobago - Covid cluster at Carrera Island prison - 34 inmates test positive

US (Ohio) - Prisons try incentives, education to get staff vaxxed, with mixed results

US - Youths in Louisiana's juvenile lock-ups test positive for COVID-19 as staff vaccine rates lag


Cambodia - GDP reports 73 per cent of inmates now vaccinated

1,65,108 Prisoners Across India Given First COVID Jab, Reveals Centre; Delhi Ranks Lowest

Pakistan - Jails serve as breeding ground for diseases

Philippines - 150 persons get COVID-19 vaccines at SRPPF — BuCor


England and Wales - Calls for lessons to be learned as prison confirms second Covid outbreak

Ireland - Family visits resume as 75pc of prisoners offered two jabs

Covid-19 outbreak at the Isle of Man Prison

Northern Ireland - Magilligan prisoner to legally challenge Covid-19 quarantine

Anti-vaxxer inmate sparks outbreak in Spanish prison

News 6 August


Canada - COVID-19 has caused delays, fuelled technology use in Sask.'s justice system

Outbreaks of COVID-19 variants in US prisons: a mathematical modelling analysis of vaccination and reopening policies

US - Some Older Prisoners Aren’t Eligible For Compassionate Release. Lawmakers Want Change

US (Hawaii) - Maui Jail, Halawa Prison Report New COVID-19 Outbreaks

US (Pennsylvania) - Pa. Department of Corrections changing visitation policy amid rise in COVID-19 cases


India - 3,870 jail inmates in Kerala contracted COVID-19, two died

Myanmar Junta Vaccinating Prisoners Against COVID-19

Sri Lanka - Prisoners to get COVID-19 vaccine from today


England and Wales - Prisoners Released on Temporary Licence Plummet

Fifth coronavirus wave hits Spain’s prisons

News 5 August


South Africa - More than 68,500 prison inmates have been vaccinated


ICRC supports vaccination of more than 20,600 people in Honduran prisons

U.S. civil rights groups propose path to keep inmates home after pandemic emergency

US - California prison overseer calls for mandatory COVID vaccines for all guards, staff

US - Florida prison inmate numbers expected to increase after pandemic drop

US Virgin Islands - Prison outbreak infects 7; Corrections orders weekly COVID-19 testing for staff


Thailand pushes for “Strengthening of Criminal Justice Systems” in response to COVID-19 at UN Forum


Ireland - Video-links undermine inmate’s right to attend court – report

‘Prisoners still subjected to strip search in Turkey’s prisons’

News 4 August


Mauritius - Covid-19 : la prison de Petit Verger convertie en centre de quarantaine, plus de 250 détenus transférés


US - COVID Froze Prison Visits, Spotlighting High Cost of Phone Calls

US - COVID-19 outbreak prompts lockdown at Alaska women’s prison

US - Alabama offering $5 in canteen credit to prisoners who get vaccinated


Indonesia - Surviving the pandemic behind prison walls

Human Rights Watch calls for release of Iranian prisoners as COVID-19 crisis worsens


Ireland - Prisoners denied ‘meaningful human contact’ due to Covid measures

Northern Ireland - Long-awaited drug recovery unit at Maghaberry Prison delayed due to pandemic


Australia - Visits restricted at all Qld prisons

News 3 August


Botswana - COVID-19 Hits F/Town Prison, Paralyses Justice System

Kenya - Report: Covid-19 slowed the wheels of justice


US - Vaccination rates in Colorado prisons remain low as COVID-19 cases spike across the state

US - New Jersey issues COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state healthcare and prison workers

US - NY Prison Arts and Reentry Programs Persist Throughout Pandemic

US (California) - CDCR To Expand In-Person Visitations; Active Cases Cross 100 After Weeks of Low Numbers


Israel - Knesset approves mix of in-court, virtual prisoner hearings

Thailand - Jail harvest enlisted in Covid fight

News 31 July – 2 August 


Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons Commissioner on 'riot': We are still in control at prisons

US - Four Ways The Pandemic Made Us Rethink Our Criminal Legal System

US - Bureau Of Prisons Transfers Hundreds Of Inmates Into Miami’s COVID-19 Hotbed

US - Dozens of People Held at Utah Prison Receive COVID Vaccines


India - Glass cabins for inmates at Poojapura jail for seeing visitors

India - West Bengal Government Allows Premature Release Of 63 Convicts In View Of COVID Pandemic

Two More Female Political Prisoners Contract Covid In Iran Jail


Ireland - Number sent to prison down 30%

Ireland - A fifth of prisoners on anti-depressants or anti-anxiety meds

Italian NGO calls on government to address overcrowded prisons

Shortage of defence lawyers adds to backlog in Scottish courts


New Zealand - Assistant Māori Children's Commissioner: Restraints use at justice residence 'troubling'

News 30 July


South Africa - Spike in Covid-19 cases in prisons following unrest


Mexico - AMLO to issue decree freeing thousands of prison inmates

US - Vaccinated prisoners, unvaccinated guards illustrate Biden's tricky road

US judge may require vaccines for California prison staff

US - Vaccination rate in NY prisons at 46%, all inmates offered the vaccine


India - About 9,000 Covid vaccine doses administered in 3 Delhi jails: Officials

Israel Releases Hundreds of Prisoners Due to Prison Overcrowding

Nepal - 355 jailbirds from Bhimphedi prison test coronavirus positive


Italian prisons face overcrowding, suicide problems

Ireland - Probation Service sees significant drop in referrals due to Covid

North Macedonia: Cramped prison conditions, detainee ill treatment and opaque prison management among longstanding concerns for anti-torture committee

77 inmates test positive for coronavirus in Spanish prison outbreak

News 29 July


Liberia: Jeety Expands Inmates Feeding Program

Mauritius - Covid-19 : la New Wing de la Prison Centrale annule toute incarcération pour 14 jours pour cause de contaminations


Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons Commissioner admits vaccine hesitancy among inmates challenging

US - South Dakota governor lifts mask requirement in prisons

US Virgin Islands - Three prisoners test positive for COVID-19 on St. Croix


Myanmar jail vaccinates hundreds amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Taiwan - COVID-19: NPP urges vaccination of prisoners and detainees

UAE - Abu Dhabi Police: Community service for minor offences is better than jail


Scottish trial backlog approaches 50,000 amid historic high remand population

News 28 July


US - Prisons Have Been Restricting Family Visits For Years. The Pandemic Showed Just How Fragile Those Policies Can Be.

US - Mississippi Department Of Corrections Cancels Prison Visitation To Prevent Spread Of Covid

US (Wisconsin) - Incarceration after COVID: how the pandemic could permanently change jails and prisons

US - COVID spike prompts Louisiana prison system to cancel visits and keep volunteers out

US - North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety Still Isn’t Reporting COVID-19 Prison Deaths Accurately


Philippines - 50 DPPF inmates get COVID vaccinations

Thailand - HM King pardons inmates


England and Wales - Prison visitors to be allowed to hug locked up loved ones again

England and Wales - ‘Understaffed and overstretched’ Norwich prison praised for Covid response

News 27 July


Canada - Nova Scotia report highlights concerns of prisoner conditions in provincial jails

US - Criminal justice advocates in New York call for prison vaccination data

US (California) - CDCR Halts Early Release Program for Incarcerated People With <180-Days to Serve


India - E-Mulakat service begins in two Odisha prisons

India - HC asks Delhi govt to give details of COVID-19 vaccination drive on inmates in jail

Malaysia’s 70,000 prisoners unvaccinated

More than 4,000 released as Covid-19 cases surge in Myanmar’s prisons

News 24-26 July


Senegal - Covid-19 : Les visites en prison suspendues jusqu’à nouvel ordre


US - Biden Administration Putting Millions into Mitigating COVID Impacts on Prison Populations

US - Biden Upholds Last-Minute Trump Memo That Would Send 4,000 People Back to Prison

US - Telecom Vendors Used End of Prison Visits During COVID to Profit Off Phone Calls

US (Alabama) - State enticing inmates to get COVID-19 vaccination with $5 canteen credit  


India - Covid-19: Panel grants extra 30 days parole to 747 convicts to decongest jails in Odisha

Protest erupts at Myanmar’s Insein prison amid COVID outbreak

Thailand - Kanchanaburi prison builds field hospital for 379 Covid-19 cases


England and Wales - Almost half of inmates at North Wales prison refused Covid vaccination

England and Wales - Thorn Cross conditions described as 'inhumane' after Covid outbreak


Men detained in a crowded cell for not wearing face masks amid Fiji's worsening COVID-19 outbreak

News 23 July


South Africa - Health Minister: High number of KZN riot detainees test positive for coronavirus

Zimbabwe - Prisons Embark On Vaccination As 17 Inmates, Officers Succumb To Covid


Ecuador president decrees emergency in prisons after clashes

Mexico: Torture worsens in times of pandemic - Executive Summary

US - Four steps to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among correctional officers


Cambodia - Five prisoners across country die from Covid

Rising COVID Infections, Unhygienic Conditions Raise Fears of More Deaths in Iranian Prisons


England and Wales - ‘Desperate’ prisoners scaled rooftops to protest against Covid restrictions

Scotland - Perth Prison transport team grounded after getting pinged by NHS Covid-19 app

News 22 July


Egypt expands release of prisoners to prevent COVID-19 transmission: experts

South Africa - Almost 1,700 in custody amid SA unrest – but jails are already severely overcrowded


Eighteen killed in Ecuador prison riots

Trinidad & Tobago - New prison boss: Jails to become high tech correctional facilities

US - Prisons close as California inmate population dwindles


India - Majority of prison inmates in Kerala get first shot of Vaccine, Covid Overview

Myanmar - Many people waiting outside Insein prison after govt order to withdraw ongoing proceedings and release prisoners


England and Wales - Young people spent ‘at least 22 hours a day’ locked in rooms during pandemic, according review of YOIs

France - Coronavirus : 12 détenus contaminés ou cas contact à la prison de Béziers

Malta - Courts will be relieved of dealing with minor crimes in depenalisation exercise

Spain - The pandemic aggravates the situation of “deterioration” of justice

Turkey - Families and inmates mark fourth Eid without contact visitation

News 21 July


South Africa - 'There is no social distancing in our cells' - inmates welcome govt's Covid-19 vaccination drive


Canada - Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine coming to Bordeaux prison

US - The Pandemic Rush on Prison Weddings

US - D.C. inmates reported lack of access to coronavirus tests, medical care as pandemic unfolded, report says


Prisons, Migrant Workers Key Fronts in Battle Against COVID-19 in Cambodia, Laos

Thailand - Hundreds of Khon Kaen prisoners infected


England and Wales - Prisoners feeling ‘drained, despondent, helpless and without hope’, report inspectors

England and Wales - Prisoners ‘forced to defecate in buckets’ during pandemic, watchdog finds

Italy - Cartabia vows probe into jail COVID riots

Scotland - Union concerns about Perth Prison security as staff isolate amid outbreak

News 20 July


South Africa - Prison inmates getting one-shot J&J Covid-19 vaccine: Lamola

Zimbabwe: Courts Halt Trials As Covid-19 Soars


US - Biden Legal Team Decides Inmates Must Return to Prison After Covid Emergency

US - Captives Behind Plexiglass: How COVID Destroyed Prison Visits


Cambodia - Inmate early release rules set

Malaysia - Implement early behaved prisoner release, says PKR


Ireland - Solicitors may request in-person jail visits to clients


Australia - Majority of women in Victoria’s prisons have not been found guilty

News 17-19 July

Prison population surge triggers overcrowding, COVID casualties

700,000 prison inmates temporarily released over COVID-19 emergency – UN


South Africa - Justice minister Lamola will launch vaccination programme for inmates, officials on Monday


Canada - MHCC releases recommendations to support inmates during pandemic

US - Louisiana’s prison system allowing in-person visits with attorneys again

US (Hawaii) - Inmate Deaths In Hawaii Prisons And Jails Are On The Upswing This Year


India - Jail inmates can again meet kin

Israel Held Foreigners in Jail for Months as COVID Blocked Deportations

Malaysia - Sabah minister: Prisons contribute over 50pc of cases in state today

Keeping Covid-19 out of prisons in the Philippines

Thailand - Joint letter on prison conditions and COVID-19


WHO/Europe shows high rates of COVID-19 vaccination in prisons

England and Wales - The reality of being in a Welsh prison during Covid

Malta - Lawyers frustrated by limited access to new prison inmates

Netherlands - Prisons took into account the release of inmates due to pandemic last year

Scotland - Support for families to access virtual prison visits

Scotland - Almost 100 confirmed Covid cases in Perth Prison outbreak

News 16 July

Access to health care is the best way to protect prisons from COVID-19


US - COVID’S Legacy: A Justice System With a ‘Lighter Touch’

US - The Past, Present, and Future of COVID-19 in California Prisons

US (California) - Judge says lawsuit demanding better COVID-19 practices in San Diego jails may proceed


India - Don’t ask prisoners out on interim bail in COVID-19 2nd wave to surrender now, SC tells States

India - Why Prison Inmates Not Allowed VC Facility To Meet Relatives Outside India? Delhi High Court Asks GNCTD


England and Wales - Former Prisoner Explains What Life Was Like Behind Bars In Lockdown

News 15 July


US - Alarming Rise in Prison Deaths Exposes System Failure


India - Maharashtra: High court says system paralysed by pandemic, undertrials languishing in jail

COVID infections among imprisoned women spark alarm in Iran


Ireland - Lack of ‘in-person’ prison visits could affect rehabilitation for parent and child

Italy's Draghi promises prison reform after beatings of inmates

Covid-19 outbreak at Jersey's La Moye prison

Scotland - COVID outbreak at Perth Prison sees over 200 self-isolate

News 14 July


Nigeria - Why 2,600 prisoners received presidential pardons – Aregbesola

Uganda - 16 Inmates at Kwania Gov't Prison Test Positive for Covid-19


Canada - Anatomy of an outbreak: How COVID-19 overran this Ontario prison

US (Hawaii) - Federal Judge Rules Prison System Has Failed To Protect Inmates From COVID-19

US - In-Person Visits At Iowa Prisons Resume After 16 Months


India - Miami-type multi-storeyed jail planned in Mumbai: Prison official

Malaysia - State govt asked to consider CanSino vaccine for prison inmates


Scotland - Perth Prison hall dealing with Covid-19 outbreak


Australia - Family of Aboriginal man who died in custody say Covid restrictions prevented them visiting him

News 13 July


US - Is Anti-Vax Movement Gaining Traction Among Corrections Staff?

US - Federal Judges Handed Down Smaller Sentences Due to Brutal NYC Prison Conditions: Analysis


India - COVID impact: Over 3,800 inmates released from Delhi prisons to decongest jails

Sri Lanka - More COVID patients from Boossa and Galle Prisons


England and Wales - Pregnant prisoners ‘routinely’ denied access to suitable maternity care

England and Wales - Only 54% of prisoners have had a Covid jab

Covid-19 outbreak at Scots prison leaves families 'gravely concerned' as they claim virus is 'out of control'

News 10-12 July


Panic as 15 Ugandan prison inmates test positive for Coronavirus


The State of COVID-19 in U.S. Prisons

US - Compassionate Release and the Pandemic: A Policy Failure?

US - Data shows how COVID-19 mitigation changed Iowa's prison population

US - "Everything was different." Former inmates adjust to outside life as Virginia ends COVID early release


India - Maharashtra: Prisons dept steps up drive for Covid-19 vaccination, close to 70 per cent inmates get their first jab

Malaysia - Covid-19: 108 of Sarawak’s new cases from Immigration detention depot and prison, says state Health director

Myanmar - Forty prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in Insein jail

Sri Lanka - Early release measures: Immediate ways to address over-incarceration


England and Wales - ‘It’s psychological torture’: Immigration detainees tell of being locked up for up to 24 hours a day during pandemic

England and Wales - Obese HMP Frankland prisoner died of Covid after 65 inmates fell ill during outbreak

England and Wales - Man, 83, jailed for playing radio too loudly dies from Covid in jail

News 9 July


Canada - Inmate visits will ‘gradually’ resume at federal institutions, prison service says

US (Hawaii) - Federal Court Case: Corrections Officials Botched COVID-19 Response In Prisons


Bangladesh - Lockdown Detainees: Crammed in vans, at risk of catching Covid

Thailand - Herbs help Covid-hit prisoners


Cyprus - Human centered approach at prisons paying off, director says

England and Wales - Prisons go against the grain as Covid war rages on behind bars

Ireland - Prisoners to be allowed visits from family again from July 14th

Inmates in Turkish prisons strip-searched and denied basic necessities: report


New Zealand - Overseas criminals released back in Kiwi communities after prison as Covid-19 stalls deportations

News 8 July


Liberia: SHED With Funding From European Union Donates Essential Drugs to Four Prison Facilities

Namibia: We're Not Vaccinated - Hardap Inmates


US - The Real Toll From Prison Covid Cases May Be Higher Than Reported

US (Wisconsin) - Jail as a last resort: Evidence-based decision making takes a front seat amid COVID-19 pandemic

US (Pennsylvania) - Most inmates have had their covid shots — but their guards likely haven’t


COVID-19 outbreaks in Myanmar jails sow alarm


Drug used to treat heroin addiction in prison pilot scheme to go Scotland-wide

News 7 July


US - New MDOC visitation policy too restrictive, loved ones of incarcerated Mississippians say

US (California) - 33 CDCR Institutions in Phase 3 of Re-Opening – Programs and Services to Resume Shortly  


India - 32 prisoners at Thane temporary jail test positive for Covid-19

In Myanmar’s prisons, detainees caught between pandemic and coup

Myanmar Junta Suspends Trials Inside Insein Prison Due to COVID-19

Sri Lanka - Thirty inmates at Boossa test COVID positive

Vietnam - 81 Covid-19 cases detected at HCMC's Chi Hoa prison

Vietnam - Inmates riot at HCMC's Chi Hoa prison


Hungary - Prison Visits Possible again but Only with Immunity Certificates

Scots cons not tested for Covid-19 before jail release sparking virus spread fears

News 6 July


Uganda - 2 dead, 100 inmates test positive for covid-19 in two weeks


Canada - Correctional staff complaints to province detail concerns, confusion during pandemic

US - Incarcerated at home: The rise of ankle monitors and house arrest during the pandemic

US - Philly jails are in crisis, and a tactic used during COVID-19 is the solution | Editorial


Prison inmates in India refuse parole over COVID-19 fears on outside

New prison complex in Horana to expand Sri Lanka’s prison capacity to 100,000: Minister


Turkey - Report: Prisoners have difficulties in accessing cleaning supplies

News 3-5 July


Uganda - Prisons to brief country on Covid in cells


Bermuda - Prison inmates file Covid-19 complaints with Ombudsman

Canada - Quebec COVID restrictions are loosening, but jails are still putting inmates in solitary to quarantine

St Kitts & Nevis - 13 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded at Her Majesty’s Prison bringing the total number to 55

St Kitts & Nevis - Around 50 percent of the prison population at HMP vaccinated with the first dose, says PS Petty

US - COVID-19 Recedes In Prisons, But Conditions Could Spell Future Outbreaks

US - New York Prisons Offering Inmates Barbecues, Conjugal Visits to Get Them Vaccinated

US - New Mexico prison facilities loosen restrictions for the first time in over a year

US (Alabama) - Op-Ed: Fewer People Went to Prison. Crime Dropped. Let’s Build on Our Success


Cambodia - Five Takeo inmates get Covid-19, search continues for more cases

India - Covid-19: 3,500 inmates at Arthur Road, Byculla Women's jail get first jab

Israel - Panel on prison reform recommends some sentences be served at home

Malaysia - Pass ordinance to allow bail, release prisoners early, says lawyer

Malaysia - Khairy: Covid-19 vaccination for prisoners to be discussed in JKJAV meeting


England and Wales - Don’t use Covid to justify longer bang-up, warns Dame Anne Owers

Scotland - Low Moss prison Covid cases ‘almost double’ as nurses ‘fear for their lives’

News 2 July

UN torture prevention body calls for vaccination programmes for people deprived of liberty


Zimbabwe shuts down highest courts following COVID-19 spike


US - Incarceration in the Age of COVID

US (Delaware) - Prisoners will receive no sentence credit for suffering pandemic behind bars

US - Colorado court revives lawsuit demanding Polis release prisoners over COVID conditions


India - Decongestion of prisons inadequate, release 'doesn't take into account' age, health

Philippines - BJMP: Non-essentials off-limits to WV district jails


Greece: Mass Vaccination of Prison Inmates Begins on Thursday

Covid unrest: Italy prison guards suspended over beatings


Australia - Indigenous women strip-searched twice as often inside Canberra's jail in recent months

News 1 July


Haiti: Inhumane prison conditions demand urgent action – Bachelet

US - The high cost of phone calls in prisons generates $1.4 billion a year, disproportionately driving women and people of color into debt

US - Disgraced doctors, unlicensed officials: Prisons face criticism over health care

US (California) - How Not to Fight a Prison Pandemic

US - More Vermont prisoners opting to get vaccinated against Covid-19


Iraq vaccinates all prisoners against COVID-19

Malaysia - Covid: Kepayan prison records 51 new cases: Masidi


Australia (NSW) - ‘I’m not having it:’ Eligible prison inmates and staff rejecting AstraZeneca

Australia - Inmates to receive Pfizer vaccine in WA prisons

News 30 June


South Africa - Prison Unions Want Inmates, Officials To Be Prioritised For Covid-19 Vaccine

Tunisia: Sousse-Coronavirus - 292 Cases of Infection Detected in Messadine Prison


US - As COVID recedes in prisons, will any lessons learned stick?

US - A Half-Million People Got COVID-19 in Prison. Are Officials Ready for the Next Pandemic?

US - When Prisons Locked Down, Prisoners Were Denied Release

US (Wisconsin) - Counties with state prisons had 11% more first-wave COVID-19 cases


Nepal - Inmate dies of COVID-19 in Chitwan prison


England and Wales - The 'damaging effect' of Covid lockdown on young prisoners as many spend just 40 minutes a day out of cells

Italy shock video of violence against prisoners

Scotland - Kilwinning prisoner raises HMP Kilmarnock COVID concerns


Australia - Visits restricted at all Queensland prisons

News 29 June


Ghana - Grim tales from our prisons


US - Lost Opportunity, Lost Lives

US - New Mexico prison population drops to historic lows

US - How Louisiana prisons have handled COVID-19: 9 Things to Know


India - COVID-19: Public Health Experts Call for Decongesting Prisons to Safeguard Inmates


England and Wales - Prison Service plans for more video conferencing

News 26 – 28 June


DRC - Covid-19: 7 cas testés positifs à la prison centrale de Makala

Ghana - Overcrowding impedes prisoner rights; facilities house 30% above capacity

South Africa - 537 elderly prisoners have received Covid-19 jabs

Tunisie – Découverte d’un foyer de covid dans la prison de Messaadine


US - Thousands of Prisoners Were Sent Home Because of Covid. They Don’t Want to Go Back.

US (Illinois) - 1,000 inmates still stuck in county jails — creating dangerous conditions — because state prisons won’t take them, sheriffs say


Cambodia - 686 inmates vaccinated against Covid-19 in Koh Kong prison

Malaysia - Covid cases in Emco areas including Kepayan Prison cause spike, 256 in Sabah today: Masidi

Pakistan - Inmates remain vulnerable to Covid

Philippines - JCI Angeles launches online visits for Pampanga jail detainees


Italy - 52 warders arrested over prison lockdown violence


COVID-19 Fiji: Prison officers among new cases of infections

News 25 June


Overcrowding major challenge of Ghana Prison Service - Prisons Boss laments

Uganda - Covid-19 cases high in prison, police


Canada - COVID outbreak sees North Bay jail closed and 61 inmates moved out

US - Jury trials are starting again. But the pandemic put some behind bars past their sentences.

US - More Than Half Of Hawaii’s Inmates Have Been Vaccinated Against COVID-19


Thailand races to roll out coronavirus jabs to prisoners


Australia - Report finds human rights denied at Tasmania's Risdon Prison

News 24 June


Kenya - Only 4 inmates at Kisii Remand Prison tested positive for Covid, officials clarify

South Africa - Prison visits suspended nationwide as Covid-19 numbers soar

Zimbabwe - Panic As Covid-19 Ravage Prisons


US (Pennsylvania) - Philly agrees to $125,000 settlement for failure to give prisoners required out-of-cell time during COVID-19 pandemic

Venezuela: Maduro Promises a ‘Revolution’ of Justice and Prison System


India - Over 13,000 prison inmates vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maha: Govt tells HC

Malaysia - Prison life amid the pandemic - 'we are treated like animals'


England and Wales - Inmates at HMP Lewes locked in cells for 23 hours report says

France - Prisons : "l'année 2020 a été bouleversée par le covid"

Scotland - Rise in prison deaths raises questions about access to health care

News 23 June


Zimbabwe - Covid-19 outbreak at prison


US (Hawaii) - ‘Inhumane’ conditions at HCCC trigger lawsuit as outbreak continues


Protecting detainees during COVID-19: Isolation centres inaugurated in Bangladesh’s prisons

Pakistan - Around 4,350 Prisoners Of 18,440 Inmates Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Sindh Jails

Philippines - Group assails DOH, DOJ ‘inaction’ on prisoners’ COVID vaccination


England and Wales - 600 staff at 49 prisons out on strike tomorrow in Covid safety dispute

England and Wales - Inmates protested in jail shower area over ‘restricted regime’ in lockdown

England and Wales - Custody time limit extension to end this month

Scotland - Prisoners at Low Moss near Bishopbriggs self-isolating after coronavirus outbreak

News 22 June


South Africa - Prison visits suspended with move to level 3


US - Some Incarcerated Meatpacking Workers Spent ‘100 percent’ of Their Time in High-Risk Settings During Pandemic


India - Vaccination drive in Maharashtra prisons going slow

Malaysia - Covid-19: Admission of new inmates triggered Sungai Udang prison cluster

News 19 – 21 June


Liberia - Jeety commits anti-Covid-19 supplies for inmates

South Africa - ‘Vaccinate inmates to avoid crisis’


Jamaica - COVID-19 blow hurts inmates' rehab programme

St Kitts & Nevis - 26 Additional Confirmed Covid-19 Cases Reported At Her Majesty’s Prison Bringing Total Number To 37

US - ‘Disorder and Chaos’ in N.Y.C. Jails as Pandemic Recedes

US (Kentucky) - In-Person Prison Visits Return, But Strict Rules Leave Children Out


India - Only 8% of Tihar’s inmates vaccinated

Philippines - Inmates struggle to save relationships, mental health amid ban on visits

Philippines - Leyte Prison launches ‘e-dalaw’ for inmates


England and Wales - Over 8,000 'prisoners' still waiting for their trial

England and Wales - HMP Bedford social visits set to resume for ‘most vulnerable prisoners’

Ireland - Control and restraint teams called in as inmates at Midlands Prison protest over Covid restrictions

News 18 June


St Kitts & Nevis - HMP Management Implements Additional Measures to Safeguard Health of Personnel and Residents

US - Dozens of Texans Died of COVID-19 in Prison Despite Being Granted Parole, Report Finds

US (Pennsylvania) - ‘More harm than good’: Most Pa. prisoners are vaxxed, but isolating COVID rules remain

US (Hawaii) - Bill Reintroduced to Improve Compassionate Release Following COVID-19 Outbreaks in Prisons


Philippines - Elderly political prisoner's death highlights call to free vulnerable PDLs


Belgium - Ligne Info'Prison : les témoignages recueillis reflètent la profonde détresse des détenus

Turkey - HDP demands parliamentary debate on situation of sick prisoners

News 17 June


US - How Covid-19 Is Still Battering the Criminal Legal System

US (Virginia) - COVID-19 early release program for inmates to end July 1

US - Kentucky Prisons to Reopen for Family Visits June 20 After Closing Due to Coronavirus

US (Hawaii) - More HCCC inmates test positive


India - Vaccination Of Prisoners- "Vaccines Not Available, Inoculation Programme Progressing Slowly": Govt. Tells Uttarakhand High Court


Ireland - Failure to restart family visits and religious services in prisons condemned in Dáil

Ireland - Inmates being vaccinated on a prison-by-prison basis

News 16 June


Nigeria - Decongestion: FCT Command Controller calls for virtual sitting, establishment of Courts in correctional facilities


Canada - Some prisoners not offered COVID-19 shots until months after general public, CBC analysis finds

Haiti - Officials to renew health emergency status, discuss prison care

US - Why Lockdowns Can’t Protect People in Prison From Deadly Viruses

US - New report finds parole-approved prisoners waited months for release amid pandemic


Cambodia - Gov’t prioritises prisoners for Covid-19 vaccinations

India - Vax in drive across state prisons progressing slow and steady

India - Delhi prisons see only single COVID-19 case this month

India - Goa: Soon, Colvale prison inmates can meet kin, friends virtually


Ireland - Number of inmates on temporary release from Cork prison rising steadily in recent weeks

News 15 June


Botswana - Prisons to start video conferencing facility for inmates

Uganda - Prison services reinstate ban on visits to jail centres


St Kitts & Nevis - Officials working to combat COVID at HMP

US - The origins of Covid-19’s racial disparities lie in America’s prisons

US - Covid-19 and the Struggle for Health Behind Bars

US (Tennessee) Prisons rebound from COVID-19 pandemic with the return of volunteers

US (Connecticut) - Prison guards seeking hazard pay for work during pandemic


Philippines - Separated by Covid: Inmates struggle to save relationships, mental health amid ban on visits

Philippines - Group urges release of ‘at-risk PDLs’ after death of 75-year-old, sick political prisoner

News 12-14 June


Kenya - Inmate visitations to resume in new plan, officials say


Panama - Prison system director dies of covid-19

St Kitts & Nevis - Inmate tests positive for COVID-19

Trinidad & Tobago - Inmates, prison officers to get vaccinated

US - Decrease in jail population should remain after pandemic, criminal justice reformers say

US - Coronavirus lockdowns in prisons test limits of Colorado’s rules on solitary confinement

US (Arizona) - Department of Corrections vaccinates over 26,000 inmates


Cambodia - Justice ministry reviews conditions for early prisoner release

‘We may die inside’: How India’s prisons became sitting ducks for Covid-19

India - Maharashtra: 7,600 inmates get their first jab, active cases on a decline in state prisons

Maldives amps up anti-epidemic measures in prisons

Pakistan - Imprisoned in a pandemic

Sri Lanka - Virtual meetings for prisoners with their families with the help of ICRC


Greece - Fresh outbreak of Covid-19 at Patra Prison

Ireland - Many more could have been released in 2020 to combat Covid - Inspector of Prisons

Ireland - Covid halts DNA sampling in prisons for crime database with no date set for resumption

News 11 June


Kenya - Prison Staff, Inmates, To Be Vaccinated Against Covid-19


‘They let people die’: US prisons bureau denied tens of thousands compassionate release during Covid

US - Research sheds new light on COVID-19 and mass imprisonment

US (California) - With COVID-19 under control in OC jails, judge dismisses lawsuit aimed at cutting inmate population

US - Virus outbreaks in Hawaii jails prompt inmate lawsuit

US (Iowa) - Pandemic speeds up Linn County’s permanent ban on in-person jail visits


Cambodia - GDP receives nearly 7,000 vaccine doses to curb prison infections

Elderly Activist Inmates Increasingly Positive For COVID-19 in Cambodia’s Penal System

India - Substantial decrease in Covid cases in prisons: Jail authorities to Bombay HC

Justice minister kicks off vaccination in Covid-ravaged Thai prison system

Thailand - Korat prisons declared to be Covid free


Cyprus - Coronavirus: Lawyers protest over decision to resume operations at Supreme Court

England and Wales - Prison sees dramatic fall in violent incidents

Ireland - Infamous killers among those offered a Covid-19 jab as 'hundreds' of prisoners vaccinated this week


New Zealand - Vaccine rollout scale down: Prisoners and Defence Force to wait longer, no more walk-ins

News 10 June


Canada - Human rights commission urges province’s justice sector to keep prison population low amid COVID-19

US - Garland: 52% of federal inmates in America are now vaccinated for COVID-19

US - In-person visits to Indiana prisons to resume in phases starting this week

US (California) - CA’s Jail & Prison Populations Went Down During COVID, But Now The Jail Numbers Have Crept Back Up

US - Gov. Greg Abbott has lifted almost all Texas pandemic restrictions. But not the one limiting jail releases.

US - In-Person Visits Resume Only for Vaccinated Missouri Prisoners

US (New York) - In-Person Visits Resume This Month At NYC Jails


Bahraini political inmate dies of coronavirus in Jau Prison

Cambodia - Sar Kheng shores up prison support amid Covid spread

News 9 June


Uganda suspends prison visits over surge of COVID-19 cases


US (Vermont) - Vt. Prisons Used Lockdowns To Slow Coronavirus, But Prisoners' Mental Health Suffered

US - Wisconsin Prisons to Resume in-Person Visits


India - Tackling pandemic woes, Rajasthan's prison authorities conduct e-meets for inmates & their kin

News 8 June


Liberia - UNDP, Bureau of Corrections collaborate to decongest prisons

South Africa - Popcru urges police and prison workers to be given priority for Covid jabs


US - Incarceration Declined Only Slightly From Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 After an Unprecedented Drop in Incarceration in 2020

US - Jail Populations Creep Back Up After COVID-19

US (Hawaii) - Oversight Commissioner Concerned With Overcrowding as COVID-19 Cases at Hilo Jail Rise to 154


India - 2,000 jail inmates get Covid jab in Bhopal

India - Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh arranges 19,132 e-meets for prisoners with kin during lockdown

Malaysia - Reduce overcrowding in prisons, detention centres, PH tells govt

Nearly 30,000 Covid-19 infections at Thai prisons in recent wave

News 4-7 June


Bermuda - Tensions rise at prison over Covid restrictions, Minister

Canada - Lack of trust, information driving low vaccination rate at Ottawa jail, advocate says

US - Most Oklahoma prisons operating normally following lockdown

US - COVID-19 outbreak at Big Island jail grows among inmates and staff – Honolulu, Hawaii

US (Washington) - Some Prisons Reinstate Patdown Searches Although Guards Are Refusing Vaccination


Cambodia - Inmates to get AstraZeneca jabs

India - States just transferring prisoners instead of efforts to decongest jails

Indonesia - Emerging prison virus clusters spur calls for change

Timely vaccinations for prison inmates in Japan uncertain

Singapore - Fewer offenders put on probation last year amid Covid-19

Thailand - Covid-19 vaccinations begin at Pattaya prison


England and Wales - Covid has offered a 'once in a lifetime' chance to improve the prisons says union official

Just 2% of prisoners in Ireland have been vaccinated against Covid-19

News 3 June


US - Mass Incarceration Has Worsened the COVID-19 Pandemic for Everyone


India - Draw lessons from Covid to improve jail healthcare

Malaysia - Parliamentary prison reform group: Locking up MCO offenders risks triggering another Covid-19 wave

How to reduce Covid-19 in Malaysian prisons

Thailand - 122 prisons free of Covid infections


England and Wales - Covid: Prison officers take dogs to work to cut prisoners' stress

England and Wales - Prison educators plan further strikes in health and safety dispute

England and Wales - Covid: Young offenders institution's response praised

News 2 June


Tunisia - Sept morts dans les prisons depuis le début de la pandémie


Cambodia - Kampong Speu inmates get Covid, one dies

India - Over 2,000 inmates of Central Prison receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

India - In Maharashtra, Prison Quarantine Centres Are More Harrowing than Main Jail Barracks

Thailand's daily COVID-19 cases drop on decline in prison infections


England and Wales - Prison inspectors find regime at HMP North Sea Camp near Boston "overly restrictive" during pandemic

England and Wales - Pentonville says it will clear up 'mice and cockroach infestation' after damning report

2 wards under quarantine in Denizli Prison as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Turkish penal institutions


Australia - Melbourne Assessment Prison plunged into lockdown amid Covid fears

News 22 May – 1 June


Morocco moves to vaccinate prison inmates 45 and up

South Africa - Covid-19: Why we need to vaccinate prisoners now

South Africa - Prisoners livid over delayed parole due to being ignored by dept


Canada - Nearly 75% of federal prisoners have been vaccinated against COVID-19

‘Dehumanizing spaces’: How COVID-19 is affecting inmates in Canada

Canada - Ottawa jail in lockdown as 19 inmates, one staffer test positive; no court appearance for Budlakoti

Trinidad & Tobago - Riot over 'COVID case' at Women’s Prison

US - Federal prisons forced to use cooks, nurses to guard inmates due to staff shortages

Vaccinations are lagging at many U.S. prisons, where major virus outbreaks have been common.

US - Jails shrunk during the pandemic — here's how to keep them small

US - “Essential” and exploitable: Prison factories stayed open during the pandemic. People got sick.

US - Data: Half of Montana inmates reject COVID-19 vaccine

US - Arizona Department of Corrections administers 43,000+ COVID-19 vaccines to inmates


Bangladesh - Three isolation centres opened at prisons

Cambodia - Official sounds alarm as Covid spreads in prisons

The pandemic has put the spotlight on inhumane conditions in Indian prisons

India - 542 prisoners released from jails in Maharashtra after HPC order; bail pleas of 12,751 pending

India - COVID-19 pandemic: Over 10,000 prisoners released to decongest UP jails

India - Karnataka vaccinates all jail inmates above 45 years

Malaysia - Covid: Prisons Dept postpones Kaamatan, Gawai visitations

Maldives - Huge cluster of COVID-19 infections at Asseyri Jail

Maldives - High risk prisoners transferred to home arrest

Philippines - Pandemic locks PDLs' families out of prisons

Thailand - 1,228 more inmates infected at 14 prisons

COVID-19 surge in Thai prisons is a warning to other countries in Asia


England and Wales - Severe restrictions on inmates' movements now lifted at most prisons

England and Wales - Prison governors' chief says lockdown freedoms need to be extended to inmates

England and Wales - Fewer criminals jailed due to Covid-19 - and the impact pandemic has had on prisons

England and Wales - East Sutton Park Prison praised for rehabilitation work throughout Covid pandemic

Isle of Man - Low take-up of Covid-19 vaccine in prison says minister

Covid: Call for less remand prisoners in Scotland after spike during pandemic

50 have died of COVID-19 in Turkey’s jails since start of pandemic: prison authority


Australia - Armed, angry and defiant: Reason why group of prisoners left trail of mayhem at Qld jail

News 21 May


Egypt - 645 prisoners released on occasion of Eid El Fitr celebrations


US (Connecticut) - Senate OKs free phone calls from prisons


Cambodia - Prey Sar tallies 18 Covid cases

India - Bombay HC seeks answers on provision of COVID-19 vaccine to prison inmates

India - 500 prisoners to be released to de-congest jail

Singapore - More inmates and staff at Changi Prison Complex to be tested for Covid-19 as a precaution

Thailand - Some inmates to be released on parole following Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons


England and Wales - Report slams 'unacceptable' living conditions at Ford Prison during Covid-19

England and Wales - Number of offenders escaping prosecution rises 18pc during pandemic

News 20 May


Gabon : Reprise des visites aux détenus sur présentation d’un test Covid


US - About Half of Incarcerated Remain Unvaccinated: Study

US (Pennsylvania) - Pa. state prisons resume in-person visitation during COVID-19 pandemic


Cambodia - UN offers Covid assistance at Preah Sihanouk prison                                                                                              

India - 233 inmates in 16 Assam jails are Covid positive — IG (Prisons)

Singapore - 3 more inmates who worked at same kitchen at Changi Prison Complex test positive for Covid-19

Sri Lanka - AG issues fresh guidelines to reduce prison overcrowding

Over 12,000 Covid cases detected in Thai prisons


England and Wales - 'There's nowhere to move': Life behind prison bars during the coronavirus pandemic

England and Wales - ‘Portable’ cells introduced in jails in response to COVID-19 to be ‘doubled up’ to deal with overcrowding

News 19 May 


South Africa - Prison vaccine roll out begins amid Covid-19 safety concerns


US - Elderly, locked up, and at risk — the life and death of the incarcerated during Covid  

US - Half of Hawaii’s jail and prison guard recruits test positive for COVID


India - 52 Inmates At Assam Prison Test Positive For Covid, Isolated On Premises

Philippines - Kin of activist who died in jail of COVID-19 sues cops, officials

Sri Lanka - COVID clusters developing in prisons - MP

Thailand - Prison infections keep rising


Belgium - Coronavirus - Près de 50% du personnel pénitentiaire vacciné, tout comme 1.306 détenus

Georgia to start Covid-19 vaccination in prisons today

Scotland - Covid-19 outbreak hits inmates at Edinburgh's Saughton Prison

News 18 May


US - News Inside: A COVID Lifesaver for America’s Incarcerated


India - Panel decides to release jail inmates on parole who were freed last year

India - Expedite vaccination of Jail Inmates, staff as per Govt guidelines in prisons of J&K: Justice Magrey

Thailand Considers Releasing 50,000 Inmates As Covid Hits Prisons


England and Wales - Locked up in lockdown: the devastating effect of Covid on the prison population

Another inmate dies of COVID-19 as cases continue to surge in Turkey’s overcrowded prisons

News 15 – 17 May


Protecting prisoners from HIV and COVID-19 in Mexico

US - Two Out of Three California Prison Inmates Said Yes to COVID Vaccine

US (Arizona) - Department of Corrections administers over 44,000 vaccines


Bangladesh - Prisoners given additional three minutes to talk on phone

Cambodia - Preah Sihanouk inmates transferred to Kampot amid Covid scare

India - Decongesting prisons in pandemic

India - Delhi: 900 inmates on 3-month parole to decongest Tihar Jail

Singapore - About 5,000 inmates, staff to be tested for COVID-19 after cook at Changi Prison tests positive

Sri Lanka - HRCSL meets Prisons Chief to discuss treatment of detainees during pandemic

Sri Lanka - Protest commenced by Bogambara Prison inmates demanding PCR tests          

Sri Lanka - Phone number introduced to get information on COVID infected prison inmates

Sri Lanka - Locked-Up During Pandemic: Video Calls for prisoners to connect with relatives

Thailand: Record number of Covid cases as prison clusters grow

Inmates in Thai prisons to get vaccinated against Covid-19 next month


Belgium - Coronavirus: une partie de la prison de Bruges placée en quarantaine

England and Wales - Torture victims kept in solitary by Home Office for up to a year

France - Prison de Perpignan : 16 personnels positifs au Covid, aucun détenu contaminé, des mesures assouplies

News 14 May


South Africa: Over 100 Offenders On Special Parole Return to Prison


Bowden Institution inmate death is the 6th linked to COVID-19 across Canada

US - COVID-19 and Vaccine Mistrust Behind Bars


Hong Kong - Stanley Prison removes morning slots for visits to convicts

Thailand steps up efforts to contain current outbreak in prisons


Ireland - Gardaí advised to stay away from Mountjoy Prison due to active Covid-19 outbreak


Australia - COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out in Queensland prisons, government confirms

News 13 May

Scoping review of mental health in prisons through the COVID-19 pandemic


South Africa - COVID-19 parolees reoffend


Canada - Ontario Human Rights Commission warns of prison overcrowding amid third wave of pandemic

Canada - Trials postponed as Alberta courts take precautions in face of pandemic third wave

US (Connecticut) - Senate votes to expand eligibility for compassionate parole from prison


India - Token Temporary Measures to Decongest Prisons Can't Save Inmates from COVID-19

India - Fill up vacant posts of medical officers in Maharashtra prisons, vaccinate inmates: HC to State

Philippines - Cruel Cages: How the Most Overcrowded Prison in the World Ignored a Pandemic

Thailand: Covid-19 Outbreaks in Prisons


England and Wales - Pandemic and court backlog sees Erlestoke population drop

England and Wales - Cramped cells, poor healthcare and 'weekly showers' for prisoners in isolation at HMP High Down

News 12 May

Almost 4,000 prisoners have died as a result of COVID-19 worldwide


US - Most prison staff refuse COVID vaccine — should California let them?

US - Visitors, Volunteers Return to Oklahoma Prisons as Cases Drop, Vaccine Access Widens


Cambodia - GDP arms Phnom Penh inmates with Covid jabs, Preah Sihanouk next

India - Plan to decongest jails being worked out

Malaysia - MCO 3.0: Special family visit for inmates during Aidilfitri cancelled, says Prisons Dept

2 political prisoners die in overcrowded Philippine prisons in 3 days

Thailand’s prisons have a COVID problem it doesn’t want to talk about

Thailand - Thousands of inmates at two prisons have Covid-19


England and Wales - Inmates serving life sentences at Yorkshire prison die after catching Covid-19

France - Covid : 41 détenus positifs, cluster à la prison de Salon de Provence

France - À l’heure du déconfinement, le Covid frappe toujours fort dans les prisons

News 11 May


Burundi is releasing thousands from jail, but many political prisoners remain behind bars

Morocco - Covid-19 : La DGAPR a pris une série de mesures pour prémunir les prisons


It’s been four years since the Senate began a study of conditions in Canada’s prisons. Where’s the final report?

US - Despite dangers of COVID-19 in jails and prisons, many Hawaii inmates not getting vaccine


India - Cases rise but over 87% inmates in Delhi’s prisons can’t get Covid shot. Age is the culprit

India - Around 400 Prisoners Set To Be Released As Per Directions Of High Powered Committee Of Chandigarh UT


England and Wales - Two-day strike at 49 prisons begins tomorrow by UCU members over Covid health and safety concerns

England and Wales - Justice Committee to investigate prisoners’ mental health

Ireland - Mountjoy hit by largest prison coronavirus outbreak to date

News 8 – 10 May


Ghana - No COVID-19 infections recorded among prison inmates - Bawumia

Ghana - COVID-19 vaccination: 3,297 Prison officers, inmates vaccinated


Canada - 2 staff and 1 prisoner at Edmonton prison test positive for COVID-19

Over 2,700 incarcerated people in US dead due to Covid

US - 'Afraid of dying in here': How inmates fought for COVID vaccinations, protections after jails and prisons failed to protect them

US - Judge says ‘morons’ run New York’s federal jails, denounces ‘inhuman’ conditions

US - Vaccination Rate Among Arkansas Prison Staff Worries Experts

US - Weeks without a shower: Neglect defines Covid-19 containment in California jails

US (Maryland) - COVID outbreak hits Baltimore jail even as state ramps up inmate vaccinations; advocates turn to court seeking information


Cambodia - Preah Sihanouk prison Covid-19 cases may be from asymptomatic detainees

India - COVID-19 surge | Supreme Court orders immediate de-congestion of prisons

India - 450 jail inmates test Covid positive in Haryana

India - Cases rising in Tihar jail, DCPCR seeks information on wellbeing of children


England and Wales - Prisoners at HMP Stocken in Stretton take part in the Hope Project

France - Perpignan/ Nouveau cluster à la prison : «La situation est pire que lors de la première vague»

News 7 May


Canada - Two COVID-19 cases confirmed in Nova Scotia jails as ‘clunky’ justice system inhibits mass release

Jamaica - 10% of prisoners refuse COVID jab so far

US - Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of Covid-19 Behind Bars

US - Vaccinations climb in Nevada prisons as visitation reopens

US - Michigan's infection rate in prisons is far above national average as inmates fear the worst


Cambodia - Over 10,000 detainees to get Covid-19 jabs

India - High power committee to meet on Friday over rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra’s prisons


Rise in number of inmates at Aylesbury prison during pandemic


Australia (Tasmania) - Overcrowding, COVID restrictions to blame for unrest at Hobart's Risdon Prison, critics say

News 6 May


Malawi - Coronavirus: 12 prisoners test positive, two new cases imported from India


India - ‘Decongesting Prisons Is About Public Health, Not Crime’

India - Delhi: 249 inmates in isolation or hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus

India - Telangana vaccinates majority of its prisoners aged above 45

Iran - Inmates left unattended amid spread of Coronavirus in Behbahan prison

Malaysia - Aidilfitri: Prison visits allowed except in MCO, EMCO areas

Malaysia - Stricter SOP helps curb spread of Covid-19 in Penang’s prisons, says its dept director

Nepal - Siraha prison to quarantine new inmates for 15 days


Anti-torture committee warns against impact of austerity measures on prison conditions

England and Wales - Fewer prisoners but more on remand as Covid hits court system

England and Wales - Chelmsford Prison inmates are being vaccinated at the 'same rate as general public', confirms Ministry of Justice

News 5 May


Zimbabwe - Prisoners Released Early Due To Covid-19 Struggle To Fit In Society


Bermuda - Westgate prisoner to take legal action over Covid-19 isolation

US (New York) - Vaccine Rates Among the Incarcerated Remain Low Amid Mistrust and Misinformation

US (Oregon) - Lawyers for COVID-19 infected inmates, families of prisoners who have died seek class-action status


India - Covid-19 crisis in Delhi calls for immediate decongestion of jails, plea tells HC judge-led panel

India - 57 women prisoners lodged in Tihar jail test COVID-19 positive in one month

Thailand - Field hospitals at Klong Prem Prison for infected inmates


England and Wales - Concerns for mental health of prisoners kept inside with limited visits during pandemic

England and Wales - Drop in number of inmates at Doncaster, Moorland, Lindholme and Hatfield prisons during pandemic

France - Covid-19 : le cluster prend de l'ampleur dans la prison de Salon-de-Provence

Luxembourg - Situation in Schrassig Prison is improving

News 1-4 May

Kenya: Covid-19 - 34 Remandees at Siaya GK Prison Test Positive


Canada - COVID-19 confirmed at Iqaluit's jails, boarding home as cases rise

Trinidad & Tobago - Prison visits suspended following COVID-19 restrictions

US (Maine) - Two dozen inmates at women’s prison have COVID-19


India - Maharashtra prison authority sets up ‘two-tier protection’ to curb virus spread in jails

India - Maharashtra's Prisons Are Feeling the Brunt of a Crisis That Could Have Been Averted

India - Coronavirus: Allahabad HC orders release of prisoners to unclog jails in Uttar Pradesh

India - Prison Radio To Help Inmates Cope Stress During Covid-19

33 inmates test postive for Covid-19 in Kuwait prison

Maldives Correctional Services begins identifying high-risk prisoners

Nepal - Virus spreads among jailbirds in Bajura

Sri Lanka - Prisons officers to receive AstraZeneca second dose


Belgium - Certaines prisons en chaos sanitaire: la vaccination débute

England and Wales - Prisoners left without clean underwear and socks for up to 11 weeks at HMP Wandsworth, claim their lawyers

England and Wales - Norfolk sex offender jail praised for protecting inmates from Covid

England and Wales - HMP Preston Covid outbreak results in stronger measures for inmates

COVID-19 in Iceland: No Infections Spread in Prisons

Ireland - ICPO hopes vaccine rollout sees return of family visits for overseas prisoners

Luxembourg - La situation se détend à la prison de Schrassig

300 inmates contract COVID-19 in northwestern Turkey as cases soar nationwide

Left Behind to Die: COVID-19 in Turkish Prisons and Discrimination Against Political Prisoners

News 30 April


Uganda - Protect rights and safety of prisoners


Canada - COVID-19 outbreak at Donnacona prison

US - Covid Was Supposed to Cut Jail Time. Not for Those Awaiting Trial.


India - After 4 die of Covid-19, Tihar asks govt to allow release of inmates on parole

India - Spike in COVID-19 cases: Entry of visitors to meet inmates barred at Tiruchi Central Prison


France - Covid-19 à la prison d'Amiens : une dizaine de cas recensés, un syndicat de surveillants demande la vaccination

News 29 April


Burundi President Flags Off 5000 Pardoned Prisoners


Jamaica - Prison inmates to start getting COVID-19 vaccines this week

US - One Year Into Pandemic, Several Prisons Resume in-Person Visits

US - Some L.A. County jail inmates seek vaccinations — to get early transfer to state prison

US (Nevada) - After 14-month suspension, Department of Corrections announces phased return of visitation at prisons


India - Two die of Covid-19 at Tihar jail; prison reports 261 active cases

India - Covid-19: Madurai jail bans prisoners from meeting kin


Belgium - Surpopulation carcérale: nos prisons à nouveau dans le rouge avec des contaminations Covid qui se multiplient

Belgium - Mesures strictes dans les prisons à cause de la pandémie: les détenus n'en peuvent plus et dénoncent leurs conditions de vie

England and Wales - Record number of deaths in prison amid Covid surge, figures show

England and Wales - Preston Prison hit by major Covid outbreak

Hungary - Coronavirus: Vaccination of Inmates Begins

New Scottish Government report prompts concern over use of remand in prisons

2 chronically ill inmates contract COVID-19 from prison personnel in northwestern Turkey

News 28 April


Egypt president pardons 2,674 prisoners

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu pardons 5,001 prisoners


Barbados - Prison staffer positive

Trinidad & Tobago - Hinds: Eight detainees, 17 prison officers have COVID-19

US - Inside vaccine efforts in NY prisons: Eligibility expanded, concerns remain

US - The Illinois Juvenile Justice System Faces COVID-19


India - Plea in HC for temporary release of prisoners to decongest jails during pandemic

India - COVID-19 surge: 60-day emergency leave for MP jail inmates

Lebanon - Vaccination campaign gets underway in Beirut prison


Belgium - La propagation du coronavirus dans les prisons nuit au respect des droits fondamentaux

Latvia opens up a new priority group for Covid-19 vaccination


Papua New Guinea – COVID-19 A Threat to Jail Security, Manpower

News 27 April


Antigua - Major Covid-19 testing exercise conducted at Her Majesty’s Prison

Canada - Nova Scotia urged to depopulate jails as prisoners and staff continue to wait for vaccine

Mexico - Relatives fear for the lives of inmates in Puebla prison

Compassionate release being considered for prisoners in St Vincent

US - Maine jails seek COVID-19 vaccines for inmates


COVID-19 is spreading among Bahrain’s prisoners of conscience

India - Positive cases rise to 175 at jail


People in prisons should not be left behind amid COVID-19 vaccination

England and Wales - Exeter prison disarray laid bare as staff slammed by urgent investigation

France - Cluster à la prison de Montauban : une situation qui risque de vite devenir "ingérable"

Detainees in Swiss prisons at lowest level in a decade

News 24-26 April


Uganda - Prisons use up 99% of their Covid-19 vaccine doses


Bermuda - Westgate inmate 'punished' for asking for alternative Covid-19 test

Canada - Only half of the inmates at Hamilton’s jail have been vaccinated for COVID-19

US - The essential — and dangerous — work prisoners do

US (Texas) - No visits and barely any calls – pandemic makes separation even scarier for people with a family member in prison

US (Illinois) - Prioritizing Incarcerated People for Vaccine Quickly Reduced COVID in IL Prisons


India - Maharashtra: From crowded jails, prisoners walk out to isolation and hunger

India - Almost all jails in Maharashtra overcrowded, prison officials struggle to enforce ‘equitable distribution’

India - Situation goes out of control as 83 more in Kannur jail turn COVID positive

Maldives - Male' Prison Annex I under lockdown due to discovery of Covid-19 cases

Pakistan - Over 1,000 prisoners get anti-Covid shots

Thailand - 144 inmates infected at Chiang Mai prison


Belgium - Alors qu'il y a 52 cas de covid-19 chez les détenus, un test massif de dépistage est réalisé à Jamioulx

England and Wales – Rising self-harm levels in women’s jails in UK are ‘worryingly high’, warns report

England and Wales - Sage warns jails could unleash Covid variants into wider community

England and Wales - 'Heartbreaking:' Doncaster jail slammed for social distancing as family visits restart

France - Covid-19 : un cluster à la maison d'arrêt de Montauban, l'inquiétude des familles de détenus

Ireland - Mountjoy governor apologises to solicitors for difficulties meeting clients

Isle of Man - Weekend prison visiting suspended


New Zealand - Kiwi prisoners face longer stays behind bars without conviction

News 23 April


Kenya - Over 14,000 prisoners released in a bid to decongest prisons


US - How We Survived Covid-19 In Prison

US - Federal Inmates On Home Confinement Face Uncertainty Of Returning To Prison

US - Iowa prisons resume COVID-19 vaccinations for inmates, but vaccine rate lags behind neighboring states

US - Illinois cuts prison call costs; Oklahoma inmates, families still struggle

US - Nevada prisons will allow visitors again starting in May


Bangladesh - Chief Justice asks special judges' courts to deal with bail, urgent criminal applications virtually

India - PUDR urges Delhi HC to take urgent action on worsening situation in prisons amid rise in COVID cases

Death by Zoom: virus-hit Indonesia orders executions online

Sri Lanka - Visiting rights of prisoners temporarily suspended

Thailand - 37 inmates at Chiang Mai prison test positive for Covid-19


Belgium - Covid-19 : la prison de Forest en confinement après la découverte d’un cluster

Belgium - Le personnel des prisons sera vacciné dès début mai

England and Wales - HMP Durham criticised by watchdog after prisoner died from Covid

Northern Ireland - In-person prison visits to resume in less than two weeks

News 22 April


Zimbabwe - 6 prison officers, 4 inmates succumb to Covid-19


US - In Vermont, Isolating Inmates Kept Covid at Bay, but at a Price

US - NY Quietly Stopped Vaccinating People In State Prisons—But Promised To Resume After Questioning


India - Prisons on alert with rising COVID-19 cases, mulaqat stopped

Iran - Fourth wave of COVID-19 threatens the lives of inmates in Karaj Prison


Belgium - Situation de plus en plus tendue à la prison de Jamioulx: 52 détenus ont été testés positifs au Covid, deux ailes ont dû être mises en quarantaine!

England and Wales - Prisoners complain of toll on mental health of being locked in a cell for 23 hours a day

News 21 April


US - Bureau of Prisons Director Testimony To Senate Judiciary Leaves Unanswered Questions

US - Pandemic makes separation even scarier for people with a family member in prison

US - NY Women’s Prison, Housing Mothers and Newborns, Hit By COVID-19 Outbreak

US - More and more Vermont prisoners are refusing vaccinations against Covid-19

US - North Carolina prisons reopen visits for children, extend time limits

US - Appeals court reverses ruling that would have provided more COVID protections at Texas geriatric prison


India - Covid guidelines for jail inmates

India - Courts refusing to release prisoners on bail: Maha govt tells HC on worsening Covid crisis in jails


England and Wales - Bedford Prison has Covid outbreaks under control but inspectors find cases of assaults and violence still high

France - Surpopulation carcérale: l'exécutif s'engage sur 15 000 places de prison supplémentaires

Ireland - Sentencing cases adjourned due to Prison Service action over Covid-19 vaccines


Australia (Queensland) - Prisoners kept behind bars for months amid parole board backlog

News 20 April


Tunisia - Surpopulation carcérale, torture et risques de contamination par la Covid-19 | Jamel Msallem, président de la Ligue tunisienne des droits de l’Homme (LTDH), à La Presse : «Les conditions de détention dans les prisons tunisiennes sont illégales»


US - Oregon prison COVID-19 lawsuit ruling hailed as a landmark for prisoners’ rights

US - Alaska prisoners who are vaccinated can be visited by family and others starting Wednesday


Tensions rise in Bahrain prison as inmates, families protest conditions

India - COVID-19: Maharashtra govt open to decongesting prisons, seeks directions from Bombay High Court

India - 55 inmates, 4 staffers of Ahmedabad's Sabarmati jail test positive for Covid-19


Belgium - ‘Explosive situation in prisons’: Calls for all detainees to be given vaccination priority

England and Wales - Peterborough jail criticised as female inmates kept locked in cells for 23 hours a day during COVID lockdown

France - Covid-19. Cluster à la prison d’Alençon – Condé-sur-Sarthe : dix-neuf surveillants positifs

News 17-19 April


Tunisie – Covid-19 : Démarrage des vaccinations dans les prisons

Zimbabwe begins release of over 3,000 prisoners


Canada - COVID-19 vaccinations of inmates begin at Regina jail

Canada - Hamilton public health vaccinating inmates but not jail guards is 'egregious,' union says

US - Congress Weighs In On Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Handling Of COVID-19

US - Courts ends judicial oversight of COVID measures in Hawaii prisons

US (Kentucky) - How Many Coronavirus Cases In Ky. Jails? We Don’t Know, And State Won’t Say


India - Maharashtra: Pandemic-hit ‘qaidi mulaqat’ goes online again

India - Plea in HC to release prisoners on interim bail to decongest jails due to spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi

Philippines - Iwahig Prison in Palawan ends 21-day COVID quarantine April 21


Belgium - Give prison staff priority vaccination, says Justice Minister

England and Wales - SAGE finding could speed up Covid jabs in jails

Ireland - Prison officers defend withdrawal of 'goodwill' duties over concerns about when they'll be vaccinated

Justice Ministry admits to overcrowding in Turkey’s prisons during pandemic

News 16 April


Zimbabwe - Amnesty granted for female prisoners


Canada - More than 150 COVID-19 cases at Regina jail, 5 inmates in hospital: SGEU

U.S. has no plans to order inmates released in pandemic back to prison-official


India - Maharashtra: As cases among inmates rise, prison dept ramps up testing, plans to restart temporary jails

India - Vaccination of jail inmates hits technical hurdle

India - Karnataka High Court Seeks State Response On Prison Conditions

Philippines - Group slams ‘conflicting’ statements on PDLs inclusion in COVID-19 vaccinations


England and Wales - Call to give every prisoner access to digital learning

England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak at Stocken Prison declared over by Public Health England

Ireland - Withdrawal of goodwill by prison officers over vaccine

Luxembourg - Schrassig Prison Under Partial Lockdown

News 15 April


Behind the wall: Africa’s prison health crisis [podcast]


Covid is ravaging American jails and prisons – and inmates are rightly rising up

US (California) - Will COVID-19 vaccinations mean more prison overcrowding deaths?

US (Virginia) - Video visits for prison inmates, families up more than forty-fold in past year


India - Overcrowded Delhi Prisons Witness Massive Spike in COVID-19 Cases

India - Maharashtra has 284 prisoners and jail employees corona positive, 15 people killed

Iranian Government Responsible to Protect Prisoners against Fourth Wave of COVID


Belgium - La visio, une pointe d’humanité dans les prisons confinées

England and Wales - HMP Full Sutton ‘safe’ despite Covid pressures, say independent monitors

France - Covid-19 : important cluster à la prison d'Orléans-Saran


Australia’s mega prison raises fears for prisoner and rural health

News 14 April


Zimbabwe: President Okays Amnesty Request


US - Illinois ranks in top ten for COVID-19 cases, deaths in prisons

US (Illinois) - COVID Shut Down Most Prison Education Programs. Here's How Incarcerated Students Have Kept Learning

US (Connecticut) - CT's prison population shrunk during the pandemic. Will it last?

US - As vaccines trickle into Alabama prisons, COVID-19 deaths continue


India - State prisons step up efforts to tackle second wave of COVID-19 in Assam

Philippines - CHR bats for inclusion of prisoners in COVID-19 vaccine priority list  


England and Wales - Three days of strikes announced for prison education staff across England

News 13 April


Uganda - Byabasaija blames prison crowding on DPP, Judiciary


US - Illinois prisons resume in-person visits for inmates

US - California prisons resume in-person visits with some changes

US - Nevada newspaper tallies at least 55 inmate COVID-19 deaths

US - Lawsuit reveals deadly conditions for Washington D.C. jail inmates during the pandemic


Bangladesh - Under-trial prisoners need not attend court

India - Covid-19: Tihar jail on high alert, 52 inmates test Covid+Ve

Philippines - DOJ proposes inmates’ inoculation


Belgium - Craintes à la prison de Jamioulx: 40 cas de Covid et les agents ne sont ni testés ni placés en quarantaine

France - Charente-Maritime : un nouveau cluster de Covid-19 à la prison de Saint-Martin-de-Ré

Ireland - Prison schools to reopen next week

Turkey continues building new prisons to jail even more people

News 10-12 April


Plastic Sheets, Pencil Crayons, Cheese Strings: Inside One Canadian Prison’s Chaotic Effort to Stop a COVID-19 Outbreak

Incarcerated and Infected: How the Virus Tore Through the U.S. Prison System

Covid-19: Infections Among U.S. Prisoners Have Been Triple Those of Other Americans

Thousands of low-level U.S. inmates released in pandemic could be headed back to prison

US - Just 7% of Wisconsin prisoners have received COVID-19 vaccine, despite outcry over inmates being prioritized


Bahraini authorities flouting prisoners’ rights to health amid rise in COVID-19 cases at Jaw prison

Bahrain releases dozens of prisoners after Covid cases

India - Rising virus cases pose fresh trial for prisons


Families and children 'hardest hit' as prison visits in Northern Ireland were limited to 93 days in 2020

Portugal - Prison population falling


Papua New Guinea - Suspect Cases in Jails Rise

News 9 April


Kenya - Improved prisoners to complete long sentences at home

Réunion - Covid-19 en prison : une trentaine de détenus vaccinés à ce jour


US - 40% of incarcerated people have chronic conditions — how good is the healthcare they get behind bars?

US (California) - COVID-19 Outbreak at Donovan Prison in Otay Mesa Left 18 Dead Over 5 Weeks

US - Florida plans to vaccinate more than 30,000 inmates


India - No Covid-19 infected inmates be kept inside: Odisha to prison authorities

Iran - 35 inmates in critical conditions in Karaj Central Prison from COVID-19 contamination

Malaysia - Prisons Dept creates 13 satellite prisons to ease congestion

Malaysia - Torn between compassion and safety on prison visits

Sri Lanka - Divulapitiya, Peliyagoda and Prison Covid-19 clusters -total cases today- 309


England and Wales - Covid outbreak reported at maximum security prison Long Lartin in Worcestershire

Italy - 46 Rebibbia inmates indicted for COVID riot

Conditions in Ankara’s Sincan Prison inhumane, says Turkish Parliament sub-committee

News 8 April

World Executions for Drug Charges Fell Sharply Amid COVID. It’s Likely Temporary.


Uganda - European Ambassador urges authorities pardon prisoners


US - Georgia, Mississippi Prisons Offer Inmates Cookies, Commissary Credit as COVID Vaccine Incentive

US - Judge orders Alaska Corrections Dept. to allow attorneys in-person visits with incarcerated clients regardless of vaccine status

US (Vermont) - Corrections chief ‘not happy’ with number of inmates declining Covid-19 vaccinations

US (Rhode Island) - Prison inmates to receive in-person visits after more than a year

US - Hawai‘i’s Top Court in Favor of Ending Emergency COVID Orders Related to Release of Certain Inmates


India - 19 Tihar prisoners hospitalised after testing Covid positive, jail on high alert

Pakistan - Vaccination of prisoners of 50 years and above starts in Sindh’s 22 jails


England and Wales - From lack of showers to isolation, women have faced distressing prison conditions during Covid

News 7 April


US - N.Y. prison visitation to resume

US - Florida Prisons Increase Inmate Intakes From County Jails As COVID-19 Restrictions Relax


COVID Outbreak in Prison Sparks New Protests in Bahrain

India - Amid COVID surge, Rajasthan prisoners refrained from meeting kin till April 19

Malaysia - Prison visits now allowed through bookings, strict Covid-19 SOPs, says Prisons Dept

Philippines - BuCor facility in Zamboanga under 1-month lockdown amid COVID spike


"It's made the prisoners kinder to each other": How Jersey's prison has stayed Covid-free

Scotland - Prisoners on remand pleading guilty to avoid Covid custody

News 2 – 6 April


'Public health crisis': Canada's prison conditions during pandemic being investigated

US - As States Expand Vaccine Eligibility, Many People in Prison Still Wait for Shots

US - Unless Biden Acts, Thousands Could Go Back to Federal Prison

Studies detail large COVID outbreaks at US prisons, jails

US - Judge allows lawsuit over Minnesota prison vaccinations to proceed

US (Missouri) - Inmates riot in American prison and shout ‘we want court dates’  

US - Colorado prisons department approves $500 bonuses for vaccinated workers; active cases drop


Bahrain to release 126 prisoners amid protests over virus fears

India - Family meetings cancelled at Delhi’s three prisons in view of Covid-19 spread

Pakistan - COVID-19: Sindh govt to vaccinate prisoners above age 50 from April 7

Thailand - Prison visits halted nationwide after COVID cluster found


The EU's under-reported pre-trial detention problem

England and Wales - Prison Service launches review of post-Covid regimes

England and Wales - Bingo, prison telly and no time for fighting - how Covid-19 has transformed life for prisoners in Forest Bank

Scottish courts face crisis after number of people on remand in prison rises

News 1 April


US - Expanding Home Confinement During COVID-19

US - Colorado is offering prison staff $500 to get COVID-19 vaccines in effort to boost low inoculation rates

US - Kentucky’s Prison Coronavirus Defense Is Failing

US - Alabama begins vaccinating prisoners with surplus from rural clinics


Philippines - Overcrowding and harsh conditions led to COVID-19 spread among inmates

Philippines - BuCor urged to allow delivery of food, medicine to inmates in jail facilities


England and Wales - Prison lockdown has damaged inmates’ mental health, says report

England and Wales - Ministry of Justice facing legal action over prisons

England and Wales - Chelmsford prisoners allowed visits for just 100 days throughout 2020 due to COVID-19

Ireland - Covid-19 infection rate at prisons Portlaoise and other Irish jails revealed in advice to NPHET


Australia - Podcast series gives NSW prison officers a voice on life working in state's jails

News 31 March


Zimbabwe – 13 Prisoners Test Positive


Virus Outbreak In Chile Prison; Pinera On Jab Deal

US - Expert: 3 things could ease COVID-19 spread in prisons

US (Michigan) - How public health and prisons are intertwined

US - Lawsuit demands immediate COVID-19 vaccinations for people incarcerated at Washington prisons

US (New York) - NY prisons to resume visitation in late April


India - Punjab: 44 inmates of women prison in Patiala test positive for COVID-19

India - Jail dept frees 1,349 prisoners


England and Wales - Covid outbreak at Dartmoor prison sees staff still recovering three months on

Ireland - 1,206 Prisoners Waiting For Psychology Services

Call for action after Scotland's Covid prisoner death toll revealed

News 30 March


Bermuda - Westgate inmates hit with Covid-19 infections

Trinidad & Tobago - Concerns raised after prisoner tests positive for COVID-19

US - Most States Fail to Track Critical COVID-19 Data for Prisons, Jails and Juvenile Facilities

US - Youth Justice System Worsened During Pandemic: Report

US - New York Must Offer Vaccine to All Prisoners Immediately, Judge Rules

US - Judge orders Oregon prison to stop foot-dragging on mask mandates; doctor ‘at war’ with staff over COVID-19 misinformation

US - Missouri Department of Corrections to restart visitation based on COVID-19 vaccinations


Cambodia - Prison department appeals for online hearings amid overcrowding

Thailand - Corrections Department drawing standard procedures


England and Wales - Coronavirus: Prisoners' children 'forgotten' during pandemic

England and Wales - Government expert warns of “long tail” to Covid in jails

England and Wales - Lewes Prison’s low Covid rate comes at ‘huge price’ for prisoners and families, charity says


Australia - Prisoner quarantine based on ‘alarming absence’ of health advice

News 27-29 March


Cameroon Prisoners Blame Overcrowding, Poor Hygiene for COVID Spread

South Africa - Lockdown: More than 100 Covid-19 parolees rearrested for 'committing violent crimes'

Tunisia – Covid 19: Un programme de vaccination des détenus sera mis en place


Canada - Alberta prisoner populations rise after 'unprecedented' drop during COVID's early months

St Vincent & the Grenadines - Prison visits to resume

US - COVID-19 Lockdowns Have Been Hard On Youth Locked Up

US - West Virginia Excels In Vaccine Rollout, But Still Overlooks Prison and Jail Inmates

US - Appeals Court Panel Rejects Texas Inmates’ COVID-19 Lawsuit


India - 4,204 prisoners released on bail, 41 on parole after COVID outbreak in J&K: DG Prisons

India - Over 2,000 jail inmates in Haryana get parole extension

Lebanon jails facing ‘hungry revolution’


England and Wales - Hundreds of Ranby Prison inmates contract virus since start of pandemic

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak at Wayland prison

England and Wales - Home Office data shows almost 200 Covid cases reported at Chelmsford prison since last March

France - Argentan. Sept nouveaux cas de Covid-19 à la prison en une semaine


Australia - Further restrictions at Queensland Corrective Services facilities

Tonga prison head optimistic of resolution to overcrowding

News 26 March


Morocco - Covid-19 en prison: 77% des détenus prioritaires vaccinés


Canada - Correctional service response to COVID-19 violates rights of incarcerated persons, lawsuit alleges

U.S. prisons start to resume allowing visits to inmates, with added virus precautions.

US - Inmate Distrust Of Prison Healthcare Fuels Distrust Of Covid Vaccines

US - Hundreds of Texas prisoners are getting vaccinated — months after many became eligible

US - COVID in custody — one year into the failed pandemic response in Michigan’s prisons


Bahrain: Covid cases in prison under control


Russian Justice Ministry drafts order on telephone talks of female prisoners with children


Australia - Goulburn prison officers strike over 'nonchalant attitude' to safety

News 25 March


Togo-Interview/Idrissou Akibou : « La prison de Tsévié a été transformée en prison-hôpital »


US - Oregon’s Prison Guards Called COVID-19 the “Plandemic” and Spread Vaccine Myths to Inmates, Lawyers Say

US - Wisconsin prisoner population dropped in 2020 amid pandemic

US - In About-Face, Missouri Places Prison Inmates In Final COVID-19 Vaccination Group

US - Denied Vaccines, People Incarcerated in Alabama Prisons Are Dying of Covid

US - Vaccines key to resuming Pennsylvania prison reforms, secretary tells lawmakers


Ireland's prisons are now 'Covid-free' after 100 cases recorded during pandemic

Luxembourg - Association of Prison Officers criticises decision to only prioritise prisoners

Covid: Scottish prison chiefs ‘pilot’ mass testing for staff but not inmates

News 24 March


Gambia - Ministry Of Interior To Launch Prisons Rapid Assessment

Kenya - Covid-19: Prisons boss launches vaccination of 28,000 officers

Uganda prisons staff get COVID-19 vaccine jabs


Canada - Doctors and activists get together to denounce conditions in prisons

US - Fighting COVID Behind Bars

US - California Prisons Restarting Visitations 1 Year Into Pandemic

US - Alaska prisons remain closed to visitors as mistrust undermines vaccination effort

US - About 1,000 Illinois prisoners to be released under COVID-19 lawsuit settlement


Britain sleepwalking into reoffending crisis

England and Wales - Deaths in custody at HMP Durham rise during Covid pandemic while assaults fall, report reveals

England and Wales - Prisoners at Nottinghamshire prison help make PPE for NHS staff

Malta - Methadone use in prison has almost halved in one year

News 23 March


Botswana - Three Inmates Die From Covid-19

Ghana - Decongest prisons to curb COVID-19 - Joe Ghartey


Prison officers in Antigua and Barbuda protest over concerns made worse by COVID-19

Canada - Advocates critique rising jail figures in some provinces after initial COVID-19 fall

US - Inmates On Hunger Strike Protesting Arizona Prison Conditions

US - The Unending Covid-19 Disaster In Maryland Prisons

US - More Ohio prisons reopening for in-person visits as coronavirus infection rates drop

US - 63rd Alabama inmate dies after positive COVID test, still no vaccinations


Cambodia - Coronavirus increases crime causing packed prisons


Overcrowding in Belgian prisons leaves 148 inmates sleeping on the floor

England and Wales - Hull prison's turbulent year of being locked up in lockdown

News 20-22 March


Canada - ‘Folks are dying’: Community rallies for depopulation of Ontario jails after COVID-19 outbreaks

US - How COVID Has Affected Policing And Incarceration

US - A Year Into The Pandemic, Illinois Prisons Still Have No Plan For In-Person Visits

US (Hawaii) - Questions Raised Over COVID Outbreak At Maui Jail

US (Hawaii) - Swelling inmate populations prompt new fears about COVID outbreaks


India - Soft target: prisoners and pandemic

India - Delhi Prisons steps up efforts to tackle COVID-19 as inmates return

Pakistan - Fourteen inmates of Lahore jail test Covid positive

Philippines - A public health issue behind bars


Albania – St Kolli prison, Over 20 Inmates Affected by Covid-19

England and Wales - A view from inside Gartree prison: How prisoners and staff near Harborough have dealt with Covid

Irish prison inspections cancelled for rest of the year

Luxembourg - First reported coronavirus case at Schrassig Prison, all other tests negative

Scotland - Continued prison lockdowns are ‘de facto solitary confinement’


Australia - ACT prison staff to receive extra training to defuse explosive situations

News 19 March


Cameroon - Coronavirus : flambée de la maladie à la prison principale de Nkongsamba


Bahamas - Prison officers demonstrate for 4 hours, demanding “give us our due”

Jamaica - St Catherine prison inmate dies from COVID-19

Mexico - Inoculating prison inmates against Covid sparks debate in Quintana Roo

US - Less Than Half of Federal Bureau of Prisons Staff Have Accepted COVID Vaccines From the Agency

US - Family of man who died from Covid while incarcerated sues California prison system

US - Utah State Prison announces five more deaths tied to COVID-19

US - 'It takes a toll on your heart': Prison visitations resume for South Dakota inmates after a year of separation

US (Florida) - Gov. DeSantis defends omission of inmates in vaccine rollout


India - Uttar Pradesh: Over 1.16 lakh jail inmates to get COVID-19 vaccines on priority

Malaysia - Cabinet approves measures to overcome prison overcrowding


England and Wales - Covid: Prison outbreaks thought to skew stats

Strike ballot to open at prisons across England and Wales

France - Covid-19. La contagion s'étend à la prison d'Argentan

Ireland - Covid-19 has ‘compounded’ mental health issues for prisoners – charity

Isle of Man - Two prison officers test positive for virus

News 18 March

COVID-19: Prisoners 'forgotten victims' of the pandemic - New Report


Constitutional challenge argues Parole Board of Canada is systematically violating prisoners’ right to timely post-suspension hearings

Inmates in Uruguay’s toughest prison volunteer for Covid-19 shot

US - Prisoners Keep Dying of COVID While ‘Compassionate Releases’ Stall in Court

US - Covid Outbreaks Devastated Prisons, but State Inmates’ Access to the Vaccine Varies Widely

US - MDOC and Maine CDC investigating COVID-19 outbreak at Maine State Prison

US Virgin Islands - V.I. Inmates Getting Vaccinated Against COVID


Malaysia - Covid-19: Over 11% of cases on Thursday (March 18) linked to prison, detention clusters

Nepal among countries that failed to provide fair treatment to prisoners during pandemic, Amnesty International says


Belgium - Over one in five inmates in Hasselt prison has coronavirus

Belgium - Coronavirus: l'Observatoire des prisons dénonce une situation "cauchemardesque" à Saint-Gilles

Third of remand prisoners in England being held beyond legal time limit for trials

England and Wales - Leeds council boss blames city's rising Covid rates on outbreaks in prisons

News 17 March


South Africa - Covid-19: Outbreaks at Western Cape school, prison reignite third wave fears

COVID-19: Zimbabwe grants pardons to ease crowded jails


Canada - Toronto South jail faces outbreak of 70 COVID-19 cases, more than half linked to variant of concern

US - The Struggle to Vaccinate People in Jails and Prisons

US (Pennsylvania) - Two Pa. prisons have vaccinated more than 70% of inmates. An incentive program may be the difference

US - Inmate lawsuits blame California for prison COVID spread

US - Oklahoma prisons reopen to visitors as vaccine access grows

US - Alaska Department of Corrections loosens pandemic visitation policy, allowing lawyers to meet with vaccinated inmates


England and Wales - Covid death rate in prisons three times higher than outside

England and Wales - Prisoners and jail staff should get Covid vaccine priority, report states

England and Wales - Thousands of children have not seen parents for a year: Hidden impact of COVID on prisoners' families

England and Wales - Scale of Covid outbreaks in Norfolk prisons far bigger than reported

France - COVID : Dans Les Prisons Françaises, Des Clusters De Contamination Apparaissent

News 16 March


US (California) - What It’s Like To Be Trapped In A Women’s Prison During A Pandemic

US - Florida prison staff, inmates wait on word for vaccine eligibility

US - Wisconsin Inmates Say Prisons Didn't Protect Them From COVID-19 As Infection Rates Skyrocketed

US - Delaware bill would cut jail time during health crisis


England and Wales - More than half of prisoners at under-staffed Long Lartin live in cells with no sink, toilet or running water, inspectors find

England and Wales - HMP Lowdham Grange's coronavirus outbreak in September was 'one of the biggest' in a prison at that time, according to HM Inspectorate of Prisons report

France - Covid-19 : les conditions de vie dans les prisons se dégradent

Turkish prison conditions worsen amid pandemic

News 13 – 15 March


Antigua - Work to complete isolation quarters continues amid Covid outbreak at prison

US prison guards refusing vaccine despite COVID-19 outbreaks

US - Covid Is Hitting Correctional Officers. Prisoners Are Paying the Price | Opinion

US - In-person prison visits to resume in Michigan, but through plexiglass shields

US (Iowa) - Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Won't Apply To State Prisons, DOC Says

US - North Dakota prison system reopens for in-person visitation

US - Kansas prisons report 16th COVID death

US (South Carolina) - Virtual visits to roll out in SC prisons after a year of no in-person visits


India - A Crisis in the Making: From De-congestion to Re-Congestion in Prisons

Sri Lanka - Twenty-seven more COVID-19 cases reported from prisons


Europe’s prisoners left in limbo on coronavirus vaccinations

England and Wales - One in five prisoners will refuse jab, survey finds

England and Wales - HMP Hull coronavirus outbreak infects '119 prisoners and staff'

France - Covid-19 : un cluster s'est déclaré à la prison de Muret

France - Des détenus positifs au Covid-19 à la prison d'Argentan

News 12 March


Canada - Red Cross called in to assist COVID-19 outbreak at Drumheller prison

US (California) - ACLU files lawsuit seeking release or vaccination of more San Diego County inmates after latest Covid-19 outbreak

US - DOC reinstates visitation at Louisiana’s state-run prisons

US (Vermont) - Newport prison outbreak continues; 127 active cases

US - Response To COVID-19 In Michigan Prisons Is Cruel And Unusual Punishment, Say Advocates

US - Oregon’s prisons have offered a vaccine to every inmate in custody


Belgium - Coronavirus: grève émotionnelle à la prison de Saint-Gilles

England and Wales - Prison officers to be given early access to spare vaccines

England and Wales - Prison staff boosting mental wellbeing and rehabilitation during pandemic  

England and Wales - Crime expert issues warning after prisoners 'forgotten' during pandemic

England and Wales - Second Covid outbreak confirmed at Hull Prison

Guernsey - Prison restarts visits as part of stage two

Italy jail population down 12% in last yr - Antigone

News 11 March


COVID-19: Morocco Launches Vaccination Campaign in Prison Near Rabat


Canada - Prisoners refuse meals amid COVID-19 outbreak at Hamilton jail, 72 people infected

US - U.S. jail population plunged as COVID-19 spread, Justice Department says

US (New York) - ‘A Ticking Time Bomb’: City Jails Are Crowded Again, Stoking Covid Fears

US - As COVID-19 spreads fast in Florida prisons, no vaccines have been given to its inmates

US - Coronavirus Plummets In Massachusetts Prisons And Jails, But Experts Urge Caution

US - Oklahoma: People who are incarcerated not yet eligible for COVID vaccine


India - Prisons and the pandemic


England and Wales - Two die after Covid outbreak at HMP Erlestoke

England and Wales - Covid: Derbyshire Dales spike 'linked to outbreak at HMP Sudbury'

Scotland - Covid: Outbreak of virus at Porterfield Prison in Inverness

News 10 March

Impact of COVID-19 ‘heavily felt’ by prisoners globally: UN expert


Rwanda - Inmates grateful as Covid-19 vaccination exercise is taken to prisons

South Africa - Prison visits allowed again under lockdown Level 1. Here are the rules


Canada - Legal groups object to isolation order for freed prisoners in Thunder Bay

US - Unseen and Unheard: Art and Writing from Inside Prison Walls during COVID-19

US - Texas lifts yearlong ban on prison visitation beginning March 15

US - 1 in 4 California prison employees got COVID-19. Inmates have herd immunity at 7 sites

US - South Dakota correctional staff, inmates offered COVID-19 vaccine — but the state won't say how many are taking it

US - North Carolina is releasing thousands of prisoners early. It’s the sensible thing to do.

US (Massachusetts) - 'I Don’t Want To Die In Here': One Woman's Experience With COVID While Incarcerated


England and Wales - ‘Unacceptable failure’ at youth jail, minister says

England and Wales - South Cave coronavirus cases plummet after prison curbs Covid outbreak

News 9 March

COVID-19 pandemic exposes how little we know about prison conditions globally


Burundi's president grants amnesty to 5,000 prisoners


Canada - An inside look at how the pandemic is being managed at Grand Valley Institution

US - White youths released far faster than Black youths during COVID-19 pandemic, new study finds

US (New York) – Report Finds Three Rikers Detainees Who Died of COVID-19 Were Held in Packed Dorms

US - California prisons order employees to wear masks in pandemic

US - Delaware prisons resuming in-person visits, but virtual sessions remain popular option


Inmates in Bahrain prison given COVID-19 jabs


England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak reported at Whatton prison near Grantham

England and Wales - Covid cases at Sudbury prison leads to measures

England and Wales - Governor of HMP Liverpool sends letter to family of every inmate over mass testing

France - Covid-19 : "Il devient impossible d'appliquer les mesures minimales de prévention", alerte la contrôleuse générale des prisons

Ireland - Prisoners to be vaccinated as one cohort in group 9 of rollout

News 6-8 March


Ghana - Prisons Officers, VRA Staff Vaccinate Against COVID-19


Canada - 'They're still human beings': Drumheller prison lockdown causing mental health crisis, inmates' families say

Canada - One month after major COVID-19 outbreak, workers call for prison inmates to get vaccine

Canada’s prison inmates receiving substandard health care, lawsuit alleges

Experts say mass incarceration crippled U.S. response to COVID-19

US - Tennessee panel: Vaccinating inmates a 'PR nightmare,' despite high-risk status

US - Three cases of South African coronavirus variant found in Colorado prison

US - Delaware inmates will soon be allowed to have in-person visitors

US (New York) - How the City Failed Three Men Who Died of COVID-19 in Jail: Watchdog

US (Hawaii) - Growing COVID-19 Outbreak At Maui Jail Has Inmates, Families Worried


India - ‘85% staff of Delhi prisons received Covid vaccine shots’

India - Jail inmates to get vax soon, says official in Maharashtra

India - Odisha prisoners to get Covid vaccine inside jails

Malaysia - SDMC says 42 detainees in Sibu prison tested positive for Covid-19

Maldives - Covid-19 inoculation drive to begin in prisons

Philippines - Prisoners in priority list of vaccine recipients—DoH

Philippines - Livelihood programs give former inmates ‘second chance’ at life during pandemic


Belgium - La prison de Namur toujours en quarantaine

Belgium - La flambée des cas de Covid-19 se poursuit à la prison de Hasselt : 45 nouvelles contaminations

England and Wales - 24 prison inmates died with coronavirus in two weeks

France - Covid-19 : « Chaque jour, les directeurs de prison redoutent la transformation de leur établissement en cluster »

France - 14 personnels de la prison de Draguignan positifs à la Covid-19

Drop of 8% in Irish prison population since Covid pandemic hit

Less than 100 Covid cases among Irish prisoners since pandemic began, new figures reveal

Inmates in Turkish prisons to be allowed to send, receive e-mails

News 5 March


Canada - Opinion: COVID-19 intensifies already inhumane conditions in prisons

US - The Ever-Growing Challenges of Getting Books Into Prisons

US - Education in Prison: Remote Learning During COVID-19 Has Failed Students

US (Maine) - State says people in jails and prisons will have to keep waiting for vaccines

US - Alaska Black Caucus pushes for pandemic-induced prison visitation restrictions to be loosened

US - Corrections commissioner calls Vermont prison outbreak a ‘crisis’

US - Nevada prisoners begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine


Prisoners Put to Work in Thai Factories Desperate for Labor


England and Wales - The impact of lockdown when you're already locked up

England and Wales - Covid-19: HMP Lowdham Grange praised for handling of outbreak

England and Wales - Prison outbreak gives Liverpool area highest Covid rate in England

France - Clusters en prison : "Une des solutions" pour les réduire, "c'est de faire chuter la population carcérale", défend l’Observatoire international des prisons


News 4 March


US - Vaccination plus Decarceration — Stopping Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons

US - Report: Arizona To Begin Vaccinating Inmates In State Prisons

US (New Jersey) - Prison was devastated by COVID, but didn’t receive money to combat pandemic. N.J. lawmakers ask why.


England and Wales - Calls for mass prisoners’ vaccination rejected despite JCVI recommendation

Malta Plans To Electronically Tag Prisoners So They Can Serve Their Sentences From Home

Scotland - HMP and YOI Grampian healthcare staff 'tired and over-stretched'


Australia (Victoria) - ‘Inhuman’: Mandatory quarantine for prisoners to be extended into next year


News 3 March


Ghana - Officials push for relocation of ‘congested’ Kumasi Central Prison

Zimbabwe - Six Prison Guards Die From COVID-19

Zimbabwe - How Safe Are Prisoners When Prison Guards Are Dying From COVID-19?


St Lucia - BCF Director says COVID outbreak caused by unrest at prison

US - Reps. Kim and Trahan Lead Bipartisan Call for Department of Justice to Limit Spread of COVID-19 in Federal Prisons

US (North Carolina) - Waters muddied on early release after lawmakers told only non-violent offenders included

US (California) - In LA County Jails, Coronavirus Chaos Keeps People Locked Up Longer

US - COVID-19 Is Racing Through Vermont's Largest Prison

US - Public visits will soon resume at South Dakota prisons


Philippines - Elderly inmates included in vaccine priority list


Belgium - Covid-19 : l'armée appelée en appui à la prison de Namur

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at prison - as health chief says it is 'difficult setting' to reduce transmission

England and Wales - Hundreds of prisoners and staff revealed to have had coronavirus

France - Un nouveau cluster à Fleury-Mérogis souligne la situation sanitaire alarmante des prisons


News 2 March


South Africa - Prisoners give management an ultimatum

Zimbabwe - Vaccination goes to prisons


US - California prison agency failed to notify employees exposed to COVID-19, regulator says

US - Alabama prisons rank eighth-deadliest due to COVID, yet no inmate vaccinations


Cambodia - Prisons have COVID-19 under control

India - SC refuses to extend bail of prisoners freed due to Covid

Philippines - Group wants prisoners included in gov’t Covid-19 mass vaccination plan


England and Wales - Prisoners’ COVID deaths ‘failings’: PPO report

England and Wales - Two inmates dead and four in hospital after coronavirus outbreak at prison

England and Wales - Walton inmate 'hasn't showered in days' as jail remains in lockdown after covid outbreak

Italy - COVID: Jail guard cases up 26 to 557


News 27 February – 1 March


South Africa - Concern over prison Covid-19 stats


Canada - B.C. prisoners asked for masks for months, didn't receive PPE until they tested positive for COVID-19, mom says

US - How Prisoners Feel About Getting Vaccinated

US - Most states aren't prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines

US - Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages

US - Michigan prison system's coronavirus variant cases more than triple

US (Michigan) - State fines prison $6,300 for failing COVID-19 safety rules


Cambodia - Prison project on hold due to Covid

India - How Covid pandemic hit the justice system

Sri Lanka - Health authorities raise concerns of COVID cluster in Jaffna prison


Covid-19: Belgium prisoners quarantined after virus outbreak

England and Wales - Prison outbreak 'difficult' to contain as Covid spreads through inmates in Birmingham

England and Wales - Huge Covid outbreak in prison as more than 120 inmates test positive

England and Wales - Lockdown at Walton jail after staff and prisoners test positive for covid

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at Leeds jail HMP Wealstun means prisoners kept in 'ridiculous' conditions

France - Prison. La surpopulation carcérale augmente encore avec 63 802 personnes détenues au 1er février

In a Greek Detention Center, an Official Uses TV to Teach Prisoners

Irish prisons face 'unprecedented' Covid-19 challenged after virus detected in Dublin and Laois jails

News 26 February


Canada - U of S researchers to look at effects of COVID-19 on Sask. jail inmate population

US (North Carolina) - NC to release 3,500 state prison inmates early in COVID lawsuit agreement

US - Why is COVID Spreading in Connecticut Prisons?

Venezuela cell block overcrowding hits triple capacity, rights group warns


Bangladesh - Plan to vaccinate 15k convicts in jail in first phase


England and Wales - Call for prison officers to get vaccine as two local prisons suspend taking new inmates

England and Wales - 'Significant' Covid outbreak at HMP Birmingham after 'large number' of cases reported

England and Wales - Covid: Rutland's infection spike 'due to HMP Stocken testing'

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at Dorset prison affects more than 120 inmates

Ireland - 10% Of Inmates At Arbour Hill Prison Have Tested Positive For Covid 19.

Scotland - Special team sent in as jail staff fear ‘powder-keg’ Addiewell Prison is ‘about to blow’

Spain - Soaring scabies and Covid cases set off alarms in Catalan prisons


News 25 February


Uganda - Seven inmates at Busesa prison test positive for Covid-19


Inmate COVID-19 cases at Sask. Pen account for nearly 30% of all cases in Canada's prisons during 2nd wave

Guyana - Inmates lodged 437 complaints of mistreatment in prison over the last 6 months

Jamaica - Female prisoner dies from COVID-19

US (California) - Lessons From a Prison Where COVID-19 ‘Spread Like Wildfire'

US (Oklahoma) - Tablets, video calls coming with costs for inmates, families

US (Kentucky) - Families Push for In-Person Prison Visits To Be Restored


Cambodia - Prisons bar visits as courts adjourn trials amid Covid


England and Wales - Covid and prisons: ‘A tragic lost opportunity’

England and Wales - More than 100 prisoners have died of COVID-19

England and Wales - Vaccinate prisoners en masse, not police or teachers, JCVI tells ministers

England and Wales - Mass testing stepped up after huge coronavirus outbreak at Doncaster jail


News 24 February


Canada - COVID-19 hit federal prisons twice as hard in 2nd wave of pandemic, report says

US - Virtual Art Classes, Outdoor Vocational Programs: How Jails and Prisons Are Evolving Amid the Pandemic

US - 40% of inmates in California’s corrections system have been vaccinated for COVID-19

US - Iowa DOC Reports 19th Prison Inmate Death From COVID-19

US (Connecticut) - Three weeks into COVID-19 vaccinations, DOC has vaccinated 10% of inmates, 40% of staff


Why India must include prisoners in its immunisation drive


England and Wales - Three Greater Manchester prisons are now dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks

England and Wales - The special measures being deployed to curb huge spike in coronavirus cases at East Yorkshire prison

News 23 February


Authorities in Barbados say prison now COVID-19 free

New studies to track prevalence of coronavirus antibodies in Canada's prison system amid surge in cases

Canada - Occupancy at B.C. jails down about 30 per cent compared to pre-pandemic times

US - Maryland Prison Allowed COVID-19 To Spread Rapidly, Lawsuit Alleges

US (Hawaii) - Prison Oversight Commission Requests Analysis of Inmate Deaths

US - Ohio Prisons Start To Welcome Visitors Again

US - New Jersey Supreme Court Opens Door for Release of Pre-Trial Detainees

US (California) - Judge Considers Pandemic Isolation Strategy of Denying Jail Inmates Exercise


India - What Covid-19 taught us about state of our prisons

India - Increase number of weekly video conference of prisoners with lawyers: plea in HC


England and Wales - It’s not too late to prevent more COVID deaths say prison campaigners

Strangeways prison hit by coronavirus outbreak, as UK inmate death toll tops 100

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at Peterborough prison with ‘up to 100 cases’

England and Wales - New system at HMP Lowdham Grange after 177 inmates affected by Covid outbreak

Ireland - Two prisoners and several staff test positive for COVID-19 at Arbour Hill Prison


News 20 – 22 February


Nigeria - NAS tells FG to implement health protection regulations in prisons, military detention cells


Canada - HMP officials knew about COVID-19 exposure last week, NAPE president says

Canada - Former Saskatchewan Penitentiary inmate calls COVID-19 outbreak ‘inevitable’

US - Compassionate Release During COVID-19

US - Michigan prisons near ‘herd immunity,’ but coronavirus variant poses new threat

US (Pennsylvania) - COVID lays bare our treatment of inmates

US (Missouri) - St. Louis NAACP files complaint on lack of prisoner vaccines


India - Delhi: High Powered Committee recommends no more extension in interim bails

36 Israeli prisoners test positive for COVID-19

Nepal - Inmates undergo suffering in crowded jail

Sri Lanka - Prison COVID-19 cluster shrinks to 99 inmates


Belgium - Confinement strict à la prison de Namur après plus de 50 cas de Covid-19: "C’est du jamais vu"

England and Wales - Court delays allow violent offenders to avoid prison

England and Wales - Suspects awaiting trial pleading guilty to escape 22-hour Covid prison lockdowns

England and Wales - Five wings of Forest Bank prison in lockdown due to COVID outbreak

Ireland - Covid-19 tests for prisoners and officers at Midlands Prison

Covid Scotland: Outbreaks in Scottish prisons as cases nearly double in a week


News 19 February


Canada - No books, visits, or showers: Pandemic prison conditions in Quebec spark human rights debate

Canada - 30 inmates infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Quebec minimum-security prison

Canada - Ontario confirms Indigenous jail inmates are a priority for Phase 1 of vaccine rollout

US - More than half of Virginia's prison population gets COVID-19 vaccination

US (Massachusetts) - Judge rejects latest request to release prisoners due to COVID-19

US (Illinois) - Ten People Died After Chicago Refused To Stop Jailing People During COVID-19 Pandemic

US - Despite a raging pandemic and bail reform efforts, thousands of West Virginians remain jailed, awaiting their day in court


Bangladesh - ‘Virtual courts have significantly reduced overcrowding in jails’

Philippines - Red Cross supports BJMP’s visiting program


Belgium - La prison de Namur placée en confinement strict

England and Wales - New figures highlight scale of Exeter Prison Covid outbreak ​

England and Wales - Covid social distancing sensors given to Dovegate prison staff after outbreak

Scotland - Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at West Lothian jail as prisoners locked down

Turkey begins vaccinating prisoners following criticism


News 18 February


Canada - ‘I couldn’t really breathe’: Former inmate on COVID-19 at federal prison

US - ACLU: Ohio Legislature Not Addressing COVID-19 'Human Rights Crisis' in Prisons

US (Pennsylvania) - Fighting COVID-19 called top Pa. prisons priority

US - Delaware DOC Using New Technology to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in State Prisons

US (Hawaii) - Proposal Would Make Information on Inmate Deaths Public


Malaysia - Prison Inmate Caught Covid-19 After Waiting Six Months For Bail: Lawyer


England and Wales - Mass Covid vaccination plan for all prisoners and staff

England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak confirmed at 700-inmate prison, officials confirm

England and Wales - Staff at Doncaster prison use new devices to help with social distancing during pandemic

England and Wales - Medi-tech firm helps ease pressure on NHS by keeping prisoners out of hospital

Ireland - Three prisoners test positive for Covid-19 at Midlands Prison

Northern Ireland - Governor among six staff at young offenders’ centre to test positive for Covid


News 17 February


Lesotho: Prisons' Covid-19 Nightmare


Canada - Bordeaux and three other Quebec jails hit with COVID-19 wave

Jamaica - COVID concern in prisons

US - A brief guide to who gets to decide which prisoners are released early

US - Illinois' prison population the lowest it's been in 3 decades

US (North Carolina) - Prison vaccination data leaves unanswered questions

US (Massachusetts) - Lawsuit On COVID Prison Releases Shows Many DOC Workers Refusing Vaccine


India - Haryana: Prisoners released on parole in wake of COVID-19 to be sent back to jail

India - Delhi HC Sends Plea Seeking COVID-19 Vaccine For Jail Staff, Prisoners To Division Bench

Malaysia - Prisons’ Covid-19 SOPs aren’t working, Putrajaya told


England and Wales - Inmates' families blast 'inhumane conditions' at Exeter Prison

Italy - COVID: Lazio jails to get jab in mid-March

Coronavirus Scotland: Over 1,200 cons self-isolating after surge in prison cases


News 16 February


Canada - COVID-19 underscores the many failures of imprisonment

Canada - Bordeaux prison inmates hold hunger strike over confinement measures

US - Solitary Confinement May Worsen Covid-19 Transmission in Prisons

US - Falling inmate numbers inspire push for more NYS prison closures


Malaysia - Hold online appeal hearings for prisoners, says Bar


England and Wales - Prison officers 'lambs to slaughter' as prison Covid infections quadruple

England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak confirmed at HMP Moorlands as 80 prisoners and staff test positive

France - Quand Le Covid-19 Perturbe La Distribution De Vêtements En Prison

Northern Ireland - Non-vulnerable jail staff and prisoners 'must also get jabs'

Exclusive: Scottish inmates not coronavirus tested before prison transfers

Coronavirus Scotland: Almost 260 people infected at Kilmarnock jail


News 13-15 February


South Africa - Prisoners call on watchdog to exercise stronger oversight of their treatment by warders


Canada - Port Coquitlam jail outbreak leads to 26 cases of COVID-19

US - Arizona’s prison population declines by 11% during pandemic

US (Illinois) - Despite federal and state guidance to reduce jail populations, few inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes have been released early

US (Hawaii) - Relatives of Halawa inmates who died of COVID criticize prison officials

US - ‘He shouldn’t have had to die’: COVID-19 infects half of Wisconsin inmates, five times the overall state rate


India - Prisoners on parole due to Covid-19 to surrender from Feb 17

India - Haryana High Powered Committee Orders Re-admission Of 2,580 Convicts Released Earlier

Malaysia - Citing prison overcrowding, group urges reform to rehabilitate minor drug users

Pakistan - Prisoners and the pandemic

Saudi Arabia - COVID-19: Safety of prisoners, detainees stressed

Sri Lanka - Vaccination of over 5,000 prison officers to begin tomorrow


England and Wales - One in eight prisoners in England and Wales have had Covid

England and Wales - Locked up for 22 hours a day: Women’s prisons during the pandemic

England and Wales - Authorities tackle Covid outbreak at HMP Erlestoke

England and Wales - How Covid spread through Norwich prison

England and Wales - Covid-19: HMP Littlehey 'missed opportunities' in first reported inmate virus death

Scotland - Covid-19 outbreak confirmed at Dumfries prison

Scotland - Covid outbreak in Addiewell prison leads to spike in cases


Australia (Victoria) - Crime decline raises question mark over state’s prison plans


News 12 February


Benin - Covid-19 Et Interdiction D’accès Aux Prisons: Le Sort Des Détenus Mineurs Inquiète Les Osc

Zambia - Prisons record 100 Covid positive cases among inmates, officers


Canada - Broken telephone: How Ontario’s prison-phone system leaves inmates disconnected

Canada - Manitoba Justice stops planned vaccinations for Brandon Correctional Centre inmates

Canada - COVID-19 dans les prisons : une situation très préoccupante

US - Study: Jail Populations Dropped During Pandemic Without Rise In Violent Crime

US - Parolees Fill New York Prisons to Pre-COVID Numbers

US - Mental health crisis feared in Colorado jails and prisons due to COVID-19 lockdowns

US (Connecticut) - Blame for coronavirus spread in prisons belongs to guards who don’t wear masks

US (North Carolina) - Prisons contribute to racial imbalance in COVID-19 impact in NC

US (California) - At San Quentin, the Response to COVID-19 Brings More Isolation and Suffering to People with Mental Illness

US (Maryland) - Excess Covid Cases Just Latest Of Major Systemic Problems In Md. Prisons


ICRC supports Cambodia’s prison reform

India - SC refuses to entertain plea raising issue of overcrowding in jails

Japan - Yokohama prison inmate's letter exposes flaws that led to large coronavirus cluster

Myanmar remits sentences of over 23,000 prisoners amid protests


England and Wales - Covid: HMP Bullingdon inmate dies following virus outbreak

England and Wales - Life in HMP Huntercombe for prisoners in lockdown

England and Wales - Pentonville Prison virus rules ‘are damaging inmates’

Ireland - Cluster Of Covid-19 Cases Confirmed At Midlands Prison


News 11 February


Botswana: Covid-19 Cases At Molepolole Prison Impact On Trial

Zimbabwe - ZPCS seeks decongesting prisons


Barbados - Only two positive cases at the prison

Canada - Correctional authorities falling short on transparency in reporting COVID-19 data

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak at youth correctional facility highlights challenges for kids

Canada - Lockdowns over at 2 federal prisons in Fraser Valley

Canada - Thunder Bay health unit takes 'aggressive' action to control inmate discharges. But some ask why not sooner?

US (Connecticut) - State to close three prisons as advocates call for reinvestment in marginalized communities

US - New York City Has People On Parole In Jails At Rates Not Seen Since The Early Pandemic

US -- Highly contagious COVID-19 strain found at Michigan prison

US - More deaths hit NY State prisons, sparking a push for a vaccination distribution plan


India - Visitation for lawyers and family members to resume in Maharashtra prisons

India - PIL in Delhi High Court seeks vaccination of all prisoners out on bail for COVID-19

India - COVID-19: Plea in HC to extend emergency parole of aged and ailing prisoners


England and Wales - What happens to prisoners in a pandemic?

England and Wales - Number of prisoners in England and Wales on suicide watch rises steeply

England and Wales - 'I dread the phone call’: families' fears for loved ones in prison

England and Wales - Covid: 100 Winchester Prison inmates and staff test positive

England and Wales - Prison officer dies amid huge coronavirus outbreak at Doncaster jail

England and Wales - Staff test positive for Coronavirus at Bullingdon Prison

Irish Prison Service insists it is effectively dealing with potential crowding issues


News 10 February


A Covid Uprising in America’s Jails

US - 'No quick fix' for Kentucky's prisons and jails hit hard by the coronavirus

US - North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn't Die of COVID

US - Half of California prison employees are reluctant to get COVID vaccine, officials say

US (California) - Los Angeles voters support releasing people as jail population rises amid COVID surge

US (Colorado) - Advocates Call For Reform As ‘People Are Needlessly Dying In Prison’ During The Pandemic

US (Arizona) - Bill Would Allow Prison Releases During Public Health Emergencies

US - Oregon prisons get 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

US - Alabama moving ahead with first execution in COVID-19 pandemic


Malaysia - Bintulu MP: 700 under quarantine after prison warden contracts Covid-19

Malaysia - CNY: Face-to-face meetings with prison inmates not allowed, according to Prisons Dept


England and Wales - Virus outbreak at prison as 'staff and inmates' test positive

England and Wales - Winchester Prison is cause of coronavirus hotspot

England and Wales - Bedford Prison inmates self-harmed hundreds of times in a year

Scotland - Kilmarnock prison wing locked down after major Covid outbreak sees 38 people test positive for deadly virus


News 9 February


Canada - COVID-19 outbreak declared at Sarnia Jail after 2 inmates test positive

'A death sentence': US prisons could receive Covid vaccines last despite being hotspots

US (Pennsylvania) - PA lawmakers urge Gov. Wolf to reprieve at-risk inmates as COVID-19 prison deaths spike

US - Iowa parole board releases fewer offenders in fiscal 2020, despite COVID-19

US (California) - “They Want to Do Me In”: The Prisoner Who Fought COVID Overcrowding


Afghanistan: Refurbished prison clinic smoothens patient flow


England and Wales - Covid: HMP Stocken outbreak 'behind Rutland's surge'

Styal Prison sees most self-harm among inmates in England and Wales

England and Wales - Aylesbury Prison inmates self-harmed more than 100 times in a year


News 6 – 8 February


Ghana - Prisons Service calls for increment in prisoners’ feeding allowance

Southern Africa - ‘Free lockdown violators, decongest prisons’


Canada - Inmates in lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge at Bordeaux Jail in Montreal

Canada - Maximum-security prison in Fraser Valley on partial lockdown

US - A Last-Minute Trump Move Threatens to Send Released Prisoners Back to Prison After the Pandemic

US - Letting People Out o