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 pubished 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 can be found here 

 

News 16 – 18 January

Africa

South Africa - Caledon prison may have restrictions eased amid Covid-19 recovery reports

https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/caledon-prison-may-have-restrictions-eased-amid-covid-19-recovery-reports-901d2ff3-3b91-46c2-a873-6395e19f6d80

Americas

Barbados - Prison 'stable', civilian staff working remotely

http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/prison-stable-civilian-staff-working-remotely

Barbados - Virtual Visits To Remain Suspended At Prison

https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/news/virtual-visits-remain-suspended-prison

Canada - Prison justice advocacy group calls for protection against COVID-19 in N.S. jails

https://globalnews.ca/news/7582002/prison-justice-coronavirus-nova-scotia-jails/

Canada - Coronavirus outbreak declared at Sarnia Jail after 4 staff members test positive

https://globalnews.ca/news/7580815/coronavirus-outbreak-sarnia-jail-covid19/

Canada - Alarm sounded at Ontario jail over inmate transfers amid outbreaks

https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/alarm-sounded-at-ontario-jail-over-inmate-transfers-amid-outbreaks-1.5269066

US - Alabama prisoners stage hunger strike, allege retaliation

https://eu.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2021/01/18/alabama-inmates-hunger-strike-over-prison-conditions-guard-abuse/4005894001/

US - DOC: 28th Oregon prison inmate dies of COVID-19

https://www.yaktrinews.com/doc-28th-oregon-prison-inmat-dies-of-covid-19/

US - COVID-19 deaths among Nevada prisoners skyrocket in January

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/covid-19-deaths-among-nevada-prisoners-skyrocket-in-january-2254269/

US (Hawaii) - Lawmakers to Take a Hard Look at Correctional System After COVID-19 Hits 46 Percent of Inmates

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-take-hard-look-correctional-system-after-covid-19-hits-46-percent-inmates#stream/0

Asia

The Wretched Condition Of Pakistan’s Prisons Continues To Aggravate

http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/27868/

UAE prison inmates get the Covid-19 vaccine for free

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/coronavirus-pandemic/video-uae-prison-inmates-get-the-covid-19-vaccine-for-free

Europe

England and Wales - Covid strikes down 69 judges amid chaos in courts and jails

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-strikes-down-69-judges-amid-chaos-in-courts-and-jails-2vx5c9qrq

England and Wales - Prisoners get video technology to speak with family during lockdown in bid to cut reoffending

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/17/prisoners-get-video-technology-speak-family-lockdown-bid-cut/

England and Wales - Deploy Internet in prisons post-Covid to cut £18.1 billion reoffending bill

https://www.fenews.co.uk/fevoices/61799-deploy-internet-in-prisons-post-covid-to-cut-18-1-billion-reoffending-bill

England and Wales - HMP Bullingdon staff test positive for coronavirus

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19016810.hmp-bullingdon-staff-test-positive-coronavirus/

England and Wales - Red alert over virus outbreak at jail

http://islingtontribune.com/article/red-alert-over-virus-outbreak-at-jail

Northern Ireland - Two children test positive for Covid-19 in Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/two-children-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-woodlands-juvenile-justice-centre-39973813.html

 

News 15 January

Prisons are covid hot spots. But few countries are prioritizing vaccines for inmates.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/14/global-coronavirus-vaccines-prisons/

Africa

Zimbabwe - Zim prisons a death trap: EU

https://thezimbabwedaily.com/news/530243-zim-prisons-a-death-trap-eu.html

Americas

Canada - Vaccinating inmates protects us all. To say otherwise is just a cheap attempt to gain votes

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vaccinating-inmates-protects-us-all-to-say-otherwise-is-just-a-cheap-attempt-to-gain-votes-1.5872301

US - Pandemic Is Changing Compassionate Release Calculus

https://www.law360.com/massachusetts/articles/1343757/pandemic-is-changing-compassionate-release-calculus

US - This Kentucky prison has 1,507 inmates. Half of them are infected with COVID-19.

https://www.kentucky.com/news/coronavirus/article248501225.html

US (Pennsylvania) - Federal judge: Philly jails must relax extreme COVID-19 lockdown measures for sake of mental health

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-jail-covid-lockdown-out-of-cell-judge-order-20210114.html

US - Michigan Actually Released Fewer Prisoners In Pandemic's First Year

https://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/27114/michigan_actually_released_fewer_prisoners_in_pandemic_s_first_year

Asia

India - 481 prisoners meet family, relatives as Tamil Nadu prison department resumes visits after Pongal

https://www.dtnext.in/News/TopNews/2021/01/15102240/1271405/481-prisoners-meet-family-relatives-as-Tamil-Nadu-.vpf

7 more Palestinians catch COVID-19 in Israeli prisons

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/7-more-palestinians-catch-covid-19-in-israeli-prisons/2109831

Health minister: Israeli, Palestinian prisoners to start vaccinating next week

https://www.timesofisrael.com/health-minister-israeli-palestinian-prisoners-to-start-vaccinating-next-week/

South Korea - No new COVID-19 cases reported at correctional facilities for 2nd day

http://www.theinvestor.co.kr/view.php?ud=20210114001126

Europe

Netherlands - Almost 1,000 Dutch prison inmates face coronavirus quarantine

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/01/almost-1000-dutch-prison-inmates-face-coronavirus-quarantine/

Scotland - Eleven inmates at Porterfield Prison now have coronavirus, service confirms

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/eleven-inmates-at-porterfield-prison-now-have-coronavirus-service-confirms-224817/

Turkey - Infants as young as 3 months kept in quarantine prison cells, says inmate

https://stockholmcf.org/infants-as-young-as-3-months-kept-in-quarantine-prison-cells-says-inmate/

News 14 January

Africa

South Africa - ‘Covid threat’ in jam-packed jails

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/look-covid-threat-in-jam-packed-jails-2a60c383-cc8d-4ccd-b4c0-68d57b5b8c80

Zimbabwe - Prison Boss Dies Of COVID-19, 15 Others Test Positive

https://www.zimeye.net/2021/01/13/exclusive-prison-boss-dies-of-covid-19-15-others-test-positive/

Americas

Barbados - Quarter of prison inmates have COVID-19 – Ministry of Health

https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/13/quarter-of-prison-inmates-have-covid-19-ministry-of-health/

Canada - Outbreak at Thunder Bay jail has 14 more COVID-19 cases

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-covid-19-jan-13-1.5871238

Canada - 'People are starting to crack': Off duty self-isolation for Sask. Penitentiary staff nearing a month

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/people-are-starting-to-crack-off-duty-self-isolation-for-sask-penitentiary-staff-nearing-a-month-1.5265913

US - Why protecting prisons from COVID-19 is everyone’s problem

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2021/0113/Why-protecting-prisons-from-COVID-19-is-everyone-s-problem

US (California) - Mistakes worsened deadly COVID-19 outbreak at L.A. federal prison, investigation finds

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-01-13/terminal-island-federal-prison-mistakes-lead-to-covid-19-spread-inspector-general-finds

US (New Jersey) - For prisoners freed early during COVID-19, a changed — and sometimes lonely — world awaits

https://eu.northjersey.com/in-depth/news/2021/01/14/pandemic-meant-early-release-some-nj-prisoners-and-challenges-covid/3930344001/

US – New Jersey’s Prison Population Down by 35% Since Start of Covid

https://www.valuewalk.com/new-jerseys-prison-coronavirus-releases/

Europe

England and Wales - Union raises Covid safety fears with England’s largest prison education provider

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/61612-union-raises-covid-safety-fears-with-england-s-largest-prison-education-provider

Ireland - 'Mass testing' after Covid-19 outbreak in Portlaoise Prison

https://www.carlowlive.ie/news/home/601754/covid-19-outbreak-in-portlaoise-prison.html

 

News 13 January

Americas

US (Texas) - 639 active COVID-19 cases reported at Allred Prison Tuesday

https://www.kltv.com/2021/01/13/active-covid-cases-reported-allred-prison/

US - Massive COVID-19 outbreak reported at a Michigan prison

https://whtc.com/2021/01/13/massive-covid-19-outbreak-reported-at-a-michigan-prison/

US (Oregon) - Department Of Corrections Faces Legal Challenges As Employees Receive COVID-19 Vaccine 

https://www.bendsource.com/bend/department-of-corrections-faces-legal-challenges-as-employees-receive-covid-19-vaccine/Content?oid=13935927

US (Colorado) - Simmons, Broncos teammates call on Polis to release medically-vulnerable inmates

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/sports/broncos/simmons-broncos-teammates-call-on-polis-to-release-medically-vulnerable-inmates

Asia

South Korea - Prisons enhance measures to contain spread of COVID-19

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210113008400315

South Korea - More than 900 inmates to be paroled as measure to curb COVID-19 spread: ministry

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210113008451315

Europe

Covid deaths in prisons in England and Wales rise by 50% in a month

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jan/12/covid-deaths-prisons-england-wales-prisoners-coronavirus-cases

England and Wales - Chelmsford prison coronavirus outbreak with staff and inmates isolating

https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/chelmsford-prison-coronavirus-outbreak-staff-4879167

England and Wales - Brixton prison – new restrictions implemented after outbreak of Covid-19

https://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2021/01/brixton-prison-new-restrictions-implemented-after-outbreak-of-covid-19/

'The situation is terrible' – relatives of prisoners on coronavirus in Georgian prisons

https://jam-news.net/the-situation-is-terrible-relatives-of-prisoners-on-coronavirus-in-georgian-prisons/

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreak in Portlaoise Prison

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/news/601640/covid-19-outbreak-in-portlaoise-prison.html

News 12 January

Africa

South Africa - Some Covid-19 positive inmates from Helderstroom Prison transferred to Pollsmoor

https://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/405900/some-covid-19-positive-inmates-from-helderstroom-prison-transferred-to-pollsmoor

Americas

Researchers flag increase in COVID-19 cases in Canadian prisons, jails

https://www.insauga.com/researchers-flag-increase-in-covid-19-cases-in-canadian-prisons-jails

Canada - Another outbreak declared at Manitoba jail among hardest hit by pandemic

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/another-outbreak-declared-at-manitoba-jail-among-hardest-hit-by-pandemic-1.5262309

Canada - ‘He Had Lost All Hope.’ Inside A COVID Outbreak At A Saskatchewan Prison.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/canadian-prison-covid-vaccine_ca_5ffcc3a9c5b691806c4b90e0

Canada - Saskatchewan’s jail population shrinks, most still remanded: provincial corrections ministry

https://globalnews.ca/news/7569800/saskatchewan-jail-inmate-population-reduced-remanded/

US - COVID outbreak explodes at California Men’s Colony — nearly 1 in 3 inmates now has virus 

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/coronavirus/article248422120.html

US (New York) - Inmates at Adirondack prison sue state over COVID conditions

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/43011/20210111/inmates-at-adirondack-prison-sue-state-over-covid-conditions

US (Michigan) - COVID-19 creates dangerous limbo for MI's Juvenile Lifers

https://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/covid-19-creates-dangerous-limbo-for-mis-juvenile-lifers

US - Over 40% of Alaska’s prisoners have contracted COVID-19

https://www.ktoo.org/2021/01/11/over-40-of-alaskas-prisoners-have-contracted-covid-19/

US - Wisconsin corrections names prisons with COVID-19 deaths, after months of calls for transparency

https://eu.jsonline.com/story/news/2021/01/11/wisconsin-corrections-names-prisons-covid-19-deaths/6631645002/

US - Prisoners in Kansas among those to get vaccine next

https://hayspost.com/posts/fdb03b5a-5391-4321-9fa8-e3c5896f5f8a

Asia

Pakistan - Prisons get PPEs, hygiene kits

https://www.dawn.com/news/1601009/prisons-get-ppes-hygiene-kits

South Korea - Seoul detention center reports 7 more COVID-19 cases, 5 of them among female inmates

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210112006600315

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Risley inmates locked up for up to 28 hours, report finds

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-55622928

England and Wales - Call to close courts and make HMP Berwyn an 'island' to tackle prison covid cases

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19004471.call-close-courts-make-hmp-berwyn-island-tackle-prison-covid-cases/

France - En prison, des parloirs anti-Covid qui isolent encore plus les détenus

https://www.sudouest.fr/2021/01/12/en-prison-des-parloirs-anti-covid-qui-isolent-encore-plus-les-detenus-8278114-10861.php

 

9 - 11 January

Africa

South Africa - Covid-19: 152 inmates, 8 officials test positive at Helderstroom Prison

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/covid-19-152-inmates-8-officials-test-positive-at-helderstroom-prison-20210109

Zimbabwe - COVID-19 fears in prisons

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/01/covid-19-fears-in-prisons/

Americas

Canada begins vaccinating inmates in federal prisons with no active coronavirus cases

https://globalnews.ca/news/7565207/canada-coronavirus-vaccine-inmates-critics/

Canada - More than 70 per cent of COVID-19 cases at Saskatchewan Penitentiary recovered

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-pen-update-1.5868025

US - 2 die, nearly 400 inmates sickened after COVID-19 outbreak at Oregon prison

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/01/2-die-nearly-400-inmates-sickened-after-covid-19-outbreak-at-oregon-prison.html

US - New York's prison transfers increased Covid-19 risk for sick, elderly men

https://theintercept.com/2021/01/08/covid-new-york-prison-nursing-home-lawsuit/

US (Connecticut) - ‘Herculean’ COVID testing efforts created logistical challenges for prisons, monitoring panel finds

https://ctmirror.org/2021/01/08/herculean-covid-testing-efforts-created-logistical-challenges-for-prisons-monitoring-panel-finds/

US (California) - “Have to choose between phone calls and showering” – COVID-19 Stories from CDCR’s Mule Creek State Prison

https://www.davisvanguard.org/2021/01/incarcerated-people-made-to-choose-between-phone-calls-and-showers-at-mule-creek-state-prison/

Asia

India - Delhi Prisons Dept. tells 3,600 staffers to enrol for COVID-19 vaccination

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/delhi-prisons-dept-tells-3600-staffers-to-enrol-for-covid-19-vaccination/article33545961.ece

Malaysia - Covid-19 A Death Sentence In Jail: Parliament Group

https://codeblue.galencentre.org/2021/01/11/covid-19-a-death-sentence-in-jail-parliament-group/

500 prisoners suffering from Covid-19 across Pakistan

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2279196/500-prisoners-suffering-from-covid-19-across-pakistan

Sri Lanka - Prisoners unable to pay fines released under special pardon

https://menafn.com/1101410198/Sri-Lanka-Prisoners-unable-to-pay-fines-released-under-special-pardon&source=30

Europe

England and Wales - Covid: 'Shut courts' call to halt prison virus spread

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55574684

Covid leading to four-year waits for England and Wales court trials

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2021/jan/10/covid-leading-to-four-year-waits-for-england-and-wales-court-trials

Ireland - Prison service confirms 40 inmates have Covid-19

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40203581.html

Northern Ireland Prison Service confirms first female Covid-19 case

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/northern-ireland-prison-service-confirms-19594607

Scotland - Staff and prisoners hit in Covid outbreak at HMP Grampian

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/staff-and-prisoners-hit-in-covid-outbreak-at-hmp-grampian/

 

News 8 January

Africa

Kenya - Malindi Maximum Prison Receives Virtual Equipment

https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/malindi-maximum-prison-receives-virtual-equipment/

South Africa - Second wave of Covid-19 leaving mark on SA’s inmates, prison officials

https://www.iol.co.za/pretoria-news/news/second-wave-of-covid-19-leaving-mark-on-sas-inmates-prison-officials-a4ad49b6-f848-448d-bcb7-2ca93a4b1775

South Africa - Are inmates jumping the queue? Prisoners among the first to receive vaccine

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/news/2021-01-07-are-inmates-jumping-the-queue-prisoners-among-the-first-to-receive-vaccine/

Americas

Canada - COVID Outbreak At Thunder Bay Jail

https://www.ckdr.net/2021/01/07/covid-outbreak-at-thunder-bay-jail/

US (North Carolina) - With windows nailed shut for winter, prison inmates worry over COVID, fresh air

https://www.wral.com/with-windows-nailed-shut-for-winter-prison-inmates-worry-over-covid-fresh-air/19461461/

US - Mortality in Mississippi prisons one of highest: 'May as well be getting a death sentence'

https://eu.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/08/number-deaths-mississippi-prisons-reached-triple-digits-2020/3769422001/

US - Poor Tennesseans are still locked in COVID-ridden jails, and lawyers want them out

https://eu.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2021/01/08/tennesseans-locked-overcrowded-jails-amid-covid-19-petition-warns/4136529001/

US - COVID-19 inmate death toll up to 196 in Florida

https://www.news4jax.com/news/2021/01/07/covid-19-inmate-death-toll-up-to-196-in-florida/

US - Complications arise as video calls replace cherished family visits with California prisoners

https://www.pe.com/2021/01/07/complications-arise-as-video-calls-replace-cherished-family-visits-with-california-prisoners/

US (California) - Orange County Jail Outbreak Explodes to Over 1,000 Inmates Currently Infected With Covid

https://voiceofoc.org/2021/01/orange-county-jail-outbreak-explodes-to-over-1000-inmates-currently-infected-with-covid/

US - Fears for young people in California detention amid fresh Covid outbreak

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/08/coronavirus-california-detention-custody

US - Alabama Prisoners Strike Against Exploitation and Health Threats

https://filtermag.org/free-alabama-movement/

Europe

Ireland - Block of Mountjoy Prison closed down after prisoner tests positive for Covid-19

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/block-of-mountjoy-prison-closed-down-after-prisoner-tests-positive-for-covid-19-39945509.html

Scotland - Covid-19 cluster identified at HM Prison Inverness

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/inverness/2794339/first-covid-19-cluster-identified-at-hm-prison-inverness-since-start-of-pandemic/

9 inmates at Turkish prison attempt suicide in two weeks’ time

https://stockholmcf.org/9-inmates-at-turkish-prison-attempt-suicide-in-two-weeks-time/

 

News 7 January

Americas

Barbados - Inmates fret over court cases amid Dodds COVID-19 spike

https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/06/inmates-fret-over-court-cases-amid-dodds-covid-19-spike/

Canada’s Plan To Vaccinate 600 Inmates Met With Fierce Resistance

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/canada-vaccinate-inmates-resistance_ca_5ff62603c5b64e568bf3a220

Canada - Advocate group joins calls for corrections minister’s resignation over handling of COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/7559922/advocate-group-corrections-minister-resignation-coronavirus/

Turks & Caicos - Prison staff test positive for Covid-19

https://tcweeklynews.com/prison-staff-test-positive-for-covid-p11239-151.htm

US - 2 Men On Death Row Say Having COVID-19 Will Increase Their Suffering During Execution

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/men-death-row-covid-19-increase-suffering-execution_n_5ff5cbc4c5b6ea7351c70339?ri18n=true

US (Delaware) - Lawmakers seek early release for some prisoners, investigation into COVID-19 protocols

https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/news/2021/01/06/bills-seek-investigation-covid-19-prison-early-inmate-releases/6555594002/

US - Florida's Vaccination Plan Doesn't Include Prison Populations

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/no-covid-19-vaccination-plan-for-florida-prisons-11789505

US (Louisiana) - Incarcerated people over 70 to start receiving vaccinations next week, governor says

https://thelensnola.org/2021/01/06/incarcerated-people-over-70-to-start-receiving-vaccinations-next-week-governor-says/

Asia

South Korea - Correctional staff to be tested for virus weekly, more facilities to undergo mass testing

https://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=302076

South Korea - Infected inmates demand compensation from state

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210107000833

Europe

Georgia - Ksani No.15 prison inmate dies of coronavirus

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2021/29

Ireland - Martin Kenny TD calls for urgent review of prison operations 

https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/home/600257/martin-kenny-td-calls-for-urgent-review-of-prison-operations.html

Netherlands - Prisoners take legal action after being banned from wearing face masks

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/01/prisoners-take-legal-action-after-being-banned-from-wearing-face-masks/

Netherlands - 84 inmates from Limburg prison isolated after coronavirus outbreak

https://nltimes.nl/2021/01/07/84-inmates-limburg-prison-isolated-coronavirus-outbreak

Gross human rights violations continue in Turkish prisons, says report

https://stockholmcf.org/gross-human-rights-violations-continue-in-turkish-prisons-says-report/

 

News 6 January

Africa

Egypt denies allegations of covid outbreak in prisons

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210106-egypt-denies-allegations-of-covid-outbreak-in-prisons/

Americas

Barbados - Prison ‘under control’, says Abrahams

https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/05/prison-under-control-says-abrahams/

Barbados - Virtual visits to HMP Dodds suspended

https://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/visits-hmp-dodds-suspended

Canada - Federal inmates set to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting Friday

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/federal-inmates-set-to-receive-covid-19-vaccines-starting-friday-1.5254733

US – Opinion: End the silence about what Covid-19 is doing to America's prisons

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/05/opinions/us-prison-covid-19-data-warren-brinkley-rubinstein-nowotny/index.html

US - 'Potential death sentence:' Utah inmate claims 'gross negligence' over COVID transfers

https://kutv.com/news/local/potential-death-sentence-utah-inmate-claims-gross-negligence-over-covid-transfers

US (Connecticut) - CT prison inmates expected in next wave of COVID-19 vaccinations

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/CT-prison-inmates-expected-to-be-in-next-wave-of-15848469.php

US - Dozens Of Groups Urge Massachusetts Parole Board Reforms Amid Pandemic

https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/01/05/dozens-of-groups-urge-massachusetts-parole-board-reforms-amid-pandemic

US - COVID-19 deaths rising in overcrowded West Virginia regional jails

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/covid-19-deaths-rising-in-overcrowded-west-virginia-regional-jails/article_8b392200-8fff-5f92-9bf4-7427da8864a1.html

US - COVID-19 in New York prisons: 'Positivity numbers represent a system on fire'

https://eu.lohud.com/story/news/coronavirus/2021/01/06/new-york-prisons-see-spike-in-covid-cases-positivity-rates/4142109001/

Asia

South Korea rolls out mass testing for 70,000 prisoners and staff

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-southkorea/south-korea-rolls-out-mass-testing-for-70000-prisoners-and-staff-idUSKBN29B0D2

Europe

England and Wales - Suffolk prison praised for maintaining ethos during lockdown

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/hmp-warren-hill-monitoring-board-report-2020-6883488

England and Wales - Precautionary covid-19 measures at HMP Berwyn after positive cases

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18988134.precautionary-covid-19-measures-hmp-berwyn-positive-cases/

England and Wales - No inmates at HMP Peterborough test positive for COVID since March - but jail criticised for slow easing of virus measures

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/no-inmates-hmp-peterborough-test-positive-covid-march-jail-criticised-slow-easing-virus-measures-3086777

Ireland - Five inmates test positive for Covid-19 in Loughan House open prison

https://www.independent.ie/news/five-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-loughan-house-open-prison-39936490.html

Turkey - ‘Some prison wards not disinfected for six months’

https://bianet.org/english/human-rights/237133-some-prison-wards-not-disinfected-for-six-months

 

5 January

Americas

Canada - Inmates fear 'leaving in a body bag' as COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons worsen

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/inmates-fear-leaving-in-a-body-bag-as-covid-19-outbreaks-in-prisons-worsen-1.5253369

Canada - Inmates stage hunger strike, call for minister’s resignation over COVID-19 response

https://panow.com/2021/01/04/inmates-stage-hunger-strike-call-for-ministers-resignation-over-covid-19-response/

US - Colorado prison population fell in 2020, increase expected

https://durangoherald.com/articles/359271

US (Kentucky) - Deaths from COVID-19 more than doubled in KY prisons last month as outbreaks spread

https://www.kentucky.com/news/coronavirus/article248264605.html

US - 4 Massachusetts Prisoners Die Of Covid In The Past Week

https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/01/04/massachusetts-covid-19-coronavirus-prison-deaths

US - ‘Leaving us to die’: Missouri inmates allege state has mismanaged response to COVID

https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article248145955.html

US - Sixth state inmate in South Dakota dies with COVID-19

https://eu.argusleader.com/story/news/2021/01/04/south-dakota-covid-19-sixth-state-inmate-dies-covid-19/4128738001/

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoners' lives are being put at risk by officers not wearing face masks

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jan/05/prisoners-lives-risk-officers-not-wearing-face-masks-ppe

England and Wales - Oxford University says prisoners should be first get Covid jab

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18985200.oxford-university-says-prisoners-first-get-covid-jab/

Ireland - Five prisoners confirmed with Covid-19 at Wheatfield Prison

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/five-prisoners-confirmed-with-covid-19-at-wheatfield-prison-1.4449958

 

News 19 December – 4 January

Africa

Rwanda - Covid-19: Over 100 new cases reported in Huye Prison

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/covid-19/covid-19-over-100-new-cases-reported-huye-prison

Americas

Barbados - Police, BDF assisting at HMP Dodds after prison officers test positive

https://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/police-bdf-assisting-hmp-dodds-after-prison-officers-test-positive

Barbados Confirms 161 Cases Of COVID-19 At Dodds Prison

https://stluciatimes.com/barbados-confirms-161-cases-of-covid-19-at-dodds-prison/

Canada - Toronto jail tries to bring COVID-19 outbreak under control after 54 inmates test positive

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-south-detention-centre-1.5849056

Canada - Inmates 'sitting ducks' as COVID-19 rages through Kingston, Ont., prison, advocate says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/inmates-covid-19-prison-advocates-1.5849025

Canada - Federal prisons could have better prepared for COVID-19, advocate says after Stony Mountain inmate dies

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/stony-mountain-inmate-covid-19-death-1.5856016

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak at Sask. Penitentiary sparks mental health concerns

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/covid-19-outbreak-at-sask-penitentiary-sparks-mental-health-concerns-1.5859796

With Over 275,000 Infections and 1,700 Deaths, COVID-19 Has Devastated the U.S. Prison and Jail Population

https://time.com/5924211/coronavirus-outbreaks-prisons-jails-vaccines/

US - Study: Prison COVID-19 Spread Led to Hundreds of Thousands of Community Infections

https://reason.com/2020/12/21/study-prison-covid-19-spread-led-to-hundreds-of-thousands-of-community-infections/

US - COVID-19 spikes follow in prisons after inmate transfers

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/covid19-spikes-follow-in-prisons-after-inmate-transfers-michigan-families-prisoners-covid19-detroit-b1777047.html

Reversing course, feds say some US inmates get virus vaccine

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/reversing-course-feds-say-some-us-inmates-get-virus-vaccine-washington-inmates-federal-bureau-of-prisons-inmates-inmates-b1777901.html

US - States Are Shutting Down Prisons as Guards are Crippled By Covid-19

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/01/us/coronavirus-prisons-jails-closing.html

US - ‘People are terrified’: a coronavirus surge across California’s prisons renews calls for releases

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/29/california-coronavirus-cases-prison-system

US - Nearly all inmates in Alaska’s largest prison have contracted Covid-19

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/30/alaska-prison-inmates-contract-covid

US - Number of unsentenced Alaskans behind bars climbs under COVID-19 court, prison constraints

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/12/23/alaskas-pretrial-inmate-population-has-swelled-with-covid-restrictions-on-courts-and-attorney-client-meetings/

US - Staff shortages, extended lockdowns in coronavirus-ridden Colorado prisons create “tenuous” situations

https://www.denverpost.com/2020/12/19/colorado-prisons-coronavirus-staffing-conditions/

US - New York halts prison visitation as COVID cases spike among incarcerated, staff

https://eu.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2020/12/30/ny-halts-prison-visitation-covid-cases-spike/4079581001/

Asia

India - ‘Prison population reduced by 10.42% between April and June’

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/prison-population-reduced-by-1042-between-april-and-june/article33373547.ece

India - COVID-19 Over 2.7K undertrials 41 convicts released in J K

https://www.theweek.in/wire-updates/national/2020/12/30/des75-jk-prisoners.html

Iran - Three prisoners die in Evin Prison due to Coronavirus infection

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2020/12/28/three-prisoners-die-in-evin-prison-due-to-coronavirus-infection/

Israel shuts down Ramon prison due to COVID infections

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/29/israel-shuts-ramon-prison-over-coronavirus-infections

Outcry after Israeli Minister Withholds COVID Vaccine from Palestinian Prisoners

https://www.palestinechronicle.com/outcry-after-israeli-minister-withholds-covid-vaccine-from-palestinian-prisoners/

Malaysia - Covid-19: Prisons Dept uses two SOPs to prevent infection among prison community

https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/12/22/covid-19-prisons-dept-uses-two-sops-to-prevent-infection-among-prison-community/

Myanmar – 55 more inmates get COVID-19 in Bago

https://www.mmtimes.com/news/55-more-inmates-get-covid-19-bago.html

Pakistan - Virus spreading rapidly in Sindh’s overcrowded jails

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2276766/virus-spreading-rapidly-in-sindhs-overcrowded-jails

South Korea tries to contain coronavirus outbreak in prison

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-southkorea-idUKKBN29405B

Europe

Virus besets Belarus prisons filled with president's critics

https://www.boston25news.com/news/world/virus-besets-belarus-prisons-filled-with-presidents-critics/DLDNHCJQA3OEYWBHOEK4P4L7VE/

England and Wales - Covid has killed 16 prison staff and 2,000 are off sick with the virus

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13579892/covid-prison-staff-killed-and-sick/

England and Wales - New Covid strain could see ‘heavy toll’ of infections in jails, warns former prisons watchdog

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/new-coronavirus-strain-prisons-jails-b1776730.html

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak at The Mount prison in Hemel Hempstead

https://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-outbreak-mount-prison-hemel-hempstead-3080498

England and Wales - 'Special measures' in place amid Covid-19 outbreak on wing at Walton jail

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/special-measures-place-amid-covid-19550496

England and Wales - Inmates at one of Wales' biggest prisons were locked down for 23 hours on Christmas Day

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/coronavirus-parc-prison-bridgend-inmates-19523566

England and Wales - Fresh calls for answers over HMP Norwich coronavirus outbreak

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/fresh-all-for-answers-over-norwich-prison-outbreak-6873928

England and Wales - Number of staff at Dartmoor Prison seriously reduced by Covid outbreak

https://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=439822&headline=Number%20of%20staff%20at%20Dartmoor%20Prison%20seriously%20reduced%20by%20Covid%20outbreak&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2020

England and Wales - How HMP Lowdham Grange battled back after 177 inmates caught coronavirus during outbreak

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/how-hmp-lowdham-grange-battled-4797410

France - Prison de l’île de Ré : cinq membres du personnel testés positifs au Covid-19

https://www.sudouest.fr/2021/01/04/prison-de-l-ile-de-re-cinq-membres-du-personnel-testes-positifs-au-covid-19-8250474-1570.php

Greece - New prison decongestion bill to introduce community service

https://www.ekathimerini.com/260842/article/ekathimerini/news/new-prison-decongestion-bill-to-introduce-community-service

Ireland - Covid-19: Staff at Wheatfield Prison test positive for virus

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/covid-19-staff-at-wheatfield-prison-test-positive-for-virus-1.4447659

Ireland - Prisoners turn down temporary release over virus fears

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2020/1223/1186203-coronavirus-prisoners/

Covid: Isle of Man Prison lockdown policy 'breached human rights'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-55414002

Scotland - More than 17,000 ‘lifeline’ virtual prison visits held during pandemic

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/more-than-17000-lifeline-virtual-prison-visits-held-during-pandemic/

Number of remand prisoners in Scotland jumps despite plan to reduce jail population

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/number-remand-prisoners-scotland-jumps-23234160

Scotland - Hundreds of drug-related items confiscated from inmates in Glasgow prison since start of lockdown

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/hundreds-drug-related-items-confiscated-inmates-glasgow-prison-start-lockdown-3083281

Spanish Prisons Have Lowest Inmate Population in 10 Years

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/01/spanish-prisons-have-lowest-inmate-population-in-10-years/

42 inmates test positive for COVID-19 in Turkey’s Düzce Prison as cases soar

https://stockholmcf.org/42-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-turkeys-duzce-prison-as-cases-soar/

 

News 18 December

Africa

Mozambique: Nyusi Announces Pardon for Prisoners

https://allafrica.com/stories/202012170828.html

Americas

Canada - Disrupting volunteer-led prison programs cuts a fundamental lifeline for everyone in the system

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-prison-volunteers-1.5815920

Canada - Corrections confirms 80 inmates, 4 staff members infected with COVID-19 at Kingston prison

https://globalnews.ca/news/7528660/80-inmates-covid-19-kingston-ont-prison/

Canada - Legal groups say Ontario misled public with claim it reduced inmate population by 30 per cent early in pandemic

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/12/17/legal-groups-say-ontario-misled-public-with-claim-it-reduced-inmate-population-by-30-per-cent-early-in-pandemic.html

1 in 5 prisoners in the US has had COVID-19, 1,700 have died

https://www.fox23.com/news/health/1-5-prisoners-us-has/EADU56Z6KRUHLBS3HHCYH6UI3Q/

US - How COVID-19 Exposes America’s Addiction to Incarceration

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/12/17/how-covid-19-exposes-americas-addiction-to-incarceration/

US - ‘Of Course, It Feels Unsafe’: Colorado Prisons Face Staffing Crisis As Hundreds Of Guards, Inmates Sickened

https://www.cpr.org/2020/12/17/of-course-it-feels-unsafe-colorado-prisons-face-staffing-crisis-as-hundreds-of-guards-inmates-sickened/

US - Covid-19 hospitalizations at Illinois corrections department leave incarcerated peoples’ loved ones in the dark

https://www.injusticewatch.org/news/2020/covid-19-hospitalizations-of-illinois-prisoners-leaves-loved-ones-in-the-dark/

US - Michigan prisoner deaths from COVID-19 surpass 100

https://eu.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/12/17/prisoner-covid-coronavirus-deaths-michigan/3925458001/

US - New York prisons see over 2,000 COVID cases amid calls for transparent testing data

https://www.nny360.com/news/publicservicenews/new-york-prisons-see-over-2-000-covid-cases-amid-calls-for-transparent-testing-data/article_e7a2c2bd-5d20-5d7e-8f28-5ce20b24f27e.html

Asia

India - Post Covid, 1,356 prisoners walk free from Ludhiana jails

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/coronavirus/post-covid-1-356-prisoners-walk-free-from-ludhiana-jails-185892

Malaysia - EMCO at Kluang prison and its quarters due to spike in Covid-19 cases

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/12/650550/emco-kluang-prison-and-its-quarters-due-spike-covid-19-cases

Malaysia - Covid-19: Spike in Melaka cases due to influx of prisoners from Kajang, Sg Buloh prisons

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/12/18/covid-19-spike-in-melaka-cases-due-to-influx-of-prisoners-from-kajang-sg-buloh-prisons

Europe

France - Prison de Condé. Huit membres du personnel atteints du Covid-19 : un dépistage massif prévu

https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/conde-sur-sarthe-61250/prison-de-conde-huit-membres-du-personnel-atteints-du-covid-19-un-depistage-massif-prevu-7091844

 

News 17 December

Americas

U.S. lawmakers press prison authorities on inmate COVID-19 vaccination plans

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-prisons/us-lawmakers-press-prison-authorities-on-inmate-covid-19-vaccination-plans-idUKKBN28Q2XM

US - COVID Cases in Prisons and ICE Immigration Jails Surpass 250,000

https://truthout.org/articles/covid-cases-in-prisons-and-ice-immigration-jails-surpass-250000/

US - Incarcerated Populations Served as Super-Spreaders in Many Communities: Study

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/12/16/incarcerated-populations-served-as-super-spreaders-in-many-communities/

US (California) - Hundreds of state prison inmates in San Diego County sickened with COVID-19

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-16/hundreds-of-donovan-state-prison-inmates-sickened-with-covid-19

US (California) - During the pandemic, chaplains are a lifeline for inmates

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-16/during-the-pandemic-jail-chaplains-are-lifeline-for-inmates

US - Oregon faces precarious legal position as COVID-19 in prisons lawsuit proceeds

https://www.opb.org/article/2020/12/16/oregon-department-corrections-covid-19-inmates-lawsuit/

US (New Mexico) - Inmates sue prison, claim lack of COVID-19 safeguards

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/coronavirus/inmates-sue-prison-claim-lack-of-covid-19-safeguards/article_ac22e1a6-3fbd-11eb-801f-c73b20168f8d.html

Asia

Beyond The Mahara Prison Riot: The Problems With Sri Lanka’s Penal System

https://roar.media/english/life/features/beyond-mahara-prison-riot-problems-with-srilanka-penal-system

Europe

England and Wales - Prison bosses refused to put HMP Frankland in 'full lockdown' despite rising coronavirus cases

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/prison-bosses-refused-put-hmp-19467980

Ireland - Drug seizures at Cork prison showed little decrease in 2020 despite Covid-19 restrictions 

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40191987.html

WHO experts to check ability of Ukrainian prisons to resist outbreaks of diseases

https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/who-experts-to-check-ability-of-ukrainian-prisons-to-resist-outbreaks-of-diseases-57410.html

 

News 16 December

Americas

Belize - Home Affairs Minister hands over personal protective equipment to Central Prison

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2020/12/15/home-affairs-minister-hands-over-personal-protective-equipment-to-central-prison/

Canada - The pandemic has offered a look at prison reform possibilities

https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-pandemic-has-offered-a-look-at-prison-reform-possibilities/

US - COVID-19 Underscores Prison Labor Exploitation Crisis

https://hillreporter.com/commentary-covid-19-underscores-prison-labor-exploitation-crisis-87486

US - Prisoners have been excluded from Covid vaccine plans. And health experts are sounding the alarm

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/16/coronavirus-prisoners-have-been-excluded-from-covid-vaccine-plans.html

US (Nebraska) - Prison visitations will be back at five facilities

https://fox42kptm.com/news/local/prison-visitations-will-be-back-at-five-facilities

US (Pennsylvania) - PSCOA calls for statewide prison lockdown and suspension of inmate transfers

https://fox56.com/news/local/pscoa-calls-for-statewide-prison-lockdown-and-suspension-of-inmate-transfers

US - California sheriff refusing to comply with order to release inmates due to COVID

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/530363-california-sheriff-refusing-to-comply-with-order-to-release-inmates-due

US - Report: Corrections officials in Louisiana failed to protect inmates, staff from COVID-19

https://thelensnola.org/2020/12/15/report-corrections-officials-in-louisiana-failed-to-protect-inmates-staff-from-covid-19/

US - Prisons, inmates and their families dispute Delaware's response to COVID-19 outbreak

https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/news/2020/12/15/prisons-battle-covid-19-outbreak-look-toward-promise-vaccine/3894531001/

Asia

India - Post unlockdown: Prison population increases to 31,000 in Maharashtra

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/post-unlockdown-prison-population-increases-to-31000-in-maharashtra-7106414/

India - Maharashtra: Study spanning 11 jails throws light on experiences of prisoners meeting families

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/maharashtra-study-spanning-11-jails-throws-light-on-experiences-of-prisoners-meeting-families-7106418/

Malaysia - 11,000 undocumented migrants to be deported to reduce prison overcrowding

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/12/15/11000-undocumented-migrants-to-be-deported-to-reduce-prison-overcrowding/

Pakistan - COVID-19 cases in Sindh's prisons spike from 31 to 112 in 10 days

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/covid-19-cases-in-sindhs-prisons-spike-from-31-to-112-in-10-days20201216053316/

Pakistan - Jail inmates suffer unheard: Amid pandemic, centenarian prisoner dies

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/759500-jail-inmates-suffer-unheard-amid-pandemic-centenarian-prisoner-dies

Europe

England and Wales - 'People need to know' - call for clarity over prison Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/call-for-greater-clarity-over-prison-outbreak-6755072

England and Wales - Covid: Lincoln Prison outbreak linked to high levels of virus

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-55317293

Scotland - More than 760 days lost due to Covid-19 at north-east prison

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/more-than-760-days-lost-due-to-covid-19-at-north-east-prison/

 

News 15 December

Americas

Canada - 24 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Saskatchewan Penitentiary

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/24-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-saskatchewan-penitentiary-1.5230668

US - Researchers Estimate Mass Incarceration Contributed To More Than Half A Million Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Over The Summer

https://theappeal.org/covid-19-community-spread-mass-incarceration-prison-policy-institute-report/

US (California) - Judge Orders 50 Percent Reduction in Orange County Jail Population due to COVID-19

https://yubanet.com/california/judge-orders-50-percent-reduction-in-orange-county-jail-population-due-to-covid-19/

US (North Carolina) - Expert, judge plan closer look at how NC prisons decide who to release for COVID

https://www.wral.com/expert-judge-plan-closer-look-at-how-nc-prisons-decide-who-to-release-for-covid/19429206/

US - Federal prison workers to start getting vaccinated Wednesday

https://nypost.com/2020/12/14/federal-prison-workers-to-start-getting-vaccinated-wednesday/

US (New Hampshire) - COVID-19 cases among state prison inmates skyrocket to 152, with 31 in Berlin facility

https://manchesterinklink.com/covid-19-cases-among-state-prison-inmates-skyrocket-to-152-with-31-in-berlin-facility/

US - Almost 25% in Wyoming Corrections System Positive for COVID

https://k2radio.com/almost-25-in-wyoming-corrections-system-positive-for-covid/

US (Oregon) - Indigenous inmates, volunteers navigate a year without ceremonies, celebrations

https://www.opb.org/article/2020/12/14/native-american-religious-services-oregon-prison-covid-19/

Europe

16 inmates in one Turkish prison diagnosed with COVID-19 as cases soar

https://stockholmcf.org/16-inmates-in-one-turkish-prison-diagnosed-with-covid-19-as-cases-soar/

News 12 – 14 December

Americas

Canada - Twenty-five inmates at a Toronto prison test positive for coronavirus

https://queenscitizen.ca/2020/12/14/twenty-five-inmates-at-a-toronto-prison-test-positive-for-coronavirus/

Q&A: The COVID-19 Crisis in Mexico’s Prisons

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/q-and-a-the-covid-19-crisis-in-mexicos-prisons

US (Texas) - Prisoners Are Setting Fires To Protest Pandemic Conditions

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/12/13/prison-fires

US (California) - High-Risk Inmates Aren’t Prioritized In State’s Early Releases

https://www.capradio.org/articles/2020/12/13/high-risk-inmates-arent-prioritized-in-states-early-releases/

US (California) - Coronavirus numbers for inmates soar across the state

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-12/soaring-coronavirus-numbers-for-inmates-and-staff-at-state-substance-abuse-prison-leads-to-six-deaths

US - Mass. Prisoners Among The First To Get COVID Vaccines

https://www.wbur.org/news/2020/12/13/mass-prisoners-among-the-first-to-get-covid-vaccines

US - Washington Dept. of Health not advising prison system on COVID, despite outbreaks

https://www.kxly.com/washington-dept-of-health-not-advising-prison-system-on-covid-despite-outbreaks/

US (Washington) - Mock funeral asks for prison COVID-19 safety

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/mock-funeral-asks-prison-covid-19-safety/D7YOYF3WXVFNXKICZUX6LT4QNU/

US - Hawaii sees 3 more coronavirus deaths and 90 new infections; Honolulu prison cluster grows

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/12/13/breaking-news/hawaii-records-3-additional-coronavirus-related-deaths-and-90-new-infections/

Asia

Pakistan: Overcrowding in Pakistan’s prisons is a ticking time bomb

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/12/pakistan-overcrowding-in-pakistans-prisons-is-a-ticking-time-bomb/

Pakistan - Kohat jail houses over 500 inmates against capacity for 108

https://www.dawn.com/news/1595315

Fear of contracting COVID-19 led to Sri Lanka prison riot: Probe panel

https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2020/dec/12/fear-of-contracting-covid-19-led-to-sri-lanka-prison-riot-probe-panel-2235312.html

Sri Lanka - Coronavirus prison cluster exceeds 3000

https://colombogazette.com/2020/12/14/coronavirus-prison-cluster-exceeds-3000/

Europe

England and Wales - COVID-19 outbreak at Lincoln prison

https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2020/12/covid-19-outbreak-at-lincoln-prison/

England and Wales - Outbreak of coronavirus at Nottinghamshire prison is causing major spike in district

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/outbreak-coronavirus-nottinghamshire-prison-causing-4789890

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak at HMP Bedford leads to 24 hour lockdown and ‘mini riots’ by inmates

https://www.bedfordindependent.co.uk/coronavirus-outbreak-at-hmp-bedford-leads-to-24-hour-lockdown-and-mini-riots-by-inmates/

England and Wales - Part of Elmley Prison, Sheppey, isolated for second time amid Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/part-of-prison-isolating-for-second-time-239087/

Oceania

Australia (Victoria) - Lawyers call for an end to mandatory quarantine for new prisoners

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/lawyers-call-for-an-end-to-mandatory-quarantine-for-new-prisoners-20201209-p56m15.html

New Zealand - Person held for 273 days in Christchurch prison due to Covid travel disruption

https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-christchurch/person-held-273-days-christchurch-prison-due-covid-travel-disruption

New Zealand - Surprise inspection finds 'deeply concerning' issues at Auckland Prison in Paremoremo

 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/surprise-inspection-finds-deeply-concerning-issues-at-auckland-prison-in-paremoremo/X2TV4XDVCAT2P6MBV45XFTKWRA/

News 11 December

Worldwide COVID-19 Decarceration: A Lost Opportunity

https://filtermag.org/worldwide-covid-decarceration-lost-opportunity/

Experts call to include prisons in COVID-19 vaccine plans

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32663-5/fulltext

Americas

COVID-19 aggravating Brazil’s Jails Crisis

https://america.cgtn.com/2020/12/10/covid-19-aggravating-brazils-jails-crisis

Canada - Young people facing serious new hurdles in justice system amid COVID-19, advocates warn

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/12/07/young-people-facing-serious-new-hurdles-in-justice-system-amid-covid-19-advocates-warn.html

US - Advocates concerned over COVID-19 outbreaks, no running water inside Arizona prisons

https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2020/12/10/advocates-concerned-over-covid-19-outbreaks-no-running-water-inside-arizona-prisons/3871545001/

US - 12th Iowa prison inmate dies from COVID-19 complications

https://kwwl.com/2020/12/10/12th-iowa-prison-inmate-dies-from-covid-19-complications/

US (Pennsylvania) - COVID-19 outbreak at Philly jails panics staff and prisoners ‘in the eye of the storm’

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-jails-prison-covid-outbreak-testing-shelter-in-place-20201211.html

US (Virginia) - Inmates frustrated by COVID-19 Prison Spike: ‘Nobody really cares’

https://www.whsv.com/2020/12/10/inmates-frustrated-by-covid-19-prison-spike-nobody-really-cares/

Asia

Pakistan - Rights bodies concerned at prisons overcrowding during second wave

https://www.dawn.com/news/amp/1595080

Following deadly riot, spotlight on Sri Lanka’s prison conditions

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/following-deadly-riot-spotlight-on-sri-lankas-prison-conditions/article33302053.ece

Europe

England and Wales - Ten staff members and seven prisoners test positive for Covid at Doncaster prison

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/crime/ten-staff-members-and-seven-prisoners-test-positive-covid-doncaster-prison-3063594

Italy - COVID: Infected jail inmates pass 1,000

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2020/12/10/covid-infected-jail-inmates-pass-1000_32e62755-db23-4c6a-b177-8c97664acb46.html

Northern Ireland - In-person prison visiting allowed in run up to Christmas but festive leave scheme paused because of Covid

https://www.goqradio.com/belfast/news/q-radio-local-news/in-person-prison-visiting-allowed-in-run-up-to-christmas-but-festive-leave-scheme-paused-because-of-covid/

 

News 10 December

Americas

Canada - La moitié des détenus de la prison de Percé déclarés positifs à la COVID-19

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1755870/eclosion-coronavirus-prison-perce-detention-detenus-infectes

US - Gaps Found in State Plans to Give Incarcerees COVID Vaccine

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/12/09/gaps-found-in-state-plans-to-give-incarcerees-covid-vaccine/

US - Justice Dept. Sues Alabama Over Prison Conditions

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/10/944879818/justice-dept-sues-alabama-over-prison-conditions

US (Nevada) - Prison officials defend response to pandemic as cases near 1,600, death toll hits 7

https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/prison-officials-defend-response-to-pandemic-as-cases-near-1600-death-toll-hits-7

US - Oregon Prison Inmates Promised Early Release Due to COVID-19 Are Still Waiting

https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/12/09/oregon-prison-inmates-promised-early-release-due-to-covid-19-are-still-waiting/

US - Colorado prison has one of the worst federal facility outbreaks in US

https://gazette.com/dg-print/colorado-prison-has-one-of-the-worst-federal-facility-outbreaks-in-us/article_a328ea06-3a7b-11eb-a6b8-17b09f91753f.html

US - Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Reduces Prison Population By Record-Setting 3,471 Since March 1

https://gantdaily.com/2020/12/09/gov-wolf-pennsylvania-reduces-prison-population-by-record-setting-3471-since-march-1/

US (Washington) - WA Inmates Say They're Retaliated Against For Getting COVID-19

https://patch.com/washington/seattle/wa-inmates-say-theyre-retaliated-against-getting-covid-19

Asia

Cambodia - Concerns over prisoners’ health due to COVID-19

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50791451/concerns-over-prisoners-health-due-to-covid-19/

Cambodia: Urgently Protect Prisoners from COVID-19

https://www.licadho-cambodia.org/pressrelease.php?perm=466

Malaysia - Rais: Both Houses to meet with Home Ministry over overcrowding in prisons and Covid-19

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/12/10/rais-both-houses-to-meet-with-home-ministry-over-overcrowding-in-prisons-and-covid-19

Pakistan - Over 100 prisoners relocated after Covid detection in jail

https://www.dawn.com/news/1594895/over-100-prisoners-relocated-after-covid-detection-in-jail

Europe

England and Wales - Covid: Restrictions at Bedford jail have 'significant impact' on inmates

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-55239758

England and Wales - UK youth jail rebuked for keeping new inmates in solitary for two weeks

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/09/inspectors-condemn-youth-prison-that-kept-new-inmates-in-solitary-for-two-weeks

 

News 9 December

Americas

Belize Central Prison down to zero Covid-19 cases

https://lovefm.com/belize-central-prison-down-to-zero-covid-19-cases/

Canada - B.C. Appeal Court ruling latest decision to recognize COVID-19 risk in sentencing

https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/business/articles/22968/b-c-appeal-court-ruling-latest-decision-to-recognize-covid-19-risk-in-sentencing

US - COVID-19 Has Killed More Prisoners in 2020 Than the Death Penalty Has in 43 Years

https://www.procon.org/covid-19-has-killed-more-prisoners-in-2020-than-the-death-penalty-has-in-43-years/

US - Covid-19 vaccine distribution must prioritize prisoners. The virus is killing more of them.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/covid-19-vaccine-distribution-must-prioritize-prisoners-virus-killing-more-ncna1250461

US - Rising Jail Admissions Called New COVID-19 Threat

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/12/08/rising-jail-admissions-called-new-covid-19-threat/

US - Infected Behind Bars: Michigan Covid Cases Include 16,000 From State Prisons

https://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/26842/infected_behind_bars_michigan_covid_cases_include_16_000_from_state_prisons

US - The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Exposed The Absurdities Of New York’s Parole System

https://theintercept.com/2020/12/08/covid-new-york-parole-reform/

US (New York) - Auburn, Cayuga prisons suspend inmate visitation due to COVID-19 outbreaks

https://auburnpub.com/news/local/auburn-cayuga-prisons-suspend-inmate-visitation-due-to-covid-19-outbreaks/article_c890d21b-b61a-5c3d-bc5b-22f02da338da.html

US (Arizona) - 655 inmates at Yuma Prison test positive for coronavirus

https://kyma.com/news/2020/12/08/covid-outbreak-at-arizona-state-prison-complex-in-yuma/

Asia

India - High Powered Committee to direct return of on-parole prisoners released from jail amid COVID-19 without delay: State tells Kerala High Court

https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/hpc-to-direct-return-of-on-parole-prisoners-covid-19-state-tells-kerala-high-court

Malaysia - Covid-19: More than 2k prisoners and detainees have tested positive since May

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/12/09/covid-19-more-than-2k-prisoners-and-detainees-have-tested-positive-since-may

Sri Lanka - Special COVID-19 Treatment Centres for Prison Inmates – NOCPCO Task Force

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2020/12/09/special-covid-19-treatment-centres-for-prison-inmates-nocpco-task-force/

 

News 8 December

Americas

Canada - Internal report highlights ongoing problems in N.W.T. correction centres

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/internal-document-highlights-problems-in-n-w-t-correction-centres-1.5829144

US (Texas) - ‘Alarming’ COVID-19 cases among Fort Worth prison staff reach all-time high

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article247681635.html

US (Pennsylvania) - Pa. prisons won’t mandate COVID tests for staff, even as outbreaks grow frequent and deadly

https://www.inquirer.com/news/covid-outbreak-philadelphia-pennsylvania-prisons-jails-federal-detention-center-20201208.html

US (Washington) - ‘Extreme stress’: Inmates at state’s first prison to face an outbreak watch cases surge again

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/dec/07/extreme-stress-inmates-at-states-first-prison-to-f/

US - Fewer Ohio Inmates During Pandemic, But ACLU Still Concerned

https://www.ideastream.org/news/fewer-ohio-inmates-during-pandemic-but-aclu-still-concerned

Asia

Malaysia - Senators support prison reform motion

https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/12/08/senators-support-prison-reform-motion/

Sri Lanka - Early release for drug addicted inmates

https://www.dailynews.lk/2020/12/08/local/235522/early-release-drug-addicted-inmates

UAE- 540 inmates in Sharjah prison e-meet loved ones amid Covid-19 pandemic

https://menafn.com/1101246319/UAE-540-inmates-in-Sharjah-prison-e-meet-loved-ones-amid-Covid-19-pandemic

Uzbek President Marks Constitution Day With Pardons, Easing Sentences Of Dozens Of Convicts

https://www.rferl.org/a/uzbek-president-marks-constitution-day-with-pardons/30989879.html

Europe

England and Wales - Spike in violence after coronavirus lockdown in Chelmsford Prison

https://www.yellowad.co.uk/spike-in-violence-after-coronavirus-lockdown-in-chelmsford-prison/

Ireland - Inmates should be among first to get Covid-19 vaccine, says prison service

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/inmates-should-be-among-first-to-get-covid-19-vaccine-says-prison-service-1.4430116

Turkey - COVID-19 spreads very fast in prison, warns rights organization

https://bianet.org/english/human-rights/235632-covid-19-spreads-very-fast-in-prison-warns-rights-organization

News 5-7 December

Americas

Canada - Remand numbers for Saskatoon jail show people awaiting trial outnumber guilty behind bars

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/remand-numbers-for-saskatoon-jail-show-1.5827191

Canada - Inmate alleges pandemic mishandling at Calgary Remand Centre, where outbreak has infected 195

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/inmate-alleges-pandemic-mishandling-at-calgary-remand-centre-where-outbreak-has-infected-178

Trinidad & Tobago - Visits to resume at prisons

http://www.looptt.com/content/visits-resume-prisons

US - COVID-19 Has Reshaped the Justice System; But Will It Last?

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/12/04/covid-19-has-reshaped-the-justice-system-but-will-it-last/

US - Covid-19 is raging through overcrowded California prisons

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/05/us/california-overcrowded-prisons-covid/index.html

US (California) - Amid virus outbreaks, majority of medically high-risk prisoners were not considered for release

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Chronicle-Exclusive-Amid-virus-outbreaks-15778887.php

US (New York) - State: Fewer parole decisions amid pandemic part of prison trend

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/DOCCS-Fewer-parole-decisions-amid-pandemic-part-15773312.php

US - 8 ways Michigan is trying to prevent rapid spread of COVID-19 in prisons, according to governor

https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/2020/12/04/8-ways-michigan-is-trying-to-prevent-rapid-spread-of-covid-19-in-prisons-according-to-governor/

US - Three Pennsylvania prisoners died of COVID-19 this weekend

https://eu.ydr.com/story/news/2020/12/06/covid-19-death-toll-pennsylvania-prisons-rises/3853159001/

US - More than 1,100 Nevada prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/more-than-1100-nevada-prisoners-have-tested-positive-for-covid-19-2204100/

Asia

India - Women prisoners in Thane and Kalyan jail battle depression as they cannot meet kin

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/women-prisoners-in-thane-and-kalyan-jail-battle-depression-as-they-cannot-meet-kin/story-dQQbz5gYuRG7w3GtS3qT1O.html

India - Karnataka: Prisoners can meet family via video call

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/prisoners-to-get-5-10-min-for-online-meeting/articleshow/79585981.cms

Malaysia - Senate panel calls for reforms to ease prison congestion

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/12/04/senate-panel-calls-for-reforms-to-ease-prison-congestion/

Sri Lanka - Over 2000 prison-associated cases of COVID-19

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_20B/Dec06_1607270342CH.php

Sri Lanka - 8,000 prison inmates expected to be released before 31 Dec.: Lohan Ratwatte

http://www.themorning.lk/8000-prison-inmates-expected-to-be-released-before-31-dec-lohan-ratwatte/

Thai king pardons, issues amnesty to tens of thousands in prison

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/5/thai-king-to-pardon-cut-jail-sentence-of-tens-of-thousands

Europe

Cyprus - Coronavirus: prison ‘not impacted’ by inmate and staff cases, authorities say  

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/12/04/coronavirus-prison-not-impacted-by-inmate-and-staff-cases-authorities-say/

England and Wales - Hundreds of immigration detainees held in jails ‘blocked from accessing legal advice’ during pandemic

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prisons-immigration-detention-legal-advice-home-office-b1766240.html

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at Norwich Prison

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-outbreak-at-city-jail-6602372

Ireland - Prisoners allowed one visit over Christmas period due to Covid-19

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/prisoners-allowed-one-visit-over-christmas-period-due-to-covid-19-1.4427866

Isle of Man - Cell phones for prison inmates

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=59324&headline=Cell%20phones%20for%20prison%20inmates&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2020

News 4 December

Americas

US - Why Inmates Should Be at the Front of the Vaccination Lines

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/03/opinion/coronavirus-vaccine-jail.html

US - 200+ Health Experts Urge Biden to Reduce 'Dangerously Overcrowded' Prisons During Pandemic

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/03/200-health-experts-urge-biden-reduce-dangerously-overcrowded-prisons-during-pandemic

US (New York) - Cuomo loosens reins on prison access for oversight group

https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Cuomo-loosens-reins-on-prison-access-for-15773847.php

US - As New York Coronavirus Metrics Worsen, State Prisons See Outbreaks

https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2020/12/03/as-new-york-coronavirus-metrics-worsen-state-prisons-see-outbreaks/?slreturn=20201104053349

US (Missouri) - Jackson County jail a ‘cesspool’ of germs as COVID outbreak infects dozens, inmate says

https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article247534315.html

Asia

India - E-mulakat facility for prisoners

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/e-mulakat-facility-for-prisoners/article33242904.ece

Pakistan - Sindh’s prisons beat the virus odds

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2274550/sindhs-prisons-beat-the-virus-odds

Saudi Arabia - Justice Ministry expands remote prosecution services

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1772251/saudi-arabia

Sri Lanka - Special plan to counter COVID-19 spread in prisons

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2020/12/04/special-plan-to-counter-covid-19-spread-in-prisons/

 

News 3 December

Africa

Ghana - 54 prison officers, 44 inmates contracted COVID-19 since March – Superintendent Atsem reveals

https://www.pulse.com.gh/news/local/54-prison-officers-44-inmates-contracted-covid-19-since-march-superintendent-atsem/wv1w792

Americas

Canada - Saskatoon jail outbreak sparks discussion about alternatives to incarceration

https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/saskatoon-jail-outbreak-sparks-discussion-about-alternatives-to-incarceration

Canada - Autre éclosion de COVID-19 dans une prison de la Gaspésie

https://www.latribune.ca/covid-19/autre-eclosion-de-covid-19-dans-une-prison-de-la-gaspesie-6b27421e5b47e6d9d9cc55881019bed7

US - Officials Spar Over Covid Spread Through Prison System

https://www.courthousenews.com/officials-spar-over-covid-spread-through-prison-system/

US - Visitation suspended at Tennessee prisons due to rise in COVID-19 cases

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2020/dec/02/visitation-prisons-suspended/537150/

US - COVID-19 Continues To Spread Through Michigan’s Prison Population

https://wdet.org/posts/2020/12/02/90349-covid-19-continues-to-spread-through-michigans-prison-population/

US - Florida Inmate COVID-19 Deaths Up To 189

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/12/02/florida-inmate-covid-19-deaths-up-to-189/

Europe

England and Wales - Lancashire prison dealing with 'large outbreak' of coronavirus cases

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/18914232.lancashire-prison-dealing-large-outbreak-coronavirus-cases/

Greece - 46 inmates, one employee test positive for coronavirus in Larissa prison

https://www.ekathimerini.com/259826/article/ekathimerini/news/46-inmates-one-employee-test-positive-for-coronavirus-in-larissa-prison

 

News 2 December

Africa

Malawi Prisons Registers No Covid-19

https://allafrica.com/stories/202012011059.html

Zimbabwe - State Ordered To Supply Water Daily To Chikurubi Prison Inmates

https://www.newzimbabwe.com/state-ordered-to-supply-water-daily-to-chikurubi-prison-inmates/

Americas

Canada - Calls grow louder to get remanded prisoners, other offenders out of Saskatoon Correctional Centre

https://www.ckom.com/2020/12/01/calls-to-get-remanded-prisoners-other-offenders-out-of-saskatoon-correctional-centre-grow-louder/

US - Food Insecurity and Collateral Consequences of Punishment Amidst the COVID‐19 Pandemic

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wmh3.378

US - Texas to shutter three more prisons as units face critical staffing shortages

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/12/01/texas-prisons-close-understaffing/

US - COVID-19 Infections Hit Record High In California Prisons

https://www.capradio.org/articles/2020/12/01/covid-19-infections-hit-record-high-in-california-prisons/

US - Delaware reports new COVID cases in prisons

https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/delaware-reports-new-covid-cases-prisons

US (Rhode Island) - Medical director for RI prisons quits as coronavirus cases spike

https://thepublicsradio.org/article/medical-director-for-ri-prisons-quits-as-coronavirus-cases-spike

US - Second Alaska inmate dies with COVID-19 as cases surge in state’s largest prison

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2020/12/01/second-alaska-prison-inmate-dies-with-covid-19/

US - Four Colorado DOC prisoners die within past week of COVID-19, officials report

https://gazette.com/news/four-colorado-doc-prisoners-die-within-past-week-of-covid-19-officials-report/article_993dd0f8-3439-11eb-b713-77eec2bee5bf.html

Asia

India - Panel endorses extension of bails to 3,499 prisoners

https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/committee-recommends-extension-of-interim-bails-to-prisoners-in-view-of-covid-19/story-tn53f2mbMgk2s4OGnxOnVJ.html

Sri Lanka to release hundreds of inmates as death toll from prison riot rises

https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-to-release-hundreds-of-inmates-as-death-toll-from-prison-riot-rises/a-55787621

Europe

England and Wales - Lindholme prison coronavirus regime too 'restrictive'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-55144509

Guernsey - Covid Means I Can't See My Partner In Prison. It’s Torture

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/covid-prison_uk_5fc67e0bc5b61d04bfada6e7

Switzerland - Deux prisons entières en isolement

https://www.tdg.ch/deux-prisons-entieres-en-isolement-373200889516

 

News 1 December

Africa

Kenya - 11 convicts test positive for COVID-19 in Maralal Prison

https://www.kbc.co.ke/11-test-positive-covid-19-maralal-prison/

Americas

Bahamas - Prison commissioner defends health and dietary protocol for inmates

https://ewnews.com/prison-commissioner-defends-health-and-dietary-protocol-for-inmates

Canada - Jail COVID numbers continue to rise with inmates living in confined quarters

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/jail-covid-numbers-continue-to-rise-with-inmates-living-in-confined-quarters-1.5821908

Canada - Inmates triple-bunked at Calgary Remand Centre despite 'significant' COVID-19 outbreak: defence lawyer

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-remand-centre-covid-outbreak-1.5822434

US - Prisons Are Covid-19 Hotbeds. When Should Inmates Get the Vaccine?

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/30/health/coronavirus-vaccine-prisons.html

US - Prison population in Illinois battling COVID-19 outbreaks

https://www.walls102.com/prison-population-in-illinois-battling-covid-19-outbreaks/

US - Two Ohio Prison Officers Die From COVID-19

https://radio.wosu.org/post/two-ohio-prison-officers-die-covid-19#stream/0

US (North Carolina) - Three NC prison facilities close over COVID surge

https://www.wral.com/three-nc-prison-facilities-close-over-covid-surge/19407724/

US - Report: Washington prisons officials botched response to COVID-19 outbreak at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/report-washington-prisons-officials-botched-response-to-covid-19-outbreak-at-coyote-ridge-corrections-center/

 Asia

India - Prisoners released during pandemic in UP, asked to return to jail

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/national/prisoners-released-during-pandemic-in-up-asked-to-return-to-jail

Sri Lanka - Govt. answerable for Prison safety of prisoners: Opposition

http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/Govt-answerable-for-Prison-safety-of-prisoners-Opposition/238-200899

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Lowdham Grange provides update on coronavirus cases inside prison

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/hmp-lowdham-grange-provides-update-4750347

Italy - COVID: Almost 1,000 prison inmates infected

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2020/12/01/covid-almost-1000-prison-inmates-infected_4658eb73-e4db-4085-bea5-fdf625cfda1e.html