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 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 of Prison to Avoid COVID Isn’t That Controversial

US - Inmate On Home Confinement Spoke Out On Bureau Of Prisons’ Policy And Ended Up Back In Prison

US - New York to Begin Vaccinating Older Prison Inmates

US (Missouri) - Inmates In St. Louis’ City Justice Center Stage Third Uprising Since December

US - Missouri prison system experiences significant drop in COVID-19 cases

US - Of Louisiana state prison inmates now eligible for COVID vaccine, 85% have opted in

US - The pandemic hit Florida prisons hard. A bill would let some sick inmates out early

US - California prison employees file lawsuit demanding hazard pay during COVID pandemic

US (Hawaii) - Five COVID-19-Related Deaths Reported in O‘ahu Prison


China - Shandong Prison Officials Jailed Over COVID-19 Cluster

Overcrowding & Staff vacancies plague Indian Prisons

Malaysia - Suhakam Sarawak fears jailing repeat SOP offenders will compound spread of Covid-19 virus

Maldives - Hulhumale' Prison Covid-19 cluster: 34 positive, 99 contacts identified

Sri Lanka - Eleven new COVID-19 infections from prison cluster


England and Wales - Prison lockdowns and mental distress of pandemic believed to have led to shocking self-harm rates of HMP Berwyn inmates

England and Wales - Bristol prisoners sent to HMP Cardiff despite 'concerning' Covid strain across the border

England and Wales - Coronavirus cases reported at HMP Guys Marsh

England and Wales - Grim scale of inmates self-harming in Preston Prison

France - Covid-19: La Campagne De Vaccination A Débuté Dans Les Prisons

France - Strasbourg : nouveau foyer de contamination au coronavirus à la prison de l'Elsau


News 5 February


Egypt: 3 detainees die from coronavirus in 24 hours

South Africa - Violence and Covid-19 take toll on SA’s prisoners


Steps Being Taken at the Belize Central Prison to Mitigate the Coronavirus Pandemic

A church survey reveals how mothers in Brazil are struggling to care for newborns in prison.

Canada - Ministry of Labour issues 9 unsafe work orders at two Ontario jails after COVID outbreak

St Lucia - Director Of Corrections Confirms Inmate’s COVID-19 Related Death

US - As Pandemic Rages, Voters Support Releasing People From Jails And Prisons

US (California) - San Quentin prison fined more than $400,000 after deadly Covid-19 outbreak

US - New York’s prisons are a time bomb of fear, isolation and despair (Commentary)


Malaysia - Solving the Prison Dilemma of COVID-19

News 4 February


Nigeria - Ibadan prison rejects suspects without COVID-19 test result


Canada - During COVID-19, former prisoners are re-entering a world with fewer supports

Dominican Republic - Prisons Are Making Improvements To Health And Safety In La Victoria

St Lucia - Internal review to come in wake of unrest at Bordelais

US - Covid-19 Is Spreading Faster Than Ever. Jail Populations Are Surging, Too

US (New York) - COVID Continues to Strain Prison Staff, Inmates

US - Iowa had more parole hearings and inmates approved for parole in 2020, but release rate shrank

US - Prisoners in Massachusetts won’t get reduced sentences for getting COVID vaccine after Baker administration rescinds offer made by DOC

US - Effort to speed vaccinations of Colorado inmates could get lift from Oregon ruling, ACLU says

US - Texas prisons have doled out thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses — but none have gone to prisoners, who get the virus at high rates   


Cambodia - Covid-19 measures implemented in prisons, UN special rapporteurs told

India - Mixed response to e-mulakat in prisons

Nepal - DoPM urged to improve prison conditions

Singapore - Record high number of offenders in community corrections in 2020

South Korea - Will Covid-19 relieve overcrowding of correctional facilities?


England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak at Lewes Prison

England and Wales - Outbreak of coronavirus cases at HMP Wayland


News 3 February


Ghana - Courts will preside over only urgent cases due to COVID-19 – JUSAG

Lesotho - Fear grips prison


Barbados - Abrahams: Prisoners who completed sentences released

Canada - COVID’s Uneven Spread in the Federal Penitentiary System has One Solution

St Lucia - Early release for prisoners called for amid BCF COVID-19 outbreak

US - Judge orders Oregon to offer prison inmates COVID-19 vaccines immediately

US - Massachusetts Incarceration Numbers Rise, After Steep Drop

US (Pennsylvania) - With 13,000 infected, 100 dead of COVID-19 in Pa. prisons, advocates urge faster releases

US (Nevada) - One-third of corrections staff vaccinated for COVID-19


Belgium - Coronavirus en Belgique: la tension monte dans les prisons après un an de restrictions

England and Wales - Justice Secretary dismisses concerns over Covid-19 rates in prisons as a ‘myth’

England and Wales - Living conditions in HMP Ford not 'humane', says watchdog

England and Wales - Prison with around 950 inmates confirms Covid-19 outbreak


Australia - NSW youth detainees reach historic low


News 2 February


Zambia - East Prisons Record 6 Covid-19 Cases


Barbados - COVID cluster at HMP Dodds under control; only seven active cases

Jamaica - Prisoner says hellish conditions worsened since COVID

US (California) - Prison officials ignored warnings before inmate transfer that led to virus outbreak, watchdog says

US - Utah State Prison allows inmates to connect with loved ones via video calls

US - Man convicted of first-degree murder is Iowa's 17th prison inmate to die of COVID-19 complications

US (Pennsylvania) - Confronted with significant flaws in coronavirus data, Pa. corrections officials concede ‘it’s unacceptable’


Maldives - COVID-19: Hulhumale' Prison under lockdown after inmate tests positive

South Korea - Nine inmates at Seoul prison test positive for COVID-19


Belgium - Prison staff want to strike over eased rules for visitors

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Covid outbreak in Lewes Prison

England and Wales - Lower levels of violence but drugs remain a concern at Deerbolt YOI

France - Prison: plus de 600 détenus contraints de dormir sur un matelas au sol à cause de la surpopulation

Luxembourg - Prison population to be vaccinated according to age and vulnerability

70% of Spanish prison's inmates test positive for COVID


News 30 January – 1 February


Canada - Union questions why Vancouver Island prison still allowing in-person visits

Canada - Dobson and Co.: Ontario is exposing prisoners to torturous conditions

Canada - Safety concerns persist as COVID-19 outbreak at Maple Ridge jail spreads

Trinidad & Tobago - Why no action on prison population?

US - Prisons have already failed to contain Covid-19. What happens when the new variants arrive?

US - ‘It’s just a matter of time’: Inmates detail horrid conditions amid COVID spike in Oregon prisons

US (Kentucky) - Thousands of people infected as overcrowded KY jails create ‘reservoirs for COVID’

US - Tracking COVID-19 Inmate Deaths in California Proves Challenging

US (Vermont) - Covid-19 isolation in Vt. prisons raises concern about inmates’ mental health

US - Maryland Races to Curb Spread of COVID-19 Inside Prisons

US - New Surge of COVID Is Spreading “Like Wildfire” in Illinois Prisons

US - Connecticut plans to shut 2 prisons as population declines


India - Mangaluru: ‘e-mulakat’ allows prisoners to converse with close ones

India - A first for Haryana: Prisoners to talk to kin via video

Number of Palestinian Prisoners Infected with COVID-19 in Israeli Jails Exceeds 350

Malaysia - Sungai Udang Prison placed under EMCO after 113 contract Covid-19

Nepal - 783 inmates at Central Jail receive COVID jabs


England and Wales - Fears Dovegate prison covid outbreak could spill out into community

England and Wales - Covid cases reported at Littlehey prison

Prisoners in Scottish jails have started receiving their first Covid vaccines


Australia - Victorian prisoners get unfair sentence reductions as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, Opposition says


News 29 January


South Africa - Perspectives: Why Covid-19 vaccine rollout must prioritise prisoners


Canada - Sending people to the Thunder Bay jail during COVID-19 outbreak is a violation of Charter rights: lawyers

Guyana - Inmates at three prisons test positive for COVID-19

Martinique - Suspicion de Covid-19 à la prison de Ducos : 16 détenus confinés

US - Medical science says prisoners should get the vaccine now. It isn’t happening

US - More than half of Colorado’s prison population has likely been infected with coronavirus, report says

US (Oregon) - As prison COVID-19 deaths rise rapidly, inmates’ relatives, advocates sound alarm

US - Almost half of Iowa’s prison employees have refused COVID-19 vaccine, despite deaths

US (South Carolina) - Stuck in prison quarantine, SC women say they aren’t getting basic medicines, insulin

US - As Prisons And Jails In California Battle COVID-19, Some Inmate Deaths Go Uncounted

US - Mississippi Prison Officials Tout Low Rates of Covid. The Reason May Be Fewer Tests.


COVID-19: Vaccine rollout in English prisons to begin today

England and Wales - Self-harm among women prisoners hits record high

England and Wales - The number of prison deaths up by 70% over last three months                                                                                           

England and Wales - Cockroaches, cold cells and a lack of pants - What it's been like in Leicester prison during lockdown

Northern Ireland - Prison officer overtime increases in NI during pandemic


News 28 January


Namibia - COVID-19 spike reported at Kavango prison

Zimbabwe - 110 Inmates At Mutimurefu Prison Test Positive For Coronavirus


Barbados - Prison officers traumatised

Canada - Letter calls for end to lockdown at Drumheller prison due to 'grave mistreatment' of inmates

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak declared at 3rd correctional facility in Fraser Health region

St Lucia - COVID scare: 23 inmates at Bordelais await results

US - Families of inmates at South Carolina prison accuse corrections staff of negligence

US - With a stalled court system, some Texas jails are dangerously overcrowded in the pandemic


India - As Courts Went Virtual, 40% Of Jails Had No Video Conferencing Facilities

Malaysia - Screen inmates before taking them to court, Bar tells prison authorities

Malaysia - Covid-19: Perak govt urges public, business operators not to view prison staff negatively


France - Covid-19. En prison, les détenus plus âgés vaccinés en priorité

Ireland - Phones provided to Cork prison inmates during Covid-19 pandemic

Scotland - Polmont YOI staff praised for 'restricting risk' of COVID-19

Spain - Prison union alerts of ‘serious’ Covid-19 outbreak at Sevilla prison

Spain - ‘Critical’ Covid Outbreak In Zaragoza Prison

Prison In Spain’s Valencia Suspends Non-Essential Activities


News 27 January


US (Louisiana) - Prisoners over 70 in state-run facilities receive first round of COVID-19 vaccine

US - 8 new COVID cases among Vermont corrections staff

US (New York) - State Prison Inmate’s Diary Details The Ordeal Of Battling COVID-19 Behind Bars

US - ACLU Appeals to Colorado Supreme Court, Wants Governor Polis to Decrease Prison Population

US - Utah begins vaccinating inmates ages 70 and up

US (Pennsylvania) - Philly prisons lift shelter-in-place measures, but COVID infections still on the rise

US (California) - With Nearly 4,000 Cases, Fresno County Jail's COVID-19 Tally Tops Nation's Correctional Facilities


England and Wales - Extent of Norwich Prison Covid outbreak revealed

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at HMP Ranby leads to soaring infection rate in north Nottinghamshire

England and Wales - Self-harming cases at HMP Hewell "stubbornly high"

Locked down and up: fears over virus impact on UK prisoners

France - Covid-19 : les clusters se multiplient dans les prisons d’Ile-de-France

France - Covid-19. La contrôleure des prisons réclame une stratégie de vaccination en détention


News 26 January


Gabon - Droits des détenus : Ossouka Raponda invitée à lever l’interdiction des visites aux prisonniers


Brazilian bishops decry conditions in prisons

Inside Canada's largest COVID-19 outbreak in a federal prison

Canada - Three Vancouver-area prisons report 66 active COVID-19 cases

Jamaica - 21 cases of COVID-19 at Tower Street prison

Mexico - Nearly 270 Inmates Involved In Riot at Mexicali Prison

US - People in Jail and Prison in 2020

US (New York) - Brooklyn Federal Prison Denying Communication Rights in Pandemic

US - Colorado judges denied many “compassionate release” requests during pandemic


India - Overcrowding led to Covid surge in prison

India - 126 test COVID-19 positive within 10 days in UP jail

Malaysia - As Covid-19 sweeps through lock-ups, govt moves to temporarily house inmates at National Service camps


England and Wales - The power struggle: COVID in prisons [podcast]

England and Wales - Extracts from a COVID Prison Diary

Ireland - Prison standards improved during pandemic - report

News 23 – 25 January


Ghana - Covid-19: Three inmates test positive in Walewale

Egypt: Amnesty slams 'inhumane' prison conditions

Zimbabwe - Inmates receive PPE


Barbados - 99 prison officers on sick leave

Barbados - Health of inmates at HMP Dodds a priority says Abrahams

Canada - COVID-19 infects 58 people in Metro Vancouver jails, vaccine plan unclear

Canada - Maplehurst jail in Milton, Ont. on lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak with 89 'active' cases

US - Prisoners are 5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than the overall population. A 69-year old prisoner is trying to change that one livestream at a time.

US - NAACP files suit over virus outbreak at Georgia prison

US (Connecticut) - CT's prison population the lowest in 32 years

US (Texas) - Women’s prison in Fort Worth again ‘full of COVID,’ 2 die from virus at men’s prison

US - Oklahoma Prison Lockdowns Due To COVID-19 Eased

US - Vaccinations underway at Delaware's prisons

US - California Juvenile Facilities See Continuing Covid Rise


Malaysia - Parliamentarians: Govt should grant early, conditional release to prisoners with minor offences to curb Covid-19 spread

Malaysia - Taiping prison under EMCO after sharp rise in Covid-19 cases

Sri Lanka - 4,395 total COVID patients from the prison cluster


England and Wales - Inspectors find HMP Hindley have coped well with the coronavirus pandemic, with only one confirmed case

France - Le coronavirus derrière les barreaux

Malta - Largest COVID-19 cluster so far detected at prison

Scotland - HMP Grampian hit by fresh outbreak of Covid-19


New Zealand - Contraband finds double during Covid lockdown at prison under investigation for staff corruption


News 22 January


South Africa - Concerns amid rising Covid-19 cases at St Albans prison


Canada - Provinces should set targets for giving prison inmates coronavirus vaccine: advocates

US - How Do You Social Distance In Prison? You Don't. You Get COVID.

US (Pennsylvania) - Coronavirus death counts exceed one per day in Pa. prisons. Gov. Wolf needs to use all the tools he has. | Editorial

US (Washington) - Prisoners’ families call for meeting with head of corrections agency amid COVID-19 outbreaks


India - ‘They don’t even look at us as humans. How can we expect them to protect us from the virus?’

Israel finishes COVID-19 vaccination campaign among its prison population

US (Michigan) - There have been 3,900 COVID-19 cases in Jackson's prisons

US - Florida inmate COVID-19 death toll at 205

US - Four More COVID Deaths in Oregon Prisons


England and Wales - Inmates at Verne prison without heating and hot water for 'weeks'

England and Wales - Prison's covid outbreak escalates as nearly 150 inmates and staff infected

England and Wales - Vulnerable inmates at Deerbolt afraid to leave cells due to fear of gangs

Eight prisoners currently have Covid-19 in Irish prison system

Covid in Scotland: Quarter of prison population awaiting trial


News 21 January


South Africa - Prisons get new staff in bid to combat spread of Covid-19

South Africa - Police Union call for removal of Arthur Fraser over COVID-19 surge in prisons

South Africa - East London prison dismisses claims Covid-19 is rife among warders


Canada - 'Doesn’t even make sense': Drumheller prison lockdown goes on despite widespread COVID recoveries

Canada - 'It's like they gave up': Experts, union demand action amidst COVID outbreaks at Thunder Bay jail

US - COVID-19 Extends Sentences for Some Incarcerated People

US - As COVID-19 Ups the Stakes, Advocates Say Prison Food Needs an Overhaul

US - Department Of Justice Lays Plans For Federal Inmates On Home Confinement To Return To Prison

US (North Carolina) - NC prison system begins COVID-19 vaccinations

US - Federal prisoners complain a private prison in Oklahoma isn’t following COVID-19 safety guidelines


England and Wales - Prioritise prisons for vaccines because they are Covid breeding grounds, advisers say

England and Wales - Covid-19: Open prison Hollesley Bay has 'quarter of inmates' infected

England and Wales - Damning report into Hewell Prison reveals it is 'not fit as a 21st century jail'


News 20 January


US - Delaying Vaccines For America’s Prison Population Will Make The Pandemic Worse

US (Colorado) - Report: State prison population dropped by 13% since March 2020

US - COVID-19 deaths spike in Oregon prisons

US - Minn. House members question DOC Commissioner about response to COVID in prisons


Virus sickens 24 more Palestinian detainees in Israel


England and Wales - COVID-19: 'Public health emergency unfolding' in prisons as coronavirus cases soar

England and Wales - Huge Covid outbreak at HMP Dovegate as 74 inmates and prison staff test positive

Ireland - Cork Prison officer hospitalised after contracting Covid-19


News 19 January


South Africa - Why prisoners are a priority in vaccine rollout

South Africa - Correctional Services ‘Doing All It Can’ To Ease Overcrowding In Sa Prisons


Canada - Positive COVID-19 cases are reported in jails in Milton and Thunder Bay

US - Prisons Are Releasing People Without COVID-19 Tests Or Quarantines

US (Pennsylvania) - Pa. prisons don’t always tell families when inmates are sick. Officials are defending that policy.

US - 'They’re not forgotten souls’: New York prisons see spike in COVID cases, deaths

US - Federal judges in Colorado denied overwhelming majority of requests to release inmates for COVID-19


Japan - Tokyo infections top 1,000; virus hits hospital, prison in area

Malaysia - Buildings can be requisitioned as temporary depots to house prisoners under Emergency, says chief secretary to govt


England and Wales - Hull Prison Covid outbreak on sex offenders wing with prisoners 'in comas'

England and Wales - Statement released after reports of Covid outbreak at HMP Nottingham

Northern Ireland - Covid-19: Naomi Long says some early release prisoners back in custody

Human rights watchdog raises Covid concerns over Scottish prisons

Turkey - ‘Prison wardens don’t observe pandemic rules’


News 16 – 18 January


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


Barbados - Prison 'stable', civilian staff working remotely

Barbados - Virtual Visits To Remain Suspended At Prison

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

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

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

US - Alabama prisoners stage hunger strike, allege retaliation

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

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

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


The Wretched Condition Of Pakistan’s Prisons Continues To Aggravate

UAE prison inmates get the Covid-19 vaccine for free


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

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

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

England and Wales - HMP Bullingdon staff test positive for coronavirus

England and Wales - Red alert over virus outbreak at jail

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


News 15 January

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


Zimbabwe - Zim prisons a death trap: EU


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

US - Pandemic Is Changing Compassionate Release Calculus

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

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

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


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

7 more Palestinians catch COVID-19 in Israeli prisons

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

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


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

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

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

News 14 January


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

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


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

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

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

US - 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

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

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


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

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


News 13 January


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreak in Portlaoise Prison

News 12 January


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Prisoners in Kansas among those to get vaccine next


Pakistan - Prisons get PPEs, hygiene kits

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


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

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

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


9 - 11 January


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

Zimbabwe - COVID-19 fears in prisons


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

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

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

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

US (Connecticut) - ‘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


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

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

500 prisoners suffering from Covid-19 across Pakistan

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


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

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

Ireland - Prison service confirms 40 inmates have Covid-19

Northern Ireland Prison Service confirms first female Covid-19 case

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


News 8 January


Kenya - Malindi Maximum Prison Receives Virtual Equipment

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

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


Canada - COVID Outbreak At Thunder Bay Jail

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

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

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

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

US - 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

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

US - Alabama Prisoners Strike Against Exploitation and Health Threats


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

Scotland - Covid-19 cluster identified at HM Prison Inverness

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


News 7 January


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

South Korea - Infected inmates demand compensation from state


Georgia - Ksani No.15 prison inmate dies of coronavirus

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

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

Netherlands - 84 inmates from Limburg prison isolated after coronavirus outbreak

Gross human rights violations continue in Turkish prisons, says report


News 6 January


Egypt denies allegations of covid outbreak in prisons


Barbados - Prison ‘under control’, says Abrahams

Barbados - Virtual visits to HMP Dodds suspended

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


5 January


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

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

US - Colorado prison population fell in 2020, increase expected

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


News 19 December – 4 January


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reversing course, feds say some US inmates get virus vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Israel shuts down Ramon prison due to COVID infections

Outcry after Israeli Minister Withholds COVID Vaccine from Palestinian Prisoners

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

Myanmar – 55 more inmates get COVID-19 in Bago

Pakistan - Virus spreading rapidly in Sindh’s overcrowded jails

South Korea tries to contain coronavirus outbreak in prison


Virus besets Belarus prisons filled with president's critics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greece - New prison decongestion bill to introduce community service

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

Ireland - Prisoners turn down temporary release over virus fears

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

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

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

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

Spanish Prisons Have Lowest Inmate Population in 10 Years

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


News 18 December


Mozambique: Nyusi Announces Pardon for Prisoners


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

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

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

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

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

US - ‘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

US - Michigan prisoner deaths from COVID-19 surpass 100

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


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

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

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


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


News 17 December


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


News 16 December


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

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

US - COVID-19 Underscores Prison Labor Exploitation Crisis

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

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

US (Pennsylvania) - 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

US - 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


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

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

Malaysia - 11,000 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

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


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

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

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


News 15 December


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

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

US (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

US - 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

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

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


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

News 12 – 14 December


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Sri Lanka - Coronavirus prison cluster exceeds 3000


England and Wales - COVID-19 outbreak at Lincoln prison

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

England and Wales - 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


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

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

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

News 11 December

Worldwide COVID-19 Decarceration: A Lost Opportunity

Experts call to include prisons in COVID-19 vaccine plans


COVID-19 aggravating Brazil’s Jails Crisis

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

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

US - 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’

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


Pakistan - Rights bodies concerned at prisons overcrowding during second wave

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


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

Italy - COVID: Infected jail inmates pass 1,000

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


News 10 December


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

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

US - Justice Dept. Sues Alabama Over Prison Conditions

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

US - 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

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

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


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

Cambodia: Urgently Protect Prisoners from COVID-19

Malaysia - 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


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

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


News 9 December


Belize Central Prison down to zero Covid-19 cases

Canada - 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

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

US - Rising Jail Admissions Called New COVID-19 Threat

US - 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

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

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


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

Malaysia - 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


News 8 December


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

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

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

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

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


Malaysia - Senators support prison reform motion

Sri Lanka - Early release for drug addicted inmates

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


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

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

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

News 5-7 December


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

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

Trinidad & Tobago - Visits to resume at prisons

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

US - Covid-19 is raging through overcrowded California prisons

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

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

US - 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

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


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

India - Karnataka: Prisoners can meet family via video call

Malaysia - Senate panel calls for reforms to ease prison congestion

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

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

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


Cyprus - 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

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at Norwich Prison

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

Isle of Man - Cell phones for prison inmates

News 4 December


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

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

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

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

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


India - E-mulakat facility for prisoners

Pakistan - Sindh’s prisons beat the virus odds

Saudi Arabia - Justice Ministry expands remote prosecution services

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


News 3 December


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


Canada - Saskatoon jail outbreak sparks discussion about alternatives to incarceration

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

US - Officials Spar Over Covid Spread Through Prison System

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

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

US - Florida Inmate COVID-19 Deaths Up To 189


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

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


News 2 December


Malawi Prisons Registers No Covid-19

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


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

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

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

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

US - Delaware reports new COVID cases in prisons

US (Rhode Island) - 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

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


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

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


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

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

Switzerland - Deux prisons entières en isolement


News 1 December


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


Bahamas - Prison commissioner defends health and dietary protocol for inmates

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

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

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

US - Prison population in Illinois battling COVID-19 outbreaks

US - Two Ohio Prison Officers Die From COVID-19

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

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


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

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


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

Italy - COVID: Almost 1,000 prison inmates infected