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

01 Dec 2020

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

International resources

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

The ICPA has a resource page here 

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

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

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

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

Europris have a dedicated COVID-19 page here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy statements and guidance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

News 21 January

Americas

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

https://ricochet.media/en/3830/covid-19-exacerbates-filthy-and-inhumane-conditions-in-montreal-jail

US - North Dakota prison system feeling impact of omicron variant

https://www.westport-news.com/news/article/North-Dakota-prison-system-feeling-impact-of-16791114.php

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

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/gavin-newsom-vaccine-mandate-cdcr-prison-staff_n_61e77278e4b05645a6edd650

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

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-prisoners-booster-shots-covid-19-13652844

Asia

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

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2022/jan/21/only-39-per-centfully-jabbed-in-3-delhi-prisons-2409514.html

Europe

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

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/victims-face-waits-nearly-two-22820380

 

News 20 January

Americas

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

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/28-inmates-catch-covid-19-at-federal-prison-in-b-c-s-fraser-valley-1.5746982?autoPlay=true

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

https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/over-a-dozen-inmates-staff-at-central-ontario-prison-test-positive-for-covid-19-1.5745788

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/morgansimon/2022/01/19/jails-in-jeopardy-following-new-treasury-rule-federal-covid-relief-must-help-people/?sh=677252274b9e

US - Current COVID surge also affecting Indiana prisons

https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/covid-cases-indiana-prisons

Asia

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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/pune-news/yerawada-jail-officials-seek-for-more-space-as-covid-cases-rise-101642613485779.html

Europe

Forcing jab will only worsen jail overcrowding: Belgian MP

https://www.brusselstimes.com/202256/forcing-jab-will-only-worsen-jail-overcrowding-belgian-mp

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

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2022/01/19/covid-jail-inmate-cases-more-than-doubles-in-10-days_34075d70-f4aa-43a7-8208-95e63b37089b.html

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

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/courts/2924601/perth-prison-covid-lockdown/

 

News 19 January

Americas

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

https://eu.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/01/18/michigan-covid-positive-prison-officers-work/6561428001/

US - Michigan prisoners wait for classes needed to be released

https://www.wilx.com/2022/01/18/michigan-prisoners-wait-classes-needed-be-released/

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

https://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/from-the-opinion-editor/article257340757.html

US - COVID-19 spreading rapidly in Illinois prisons

https://pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/covid-19-spreading-rapidly-in-illinois-prisons/article_fb449a15-81a6-54c7-b840-18ccb24fb052.html

Asia

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

https://theprint.in/health/covid-centres-constant-watch-doctors-on-duty-how-crammed-delhi-prisons-are-tackling-3rd-wave/806753/

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

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/mumbai-video-call-facility-between-prisoners-and-their-relatives-resumes/articleshow/88981761.cms

Europe

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

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/256389-roof-leaks-insects-crawl-in-prison-s-quarantine-ward

 

News 18 January

Mental health care for detainees failing worldwide

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-01-mental-health-detainees-worldwide.html

Americas

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

https://stluciatimes.com/bcf-official-supports-electronic-monitoring-for-low-risk-offenders/

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

https://ktar.com/story/4844164/arizona-prison-to-stop-accepting-nonviolent-offenders-due-to-covid-outbreak/

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/us/ivermectin-covid-arkansas-jail.html

Europe

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/magistrates-crown-court-sentencing-double-b1994999.html

Guernsey Prison bans visitors and enters special measures after Covid cases

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2022-01-17/guernsey-prison-bans-visitors-and-enters-special-measures-after-covid-cases

Oceania

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

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/calling-home-why-phone-access-for-prisoners-matters

 

News 15 – 17 January

Africa

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

https://ewn.co.za/2022/01/16/prisons-accused-of-using-solitary-confinement-as-torture-oversight-body

Americas

Barbados - Prison Service lauded for controlling outbreak

https://www.nationnews.com/2022/01/17/prison-service-lauded-controlling-outbreak/

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

https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/more-than-half-of-prisoners-at-burnside-jail-have-had-covid-19/

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

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/01/14/nearly-30-per-cent-of-ontario-jail-inmates-are-in-covid-19-isolation.html

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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/massive-drop-in-us-prison-population-unlikely-to-hold-post-pandemic/

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

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/article257290287.html

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

https://www.wpr.org/person-visits-suspended-wisconsin-prisons-covid-19-cases-triple-among-inmates-1-week

Asia

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

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2022/jan/15/covid-19-madhya-pradesh-government-bans-visitors-from-meeting-jail-inmates-till-march-end-2407119.html

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

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-jail-inmates-staffers-test-covid-19-positive-7727118/

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

https://iran-hrm.com/2022/01/16/covid-19-outbreak-spreading-womens-ward-of-sepidar-prison-of-ahvaz/

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

https://raajje.mv/112347

Europe

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

https://www.cypnow.co.uk/news/article/disgraceful-covid-19-restrictions-on-children-in-prison-to-end-in-march

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

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/covid-19/719959/covid-19-outbreak-team-reactivated-at-one-of-portlaoise-s-jails.html

 

News 14 January

Africa

Inmates stage riot in Kenyan prison

https://newsaf.cgtn.com/news/2022-01-14/Inmates-stage-riot-in-Kenyan-prison-16NBudxQC8E/index.html

Americas

Omicron variant causes full lock-down at Belize Central Prison

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2022/01/13/omicron-variant-causes-full-lock-down-at-belize-central-prison/

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

https://newsconcerns.com/indigenous-inmates-testing-positive-for-covid-19-at-higher-rates-in-federal-prisons-national/

US - Prison Population Drops as States Revamp Admission Policies

https://www.governing.com/community/prison-population-drops-as-states-revamp-admission-policies

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/us/politics/federal-prisoners-release.html

US - COVID Cases Triple In California Juvenile Prisons

https://laist.com/news/criminal-justice/covid-cases-triple-in-california-juvenile-prisons

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

https://thelensnola.org/2022/01/13/significant-covid-19-outbreaks-reported-at-new-orleans-jail-louisiana-state-prisons/

Asia

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

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/physical-meetings-with-family-and-lawyer-stopped-but-phone-call-facility-yet-to-resume-inmates-to-court-7722126/

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

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/01/14/virtual-hearings-the-way-forward-post-covid-19-pandemic-says-chief-justice

Europe

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

https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/health/pentonville-prison-covid-report-8619484

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

https://www.wigantoday.net/education/hindley-prison-told-to-increase-face-to-face-education-for-inmates-3527363

Oceania

Australia - NT youth detainees test positive for COVID

https://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/story/7581593/nt-youth-detainees-test-positive-for-covid/?cs=9397

 

News 13 January

Americas

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

https://www.riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/although-increasingly-authoritarian-ecuador-is-unable-to-get-a-grip-on-its-prison-problem/

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

https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20220112/stand-ja-renews-call-early-prison-release-amid-covid-outbreak

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

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/01/12/changes-to-incarcerated-populations-since-covid-called-uneven-disheartening/

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

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/01/13/michigan-prisons-covid-19-infections-among-highest-nation-surge-omicron/9131453002/

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

https://www.yaktrinews.com/washington-prisons-close-to-visitors-through-feburary-at-the-earliest-due-to-omicron-outbreaks/

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

https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/5827/state-corrections-reports-spike-in-covid-cases-among-employees-people-in-prison-over-past-two-weeks

Asia

Probe into deadly riots at prisons in Philippines

https://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/185160/probe-into-deadly-riots-at-prisons-in-p-pines/

Europe

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

https://www.lejsl.com/faits-divers-justice/2022/01/13/en-prison-alerte-sur-l-epuisement-physique-et-moral-des-detenus

Ireland - No temporary release for Limerick prisoners despite Covid cases

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40783602.html

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

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/256124-at-least-59-ill-prisoners-have-lost-their-lives-in-turkey-in-a-year

Oceania

Australia - Visits suspended at multiple Queensland Correctional Centres

https://www.miragenews.com/visits-suspended-at-multiple-queensland-706316/

 

News 12 January

Americas

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/01/11/as-covid-cases-spike-federal-bureau-of-prisons-is-not-releasing-eligible-inmates/

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

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/11/omicron-covid-california-prisons-staff-cases-surge-us

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

https://oklahomawatch.org/2022/01/11/while-active-cases-remain-low-threat-of-omicron-looms-in-oklahoma-prisons/

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

https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/overcrowded-and-understaffed-prisons-costly-for-taxpayers-unsafe-for-prisoners-and-guards

US - Illinois prisons pause county intakes due to pandemic

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-prisons-pandemics-illinois-10f309a67ccf022b52173a79fbc77617

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

https://nypost.com/2022/01/12/rikers-island-inmates-go-on-strike-to-protest-conditions-covid-19-lockdown/

Europe

European Prisons Push Back Against COVID-19

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2022-01-12/european-prisons-face-data-scarcity-omission-in-fight-against-covid-19

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

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/covid-19-restrictions-caused-increase-22713555

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-59954611

 

News 11 January

Americas

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

https://bvinews.com/court-hearings-move-online-prison-visits-suspended-amid-covid-surge/

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

https://www.newsweek.com/inmates-flood-toilets-protest-food-hygiene-issues-omicron-fuels-staffing-shortage-1667603

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

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/prison-system-details-rise-covid-19-cases-that-led-to-halt-in-visitations-2511276/

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

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-01-10/california-state-prison-staff-coronavirus-surge-omicron

Asia

India - Central jail authorities revive anti-Covid measures

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/88819073.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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

https://www.bulatlat.com/2022/01/11/rights-group-says-ph-jails-least-safe-from-omicron/

Europe

Ireland - Mass testing after Covid cases detected in Limerick Prison

https://www.limerickpost.ie/2022/01/10/mass-testing-after-covid-cases-detected-in-limerick-prison/

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59940840

Oceania

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

https://www.cowraguardian.com.au/story/7577633/jail-fear-after-prisoners-staff-test-positive/?cs=9397

 

 

News 8-10 January

Americas

Antigua - Prison inmates begin to get booster shots

https://antiguaobserver.com/prison-inmates-begin-to-get-booster-shots/

Canada - 82 prisoners at Burnside jail have COVID-19

https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/province-house/82-prisoners-at-burnside-jail-have-covid-19/

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

https://www.injusticewatch.org/news/prisons-and-jails/2022/illinois-prison-staff-covid-19-boosters/

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

https://gothamist.com/news/year-after-nj-released-thousands-early-prison-only-9-are-back-custody

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

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/south-texas-el-paso/news/2022/01/07/texas-jails-try-tablet-tech-for-visits-and-inmate-rehab

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

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/nevada-prison-system-suspends-inmate-visitations-due-to-covid-surge-2509329/

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

 https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2022/01/07/prison-inmates-cdcr-surge/

Asia

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

https://factly.in/data-prisons-in-india-continue-to-be-overcrowded-despite-covid-19/

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

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/covid-surge-west-bengal-jails-e-mulakat-prisoners-families-1897795-2022-01-09

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

https://newsroompost.com/india/about-1000-delhi-police-personnel-46-prisoners-in-delhi-jails-test-covid-19-positive/5053689.html

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

http://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/127582

Nepal - Dilapidated Salyan Prison overcrowded with inmates

https://kathmandupost.com/karnali-province/2022/01/08/dilapidated-salyan-prison-overcrowded-with-inmates

Europe

HDP demands action over torture and medical negligence in Turkish prisons

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

https://inews.co.uk/news/covid-court-backlog-remand-prisoners-at-highest-level-since-2010-1368038

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

https://inews.co.uk/news/delay-and-uncertainty-is-killing-people-as-remand-inmates-account-for-40-per-cent-of-suicides-in-prison-1380167

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

https://www.thesun.ie/news/8171599/mountjoy-prison-riot-covid-outbreak/

Irish Prison Service suspends physical visits for two weeks

https://www.independent.ie/news/irish-prison-service-suspends-physical-visits-for-two-weeks-41219278.html

Isle of Man - Visiting resumes at prison after Covid outbreak

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=65292&headline=Visiting%20resumes%20at%20prison%20after%20Covid%20outbreak&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2022

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

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/perth-kinross/2888433/perth-prison-covid-outbreak-isolating/

 

 

News 7 January

Americas

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

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/prison-staff-shortage-possible-amid-quebec-covid-19-outbreaks-union-1.5730292

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

https://truthout.org/articles/omicron-outbreaks-in-prisons-put-everyone-at-risk-but-data-is-scarce/

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

https://lailluminator.com/briefs/louisiana-prison-visits-halted-for-third-time-due-to-covid-19/

US - How Vermont prisons are dealing with COVID behind bars

https://www.wcax.com/2022/01/06/how-vermont-prisons-are-dealing-with-covid-behind-bars/

Europe

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

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/covid-19-47-des-detenus-ont-un-schema-vaccinal-complet-contre-76-9-de-la-population-generale_4906991.html  

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

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/01/07/covid-over-1000-jail-inmates-positive-close-to-2020-peak_b613fb07-fdd1-467f-837a-4fb54c742306.html

 

News 6 January

Africa

Uganda: Prisons Restrict Visits Due to Covid-19

https://allafrica.com/stories/202201050587.html

Americas

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

https://undark.org/2022/01/06/the-public-health-case-for-decarcerating-americas-prison-system/

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

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/05/director-embattle-federal-prison-system-announces-retirement/8643566002/

US - Unvaccinated staff spread COVID-19 in California prisons

https://www.workers.org/2022/01/60939/

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

https://www.kait8.com/2022/01/05/arkansas-prisons-crack-down-safety-measures-with-rising-covid-cases/

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

https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/news/2022/01/06/delaware-prison-staff-higher-covid-19-case-rate-than-inmates/9053689002/

Asia

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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/covid-enters-delhi-jails-authorities-in-wait-and-watch-mode-101641412524000.html

Europe

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

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/london-wandsworth-prison-watchdog-b975048.html

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

https://www.buckinghamshirelive.com/news/buckinghamshire-news/hmp-aylesbury-covid-outbreak-site-6447875

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

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-in-scotland-backlogged-courts-about-to-face-worst-disruption-yet-says-official-rk6xrkvf9

 

News 5 January

Africa

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

https://allafrica.com/stories/202201050259.html

Americas

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

https://globalnews.ca/news/8487449/covid-19-jails-prisons-inmate-release/

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

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/covid-19-spreads-to-prisoners-at-drumheller-prison-44-staff-26-inmates-test-positive

US - Latest COVID surge hitting Missouri prisons, treatment centers

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/latest-covid-surge-hitting-missouri-prisons-treatment-centers/article_c159000c-6da5-11ec-a9fa-47ac4a689234.html

Asia

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

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1164551

Philippines - 4,610 PDLs released by BuCor in 2021

https://mb.com.ph/2022/01/05/4610-pdls-released-by-bucor-in-2021/

Europe

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

https://www.cnews.fr/france/2022-01-04/covid-19-200-detenus-isoles-apres-la-decouverte-dun-cluster-au-centre

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

https://www.chronicle.gi/prison-visits-suspended-as-19-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19/

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

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/irish-prison-chiefs-splash-out-25852473

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

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/255744-covid-19-in-turkey-s-prisons-36-people-stay-in-a-quarantine-ward

 

 

News 21 December 2021 – 4 January 2022

Americas

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

https://globalnews.ca/news/8482951/covid-canada-prison-outbreaks-2021/

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/outbreak-nova-institute-1.6299971

Haiti: 11 killed in foiled prison break

https://www.tbsnews.net/worldbiz/africa/haiti-11-killed-foiled-prison-break-352882

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

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/12/22/omicron-has-arrived-many-prisons-and-jails-are-not-ready

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

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-31/california-unvaccinated-prison-staff-coronavirus-risk

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

https://eu.cjonline.com/story/news/state/2021/12/26/families-inmates-worry-future-kansas-prisons-amid-lockdowns/6506668001/

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

https://www.delawarepublic.org/delaware-headlines/2021-12-30/doc-suspends-prison-visitation-amid-covid-surge

US - Arkansas prisons lockdown amid record coronavirus case count

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-prisons-arkansas-22c1423fd7a6680951b31359d23f47f7

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

https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/01/03/corrections-counts-13-covid-positive-cases-at-facilities/

Asia

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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/patna-news/prisoners-meetings-with-relatives-suspended-amid-covid-surge-in-bihar-101641272374123.html

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

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/over-21-900-doses-of-covid-vaccine-administered-to-inmates-of-3-jails.html

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

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-covid-19-tihar-jail-oxygen-plant-7700410/

Europe

In under-vaccinated Bosnia, inmate population stands out

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/bosnia-europe-sarajevo-balkans-b1983881.html

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

https://metro.co.uk/2022/01/03/prison-officer-battered-senseless-and-gangs-clash-in-jail-violence-15856990/

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

https://www.politics.co.uk/comment/2021/12/24/the-pandemic-has-been-a-catastrophe-for-people-in-prison-we-must-learn-from-it/

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

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/tougher-criminal-sentences-contributing-to-the-courts-backlog-new-bar-chair/5111014.article

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreaks confirmed in four prisons

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/covid-19-outbreaks-confirmed-in-four-prisons-1.4766772

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/prison-inspector-criticises-use-of-solitary-confinement-to-contain-covid-19-1.4762361

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-59768185

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

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/prison-suspends-person-online-visits-22621768

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

https://stockholmcf.org/rights-violations-in-turkish-prisons-increased-in-2021-says-diyarbakir-bars-annual-report/

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

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-prisons/despite-normalisation-covid-19-restrictions-not-lifted-turkeys-prisons

Oceania

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

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/127402111/inmates-cause-43m-worth-of-damage-to-prisons-in-12-months

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-delta-outbreak-auckland-womens-prison-worker-tests-positive-staff-prisoners-in-isolation/MM4SGQW4ZAWWWCY4ZR7W6WXLCY/

 

News 20 December

Americas

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/doj-merrick-garland-washington-joe-biden-donald-trump-b1980456.html

US - Wisconsin prisons struggle with staffing shortage

https://kstp.com/minnesota-news/wisconsin-prisons-struggle-with-staffing-shortage/6338610/?cat=12196

Europe

Ireland - Prison officers' stress at work worsened during pandemic

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40770978.html

Prison visits in Northern Ireland to be suspended

https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/prison-visits-in-northern-ireland-to-be-suspended

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

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/west-lothian-prison-covid-outbreak-22539718  

Oceania

Australia - Visits cancelled at Arthur Gorrie and Brisbane Correctional Centre

https://www.miragenews.com/visits-cancelled-at-arthur-gorrie-and-brisbane-699221/

 

News 19 December

Americas

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

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/12/what-corrections-officials-can-do-to-prevent-the-spread-of-omicron-behind-bars.html

Europe

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-59733445

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

https://news.causewaycoastcommunity.co.uk/ni-prison-service-covid-19-measures-revised-to-keep-vital-system-safe/

News 18-20 December

Americas

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/indigenous-women-half-inmate-population-canada-1.6289674

Canada - Depopulate prisons before Omicron hits, Ottawa criminologist urges

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/depopulate-prisons-before-omicron-hits-ottawa-criminologist-urges

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

https://www.caymancompass.com/2021/12/18/same-day-testing-rules-kick-in-for-hospital-home-care-and-prison-visits/

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

https://guardian.co.tt/news/police-prisons--fire-services-associations-reject-vaccinationforpay-initiative-6.2.1429366.69b42561db

Only four US states are providing data about inmate vaccinations

https://qz.com/2103312/most-us-states-are-not-sharing-information-on-boosters-in-prisons/

Asia

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

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/prison-population-increased-by-14-in-last-2-years/article37980549.ece

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

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/omicron-delhi-prisons-to-isolate-inmates-with-influenza-like-illness-121121701067_1.html

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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/gurugram-new-inmates-at-bhondsi-jail-to-undergo-five-tests-101639937783944.html

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

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/12/20/bucor-91-of-those-in-jail-received-anti-covid-vaccine/

Europe

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10325039/Male-prisoners-free-family-phone-calls-scrapped-womens-arent-MoJ-decision.html

Backlog in court cases doubles in East of England during pandemic

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-59689118

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

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/arbour-hill-prisoners-hit-out-after-being-denied-showers-while-being-in-covid-19-isolation-1230919.html

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

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2021-12-20/tighter-covid-restrictions-for-inmates-at-jerseys-prison

Malta - Inquiry report calls for major overhaul of prison system

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/inquiry-report-calls-for-major-overhaul-of-prison-system.922189

Oceania

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/dec/20/life-in-the-ward-how-do-you-care-for-covid-patients-in-prison

 

News 17 December

Africa

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

https://gazettengr.com/ekiti-prison-overcrowded-housing-700-inmates-instead-of-400-inmates-prison-controller/

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

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/501271-federal-high-court-with-75-judges-has-128000-pending-cases-chief-judge.html

Americas

Ecuador commission to investigate prison violence - president

https://wtvbam.com/2021/12/16/ecuador-commission-to-investigate-prison-violence-president/

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

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/an-influx-of-sick-elderly-inmates-in-florida-prisons-called-a-crisis

Asia

Rights watchdog calls for decongesting India’s prisons

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/rights-watchdog-calls-for-decongesting-india-s-prisons-101639744557130.html

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

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-justice-minister-says-more-prisons-are-the-solution-to-overcrowding-1.10473840

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

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/12/17/prisons-dept-families-allowed-to-visit-inmates-for-christmas-from-dec-26-to/2029262

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

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/prison-riot-under-control-after-hundreds-of-inmates-lashed-out-over-covid-19-treatment

Thailand - Krabi prison dorm ablaze in second riot

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2233771/krabi-prison-dorm-ablaze-in-second-riot

Europe

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

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/durham-prison-locked-down-covid-22484043

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

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/254953-hdp-turkey-s-prisons-have-turned-into-houses-of-death

Oceania

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

https://thewest.com.au/opinion/wa-jails-are-understaffed-and-under-pressure-say-wa-prison-officers-c-4973766

 

News 16 December

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

https://filtermag.org/covid-vaccination-prisons/

Americas

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

https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2021/12/16/prisoners-on-work-release-fear-bringing-in-covid-from-the-outside-then-spreading-it-inside/

US - Tennessee prisons see overdoses surge

https://www.axios.com/local/nashville/2021/12/16/tennessee-prisons-see-overdoses-surge

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

https://www.alreporter.com/2021/12/15/alabama-prisoner-becomes-69th-to-die-with-covid-19/

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

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/v-i-prison-population-cleared-of-covid-19/article_b4d5f7a0-0db8-5149-b656-6ad97f43726e.html

Europe

Denmark to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo to ease overcrowding

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/15/denmark-rent-300-prison-cells-kosovo-ease-overcrowding

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-59676911

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/ireland-sees-one-of-highest-rates-in-world-for-vaccinations-in-prisons-1.4756414

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

https://stockholmcf.org/inmates-in-turkish-prisons-complain-of-lack-of-heating-and-inadequate-amount-of-food/

 

News 15 December

Americas

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

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-at-bordeaux-prison-infects-75-prompts-new-lockdown-1.5707063

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

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/brockville-ont-jail-closes-due-to-covid-19-outbreak-1.5707071

US Prison Population Decreased 15% in 2020

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/12/14/us-prison-population-decreased-15-in-2020/

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

https://www.ctinsider.com/news/article/CT-s-strict-vaccine-mandate-for-medical-staff-16700356.php

Asia

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/15/qc-jail-congestion-rate-down-to-55-from-1000-bjmp/

Europe

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

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19784252.visits-resume-winchester-prison-following-covid-outbreak/

Italy - Two guards hurt in prison riot

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2021/12/14/two-guards-hurt-in-prison-riot_2467fb4f-7eb8-400a-897b-f97e4bcf9bf6.html

Oceania

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-15/prison-guards-walk-out-over-food-and-conditions/100701108

 

News 14 December

Americas

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

https://gothamist.com/news/people-need-to-go-outside-rikers-detainees-say-loss-of-rec-time-is-intensifying-jails-crisis

Asia

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

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2333707/mysterious-rise-in-inmates-deaths-witnessed-in-lahore-prison

Philippines - Bureau of Corrections realizes jail decongestion program

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/12/14/bureau-of-corrections-realizes-jail-decongestion-program/

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

https://english.newstracklive.com/news/skorea-70000-inmates-officers-at--correction-centres-to-get-tested-for-covid-sc57-nu318-ta318-1198314-1.html

Europe

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

https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/crime/milton-keynes-prison-comes-under-fire-again-from-inspectors-3492917

Scotland - Fife: Community payback hit by pandemic

https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19781802.fife-community-payback-hit-pandemic/

Oceania

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/high-time-sharp-increase-in-prison-drug-seizures/MAZSBROJLFRLM6EOQVPJW4OXZM/

 

News 4-13 December

Africa

Dozens killed in fire at overcrowded Burundi prison

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/07/burundi-prison-gitega-fire-overcrowded

Zimbabwe - 2 000 Prisoners Test Positive For Covid-19

https://www.zimeye.net/2021/12/06/2-000-prisoners-test-positive-for-covid-19/

Americas

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

https://www.docwirenews.com/abstracts/prevalence-of-covid-19-infection-in-the-prison-system-in-espirito-santo-brazil-persons-deprived-of-liberty-and-justice-workers/

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

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/12/06/more-than-120-off-work-at-gta-jail-after-health-unit-bars-unvaccinated-staff.html

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/inmate-assault-trial-burnside-jail-covid-19-1.6276480

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

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/12/prisons-covid-lockdown-hardships-us

US - Multiple COVID outbreaks reported at Maine correctional facilities

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/me/maine/news/2021/12/09/covid-hits-corrections-facilities

Asia

Bangladesh - Prisoners to be vaccinated

https://www.tbsnews.net/coronavirus-chronicle/covid-19-bangladesh/prisoners-be-vaccinated-339709

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

https://women.ncr-iran.org/2021/12/09/the-conditions-of-women-iran-prisons/

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

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2333627/undue-delays-k-p-struggles-with-vaccine-hesitancy-in-jails

Philippines - 39,155 PDLs in BuCor jails vaccinated

https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/05/39155-pdls-in-bucor-jails-vaccinated/

Europe

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

https://www.dw.com/en/covid-how-europes-prisons-have-fared-in-the-pandemic/a-60006262

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

https://metro.co.uk/2021/12/05/in-focus-how-it-feels-to-leave-prison-during-a-pandemic-15658488/

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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/anger-fear-and-resentment-prisoners-speak-out-about-lockdown/

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

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19764273.bullingdon-prison-report-criticises-chronic-overcrowding-safety-standards/

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

https://www.lep.co.uk/health/coronavirus/prison-service-closely-monitoring-situation-at-leylands-hmp-wymott-after-covid-outbreak-3486127

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

https://www.hampshirelive.news/news/hampshire-news/hmp-winchester-what-restrictions-mean-6324378  

Ireland - Covid outbreak at Cloverhill Prison leads to restrictions

https://www.echo.ie/covid-outbreak-at-cloverhill-prison-leads-to-restrictions/

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-59599105

Malta - Two inmates test positive for Covid

https://newsbook.com.mt/en/two-inmates-test-positive-for-covid/

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

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-in-scotland-courts-backlog-could-take-five-years-to-be-cleared-up-zvbckdbz3

Oceania

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

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/casuarina-prison-inmates-riot-amid-union-warning-of-shortages-of-up-to-800-officers-c-4852698

Australia - NSW prisons are failing, new report claims

https://7news.com.au/news/crime/nsw-prisons-are-failing-new-report-claims-c-4895008

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/turning-hawkes-bay-prison-youth-unit-into-covid-19-ward-dreadful-mistake/HD4FCESMZIS4BRDSNZM6TBTZHQ/

 

News 3 December

Americas

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

https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2021/12/02/omicron-variant-suspected-in-covid-19-outbreak-at-toronto-east-detention-centre.html

Trinidad & Tobago - CCHR calls for independent monitoring of prisons

https://tt.loopnews.com/content/cchr-calls-independent-monitoring-prisons

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

https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/12/03/state-suspends-in-person-visits-to-prison-due-to-high-covid-rates/

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

https://k2radio.com/wyoming-prisons-see-5th-covid-19-death-and-a-new-outbreak/

Europe

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

https://www.bfmtv.com/sante/covid-19-un-cluster-declare-dans-une-prison-les-surveillants-pas-assez-proteges-selon-un-syndicat_AN-202112020294.html

 

News 2 December

Americas

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/john-howard-society-joins-lawsuit-against-corrections-canada-1.6270284

US - High number of deaths in Oregon state prisons

https://www.streetroots.org/news/2021/12/01/prisons-deaths

Asia

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/02/30000-doses-of-covid-vaccines-allotted-to-pdls-in-bucor-jails/

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

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spore-prison-service-launched-new-vehicle-for-infectious-inmates-3-weeks-before-covid-19

Europe

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

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/what-its-like-mother-prison-6255193

Ireland - Prison visits by children to see parents plummets

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40756920.html

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

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1826645.html

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

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/prisons-are-overcrowded-lacking-rehabilitation-efforts-audit-finds.918694

 

News 1 December

Americas

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

https://www.masslive.com/boston/2021/11/about-200-massachusetts-prison-guards-department-of-correction-employees-suspended-over-vaccine-mandate.html

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

https://www.fox5ny.com/news/ny-jail-and-prison-staff-not-complying-with-covid-mandates-face-suspension

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

https://www.wmdt.com/2021/11/del-doc-expands-inmate-visitation-to-children/

Europe

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-59478980

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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/thousands-held-in-prison-on-remand-face-second-xmas-behind-bars-as-a-result-of-growing-court-chaos/

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

https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/argentan-61200/covid-19-foyer-de-contamination-a-la-prison-d-argentan-dix-nouveaux-agents-testes-positifs-700fe5ec-51ff-11ec-99ce-b2ec8146a306

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

https://lequotidien.lu/police-justice/covid-19-les-contaminations-se-multiplient-a-schrassig/

 

News 30 November

Africa

Concerns over Covid-19 spread at notorious Egyptian prison

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/concerns-over-covid-19-spread-notorious-egyptian-prison

Americas

Ecuador's president extends state of emergency for prisons

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/ecuadors-president-extends-state-emergency-prisons-2021-11-29/

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

https://truthout.org/articles/unnecessary-and-complicated-transfers-are-spreading-covid-in-federal-prisons/

US - California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-business-health-prisons-california-9d875c2b7cc32d5e4be5cacab35e388e

Asia

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/30/77-of-48539-pdls-in-bucor-jails-vaccinated/

Thailand - Joint letter on restrictions on prison visits and correspondence

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/asia/thailand/thailand-joint-letter-on-restrictions-on-prison-visits-and

Europe

Scottish prisons: Independent review calls for radical reform following deaths

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19750456.scottish-prisons-independent-review-calls-radical-reform-following-deaths/

Oceania

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

https://www.goulburnpost.com.au/story/7531029/rapid-antigen-screening-to-go-ahead-at-canberra-prison/?cs=12

 

News 27 – 29 November

Americas

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

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/583237-prison-visits-to-be-restarted-after-20-months-in-alabama

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

https://www.axios.com/court-blocks-covid-vaccine-mandate-ca-prisons-15b430df-4a04-4582-9ccf-d6c975d30e17.html

Asia

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

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kazakh-torture-jail-using-virtual-reality-to-help-prisoners-feel-joy-3phnkswnn

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

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/11/29/63-of-prisoners-minor-drug-offenders-says-azalina-in-calling-again-for-prison-reform/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=ZiNGptgo_jlnEo8k0Vyyrzf8HqOtOUkoE7eZhNV_EFg-1638182607-0-gaNycGzNCeU

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/28/govt-assures-covid-vaccination-of-bucors-pdls/

Europe

Albania Closes Prison Hospital Criticized by Human Rights Organizations

https://exit.al/en/2021/11/27/albania-closes-prison-hospital-criticized-by-human-rights-organizations/

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

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/gym-restrictions-goodybags-hmp-liverpool-22276847

Turkey to lift ban on contact visitation in prisons

https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-to-lift-ban-on-contact-visitation-in-prisons/

 

 

News 26 November

Africa

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

https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/western/2021-11-25-43-inmates-at-bungoma-prison-test-positive-for-covid-19/

Americas

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

https://caymannewsservice.com/2021/11/lawyer-hmp-northward-a-scary-place-right-now/

US - Inmate claims Utah prisons mismanaged pandemic care

https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/inmate-claims-utah-prisons-mismanaged-pandemic-care

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

https://www.stylist.co.uk/long-reads/women-venezuela-prisons-ana-maria-arevalo-gose/592838

Asia

Cambodia - GDP, ICRC talk sprucing up prison management

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gdp-icrc-talk-sprucing-prison-management

Philippines - Majority of BJMP, BuCor inmates now vaxxed

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1520013/majority-of-bjmp-bucor-inmates-now-vaxxed

Europe

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

https://www.lalibre.be/belgique/judiciaire/2021/11/25/covid-et-surpopulation-les-prisons-sont-de-nouveau-au-bord-de-limplosion-2GNC76EKLJGMTGX6XUC73QCWIM/

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

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19741849.winchester-prison-covid-outbreak-cases-area-rise/

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/total-of-277-cases-of-covid-19-in-prisons-since-pandemic-began-d%C3%A1il-told-1.4739028

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

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/west-lothian-prisoners-slashed-guard-22275323

 

News 25 November

Prisons Are Communities Too

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/prisons-are-communities-too

Asia

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

https://www.telegraphindia.com/jharkhand/no-psychiatrist-visited-ranchis-birsa-central-jail-since-2020-lockdown/cid/1840398

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/25/prelate-says-inmates-should-not-be-left-behind-amid-covid-19-vaccination/

Europe

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

https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/argentan-61200/orne-nouveau-foyer-de-contamination-a-la-prison-d-argentan-48-detenus-testes-positifs-au-covid-d8f6de62-4dc7-11ec-8bef-f2c8380d539f

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

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/prison-reform-in-coming-weeks-home-affairs-minister-pledges.917038

Experts of Committee Against Torture Ask Serbia about Overcrowding in Prisons

https://www.miragenews.com/experts-of-committee-against-torture-ask-serbia-680487/

Contact visits to resume in Turkey’s prisons after months

https://bianet.org/english/human-rights/253909-contact-visits-to-resume-in-turkey-s-prisons-after-months

Oceania

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-25/tasmanian-prisons-overcrowding-report/100647178

 

News 24 November

Africa

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

https://www.blueprint.ng/prison-congestion-csos-solicit-stakeholders-support-to-release-detained-nigerians/

Americas

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

https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20211123/federal-workers-vaccinated-deadline

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

https://news.yahoo.com/covid-still-spreading-nm-prisons-195027425.html

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

https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/nyc-jail-officers-67-covid-vaccination-rate-mandate-looms

Europe

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

https://planetradio.co.uk/free/uk/news/essex-prison-rubbish-hmp-chelmsford/

Surge in drug seizures at Scottish prisons

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59350968

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

https://stockholmcf.org/heating-system-doesnt-work-in-istanbuls-silivri-prison-despite-freezing-temperatures/

Oceania

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/retraumatised-calls-for-prison-double-bunking-to-be-axed-as-new-data-shows-level-of-sex-assault/TB4OLA6YQKQVI74EA5PCDBC7VI/

 

 

News 23 November

Americas

Ecuador pardons some inmates to cut prison overcrowding after riots

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211123-ecuador-pardons-some-inmates-to-cut-prison-overcrowding-after-riots

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

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Federal-judge-rejects-California-s-bid-to-16642593.php

Asia

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/811851/doj-wants-to-include-pdls-in-3-day-national-vaccination-campaign/story/

Europe

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

https://www.lalibre.be/belgique/judiciaire/2021/11/23/prison-de-st-gilles-le-bourgmestre-a-pris-un-arrete-pour-limiter-la-population-carcerale-5SMOJPMF5JFQ3ES2YKI4GZHQEI/

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

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/covid-19/697202/covid-19-in-big-laois-prison-under-control-but-community-surge-raises-risk-of-more-outbreaks.html

Luxembourg - Sanitary measures at Schrassig prison extended by two weeks

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1821647.html

Oceania

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

https://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=344020&cat=980&fm=newsmain%2Cnarts

 

News 20 – 22 November

Africa

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

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1119965/well-implement-non-custodial-sentences-to-deconge.html

Americas

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

https://vocm.com/2021/11/20/thirty-four-inmates-and-three-staff-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-new-brunswick-prison/

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

https://cayman.loopnews.com/content/relatives-visiting-prison-must-get-tested-or-be-fined-10000

US - COVID-19 outbreak at Vermont prison spreading

https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2021/11/21/covid-19-outbreak-vermont-prisons/

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

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2021/11/more-than-100-massachusetts-prison-guards-suspended-after-refusing-covid-vaccine-over-the-past-month.html

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

https://theintercept.com/2021/11/20/north-carolina-death-row-health-care-crisis/

Asia

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

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/with-covid-curbs-eased-over-74k-turn-up-to-meet-inmates-in-10-mths/articleshow/87807240.cms

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

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/11/20/binding-over-better-than-jailing-petty-criminals-says-lawyer/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=5Og.fyQGK6JVtNznc7MSxEi8JkLCe9hxayss_JCW.0M-1637588223-0-gaNycGzNCL0

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

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/11/22/doj-chief-seeks-inclusion-of-30000-more-inmates-in-three-day-inoculation-drive/  

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

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/66-inmates-with-covid-19-housed-in-selarang-park-complex-quarantine-centre

Europe

Ireland - Covid outbreaks continue to worsen in prison system

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/covid-outbreaks-continue-to-worsen-in-pri

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/criminal-court/inmate-at-prison-hit-by-covid-19-outbreak-has-trial-delayed-1.4733470

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

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19731955.overcrowded-under-funded-msps-seek-major-justice-system-reform/

Oceania

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-delta-outbreak-waikeria-prison-quarantine-lifted-after-negative-test-result/BUKQ4I2Y34AYKXYZIZY3UI43MA/

 

News 19 November

Americas

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

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/18/we-are-all-suffering-whats-going-on-inside-ecuador-prisons

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

https://mynews4.com/news/local/73-percent-of-nevada-prison-workers-vaccinated-against-covid19-as-mandate-goes-into-effect

US (Massachusetts) - Prison depopulation request over COVID denied

 https://masslawyersweekly.com/2021/11/18/prison-depopulation-request-over-covid-denied/

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

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2021/11/18/san-quentin-covid-outbreak-cruel-unusual-punishment-cdcr-inmates/

Europe

Greece - Thessaloniki prison on lockdown after Covid outbreak

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1172137/thessaloniki-prison-on-lockdown-after-covid-outbreak/

Oceania

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-delta-outbreak-more-than-50-waikeria-prison-staff-isolating-after-covid-link/GUEVUCNFHNUJ4PDEELG3SQDWUQ/

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

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300457378/covid19-vaccinated-prisoners-to-have-no-choice-if-bunked-with-unvaxxed-inmates

 

News 18 November

Africa

In Togo, prison visit ban keeps families apart

https://news.yahoo.com/togo-prison-visit-ban-keeps-092553254.html

Americas

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

https://stthomassource.com/content/2021/11/17/second-outbreak-14-detainees-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-st-croix-jail/

Asia

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

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/insein-11172021204102.html

Europe

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

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/local-news/foston-prison-hit-outbreak-covid-6221595

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

https://www.thejournal.ie/prisons-covid-5604913-Nov2021/

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

https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/national-news/695188/prison-governor-says-prison-service-has-entered-silo-mentality-amidst-serious-outbreaks-of-covid-19.html

Luxembourg - 18 inmates test positive for Covid-19

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1819096.html

News 17 November

Americas

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

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/11/16/prisons-commissioner-no-covid-chickenpox-outbreaks-in-prison/

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

https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2021/11/16/covid-19-cases-rise-at-mass-jails-prisons/

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

https://eu.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2021/11/16/covid-cases-see-dramatic-uptick-minnesota-st-cloud-prison-correctional-facility/8623579002/

Europe

England and Wales - Covid cases confirmed at HMP Brinsford

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/covid-cases-confirmed-hmp-brinsford-22182136

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

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/covid-in-jails-judge-asks-prison-service-rep-to-come-to-court-after-prisoner-cannot-attend-trial-amid-ongoing-outbreaks-41058544.html

 

News 11-16 November

Reimagine justice and end child detentions: UNICEF

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/11/1105812

Africa

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

https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/eastern-cape-prison-hunger-strike-over-says-inspection-authority-d3ab9047-82af-4896-bc1d-dd1dc86df35b

Americas

At least 68 dead in latest prison violence in Ecuador

https://www.ft.com/content/0375e422-68fa-4109-9f17-57846fdb28a6

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

https://newrepublic.com/article/164342/early-release-prison-covid

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

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/S-F-s-jails-are-leading-California-in-COVID-16613932.php

Asia

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

https://www.thequint.com/news/law/emotional-torture-indian-jails-inmates-no-right-to-phone-calls

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

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/11/16/prisons-dept-says-19-drug-clusters-in-prisons-to-be-built-under-12mp/2021358

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/11/15/2141453/bucor-4k-inmates-fully-vaccinated-13k-partially-vaxxed-vs-covid-19

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

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/169-inmates-are-covid-19-positive-says-singapore-prison-service

Europe

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

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/57827-protests-against-covid-certificates-outside-zagreb-prison-split-court

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cookham-wood-children-prison-inspectors-b1957847.html

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/self-harm-prison-hmp-bronzefield-b1957994.html

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

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/30-covid-cases-confirmed-in-countrys-biggest-jail-as-mass-testing-of-staff-and-prisoners-under-way-41047564.html

Ireland - Covid outbreaks in prisons bring disruption to courts

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2021/1115/1260115-coronavirus-courts/

Record Number Of Deaths At Isle Of Wight's Prison

https://www.iwradio.co.uk/news/isle-of-wight-news/record-number-of-deaths-at-isle-of-wights-prison/

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

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/pandemic-fallout-convicts-not-eager-to-return-to-prison-in-turkey/news

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

https://stockholmcf.org/ban-on-contact-visitation-violates-rights-of-inmates-ankara-bar-association/

Oceania

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

https://www.thelawyermag.com/au/news/general/act-supreme-court-reduces-sentences-cites-covid-19-prison-woes/316677

 

10 November

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

https://theconversation.com/more-than-a-million-prisoners-have-been-released-during-covid-19-but-its-not-enough-170434

Africa

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

https://www.sapeople.com/2021/11/10/south-africas-faulty-life-sentences-are-catching-up-prisons-crowded-and-costing-citizens/

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

https://www.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/irregular-expenditure-violence-and-escapes-increasing-at-sa-prisons-20211110

South Africa - Vaccine hesitancy plaguing SA prison officials and inmates

https://www.citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/2906275/prison-officials-and-inmates-fear-side-effects/

Americas

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

https://www.rebelnews.com/proof_of_vaccination_to_be_mandatory_for_prison_guards_and_visitors_but_not_for_inmates

US - Philadelphia prisons to resume limited in-person visits

https://whyy.org/articles/philadelphia-prisons-to-resume-limited-in-person-visits/

Asia

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

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/several-inmates-and-staff-of-institution-a1-at-changi-prison-complex-test-positive-for

Europe

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

https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/prison-report-highlights-impact-of-covid-9224818/

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

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/midlands-prison-sees-covid-19-25420296

 

News 9 November

Americas

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

https://eu.seacoastonline.com/story/news/crime/2021/11/08/jail-york-county-me-turns-away-would-inmates-amid-covid/6341131001/

Asia

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

https://www.news18.com/news/india/tihar-jail-has-20k-inmates-against-10k-capacity-in-inhuman-conditions-parliament-committee-in-shock-4419617.html

Europe

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

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/192894/24-hour-strike-in-prisons-in-brussels-and-wallonia/

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/pava-pepper-spray-prisons-covid-b1953523.html

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

https://news.sky.com/story/justice-secretary-dominic-raab-doesnt-know-how-long-it-will-take-to-reduce-covid-court-case-backlog-12464242

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

https://news.sky.com/story/super-courtroom-opens-to-address-significant-backlog-of-over-60-000-crown-court-cases-12464432

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

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/national-news/690065/prisoners-have-high-uptake-of-covid-19-vaccines.html

Luxembourg - Prison tightens pandemic restrictions, 100 in quarantine

https://delano.lu/article/prison-tightens-pandemic-restr

Scotland - Shocking condition of Greenock Prison highlighted in national report

https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/19696713.shocking-condition-greenock-prison-highlighted-national-report/

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

https://www.coe.int/en/web/cpt/-/anti-torture-committee-publishes-2020-visit-report-on-police-and-prisons-in-spain

 

News 6-8 November

Americas

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

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/18-cases-associated-with-covid-19-outbreak-at-saanich-jail-island-health-says-1.5654097

Asia

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

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2211239/625-inmates-infected-with-covid-19-at-two-korat-prisons

Europe

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

https://nltimes.nl/2021/11/07/700-prisoners-isolation-coronavirus-outbreak-zaanstad-penitentiary

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

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/dumfries-prison-staff-praised-handling-25379587

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

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19700939.scotlands-courts-continue-virtual-hearings-2022/

Oceania

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-08/prison-numbers-down-but-not-for-first-nations-people/100596344

New Zealand - Prison staff miss Covid deadline

https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/280582-live-updates-prison-staff-miss-covid-deadline.html

 

News 5 November

Americas

Cayman Islands - Full prison struggles with high COVID case load

https://caymannewsservice.com/2021/11/full-prison-struggles-with-high-covid-case-load/

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

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/580209-newsom-joins-calif-corrections-department-in-appealing-prison-vaccine

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

https://www.keyc.com/2021/11/04/state-adjusts-covid-19-protocols-prison-employees/

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

https://thisisreno.com/2021/11/hundreds-of-prison-staff-submitted-religious-exemptions-ahead-of-vaccination-deadline/

Asia

Maldives - Male' Prison over capacity by 33 percent

https://avas.mv/en/109524

Europe

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

https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/detail_surpopulation-manque-de-personnel-et-recrudescence-du-covid-profond-malaise-a-la-prison-de-saint-gilles?id=10873120

Three of Scotland’s most violent prisoners killed by covid

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/three-scotlands-most-violent-prisoners-25381612

Oceania

Australia - NSW prisons COVID-19 outbreak infected hundreds

https://canberraweekly.com.au/nsw-prisons-covid-19-outbreak-infected-hundreds/

 

 

News 4 November

Americas

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

https://www.vancouverislandfreedaily.com/news/island-health-declares-covid-19-outbreak-at-saanich-jail/

US (New Mexico) - Prison population continues statewide decline

https://www.lascrucesbulletin.com/stories/prison-population-continues-statewide-decline,8742

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

https://www.capradio.org/articles/2021/11/03/amid-covid-19-outbreak-in-sacramento-jails-advocates-demand-better-care-emergency-releases/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=vDZiI7BJKbRrHYGv1p3GN4Vs0MTJ_uZIBfUIcz_ImFc-1636028640-0-gaNycGzNCL0

Europe

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

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/covid-scotland-courts-backlog-will-take-multiple-years-to-clear-warns-lord-advocate-3443658

Oceania

Australia - NSW prison population down during COVID-19

https://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/7496793/nsw-prison-population-down-during-covid-19/

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

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE2111/S00027/visitors-to-prisons-required-to-be-fully-vaccinated-against-covid-19-before-9-december.htm

 

News 3 November

Americas

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

https://kfgo.com/2021/11/02/covid-19-inmate-cases-soar-at-north-dakota-state-prison/

US - Few Minnesota Counties Require COVID Vaccines for Prison Workers

https://www.bollyinside.com/news/few-minnesota-counties-require-covid-vaccines-for-prison-workers

US - Nebraska Corrections director says prisons are understaffed, overpopulated

https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/nebraska-corrections-director-says-prisons-are-understaffed-overpopulated

Asia

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

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/karnataka-high-court-parole-extension-denied-ground-of-covid-19-disease-184863

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

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/87495672.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Europe

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

https://planetradio.co.uk/greatest-hits/dorset/news/record-number-deaths-hmp-the-verne/

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

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/funding-plea-for-jail-mental-healthcare-after-460-self-harm-incidents-this-year-41011222.html

 

News 2 November

Americas

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

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/union-for-federal-prison-workers-sues-over-covid-vaccine-mandate

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

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/local-news/2021-11-01/hawaii-federal-prison-workers-protest-staffing-shortages-lack-of-covid-19-testing-option

Europe

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

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/dour-report-finds-hmp-hull-6141920

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

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40734387.html

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

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/prison-union-warns-psychoactive-drugs-25349968

Scotland must reduce prisoner numbers, says watchdog

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59133556

Oceania

New Zealand - Auckland inmates among positive cases

https://www.looppng.com/coronavirus/auckland-inmates-among-positive-cases-106221

 

News 30 October – 1 November

Americas

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

https://marketresearchtelecast.com/after-the-freedoms-anticipated-by-the-covid-the-buenos-aires-prisons-were-filled-again-and-already-exceed-the-levels-of-the-pre-pandemic/190478/

Bahamas - Request For Independent Review Of Prison Issues

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2021/oct/29/request-independent-review-prison-issues/

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-court-backlog-1.6229951

US prisons face staff shortages as officers quit amid COVID

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-business-health-texas-prisons-dba13f1c6368392be2bc5e7375170a78

Asia

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

https://www.thesundaily.my/local/deepavali-families-allowed-to-meet-inmates-prisons-dept-CK8509235

Europe

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

https://albaniandailynews.com/news/drenov-over-10-prisoners-infected-with-covid-19

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

https://actu.fr/occitanie/beziers_34032/beziers-covid-la-prison-identifiee-comme-cluster-plus-de-50-cas-confirmes_46093972.html

News 29 October

Americas

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

https://www.nbc12.com/2021/10/28/virginias-prison-population-fell-by-thousands-during-pandemic-will-it-stay-down/

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

https://www.centralmaine.com/2021/10/29/despite-outbreaks-at-maine-prisons-and-jails-workers-arent-required-get-vaccinated/

Asia

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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/after-hunger-strike-prisoners-in-bihar-allowed-to-meet-kin-get-outside-food-101635437210725.html

Decongesting Philippine Prisons

https://www.panaynews.net/decongesting-philippine-prisons/

Europe

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

https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/prisons-and-health/news/news/2021/10/improving-health-in-prisons-new-who-prison-health-framework-can-improve-data-quality

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

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/28/self-harm-among-women-and-children-in-uk-prisons-rises-to-record-levels

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-59087024

Oceania

Australia - Report criticises rising prison population

https://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/7489162/report-criticises-rising-prison-population/

 

News 28 October

Africa

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

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/oct/28/stuck-in-limbo-endless-wait-for-justice-for-those-in-nigerias-prisons

Americas

St Lucia - Visits suspended at Bordelais due to COVID outbreak

https://stlucia.loopnews.com/content/visits-suspended-bordelais-due-covid-outbreak

US - Some states are cloaking prison COVID data

https://gcn.com/articles/2021/10/27/prison-covid-data-transparency.aspx?m=1

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

https://www.law360.com/pulse/articles/1434773/doj-will-revise-trump-era-home-release-limit-garland-says-

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

https://kion546.com/news/2021/10/27/inmates-must-be-vaccinated-to-see-visitors-in-state-prison-cdcr-says/  

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

https://www.kold.com/2021/10/27/prison-officials-more-than-80-state-inmates-vaccinated/

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

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/criminal-justice/2021/10/27/411881/lawsuits-and-protests-texas-county-jails-are-on-the-brink-during-the-pandemic/

Asia

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

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50960319/courts-urged-to-expedite-clearing-backlog-to-reduce-prison-overcrowding/

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

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1008812/in-china%2C-covid-19-had-an-unlikely-side-effect-bail-reform

Europe

Cyprus - Court cases postponed due to Covid-19

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/court-cases-postponed-due-to-covid-19/

Turkey - ‘Pandemic restrictions’ still in place in prisons

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/252474-pandemic-restrictions-still-in-place-in-prisons

 

News 27 October

Africa

Uganda - 18 percent prison inmates vaccinated against Covid-19

https://www.independent.co.ug/18-percent-prison-inmates-vaccinated-against-covid-19/

Americas

US - Missouri prisons urged to improve COVID protocols

https://eu.examiner.net/story/news/2021/10/26/missouri-prisons-urged-improve-covid-protocols/8560551002/

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

https://georgetownvoice.com/2021/10/26/prison-scholars-return-to-class/

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

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article255300371.html

Asia

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

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/10/740198/prisons-dept-allows-visitations-states-under-phase-4-nrp

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

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/10/27/zero-covid-19-cases-in-penang-remand-prison-since-september/2016327

Europe

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

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/78910-deal-reached-to-end-long-running-covid-safety-dispute-at-49-prisons

News 26 October

Americas

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

https://www.fultonsun.com/news/local/story/2021/oct/26/covid-19-rates-higher-in-missouri-counties-with-large-prison-populations-study-says/893620/

Asia

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

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2021/oct/26/prisoners-ordered-to-return-to-covid-freejails-in-delhi-2375808.html

Thailand - Nakhon Si Thammarat widens lockdowns as prison infections rise

 https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2204443/nakhon-si-thammarat-widens-lockdowns-as-prison-infections-rise

Europe

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

https://www.coe.int/en/web/criminal-law-coop/-/armenian-prison-healthcare-staff-trained-on-prevention-and-control-of-health-care-associated-infections

News 23 – 25 October

Africa

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

https://www.ktpress.rw/2021/10/human-right-commission-reports-an-issue-of-prisons-congestion-again/

Uganda - Prisons cries out for Covid-19 vaccines

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/prisons-cries-out-for-covid-19-vaccines-3592386

Americas

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

https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/74-covid-positive-cases-among-inmates-spanish-town-prison

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

https://stlucia.loopnews.com/content/another-covid-outbreak-bordelais-27-new-cases-prison

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

https://truthout.org/articles/when-prison-guards-refuse-vaccines-incarcerated-people-pay-the-price/

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

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-prisons-connecticut-ned-lamont-12825921c573bd8435579eca63862a9f

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

https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2021/10/25/covid-outbreaks-continue-in-nc-jails-which-are-exempt-from-state-vaccine-mandate/

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

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2021/oct/24/nevada-inmates-health-conditions-pandemic-probe/

Asia

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

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/over-17000-covid-vaccine-doses-given-to-delhi-prison-inmates/articleshow/87237077.cms

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/10/25/bjmp-records-low-covid-jail-cases-high-pdl-vax-numbers-in-past-6-months/

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/10/25/bucor-vows-to-have-all-pdls-workers-vaccinated-vs-covid/

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

https://www.rappler.com/nation/general-santos-detainees-crammed-in-cells-while-awaiting-covid-19-tests

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

https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/covid-19-in-prison-outbreaks-from-overcrowding-now-subsiding

Europe

Prison overcrowding report discussed with key stakeholders in Greece

https://www.coe.int/en/web/criminal-law-coop/-/prison-overcrowding-report-discussed-with-key-stakeholders-in-greece

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

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/perth-kinross/2680602/covid-200-inmates-isolating-perth-prison/

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

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/10/22/two-wards-in-spanish-prison-go-into-lockdown-due-to-major-covid-outbreak/

Oceania

Australia - COVID-19 inquiry ordered into Sydney jail

https://www.northernbeachesreview.com.au/story/7481318/covid-19-inquiry-ordered-into-sydney-jail/

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

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300435598/covid19-corrections-accused-of-subterfuge-over-staff-vaccine-mandate

News 22 October

Americas

US - Health care in Illinois prisons is deficient: Report

https://www.injusticewatch.org/news/prisons-and-jails/2021/health-care-illinois-prisons-monitor-report/

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

https://www.ncwlife.com/citing-covid-19-concerns-gov-inslee-halts-jail-to-prison-transfers/

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

https://gothamist.com/news/covid-rages-rikers-staffing-crisis-delays-vaccine-mandate-jail-staff

US - Visitations at Mississippi prisons to resume November 1

https://www.wlbt.com/2021/10/21/visitations-mississippi-prisons-resume-november-1/

Europe

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

https://www.midilibre.fr/2021/10/21/beziers-encore-plus-de-malades-du-covid-a-la-prison-du-gasquinoy-9882279.php

Prison Revolts in Russia Growing in Number, Size and Impact

https://jamestown.org/program/prison-revolts-in-russia-growing-in-number-size-and-impact/

News 21 October

Africa

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

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/covid-19-grant-clemency-to-prison-inmates-now-lawyer-begs-okowa/

Americas

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

https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/30630/group-says-prolonged-use-of-lockdowns-restrictive-movement-routines-in-prisons-unconstitutional

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

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/more-than-1-000-inmates-locked-in-their-cells-amid-staffing-shortage-at-montreal-s-bordeaux-prison-1.5631939

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

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-20/appeals-court-tosses-order-aimed-at-protecting-immigration-detainees-from-covid-19

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

https://news.yahoo.com/state-prisons-offer-food-incentives-120300043.html

Asia

Cambodia - Covid vaccinations for detainees near 100%

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/covid-vaccinations-detainees-near-100

Europe

Cyprus - MPs ponder electronic bracelets to alleviate prison overcrowding

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/10/20/mps-ponder-electronic-bracelets-to-alleviate-prison-overcrowding/

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

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/courts/2672865/fife-terror-trial-halted-after-another-covid-outbreak-at-perth-prison/

Oceania

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

https://citynews.com.au/2021/government-resists-compulsory-jabs-for-prison-officers/

News 20 October

Americas

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

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-9133.12562

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

https://southernmarylandchronicle.com/2021/10/19/democrats-in-congress-press-biden-to-extend-covid-related-prisoner-releases/

Asia

Kuwait to pardon more prisoners next year amid overcrowding

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/kuwait-pardon-more-prisoners-next-year-amid-overcrowding

Europe

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-prisoners-miss-hospital-appointments-b1940951.html

Oceania

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-delta-outbreak-corrections-national-commissioner-welcomes-staff-vaccine-mandate/BVWLHVOSWPLUZ6TYDQL3JLXJZE/

News 19 October

Americas

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/sudbury-jail-covid-outbreak-1.6215096

US - How States Shunted Prisoners Aside in Vaccine Rollout

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/10/18/how-states-shunted-prisoners-aside-in-vaccine-rollout/

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

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-18/covid-19-cases-increase-seven-fold-in-wyoming-prison-system

Asia

India - Jail inmates can now talk to relatives over phone

https://www.orissapost.com/jail-inmates-can-now-talk-to-relatives-over-phone/

India - 20 jail inmates test Covid positive in Thane

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/maharashtra-20-jail-inmates-test-positive/articleshow/87121222.cms

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/10/19/2135223/3134-123848-inmates-bjmp-facilities-complete-doses-vs-covid-19

News 16 – 18 October

Africa

Kenya - Kapsabet GK Prison Records 100pc Vaccination

https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/kapsabet-gk-prison-records-100pc-vaccination/

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

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/10/344979/covid-19-92-of-moroccos-prison-population-are-fully-vaccinated

Americas

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

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/2021/10/16/prison-wont-fix-poverty-social-issues-lead-cycle-violence/5846131001/

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

https://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/Inmates-are-more-vaccinated-against-COVID-19-than-16534149.php

US - Louisiana Will Restart Prison Visits With Covid Precautions

https://www.kadn.com/content/news/Louisiana-will-restart-prison-visits-with-COVID-precautions-575546121.html

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

https://news.yahoo.com/im-prison-just-had-first-120200384.html

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

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/anxiety-runs-high-among-some-incarcerated-people-regular-covid-testing-n1281186

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

https://tennesseelookout.com/2021/10/18/covid-rates-at-corecivic-prisons-soar-above-rates-at-state-run-facilities/

Asia

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

https://www.rappler.com/nation/bureau-corrections-report-vaccinated-convicts-philippines-october-18-2021

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/10/17/davao-prison-sets-up-isolation-facility-for-covid-other-infectious-diseases/

Oceania

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

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/rapid-testing-jabs-and-jury-bubbles-how-nsw-courts-are-reopening-safely-20211014-p5900n.html

News 15 October

Africa

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

https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/ministry-commends-uptake-of-covid-19-jabs-in-prisons/

Americas

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

https://eu.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/crime/2021/10/14/pandemic-covid-19-alabama-death-row-prisoners-united-states/6103792001/

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

https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2021/10/14/massachusetts-prison-guard-vaccine-mandate/

Europe

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58910799

England and Wales - Black mental health crisis in prisons

https://www.voice-online.co.uk/news/2021/10/14/black-mental-health-crisis-in-prisons/

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

https://stockholmcf.org/izmir-f-type-prison-imposing-extra-restrictions-on-inmates-despite-new-regulation/

Oceania

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

https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/15-10-2021/why-covid-19-in-prisons-matters-for-maori/

 

News 14 October

Americas

US - Incarcerated Describe COVID Prison Practices as Torture

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/10/13/incarcerated-describe-covid-prison-practices-as-torture/

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

https://truthout.org/articles/ive-spent-35-years-in-prison-i-live-each-day-fearing-another-wave-of-covid/

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

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/incarceration-prisons-covid-death-health-care-20211013.html

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

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article254990142.html

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

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/10/13/oregon-correctional-staff-50-percent-vaccinated-mandate-nears/

Europe

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

https://www.cypnow.co.uk/news/article/stc-still-locking-children-in-cells-for-23-hours-a-day-warn-inspectors

News 13 October

Africa

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

https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/govt-intensifies-covid-19-vaccination-in-prisons/

Kenya - Inmates To Wait Longer To Receive Visitors 

https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/inmates-to-wait-longer-to-receive-visitors/

Americas

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

https://www.fox17online.com/news/local-news/despite-being-told-otherwise-thousands-of-convicts-sent-home-for-covid-19-will-have-to-return-to-prison

US - Texas Prison Staff COVID-19 Death Toll Spikes

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/10/12/texas-prison-staff-covid-19-death-toll-spikes/

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

https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/10/supreme-court-no-more-expedited-releases-for-hawaii-inmates/

Europe

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

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/perth-kinross/2655399/covid-around-40-prisoners-self-isolating-at-perth-prison-as-a-precautionary/

Oceania

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

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/lockdown-in-hunter-valley-maximum-security-prison-after-virus-outbreak-20211011-p58yzt.html

News 12 October

Americas

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-justice-offenders-jail-sentence-intermittent-tap-1.6206313

Europe

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

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/11/children-locked-in-rooms-at-youth-prison-up-to-23-hours-a-day-report

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

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/self-harm-at-peterborough-prison-drops-during-lockdown-despite-inhumane-conditions-jail-forced-to-impose-3415002

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

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/inside-shabby-hmp-deerbolt-prisoners-21823780

Oceania

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

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO2110/S00093/people-in-prison-must-be-protected-from-covid-19.htm

News 9-11 October

Americas

Bermuda - Courts reduce services because of Covid-19

https://www.royalgazette.com/general/news/article/20211010/courts-reduce-services-because-of-covid-19/

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

https://newsroom.gy/2021/10/08/covid-19-about-half-of-prison-population-vaccinated/

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

https://menafn.com/1102946430/Outbreak-of-covid-19-in-womens-prisons&source=30

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

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/vaccination-rates-rise-at-washington-department-of-corrections-other-agencies-in-response-to-covid-19-mandate/

Asia

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

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50949086/chrc-says-ngos-call-to-release-prisoners-will-affect-public-order/

Europe

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

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/news/56713-23-prisoners-at-zagreb-s-remetinec-prison-infected-110-self-isolating

Only valid Covid-19 certificates for prison guards in Latvia

https://bnn-news.com/only-valid-covid-19-certificates-for-prison-guards-in-latvia-228888

Spain – Mass Covid outbreak in Cordoba prison

https://murciatoday.com/mass-covid-outbreak-in-cordoba-prison-_1660987-a.html

Turkey - COVID-19 outbreak reported at Antalya prisons

https://turkeypurge.com/covid-19-outbreak-reported-at-antalya-prisons

Oceania

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

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-courts-consider-only-allowing-jurors-who-are-fully-vaccinated-20211010-p58yor.html

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

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300427434/three-mt-eden-prison-covid-cases-one-transferred-to-hospital

News 8 October

Africa

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

https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/rift-valley/2021-10-07-30000-inmates-get-covid-vaccine-in-plan-to-resume-visitation/

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

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/liberia-detainees-are-five-times-more-at-risk-of-contracting-covid-19-eu-head-of-delegation-cautions-inmates-to-get-vaccinated/

Americas

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

https://gantnews.com/2021/10/08/gov-wolf-announces-pennsylvania-prison-population-reaches-20-year-low/

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

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/investigations/2021/10/07/prison-staff-death-toll-spikes-after-state-relaxes-coronavirus-precautions-behind-bars/

Europe

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

https://www.huckmag.com/perspectives/how-the-pandemic-is-hurting-women-leaving-prison/

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

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/inmates-in-crisis-held-in-units-designed-for-solitary-confinement-40928722.html

News 7 October

Africa

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

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2021/10/more-than-50-percent-of-prisoners-in-kenya-vaccinated-against-covid-19/

Americas

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/10/06/federal-bureau-of-prisons-staff-63-vaccinated-but-union-digging-in-heels-on-mandate/?sh=2d74c32b10ae

US Prisons Were Covid Hothouses During Pandemic First Wave

https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/covid-19/us-prisons-were-covid-hothouses-during-pandemic-first-wave

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

https://wskg.org/news/new-yorks-already-low-prison-vaccinations-plateau-through-the-summer/

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

https://lasentinel.net/public-health-sees-covid-19-outbreaks-at-correctional-facilities.html

Asia

Laos - Forty Lao Prisoners Found Infected With COVID-19

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/prisoners-10062021192736.html

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1498039/late-submission-of-inmates-prison-records-slows-down-efforts-to-decongest-jails

Europe

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

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/-staffy-prison-violence

News 6 October

Americas

Bahamas - Another Suspected Covid Case At Prison

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2021/oct/05/another-suspected-covid-case-prison/

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

https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/10/covid-19-vaccine-mandate-could-exacerbate-understaffing-federal-prisons-union-warns/185864/

Europe

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58802975

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

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/court-backlog-may-not-return-to-pre-pandemic-levels-for-another-year-raab/5110047.article

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

https://stockholmcf.org/covid-19-restrictions-lead-to-rights-violations-in-turkish-prisons-bar-association-and-medical-chamber-say/

Oceania

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

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7458606/families-of-detainees-alarmed-at-not-having-any-contact-with-those-inside/

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-06/indigenous-prisoners-face-healthcare-shortfalls-during-covid/100514998

News 5 October

Americas

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

https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/post/covid-precautions-put-more-prisoners-isolation-it-can-mean-long-term-health-woes#stream/0

US - Electronic Monitoring Has Widened Its Net Amid COVID

https://truthout.org/articles/electronic-monitoring-has-widened-its-net-amid-covid/

Oceania

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

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-than-30-prisoners-infected-as-covid-19-spreads-to-five-victorian-jails-20211005-p58xf7.html

Papua New Guinea – Buimo Jail in Lockdown

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-women-violence-police-crime-b1932431.html

News 2-4 October

Americas

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

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/1/ecuador-to-pardon-up-to-2000-inmates-after-deadly-prison-riot

Asia

Cambodia - Pchum Ben ceremonies permitted with conditions in prisons

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pchum-ben-ceremonies-permitted-conditions-prisons

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

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/1754182-inmates-in-odisha-jail-can-now-speak-with-visitors-from-glass-cabin

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

https://avas.mv/en/107796

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/04/21/more-than-21000-inmates-fully-vaccinated-vs-covid-19

Sri Lanka - Prisons Department decides to permit visitation

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2021/10/04/prisons-department-decides-to-permit-visitation/

Europe

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

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/health/hmp-norwich-second-covid-outbreak-over-8381210

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

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19619265.hmp-berwyn-prisoners-claim-unfair-inhumane-treatment-pandemic/

Turkey’s prisoners lack access to healthcare - report

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-prisons/turkeys-prisoners-lack-access-healthcare-report

News 1 October

Americas

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2021/09/30/prison-inmates-more-vaccinated-than-corrections-staff-in-at-least-13-states/?sh=7559f9a74ebb

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

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/30/us/covid-prison-inmates-compassionate-release-invs/index.html

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

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/the-conversation/2021-09-30/governor-hawaii-prisons-covid-public-safety-tourism

Asia

Thailand - Department recruits 74,000 prison inmates

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2190395/department-recruits-74-000-prison-inmates

Europe

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

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/ministry-of-justice-england-wales-dominic-raab-investing-b958193.html

News 30 September

Americas

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

https://shadowproof.com/2021/09/29/at-san-quentin-incarcerated-people-organize-for-safety-as-prison-transfers-spread-covid-19/

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

https://news.yahoo.com/massachusetts-prison-guard-union-files-221514949.html

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

https://ourcommunitynow.com/lifestyle/protesters-object-to-alabama-prison-plan-use-of-covid-19-federal-funds

Asia

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

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2021/sep/29/sc-orders-extension-of-parole-of-prisoners-released-in-kerala-amid-covid-19-pandemic-2365404.html

Philippines - Iwahig Prison sets up COVID facility

https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/30/iwahig-prison-sets-up-covid-facility/

Europe

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

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19613328.year-long-wait-see-dentist-hmp-berwyn-pandemic-report-states/

Oceania

Australia - Prison in lockdown after confirmed covid case

https://citynews.com.au/2021/prison-in-lockdown-after-officer-allegedly-tests-positive-to-covid/

News 29 September

Africa

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

https://gabonactu.com/prisons-du-gabon-pas-de-vaccin-covid-pas-dacces-pour-le-personnel/

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

https://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/government-targets-50000-prisoners-in-5-day-covid-vaccination-drive/4c6tg51

Americas

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/09/28/office-of-inspector-general-releases-survey-on-federal-prisons-reaction-to-covid-19/?sh=33fa0f727d9a

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

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/09/28/federal-judge-requires-vaccines-for-california-prison-staff/

Asia

Malaysia - Push to have prisoners vaccinated

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/09/29/push-to-have-prisoners-vaccinated

Europe

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

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/courtandcrime/arid-40708550.html

News 24 – 28 September

Americas

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

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/lawyers-slam-government-after-43-catch-covid-in-latest-outbreak-at-edmonton-remand-centre

St Vincent & the Grenadines - Visitors prohibited at prison compounds

https://searchlight.vc/news/2021/09/24/visitors-prohibited-at-prison-compounds/

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

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-24/newsom-covid-19-vaccines-prison-guards

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

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/09/alabama-covid-relief-money-prisons

Asia

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

https://thewire.in/rights/byculla-prison-maharashtra-covid-19-outbreak

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

https://thewire.in/law/sc-approves-faster-system-for-releasing-prisoners-tells-jails-to-accept-e-bail-orders

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

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2021/sep/24/bengalurus-nimhans-offers-stress-management-for-prisoners-amid-covid-19-pandemic-2363186.html

Indonesia - Comprehensive reforms needed to tackle prison overcrowding: Activists

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2021/09/27/comprehensive-reforms-needed-to-tackle-prison-overcrowding-activists.html

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

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/09/28/over-51000-prison-inmates-personnel-infected-with-covid-19-since-last-year-says-deputy-home-minister

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/27/682-inmates-67-personnel-at-leyte-regional-prison-get-covid-vaccines/

Europe

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

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/include-us-in-any-covid-reward-say-prison-officers-2ht9352zg

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

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/concerns-raised-over-amount-of-time-that-prisoners-spent-in-isolation-units-40895583.html

 

News 23 September

Africa

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

https://allafrica.com/stories/202109230628.html

Americas

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

https://panow.com/2021/09/22/federal-inmates-in-sask-boast-second-highest-vaccination-rate-in-country/

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

https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/guyane/centre-littoral/remire-montjoly/cluster-au-centre-penitentiaire-36-cas-de-covid-19-desormais-recenses-13-surveillants-et-23-detenus-1110469.html

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

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/2021/09/23/covid-empty-prisons-jails/8335430002/

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

https://eu.hillsdale.net/story/news/2021/09/22/covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy-high-among-michigan-prison-inmates/5811417001/

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

https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2021/09/23/hawaii-news/public-defender-tells-state-high-court-prison-situation-dire/

 

News 22 September

Americas

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

https://bvinews.com/mandatory-covid-testing-for-detainees-due-to-non-cooperation/

St Lucia - Prisoner vaccination a major issue at BCF

https://stlucia.loopnews.com/content/prisoner-vaccination-major-issue-bcf

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

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/21/cdc-delta-variant-infects-highly-vaccinated-prison-population-but-few-hospitalized.html

Europe

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

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/09/21/coronavirus-cases-in-prison-means-those-on-remand-held-in-police-cells/

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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/21/london-gets-new-nightingale-court-cases-backlog-races-ahead/

News 18 – 21 September

Africa

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

https://allafrica.com/stories/202109180122.html

Americas

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

https://viaatv.tv/covid-une-vingtaine-de-prisonniers-positifs-a-la-prison-de-ducos/

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

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/09/20/there-are-fewer-people-behind-bars-now-than-10-years-ago-will-it-last

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/09/19/biden-considering-options-to-avoid-returning-federal-inmates-to-prison-post-covid-19/?sh=1020115754dd

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

https://eu.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2021/09/20/nearly-half-kentucky-prison-staff-unvaccinated-against-covid-19/8348678002/

US - Inmate Vaccination Rates Climb In Hawaii Prisons And Jails

https://www.civilbeat.org/beat/inmate-vaccination-rates-climb-in-hawaii-prisons-and-jails/

Asia

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

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2021/09/21/high-court-asks-government-to-appoint-29-prison-doctors-promptly

Pakistan - Over 3,000 prisoners vaccinated in Adiala Jail

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/893633-over-3-000-prisoners-vaccinated-in-adiala-jail

Thailand - Nakhon Si Thammarat prison sealed off as infections climb

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/nakhon-si-thammarat-prison-sealed-off-as-infections-climb

Thailand - Second COVID death from outbreak at Phuket Prison

https://www.thephuketnews.com/second-covid-death-from-outbreak-at-phuket-prison-81442.php

Europe

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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/09/19/ministry-justice-overhaul-prison-population-predicted-hit-nearly/

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

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19592622.court-cases-hit-prisoners-test-positive-coronavirus/

England and Wales - HMYOI Aylesbury declares itself Covid outbreak site

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58638250

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

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2021/09/18/news/almost-400-inmates-granted-temporary-release-to-help-prisons-cope-with-pandemic-challenges-2451746/

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

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/3482186/more-than-70-prisoners-isolating-amid-fresh-covid-outbreak-at-hmp-grampian/

Oceania

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

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/public-service-association-says-jabs-should-be-mandatory-for-prison-staff-and-inmates/news-story/7938f656ee5a48392b0f8c6e8ac568fa

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

https://www.smh.com.au/national/one-in-ten-parklea-prison-inmates-has-covid-19-unable-to-call-relatives-20210917-p58smk.html

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

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/man-in-mt-eden-prison-tests-positive-covid-19

News 17 September

Americas

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

https://www.caymancompass.com/2021/09/16/prisons-closed-to-public-as-staffer-tests-covid-19-positive/

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

https://www.newsweek.com/confinement-covid-19-plea-humanity-people-prison-opinion-1629548

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

https://www.syracuse.com/state/2021/09/new-yorks-rikers-island-jail-spirals-into-chaos-amid-covid-pandemic.html

Asia

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

https://english.khabarhub.com/2021/16/209658/

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

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2183543/prison-declared-field-hospital-as-1-195-inmates-catch-virus

Europe

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

https://www.three.fm/news/isle-of-man-news/covid-19-iom-prison-visits-resume/

Oceania

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/17/nsw-youth-corrections-officer-dies-from-covid-as-prison-cases-surge

News 16 September

Americas

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

https://www.fox13now.com/news/fox-13-investigates/utah-inmates-died-after-parole-board-declined-to-increase-compassionate-releases

US - Inmates Sue Northern Indiana Prison

https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/inmates-sue-northern-indiana-prison

Asia

Thailand - Large cluster of infections inside prison

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2182927/large-cluster-of-infections-inside-prison

Europe

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

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/7708973/polmont-young-offenders-remand/

News 15 September

Americas

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

https://www.kcur.org/news/2021-09-14/kansas-inmates-have-higher-vaccination-rates-and-fewer-new-covid-cases-than-the-rest-of-us

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

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2021/sep/14/governor-sets-nov-1-deadline-for-nevada-prison-wor/

Asia

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

https://www.onmanorama.com/news/kerala/2021/09/15/kerala-high-court-covid-vaccine-for-prisoners.html

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

https://en.antaranews.com/news/189117/c-sulawesi-parigi-penitentiary-inmates-start-receiving-covid-shots

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

https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/opinion-vaccinating-persons-deprived-of-liberty-government-priority

Europe

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

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/health/coronavirus-covid19/2021/09/15/nightingale-courts-open-for-another-six-months-to-ease-backlog/

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

https://www.bfmtv.com/lyon/covid-19-plusieurs-clusters-detectes-dans-les-prisons-de-la-metropole-lyonnaise_AV-202109150156.html

News 10-14 September

Africa

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

https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/how-one-woman-convinced-an-entire-bloemfontein-prison-to-vaccinate/ar-AAOglwE

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

https://allafrica.com/stories/202109100168.html

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

https://www.independent.co.ug/nakatunya-prison-closed-after-surge-in-covid-19-infections/

Americas

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

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2021/09/11/news/guyana/almost-half-of-all-prisoners-fully-vaccinated-against-covid-19/

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

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/13/biden-clemency-covid-inmates-511658

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

https://mississippitoday.org/2021/09/13/mdoc-says-89-of-incarcerated-population-is-fully-vaccinated/

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

https://pvtimes.com/news/health-board-votes-to-require-vaccinations-for-all-prison-employees-104525/

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

https://stateofreform.com/news/hawaii/2021/09/hawaiis-incarcerated-population-5-5-times-more-likely-to-die-of-covid-19-report-finds/

Asia

Bahrain makes all prisoners eligible for 'alternative' sentences

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/bahrain-says-prisoners-eligible-alternative-sentences

India - Strict measures help contain Covid spread in Kochi jails

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/2021/sep/14/strict-measures-help-contain-covid-spread-in-kochi-jails-2358354.html

India - Bihar planning 93 additional wards to decongest overcrowded prisons

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/patna-news/bihar-planning-93-additional-wards-to-decongest-overcrowded-prisons-101631618555430.html

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/12/doj-dilg-asked-to-disclose-vaccination-plans-for-prisoners/

Europe

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

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/184759/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

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/london-prison-bad-inmates-hardly-21537600

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

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2021/09/10/news/bleak-picture-of-log-jammed-criminal-courts-as-northern-ireland-s-justice-system-sees-longest-delays-ever-recorded-2442837/

Oceania

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2021/sep/14/inside-the-new-south-wales-covid-19-prison-outbreak

Australia (NSW) - Parklea prison cluster jumps to 169

https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/law-and-order/parklea-prison-cluster-jumps-to-169-c-3928257

Australia - Victorian prison records COVID-19 case

https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/law-and-order/victorian-prison-records-covid-19-case-c-3949387

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

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/act/2021/09/12/fear-covid-canberra-jail/

News 9 September

Americas

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

https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/covid-patients-were-unknowingly-given-ivermectin-arkansas-jail-n1278729

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

https://oilcity.news/community/health/covid-19/2021/09/08/wyoming-reports-26-new-covid-cases-among-prison-inmates-and-staff/

Asia

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

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/09/09/covid-19-inoculation-drive-begins-in-sabah-prisons-this-week

Europe

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

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/prison-praised-for-response-to-pandemic-253547/

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

https://actu.fr/auvergne-rhone-alpes/saint-quentin-fallavier_38449/covid-19-nouveau-cluster-a-la-prison-de-saint-quentin-fallavier-le-troisieme-en-moins-d-un-an_44747031.html

Isle of Man - Prisoners praised for conduct during Covid restrictions

https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/prisoners-praised-for-conduct-during-covid-restrictions/

Oceania

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/09/nsw-corrections-officials-concede-vaccine-rollout-hampered-by-limited-pfizer-access

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

https://www.tntv.pf/tntvnews/polynesie/societe/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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-coronavirus-delta-outbreak-tempers-frayed-inside-waikatos-spring-hill-prison-as-level-3-restrictions-remain/FKSI237BQY32CY6CP5VYPFHAIE/

News 7-8 September

Africa

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

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/delta-variant-fuels-deep-concern-egypts-prisoners

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

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/rift-valley/article/2001422869/prison-rejects-jailed-minor-after-he-tested-positive-to-covid-19

Americas

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

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/09/07/prison-officers-pleased-to-have-vaccines-but-say-they-should-do-own-research/

Asia

Fire at overcrowded Indonesian prison leaves at least 41 dead

https://news.sky.com/story/fire-at-overcrowded-indonesian-prison-leaves-at-least-41-dead-12401821

Philippines - 700 more BuCor prisoners vaccinated

https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/08/700-more-bucor-prisoners-vaccinated/

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

https://gizmodo.com/man-in-vietnam-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison-for-sp-1847627490

Oceania

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

https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/300402745/spring-hill-prison-stays-at-alert-level-3-no-visits-reintegration-activities-outside-prison-or-facetoface-rehabilitation-programmes

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

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/126304545/covid19-prisoners-put-in-isolation-with-new-inmates-after-escorted-trips-outside-the-wire

News 3-6 September

Africa

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

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/african-centre-sudan-must-protect-detainees-from-covid-19

Americas

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

https://tt.loopnews.com/content/200-johnson-johnson-vaccines-distributed-prisons

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

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/09/02/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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2021/09/02/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

https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2021/09/michigan-prison-employees-dont-face-a-covid-vaccine-mandate-increasing-the-risk-for-inmates-experts-say.html

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

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/big-drop-covid-19-outbreaks-michigan-prisons

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

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2021/09/06/settlement-reached-class-action-suit-between-hawaii-inmates-state-public-safety-department/

Asia

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

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubballi/karnataka-hi-tech-visitor-facilities-to-protect-jail-inmates-in-dharwad/articleshow/85889147.cms

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

https://www.thesundaily.my/home/covid-new-cluster-involving-detention-centre-detected-in-keningau-GG8293392

Maldives - Additional jail officer from Maafushi Prison tests positive

https://avas.mv/en/106337

Europe

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

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/how-scotlands-prison-service-is-coping-with-emerging-from-covid-ash-denham-3370328

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

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/3447131/extra-courts-operating-across-scotland-as-part-of-covid-recovery-scheme-to-clear-backlogs/

Oceania

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/04/covid-vaccines-earmarked-for-nsw-prison-inmates-diverted-to-hsc-students

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

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/450851/some-prisoners-have-no-idea-when-their-trials-will-be-heard

News 2 September

Americas

US - State Prison Populations Shrink By 14%: Study

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/09/01/state-prison-populations-shrink-by-14-study/

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

https://www.nj.com/news/2021/09/prisoners-offered-incentives-including-time-off-their-sentence-to-get-covid-19-vaccine.html

Asia

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

https://en.antaranews.com/news/187006/1000-pekanbaru-prison-inmates-receive-second-covid-19-shot

Europe

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

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/damning-report-finds-hull-prison-5856488

Oceania

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

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/human-rights-advocates-and-families-want-the-vaccine-rollout-ramped-up-in-nsw-prisons/news-story/77286c4fdcb7ec482a624577fb6df706

News 1 September

Americas

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

https://wfpl.org/kycir-covid-19-deaths-infection-rates-in-ky-prisons-among-nations-worst/

Asia

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

https://en.antaranews.com/news/186758/60-e-java-prison-inmates-have-received-first-covid-shot

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

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/jailbreak-08312021171541.html

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/31/21/no-covid-vaccine-hesitancy-among-pdls-says-bjmp-spox

Oceania

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-01/covid-prison-risks-and-inmate-vaccination-rates/100424864

Australia - More than 110 NSW prisoners test positive

https://www.mcivortimes.com.au/national/2021/09/01/5057323/more-than-110-nsw-prisoners-test-positive

Australia - Over a third of Vic prisoners COVID vaxxed

https://www.riverineherald.com.au/national/2021/09/01/5054859/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

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/126247027/spring-hill-covid19-case-shows-why-screws-should-be-tightened-on-auckland-says-expert

News 20-31 August

Americas

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

https://antiguaobserver.com/contact-tracing-underway-at-prison-after-inmate-tests-positive-for-covid/

Jamaica - Majority of prisoners say no to vaccine

https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/majority-of-prisoners-say-no-to-vaccine_230078?profile=1373

Trinidad & Tobago - Ministers address COVID vaccination concerns in prisons

https://guardian.co.tt/news/ministers-address-covid-vaccination-concerns-in-prisons-6.2.1377044.b89c823e56

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/26/thousands-prisoners-have-died-covid-because-tough-crime-era-theres-still-worse-come/

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

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/prisons-and-jails-not-ready-for-delta-variant-covid-19_n_611e8eeee4b0e5b5d8e79c24?ri18n=true

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

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/08/24/oregon-prisons-covid-19-vaccine-rate-department-of-corrections/

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

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/26/arkansas-jail-dosing-inmates-ivermectin-covid

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

https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2021/08/27/nc-prisons-and-jails-reporting-increased-covid-cases-amidst-delta-surge/

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

https://www.healio.com/news/infectious-disease/20210830/crowding-in-massachusetts-prisons-led-to-increase-in-covid19-cases

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

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article253680153.html

Asia

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

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50924822/j-j-covid-19-vaccines-administered-to-more-than-2000-inmates-at-siem-reap-provincial-prison/

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

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/over-10000-doses-given-to-inmates-in-delhi-jails/article36039210.ece

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

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/tihar-jail-authorities-to-release-1000-prisoners-on-parole-every-two-months/cid/1828671

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

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-08/23/c_1310143565.htm

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

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/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

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/aug/27/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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/801528/no-inmates-in-new-bilibid-prison-vaccinated-for-covid-19-so-far-bucor-exec/story/

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

https://www.rappler.com/nation/coa-report-plea-deals-pandemic-decongest-jails-but-still-way-beyond-accepted-standards

Europe

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-58351013

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

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/covid-19-outbreak-hmp-send-21410170

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

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/health/coronavirus/more-than-30-hmp-peterborough-staff-off-work-due-to-covid-3359365

Mental health of Irish prisoners abroad worsened by Covid-19

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/courtandcrime/arid-40367249.html

Prison officer in Northern Ireland dies after contracting Covid-19

https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2021-08-20/prison-officer-in-northern-ireland-dies-after-contracting-covid-19

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

https://stockholmcf.org/contact-visitation-not-allowed-in-turkish-prisons-since-beginning-of-pandemic-despite-reopening/

Oceania

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/30/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

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-prisons-prepared-to-release-up-to-1000-inmates-if-outbreak-worsens-20210831-p58ngm.html

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

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cfs.12873

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/two-per-cent-of-inmates-at-hawkes-bay-regional-prison-fully-vaccinated/U7BM35JZZS4Q3R3LVOTMDACWJQ/

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

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/450454/prison-officers-can-t-avoid-breaking-their-covid-19-work-bubbles-union

News 19 August

Africa

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

https://ugandaradionetwork.net/a/story/uganda-prisons-service-resumes-vaccination-of-inmates-after-receiving-13000-astrazeneca-doses

Americas

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

https://antiguaobserver.com/prison-officials-pleased-with-internal-covid-19-management-efforts/

US - Nebraska prison system reports outbreak as COVID cases surge

https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Nebraska-prison-system-reports-outbreak-as-COVID-16395637.php

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

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/08/18/oregon-federal-prison-covid-19-pandemic-sheridan-correctional-facility/

Asia

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

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/uttar-pradesh-jail-inmates-meet-kin-as-curbs-end-after-18-months/articleshow/85445546.cms

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

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/jails-overcrowded-up-to-4-times-up-extends-parole-for-2500-prisoners/articleshow/85433935.cms

Europe

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-58255544

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

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/detainees-detention-centre-near-heathrow-21345236

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

https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/prison-healthcare-review-delayed-due-to-covid-19-pandemic

Isle of Man - Prison visits 'under review'

https://www.three.fm/news/isle-of-man-news/prison-visits-under-review/

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

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2021/08/19/news/no-change-in-covid-19-prison-isolation-rules-2422058/

Oceania

Papua New Guinea – Red Cross Partners Jails to Fight Coronavirus

https://postcourier.com.pg/red-cross-partners-jails-to-fight-coronavirus/

News 18 August

Americas

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

https://www.20minutes.fr/societe/3103659-20210817-vaccination-oui-centre-penitentiaire-bien-etabli-lien-entre-vaccination-remise-peine

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

https://coloradonewsline.com/briefs/covid-19-vaccine-required-prison-staff-colorado/

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

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article253422244.html

Europe

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

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/drug-smuggling-pensioner-jails-fifth-21334347

Oceania

Australia - NSW jails to get another round of vaccines

http://www.mcivortimes.com.au/national/2021/08/18/4940463/nsw-jails-to-get-another-round-of-vaccines

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

https://nit.com.au/preventable-lapse-in-protocol-risks-covid-19-outbreak-in-nsw-prisons/

News 14 – 17 August

Africa

Gambia Prisons Service - the Prisons Are Still Congested

https://allafrica.com/stories/202108160205.html

How COVID-19 transformed the Kenyan court system

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-kenya-court-system-60-minutes-2021-08-15/

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

https://www.nyasatimes.com/3-000-plus-inmates-jabbed-against-covid-19/

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

https://www.zinfos-moris.com/Covid-19-cluster-dans-les-prisons-mauriciennes-avec-250-detenus-positifs_a24682.html

Americas

Cayman Islands - Prisons watchdog highlights concerns

https://www.caymancompass.com/2021/08/13/prisons-watchdog-highlights-concerns/

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisoners lose appeal on covid19 protection

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/08/16/prisoners-lose-appeal-on-covid19-protection/

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

https://guardian.co.tt/news/ministers-going-into-prisons-for-vaccine-education-drive-6.2.1372112.7d49c7987a

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

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/texas-counted-more-prison-suicides-in-2020-than-in-any-other-year-in-20-years/

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

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/16/california-police-prison-guards-vaccination-rates

Asia

No Covid jab yet for Bangladesh prisoners

https://www.newagebd.net/article/146447/no-covid-jab-yet-for-bangladesh-prisoners

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

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vaccinations-prisoners-may-finish-augusts-end

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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/lucknow-news/negative-rt-pcr-report-mandatory-for-meeting-jail-inmates-in-uttar-pradesh-101629142769192.html

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

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-expands-covid-booster-shot-campaign-for-health-workers-prisoners-and-wardens-1.10115452

Covid-19 Surge in Myanmar’s Prisons

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/08/16/covid-19-surge-myanmars-prisons

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

https://kathmandupost.com/national/2021/08/17/crowded-jails-new-inmates-raise-covid-19-risks

Sri Lanka - Circular regarding wellbeing of prisoners, issued

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2021/08/16/circular-regarding-wellbeing-of-prisoners-issued/

Europe

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

https://insidetime.org/uk-trails-other-countries-in-prison-covid-jabs/

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

https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/huntercombe/164770/foreign-inmates-kept-in-prison-after-release-date.html

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

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/19513052.several-inmates-hmp-portland-test-positive-covid-19/

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

http://islingtontribune.com/article/coroner-calls-for-stronger-safety-regime-at-pentonville-over-covid-death

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

https://www.newstalk.com/news/significant-fall-in-number-of-people-sent-to-prison-during-covid-pandemic-1239824

Ireland - Coronavirus: All prisoners have now been offered vaccine

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/coronavirus-all-prisoners-have-now-been-offered-vaccine-1.4646541

Oceania

Australia - NSW prison officers plead for more jabs

https://thewest.com.au/news/coronavirus/nsw-prison-officers-plead-for-more-jabs-c-3708040

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

https://www.miragenews.com/government-and-courts-urged-to-release-614863/

News 13 August

Africa

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

https://www.ntv.co.ug/ug/news/national/rukiga-district-officials-fear-covid-19-outbreak-among-prisoners-3509464

Americas

US - Prisons are where America most needs vaccine mandates

https://qz.com/2046347/prisons-are-where-vaccine-mandates-are-most-needed/

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

https://lailluminator.com/2021/08/13/as-covid-19-surges-louisiana-has-vaccinated-24-percent-of-its-incarcerated-youth/

Asia

India - Tamil Nadu prisons to allow visitors to meet inmates

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tamil-nadu-prisons-to-allow-visitors-to-meet-inmates/articleshow/85273853.cms

Europe

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

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/12/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

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/over-300-inmates-staff-peterborough-21296295

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

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/vaccine-rates-in-prisons-lags-behind-rest-of-country-prompting-fears-of-outbreak/

Oceania

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-13/bathurst-jail-concerns-after-covid-exposure/100371298

News 12 August

Africa

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

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210811-egypts-prisoners-are-denied-their-rights-and-prison-authorities-appear-to-be-above-the-law/

Liberia: Inmates Reportedly Dying Slowly From Hunger At Gbarnga Prison

https://allafrica.com/stories/202108110703.html

Americas

Barbados - Prison moving to prevent another COVID-19 lockdown

https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/08/12/prison-moving-to-prevent-another-covid-19-lockdown/

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

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/prison-suicides-have-been-rising-years-experts-fear-pandemic-has-n1276563

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

https://thelensnola.org/2021/08/11/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

https://eu.goerie.com/story/news/2021/08/12/low-prison-staff-covid-shots-leave-vulnerability-both-sides-wire/5487543001/

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

https://stthomassource.com/content/2021/08/11/mass-testing-at-stx-prison-after-covid-19-outbreak/

Asia

Israeli prison shuts down as 23 inmates test positive for COVID

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/israeli-prison-shuts-down-as-23-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-676446

Europe

Isle of Man - Vaccine uptake at prison 'slow'

https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/vaccine-uptake-at-prison-slow/

Oceania

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/12/nsw-inmate-released-on-bail-before-prison-received-positive-covid-test-result

News 11 August

Africa

Lesotho- Covid hits prisons

https://menafn.com/1102603236/Lesotho-Covid-hits-prisons

Americas

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

https://shadowproof.com/2021/08/10/jailhouse-lawyers-take-on-covid-19-where-prisons-wont/

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

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/548537410/documents-foreshadow-a-grim-future-for-covid-19-spread-in-federal-prisons

US - 30 New COVID Cases Reported In Massachusetts Prisons

https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/08/10/souza-baranowski-prisoners-coronavirus-positive-cases

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

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/covid-19-outbreak-confirmed-at-st-thomas-jail/article_c9da89bc-3bca-5122-b39c-9ce0352299cd.html

Asia

Battling Covid-19 Behind Bars In Pakistan

https://inkstickmedia.com/battling-covid-19-behind-bars-in-pakistan/

Europe

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

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/coffee-covid-bedbugs-life-inside-21274067

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

https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/news/11082021-female-self-harm-rates-in-prison-hits-record-high-over-pandemic/

News 10 August

Africa

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

https://www.koaci.com/article/2021/08/09/cote-divoire/societe/cote-divoire-administration-penitentiaire-les-syndicats-reclament-des-primes-covid-19-la-nomination-dun-nouveau-directeur-de-lecole-du-personnel-penitentiaire-et-menacent-dentrer-en-greve_153065.html

Americas

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

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/08/crowding-in-prisons-increases-inmates-risk-for-covid-19-infections/

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/09/us/ohio-judge-covid-vaccine.html

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

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2021/08/10/staffing-shortages-leave-critical-posts-unmanned-hawaiis-largest-prison/

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

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article253378123.html

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

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/2021/08/09/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

https://www.whqr.org/local/2021-08-09/a-rare-piece-of-good-covid-19-news-nc-prisons-appear-to-be-a-good-test-case-for-vaccine-efficacy

Asia

Nepal - Tanahun jailbirds deprived of treatment

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/tanahun-jailbirds-deprived-of-treatment

Europe

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/the-irish-times-view-on-prison-reform-a-need-to-look-to-the-long-term-1.4643054

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

https://stockholmcf.org/new-warden-pressuring-inmates-with-arbitrary-restrictions-in-istanbuls-silivri-prison-families-claim/

News 7-9 August

Africa

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

https://www.lexpress.mu/article/397710/prisons-97-personnel-vaccine-et-65-detenus

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

https://punchng.com/gombe-prison-built-for-378-inmates-has-over-1000/

Americas

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

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/08/09/covid-cluster-at-carrera-island-prison-34-inmates-test-positive/

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

https://www.freshwatercleveland.com/features/PrisonVaxxFolloUp080921.aspx

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

https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_dcd71dd8-f6fd-11eb-9076-b71e12a23850.html

Asia

Cambodia - GDP reports 73 per cent of inmates now vaccinated

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gdp-reports-73-cent-inmates-now-vaccinated

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

https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/general-news/165108-prisoners-across-india-given-first-covid-jab-reveals-centre-delhi-ranks-lowest.html

Pakistan - Jails serve as breeding ground for diseases

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2314397/jails-serve-as-breeding-ground-for-diseases

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

https://mb.com.ph/2021/08/08/150-persons-get-covid-19-vaccines-at-srppf-bucor/

Europe

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

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/health/hmp-norwich-confirms-second-covid-outbreak-8215998

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

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/family-visits-resume-as-75pc-of-prisoners-offered-two-jabs-40729050.html

Covid-19 outbreak at the Isle of Man Prison

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=63182&headline=Covid-19%20outbreak%20at%20the%20Isle%20of%20Man%20Prison&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2021

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

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2021/08/07/news/magilligan-prisoner-to-legally-challenge-covid-19-quarantine-2410396/

Anti-vaxxer inmate sparks outbreak in Spanish prison

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/08/06/anti-vaxxer-inmate-sparks-outbreak-in-spanish-prison/

News 6 August

Americas

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

https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/covid-and-the-courts-feature

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

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(21)00162-6/fulltext

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

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2021/aug/06/some-older-prisoners-arent-eligible-for/

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

https://www.civilbeat.org/beat/maui-jail-halawa-prison-report-new-covid-19-outbreaks/

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

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/08/pa-department-of-corrections-changing-visitation-policy-amid-covid-19-surge.html

Asia

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

https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/3-870-jail-inmates-in-kerala-contracted-covid-19-two-died-covid19-prison-kerala-1.5886217

Myanmar Junta Vaccinating Prisoners Against COVID-19

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-junta-vaccinating-prisoners-against-covid-19.html

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

https://srilankamirror.com/news/24142-prisoners-to-get-covid-19-vaccine-from-today

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoners Released on Temporary Licence Plummet

https://bylinetimes.com/2021/08/05/prisoners-released-on-temporary-licence-plummet/

Fifth coronavirus wave hits Spain’s prisons

https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-08-06/fifth-coronavirus-wave-hits-spains-prisons.html

News 5 August

Africa

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

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-08-04-more-than-68500-prison-inmates-have-been-vaccinated/

Americas

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

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/mercosur/central-america/icrc-supports-vaccination-of-more-than-20600-people-in-honduran-prisons/

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

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-prisons/us-civil-rights-groups-propose-path-to-keep-inmates-home-after-pandemic-emergency-idUSL1N2PB1U7

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

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article253263213.html

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

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2021/08/04/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

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/prison-outbreak-infects-7-corrections-orders-weekly-covid-19-testing-for-staff/article_3333c6ab-d2af-56fd-a3ea-bca0a93b6606.html

Asia

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

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/pr/2160507/thailand-pushes-for-strengthening-of-criminal-justice-systems-in-response-to-covid-19-at-un-forum

Europe

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

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/jail-court-video-links-undermine-prisoners-right-to-attend-court--report/

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

https://bianet.org/english/human-rights/248245-prisoners-still-subjected-to-strip-search-in-turkey-s-prisons

News 4 August

Africa

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

https://inside.news/2021/08/04/covid-19-la-prison-de-petit-verger-convertie-en-centre-de-quarantaine-plus-de-250-detenus-transferes/

Americas

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

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2021/08/04/covid-froze-prison-visits-spotlighting-high-cost-of-phone-calls

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

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2021/08/03/covid-19-outbreak-prompts-lockdown-at-alaska-womens-prison/

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

https://abcnews.go.com/US/alabama-offering-canteen-credit-prisoners-vaccinated/story?id=79224396

Asia

Indonesia - Surviving the pandemic behind prison walls

https://en.antaranews.com/news/181982/surviving-the-pandemic-behind-prison-walls

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

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/030820212

Europe

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/prisoners-denied-meaningful-human-contact-due-to-covid-measures-1.4638249

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

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/long-awaited-drug-recovery-unit-at-maghaberry-prison-delayed-due-to-pandemic-40716036.html

Oceania

Australia - Visits restricted at all Qld prisons

https://www.miragenews.com/visits-restricted-at-all-qld-prisons-607751/

News 3 August

Africa

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

 https://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=90871&dir=2021/august/02

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

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/national/article/2001419876/report-covid-19-slowed-the-wheels-of-justice

Americas

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

https://coloradonewsline.com/2021/08/03/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

https://news.yahoo.com/jersey-issues-covid-19-vaccine-193400673.html

US - NY Prison Arts and Reentry Programs Persist Throughout Pandemic

https://citylimits.org/2021/08/02/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

https://www.davisvanguard.org/2021/08/cdcr-expands-in-person-visits-active-cases-surge/

Asia

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

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/knesset-approves-mix-of-in-court-virtual-prisoner-hearings-675641

Thailand - Jail harvest enlisted in Covid fight

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2158843/jail-harvest-enlisted-in-covid-fight

News 31 July – 2 August 

Americas

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

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/07/31/prisons-commissioner-on-riot-we-are-still-in-control-at-prisons/

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeseq/2021/08/01/four-ways-the-pandemic-made-us-rethink-our-criminal-legal-system/?sh=7683d74d6d6e

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/07/30/bureau-of-prisons-transfers-hundreds-of-inmates-into-miamis-covid-19-hotbed/?sh=709f15394a04

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

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/utah/articles/2021-08-01/dozens-of-people-held-at-utah-prison-receive-covid-vaccines

Asia

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

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/2021/jul/31/glass-cabins-for-inmates-at-poojapura-jail-for-seeing-visitors-2337944.html

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

https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/law-and-order/west-bengal-government-allows-premature-release-of-63-convicts-in-view-of-covid-pandemic.html

Two More Female Political Prisoners Contract Covid In Iran Jail

https://iranintl.com/en/iran-in-brief/two-more-female-political-prisoners-contract-covid-iran-jail

Europe

Ireland - Number sent to prison down 30%

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/number-sent-to-prison-down-30/

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

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40350104.html

Italian NGO calls on government to address overcrowded prisons

https://www.euronews.com/2021/08/02/italian-ngo-calls-on-government-to-address-overcrowded-prisons

Shortage of defence lawyers adds to backlog in Scottish courts

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/shortage-of-defence-lawyers-adds-to-backlog-in-scottish-courts-sr2z3fwq8

Oceania

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

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/assistant-m-ori-childrens-commissioner-restraints-use-justice-residence-troubling

News 30 July

Africa

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

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/spike-in-covid-19-cases-in-prisons-following-unrest-20210730

Americas

Mexico - AMLO to issue decree freeing thousands of prison inmates

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/amlo-to-issue-decree-freeing-thousands-of-prison-inmates/

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

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/vaccinated-prisoners-unvaccinated-guards-illustrate-bidens-tricky-road-2021-07-29/

US judge may require vaccines for California prison staff

https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/US-judge-may-require-vaccines-for-California-16350095.php

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

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/44222/20210729/vaccination-rate-in-ny-prisons-at-46-all-inmates-offered-the-vaccine

Asia

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

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/about-9-000-covid-vaccine-doses-administered-in-3-delhi-jails-officials-11627567810956.html

Israel Releases Hundreds of Prisoners Due to Prison Overcrowding

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-releases-hundreds-of-prisoners-due-to-prison-overcrowding-1.10053157

Nepal - 355 jailbirds from Bhimphedi prison test coronavirus positive

https://english.khabarhub.com/2021/30/199998/

Europe

Italian prisons face overcrowding, suicide problems

https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/italian-prisons-face-overcrowding-suicide-problems/

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

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/courtandcrime/arid-40348703.html

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

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/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

https://www.laprensalatina.com/77-inmates-test-positive-for-coronavirus-in-spanish-prison-outbreak/

News 29 July

Africa

Liberia: Jeety Expands Inmates Feeding Program

https://allafrica.com/stories/202107280755.html

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

https://defimedia.info/covid-19-la-new-wing-de-la-prison-centrale-annule-toute-incarceration-pour-14-jours-pour-cause-de-contaminations

Americas

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

http://i955fm.com/prisons-commissioner-admits-vaccine-hesitancy-among-inmates-challenging/

US - South Dakota governor lifts mask requirement in prisons

https://apnews.com/article/health-prisons-coronavirus-pandemic-south-dakota-sd-state-wire-6532105b618cdb7bacc09b1206525ce9

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

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/three-prisoners-test-positive-for-covid-19-on-st-croix/article_9d3f2a68-4e8d-5067-98aa-88ef58f25c8a.html

Asia

Myanmar jail vaccinates hundreds amid surge in COVID-19 cases

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/myanmar-jail-vaccinates-hundreds-amid-surge-covid-19-cases-2021-07-29/

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

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2021/07/29/2003761662

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

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2021/07/29/abu-dhabi-police-community-service-for-minor-offences-is-better-than-jail/

Europe

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

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/scottish-trial-backlog-approaches-50000-amid-historic-high-remand-population-3327760

News 28 July

Americas

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

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/victoriavalenzuela/prison-visits-california-pandemic

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

https://www.sctonline.net/politics-social-state/mississippi-department-corrections-cancels-prison-visitation-prevent-spread-610057b20b61f

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

https://wisconsinwatch.org/2021/07/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

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/coronavirus/article_96b6cb2c-eef2-11eb-bb8e-87b5aa420dfe.html

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

https://indyweek.com/news/northcarolina/DPS-failure-to-report-COVID-19-prison-deaths/

Asia

Philippines - 50 DPPF inmates get COVID vaccinations

https://mb.com.ph/2021/07/28/50-dppf-inmates-get-covid-vaccinations/

Thailand - HM King pardons inmates

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2155723/hm-king-pardons-inmates

Europe

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

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/prison-visitors-allowed-hug-locked-5708049

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

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/hmp-norwich-praised-inspection-coronavirus-response-8187598

News 27 July

Americas

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

https://globalnews.ca/news/8061020/report-highlights-concerns-prisoner-conditions-provincial-jails/

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

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/central-ny/ny-state-of-politics/2021/07/27/criminal-justice-advocates-call-for-prison-vaccination-data

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

https://www.davisvanguard.org/2021/07/cdcr-halts-180-days-early-release-program/

Asia

India - E-Mulakat service begins in two Odisha prisons

https://kalingatv.com/state/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

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/hc-asks-delhi-govt-to-give-details-of-covid19-vaccination-drive-on-inmates-in-jail/2129055

Malaysia’s 70,000 prisoners unvaccinated

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/329679

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

https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/more-than-4000-released-as-covid-19-cases-surge-in-myanmars-prisons

News 24-26 July

Africa

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

https://teranganews.sn/2021/07/covid-19-les-visites-en-prison-suspendues-jusqua-nouvel-ordre/

Americas

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

https://www.davisvanguard.org/2021/07/biden-administration-put-millions-into-mitigating-covid-impacts-on-prison-populations/

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

https://truthout.org/articles/biden-upholds-last-minute-trump-memo-that-would-send-4000-people-back-to-prison/

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

https://truthout.org/articles/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

https://www.al.com/coronavirus/2021/07/state-enticing-inmates-to-get-covid-19-vaccination-with-5-canteen-credit.html  

Asia

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

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2021/jul/24/covid-19-panel-grants-extra-30-days-parole-to-747-convicts-to-decongest-jails-in-odisha-2334823.html

Protest erupts at Myanmar’s Insein prison amid COVID outbreak

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/24/myanmar-junta-replaces-envoy-to-britain-who-broke

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

https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/kanchanaburi-prison-field-hospital-for-379-covid-19-cases

Europe

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

https://www.deeside.com/almost-half-of-inmates-at-north-wales-prison-refused-covid-vaccination/

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

https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/19462140.thorn-cross-conditions-described-inhumane-covid-outbreak/

Oceania

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-24/prison-fiji-covid-19-outbreak-detained-not-wearing-masks/100318170

News 23 July

Africa

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

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-07-23-health-minister-high-number-of-kzn-riot-detainees-test-positive-for-coronavirus/

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

https://www.newzimbabwe.com/prisons-embark-on-vaccination-as-17-inmates-officers-succumb-to-covid/

Americas

Ecuador president decrees emergency in prisons after clashes

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/world/2021/07/22/fighting-among-prison-gangs-in-ecuador-kills-18-dozens-hurt/

Mexico: Torture worsens in times of pandemic - Executive Summary

https://reliefweb.int/report/mexico/mexico-torture-worsens-times-pandemic-executive-summary

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

https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/564155-four-steps-to-increase-covid-19-vaccinations-among-correctional

Asia

Cambodia - Five prisoners across country die from Covid

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/five-prisoners-across-country-die-covid

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

https://iranhumanrights.org/2021/07/rising-covid-infections-unhygienic-conditions-raise-fears-of-more-deaths-in-iranian-prisons/

Europe

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

https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/23/desperate-prisoners-scaled-rooftops-to-protest-covid-restrictions-14973461/

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

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/2399035/perth-prison-transport-team-grounded-after-getting-pinged-by-nhs-covid-19-app/

News 22 July

Africa

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

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-07/21/c_1310075860.htm

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

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/south-africa-jails-too-overcrowded-for-arrested-looters-2021-7

Americas

Eighteen killed in Ecuador prison riots

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210722-eighteen-killed-in-ecuador-prison-riots

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

https://guardian.co.tt/news/new-prison-boss-jails-to-become-high-tech-correctional-facilities-6.2.1359585.1fd46b4e7b

US - Prisons close as California inmate population dwindles

https://capitolweekly.net/prisons-close-as-california-inmate-population-dwindles/

Asia

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

https://english.newstracklive.com/news/majority-of-prison-inmates-in-kerala-get-first-shot-of-vaccine-covid-overview-sc1-nu318-ta318-1172036-1.html

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

https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/many-people-waiting-outside-insein-prison-after-govt-order-to-withdraw-ongoing-proceedings-and

Europe

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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/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

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/sante-sciences/covid-19-12-detenus-contamines-a-la-prison-de-beziers-1626876780

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

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/111024/courts_will_be_relieved_of_dealing_with_minor_crimes_in_depenalisation_exercise

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

https://thesaxon.org/the-pandemic-aggravates-the-situation-of-deterioration-of-justice-spain/60257/

Turkey - Families and inmates mark fourth Eid without contact visitation

https://stockholmcf.org/families-and-inmates-mark-fourth-eid-without-contact-visitation/

News 21 July

Africa

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

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/there-is-no-social-distancing-in-our-cells-inmates-welcome-govts-covid-19-vaccination-drive-20210721

Americas

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

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/second-doses-of-covid-19-vaccine-coming-to-bordeaux-prison-1.5516579

US - The Pandemic Rush on Prison Weddings

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/style/the-pandemic-rush-on-prison-weddings.html

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/dc-prison-covid-tests-medical-care/2021/07/20/3f7d9afc-e975-11eb-84a2-d93bc0b50294_story.html

Asia

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

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/battle-against-covid-19-07202021183151.html

Thailand - Hundreds of Khon Kaen prisoners infected

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2152559/hundreds-of-khon-kaen-prisoners-infected

Europe

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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/prisoners-feeling-drained-despondent-helpless-and-without-hope-report-inspectors/

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prisons-isolation-covid-mental-health-b1887334.html

Italy - Cartabia vows probe into jail COVID riots

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2021/07/21/cartabia-vows-probe-into-jail-covid-riots_e236ded1-f5c4-4a1d-b7f9-728d7c7195bb.html

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

https://planetradio.co.uk/tay/local/news/perth-prison-coronavirus-2/

News 20 July

Africa

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

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-07-20-prison-inmates-getting-one-shot-jj-covid-19-vaccine-lamola/

Zimbabwe: Courts Halt Trials As Covid-19 Soars

https://allafrica.com/stories/202107200420.html

Americas

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/19/us/politics/biden-prisoners-covid.html

US - Captives Behind Plexiglass: How COVID Destroyed Prison Visits

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/07/20/captives-behind-plexiglass-how-covid-changed-prison-visits/

Asia

Cambodia - Inmate early release rules set

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/inmate-early-release-rules-set

Malaysia - Implement early behaved prisoner release, says PKR

https://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/174832/implement-early-behaved-prisoner-release-says-pkr/

Europe

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

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/solicitors-may-request-in-person-jail-visits-to-clients/

Oceania

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

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/majority-of-women-in-victoria-s-prisons-have-not-been-found-guilty-20210719-p58ayx.html

News 17-19 July

Prison population surge triggers overcrowding, COVID casualties

https://www.indiablooms.com/world-details/F/30362/prison-population-surge-triggers-overcrowding-covid-casualties.html

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

https://punchng.com/700000-prison-inmates-temporarily-released-over-covid-19-emergency-un/

Africa

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

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/justice-minister-lamola-will-launch-vaccination-programme-for-inmates-officials-on-monday-f59a8654-ea28-483d-b6ef-dc15ac08a876

Americas

Canada - MHCC releases recommendations to support inmates during pandemic

https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/28312/mhcc-releases-recommendations-to-support-inmates-during-pandemic

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

https://lailluminator.com/2021/07/16/louisianas-prison-system-allowing-in-person-visits-with-attorneys-again/

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

https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/07/inmate-deaths-in-hawaii-prisons-and-jails-are-on-the-upswing-this-year/

Asia

India - Jail inmates can again meet kin

http://www.millenniumpost.in/delhi/jail-inmates-can-again-meet-kin-446902

Israel Held Foreigners in Jail for Months as COVID Blocked Deportations

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-with-covid-blocking-deportations-israel-held-foreigners-for-months-in-jail-instead-1.10005639

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

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/07/18/sabah-minister-prisons-contribute-over-50pc-of-cases-in-state-today/1990854

Keeping Covid-19 out of prisons in the Philippines

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/07/19/keeping-covid-19-out-of-prisons-in-the-philippines/

Thailand - Joint letter on prison conditions and COVID-19

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/asia/thailand/joint-letter-on-prison-conditions-and-covid-19

Europe

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

https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/prisons-and-health/news/news/2021/7/whoeurope-shows-high-rates-of-covid-19-vaccination-in-prisons

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

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/prison-inmate-coronavirus-covid-jail-21070523

Malta - Lawyers frustrated by limited access to new prison inmates

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/110968/lawyers_frustrated_by_limited_access_to_new_prison_inmates_

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

https://nltimes.nl/2021/07/17/prisons-took-account-release-inmates-due-pandemic-last-year

Scotland - Support for families to access virtual prison visits

https://www.buchanobserver.co.uk/must-read/support-for-families-to-access-virtual-prison-visits-3313140

Scotland - Almost 100 confirmed Covid cases in Perth Prison outbreak

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/2385433/breaking-almost-100-confirmed-covid-19-cases-amidst-hmp-perth-outbreak/

News 16 July

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

https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-policy/pages/news/news/2021/07/access-to-health-care-is-the-best-way-to-protect-prisons-from-covid-19

Americas

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

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/07/15/covids-legacy-a-justice-system-with-a-lighter-touch/

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

https://www.ppic.org/blog/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

https://californianewstimes.com/judge-says-lawsuit-demanding-better-covid-19-practices-in-san-diego-jails-may-proceed/441890/

Asia

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

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/dont-ask-prisoners-out-on-interim-bail-in-covid-19-2nd-wave-to-surrender-now-sc-tells-states/article35359121.ece

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

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/delhi-high-court-asks-govt-prison-vc-facility-outside-india-177581

Europe

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

https://www.ladbible.com/community/interesting-former-prisoner-explains-what-life-was-like-behind-bars-in-lockdown-20210715

News 15 July

Americas

US - Alarming Rise in Prison Deaths Exposes System Failure

https://btlonline.org/alarming-rise-in-prison-deaths-exposes-system-failure/

Asia

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

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/maharashtra-high-court-says-delay-in-trials-leading-to-undertrials-languishing-in-jail/articleshow/84419575.cms

COVID infections among imprisoned women spark alarm in Iran

https://www.dw.com/en/covid-infections-among-imprisoned-women-spark-alarm-in-iran/a-58265514

Europe

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/lack-of-in-person-prison-visits-could-affect-rehabilitation-for-parent-and-child-1.4620429

Italy's Draghi promises prison reform after beatings of inmates

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/italys-draghi-promises-prison-reform-after-beatings-inmates-2021-07-14/

Covid-19 outbreak at Jersey's La Moye prison

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2021-07-15/covid-19-outbreak-at-jerseys-la-moye-prison

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

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/covid-outbreak-perth-prison-sees-24540506

News 14 July

Africa

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

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/why-2600-prisoners-received-presidential-pardons-aregbesola/

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

https://ugandaradionetwork.net/story/16-inmates-at-kwania-govt-prison-test-positive-to-covid-19

Americas

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

https://www.tvo.org/article/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

https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/07/federal-judge-rules-prison-system-has-failed-to-protect-inmates-from-covid-19/

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

https://www.iowapublicradio.org/ipr-news/2021-07-14/in-person-visits-at-iowa-prisons-resume-after-16-months

Asia

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

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/miami-type-multi-storeyed-jail-planned-in-mumbai-prison-official/articleshow/84401775.cms

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

https://www.theborneopost.com/2021/07/14/state-govt-asked-to-consider-cansino-vaccine-for-prison-inmates/

Europe

Scotland - Perth Prison hall dealing with Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/2376127/perth-prison-hall-dealing-with-covid-19-outbreak/

Oceania

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

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/14/family-of-aboriginal-man-who-died-in-custody-say-covid-restrictions-prevented-them-visiting-him

News 13 July

Americas

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

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/07/12/is-anti-vax-movement-gaining-traction-among-correction-staff/

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

https://www.newsweek.com/federal-judges-handed-down-smaller-sentences-due-brutal-nyc-prison-conditions-analysis-1609024

Asia

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

https://www.timesnownews.com/delhi/article/covid-impact-over-3800-inmates-released-from-delhi-prisons-to-decongest-jails/784111

Sri Lanka - More COVID patients from Boossa and Galle Prisons

http://www.dailynews.lk/2021/07/13/local/253829/more-covid-patients-boossa-and-galle-prisons

Europe

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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/pregnant-prisoners-routinely-denied-access-to-suitable-maternity-care/

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

https://insidetime.org/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'

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/covid-outbreak-in-scots-prison-24520556

News 10-12 July

Africa

Panic as 15 Ugandan prison inmates test positive for Coronavirus

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/africa/Panic-as-15-Ugandan-prison-inmates-test-positive-for-Coronavirus-1305751

Americas

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

https://www.verywellhealth.com/prisons-covid-delta-variant-5191964

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

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/07/12/compassionate-release-and-the-pandemic-a-policy-failure/

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

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2021/07/09/iowa-prison-population-releases-and-admissions-declined-during-height-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic/7905337002/

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

https://www.wtkr.com/news/everything-was-different-former-inmates-adjust-to-outside-life-as-virginia-ends-covid-early-release

Asia

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

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/maharashtra-prison-inmates-covid-19-vaccine-7399046/

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

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/07/09/covid-19-108-of-sarawaks-new-cases-from-immigration-detention-depot-and-pri/1988627

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

https://www.bnionline.net/en/news/forty-prisoners-test-positive-covid-19-insein-jail

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

https://nation.lk/online/early-release-measures-immediate-ways-to-address-over-incarceration-100466.html

Europe

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/immigration-detainees-prison-home-office-b1880344.html

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

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/obese-hmp-frankland-prisoner-died-21008901

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

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/man-83-jailed-playing-radio-5636719

News 9 July

Americas

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

https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/28123/inmate-visits-will-gradually-resume-at-federal-institutions-prison-service-says

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

https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/07/federal-court-case-corrections-officials-botched-covid-19-response-in-prisons/

Asia

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

https://www.thedailystar.net/health/disease/coronavirus/news/lockdown-detainees-crammed-vans-risk-catching-covid-2125286

Thailand - Herbs help Covid-hit prisoners

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2145743/herbs-help-covid-hit-prisoners

Europe

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

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/07/09/human-centered-approach-at-prisons-paying-off-director-says/

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

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/prisons-go-against-grain-covid-5627113

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/prisoners-to-be-allowed-visits-from-family-again-from-july-14th-1.4615203

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

https://stockholmcf.org/inmates-in-turkish-prisons-strip-searched-and-denied-basic-necessities-report/

Oceania

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

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/overseas-criminals-released-back-in-kiwi-communities-after-prison-as-covid-19-stalls-deportations/5KADNYSVTJWV4LO6ZWMS3IUXRM/

News 8 July

Africa

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

https://allafrica.com/stories/202107070651.html

Namibia: We're Not Vaccinated - Hardap Inmates

https://allafrica.com/stories/202107070605.html

Americas

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/07/us/inmates-incarcerated-covid-deaths.html

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

https://madison365.com/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

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210708/Most-inmates-have-had-their-covid-shots-e28094-but-their-guards-likely-havene28099t.aspx

Asia

COVID-19 outbreaks in Myanmar jails sow alarm

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/covid-19-outbreaks-myanmar-jails-102105093.html

Europe

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

https://inews.co.uk/news/health/drug-used-to-treat-heroin-addiction-in-prison-pilot-scheme-to-go-scotland-wide-1092358

News 7 July

Americas

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

https://mississippitoday.org/2021/07/06/new-mdoc-visitation-policy-too-restrictive-loved-ones-say/

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

https://www.davisvanguard.org/2021/07/several-cdcr-institutions-in-phase-3-of-reopening/  

Asia

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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/32-prisoners-at-thane-temporary-jail-test-positive-for-covid19-101625597295658.html

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

https://coconuts.co/yangon/news/in-myanmars-prisons-detainees-caught-between-pandemic-and-coup/

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

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-junta-suspends-trials-inside-insein-prison-due-to-covid-19.html

Sri Lanka - Thirty inmates at Boossa test COVID positive

http://www.dailynews.lk/2021/07/07/local/253285/thirty-inmates-boossa-test-covid-positive

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

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/81-covid-19-cases-detected-at-hcmc-s-chi-hoa-prison-4305094.html

Vietnam - Inmates riot at HCMC's Chi Hoa prison

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/inmates-riot-at-hcmc-s-chi-hoa-prison-4305686.html

Europe

Hungary - Prison Visits Possible again but Only with Immunity Certificates

https://hungarytoday.hu/prison-visit-possible-restriction-coronavirus-immunity-certificate/

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

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-cons-not-tested-covid-24474883

News 6 July

Africa

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

https://www.kfm.co.ug/news/2-dead-100-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-two-weeks.html

Americas

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/provincial-jails-covid-19-dig2-1.6080107

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

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/incarcerated-home-rise-ankle-monitors-house-arrest-during-pandemic-n1273008

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

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-jails-violence-prisons-release-20210706.html

Asia

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

https://gruntstuff.com/prison-inmates-in-india-refuse-parole-over-covid-19-fears-on-outside/212505/

New prison complex in Horana to expand Sri Lanka’s prison capacity to 100,000: Minister

https://economynext.com/new-prison-complex-in-horana-to-expand-sri-lankas-prison-capacity-to-100000-minister-83768/

Europe

Turkey - Report: Prisoners have difficulties in accessing cleaning supplies

https://bianet.org/english/human-rights/246796-report-prisoners-have-difficulties-in-accessing-cleaning-supplies

News 3-5 July

Africa

Uganda - Prisons to brief country on Covid in cells

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/prisons-to-brief-country-on-covid-in-cells-3461212

Americas

Bermuda - Prison inmates file Covid-19 complaints with Ombudsman

https://www.royalgazette.com/politics/news/article/20210705/prison-inmates-file-covid-19-complaints-with-ombudsman/

Canada - Quebec COVID restrictions are loosening, but jails are still putting inmates in solitary to quarantine

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-jail-quarantine-controversy-covid-1.6088287

St Kitts & Nevis - 13 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded at Her Majesty’s Prison bringing the total number to 55

https://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/115993

St Kitts & Nevis - Around 50 percent of the prison population at HMP vaccinated with the first dose, says PS Petty

https://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/115994

US - COVID-19 Recedes In Prisons, But Conditions Could Spell Future Outbreaks

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/1012907942

US - New York Prisons Offering Inmates Barbecues, Conjugal Visits to Get Them Vaccinated

https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-prisons-offering-inmates-barbecues-conjugal-visits-get-them-vaccinated-1606509

US - New Mexico prison facilities loosen restrictions for the first time in over a year

https://cbs4local.com/news/local/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

https://www.aldailynews.com/op-ed-fewer-people-went-to-prison-crime-dropped-lets-build-on-our-success/

Asia

Cambodia - Five Takeo inmates get Covid-19, search continues for more cases

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/five-takeo-inmates-get-covid-19-search-continues-more-cases

India - Covid-19: 3,500 inmates at Arthur Road, Byculla Women's jail get first jab

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/covid-19-3500-inmates-at-arthur-road-byculla-womens-jail-get-first-jab/articleshow/84075980.cms

Israel - Panel on prison reform recommends some sentences be served at home

https://www.timesofisrael.com/panel-on-prison-reform-recommends-some-sentences-be-served-at-home/

Malaysia - Pass ordinance to allow bail, release prisoners early, says lawyer

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/07/03/pass-ordinance-to-allow-bail-release-prisoners-early-says-lawyer/

Malaysia - Khairy: Covid-19 vaccination for prisoners to be discussed in JKJAV meeting

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/07/05/khairy-covid-19-vaccination-for-prisoners-to-be-discussed-in-jkjav-meeting/1987418

Europe

England and Wales - Don’t use Covid to justify longer bang-up, warns Dame Anne Owers

https://insidetime.org/dont-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’

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/7347875/low-moss-prison-covid-cases/

News 2 July

UN torture prevention body calls for vaccination programmes for people deprived of liberty

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/un-torture-prevention-body-calls-vaccination-programmes-people-deprived-liberty

Africa

Zimbabwe shuts down highest courts following COVID-19 spike

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-07/01/c_1310038552.htm

Americas

US - Incarceration in the Age of COVID

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/agency-oversight/2021/07/incarceration-in-the-age-of-covid/

US (Delaware) - Prisoners will receive no sentence credit for suffering pandemic behind bars

https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/news/2021/07/01/prisoners-see-no-sentence-credit-covid-19-pandemic-struggle/7809405002/

US - Colorado court revives lawsuit demanding Polis release prisoners over COVID conditions

https://www.denverpost.com/2021/07/01/inmates-covid-lawsuit/

Asia

India - Decongestion of prisons inadequate, release 'doesn't take into account' age, health

https://www.counterview.net/2021/07/decongestion-of-prisons-inadequate.html

Philippines - BJMP: Non-essentials off-limits to WV district jails

https://www.panaynews.net/bjmp-non-essentials-off-limits-to-wv-district-jails/

Europe

Greece: Mass Vaccination of Prison Inmates Begins on Thursday

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/greece_mass_vaccination_of_prison_inmates_begins_on_thursday-2803140/

Covid unrest: Italy prison guards suspended over beatings

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57685744

Oceania

Australia - Indigenous women strip-searched twice as often inside Canberra's jail in recent months

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-02/act-indigenous-women-strip-searched-twice-as-often-jail/100259182

News 1 July

Americas

Haiti: Inhumane prison conditions demand urgent action – Bachelet

https://reliefweb.int/report/haiti/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

https://www.businessinsider.com/high-cost-prison-communications-driving-debt-racial-wealth-gap-2021-6?r=US&IR=T

US - Disgraced doctors, unlicensed officials: Prisons face criticism over health care

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/disgraced-doctors-unlicensed-officials-prisons-face-criticism-over-health-care-n1272743

US (California) - How Not to Fight a Prison Pandemic

https://solitarywatch.org/2021/06/30/how-not-to-fight-a-prison-pandemic/

US - More Vermont prisoners opting to get vaccinated against Covid-19

https://vtdigger.org/2021/06/30/more-vermont-prisoners-opting-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19/

Asia

Iraq vaccinates all prisoners against COVID-19

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210630-iraq-vaccinates-all-prisoners-against-covid-19/

Malaysia - Covid: Kepayan prison records 51 new cases: Masidi

https://www.thesundaily.my/home/covid-kepayan-prison-records-51-new-cases-masidi-DA8020577

Oceania

Australia (NSW) - ‘I’m not having it:’ Eligible prison inmates and staff rejecting AstraZeneca

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/i-m-not-having-it-eligible-prison-inmates-and-staff-rejecting-astrazeneca-20210628-p584yr.html

Australia - Inmates to receive Pfizer vaccine in WA prisons

https://www.6pr.com.au/inmates-to-receive-pfizer-vaccine-in-wa-prisons/

News 30 June

Africa

South Africa - Prison Unions Want Inmates, Officials To Be Prioritised For Covid-19 Vaccine

https://ewn.co.za/2021/06/30/prison-unions-want-inmates-officials-to-be-prioritised-for-covid-19-vaccine

Tunisia: Sousse-Coronavirus - 292 Cases of Infection Detected in Messadine Prison

https://allafrica.com/stories/202106300495.html

Americas

US - As COVID recedes in prisons, will any lessons learned stick?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/as-covid-recedes-in-prisons-will-any-lessons-learned-stick-covid-prison-people-prisons-prisoners-b1875397.html

US - A Half-Million People Got COVID-19 in Prison. Are Officials Ready for the Next Pandemic?

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/06/30/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

https://theappeal.org/prison-programming-release-delayed-pandemic-lockdown/

US (Wisconsin) - Counties with state prisons had 11% more first-wave COVID-19 cases

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uow-cws062421.php

Asia

Nepal - Inmate dies of COVID-19 in Chitwan prison

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/inmate-dies-of-covid-19-in-chitwan-prison/?categoryId=81

Europe

England and Wales - The 'damaging effect' of Covid lockdown on young prisoners as many spend just 40 minutes a day out of cells

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/the-damaging-effect-of-covid-lockdown-on-young-prisoners-as-many-spend-just-40-minutes-a-day-out-of-cells-3290589

Italy shock video of violence against prisoners

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-shock-video-of-violence-against-prisoners.html

Scotland - Kilwinning prisoner raises HMP Kilmarnock COVID concerns

https://www.irvinetimes.com/news/19407687.kilwinning-prisoner-raises-hmp-kilmarnock-covid-concerns/

Oceania

Australia - Visits restricted at all Queensland prisons

https://www.miragenews.com/visits-restricted-at-all-queensland-prisons-587308/

News 29 June

Africa

Ghana - Grim tales from our prisons

https://www.graphic.com.gh/features/civic-realities/grim-tales-from-our-prisons.html

Americas

US - Lost Opportunity, Lost Lives

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/06/29/lost-opportunity-lost-lives

US - New Mexico prison population drops to historic lows

https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/new-mexico-prison-population-drops-to-historic-lows/6155709/

US - How Louisiana prisons have handled COVID-19: 9 Things to Know

https://lailluminator.com/2021/06/29/how-louisiana-prisons-have-handled-covid-19-9-things-to-know/

Asia

India - COVID-19: Public Health Experts Call for Decongesting Prisons to Safeguard Inmates

https://www.newsclick.in/COVID-19-public-health-experts-call-decongesting-prisons-safeguard-inmates

Europe

England and Wales - Prison Service plans for more video conferencing

https://www.ukauthority.com/articles/prison-service-plans-for-more-video-conferencing/

News 26 – 28 June

Africa

DRC - Covid-19: 7 cas testés positifs à la prison centrale de Makala

https://www.mediacongo.net/article-actualite-89268_covid_19_7_cas_testes_positifs_a_la_prison_centrale_de_makala.html

Ghana - Overcrowding impedes prisoner rights; facilities house 30% above capacity

https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/overcrowding-impedes-prisoner-rights-facilities-house-30-above-capacity.html

South Africa - 537 elderly prisoners have received Covid-19 jabs

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-06-28-537-elderly-prisoners-have-received-covid-19-jabs/

Tunisie – Découverte d’un foyer de covid dans la prison de Messaadine

https://www.tunisienumerique.com/tunisie-decouverte-dun-foyer-de-covid-dans-la-prison-de-messaadine/

Americas

US - Thousands of Prisoners Were Sent Home Because of Covid. They Don’t Want to Go Back.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/27/us/politics/biden-prison-coronavirus.html

US (Illinois) - 1,000 inmates still stuck in county jails — creating dangerous conditions — because state prisons won’t take them, sheriffs say

https://chicago.suntimes.com/metro-state/2021/6/27/22549473/illinois-inmates-cook-county-jails-overcrowding-backlog-john-howard-columbia-covid-afscme-council-31

Asia

Cambodia - 686 inmates vaccinated against Covid-19 in Koh Kong prison

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50881953/686-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

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/173527/covid-cases-in-emco-areas-including-kepayan-prison-cause-spike-256-in-sabah-today-masidi/

Pakistan - Inmates remain vulnerable to Covid

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2307689/inmates-remain-vulnerable-to-covid

Philippines - JCI Angeles launches online visits for Pampanga jail detainees

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1899086/Pampanga/Local-News/JCI-Angeles-launches-online-visits-for-Pampanga-jail-detainees

Europe

Italy - 52 warders arrested over prison lockdown violence

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2021/06/28/52-warders-arrested-over-prison-lockdown-violence-7_628bdfc6-b54d-465a-8083-326c8bbf62b6.html

Oceania

COVID-19 Fiji: Prison officers among new cases of infections

https://www.fijitimes.com/covid-19-fiji-prison-officers-among-new-cases-of-infections/

News 25 June

Africa

Overcrowding major challenge of Ghana Prison Service - Prisons Boss laments

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1090217/overcrowding-major-challenge-of-ghana-prison-servi.html

Uganda - Covid-19 cases high in prison, police

https://www.independent.co.ug/covid-19-cases-high-in-prison-police/

Americas

Canada - COVID outbreak sees North Bay jail closed and 61 inmates moved out

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/north-bay-jail-closed-covid-19-outbreak-1.6078255

US - Jury trials are starting again. But the pandemic put some behind bars past their sentences.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/pandemic-jury-trial-delays/2021/06/23/a8f905ba-ae93-11eb-ab4c-986555a1c511_story.html

US - More Than Half Of Hawaii’s Inmates Have Been Vaccinated Against COVID-19

https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/06/more-than-half-of-hawaiis-inmates-have-been-vaccinated-against-covid-19/

Asia

Thailand races to roll out coronavirus jabs to prisoners

https://www.todayonline.com/world/thailand-races-roll-out-coronavirus-jabs-prisoners

Oceania

Australia - Report finds human rights denied at Tasmania's Risdon Prison

https://www.examiner.com.au/story/7312051/human-rights-and-law-breaches-at-risdon-prison-report-finds/

News 24 June

Africa

Kenya - Only 4 inmates at Kisii Remand Prison tested positive for Covid, officials clarify

https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/nyanza/2021-06-23-only-4-inmates-at-kisii-remand-prison-tested-positive-for-covid-officials-clarify/

South Africa - Prison visits suspended nationwide as Covid-19 numbers soar

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/prison-visits-suspended-nationwide-as-covid-19-numbers-soar-407c63a5-0176-49b9-bb80-f21b7ac8f7b5

Zimbabwe - Panic As Covid-19 Ravage Prisons

https://www.zimeye.net/2021/06/24/panic-as-covid-19-ravage-prisons/

Americas

US (Pennsylvania) - Philly agrees to $125,000 settlement for failure to give prisoners required out-of-cell time during COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.phillyvoice.com/philly-prisoners-covid-19-lawsuit-settlement-inmates-out-of-cell-time-bail-jails/

Venezuela: Maduro Promises a ‘Revolution’ of Justice and Prison System

https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/15239

Asia

India - Over 13,000 prison inmates vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maha: Govt tells HC

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/over-13000-prison-inmates-vaccinated-against-covid19-in-maha-govt-tells-hc/2108244

Malaysia - Prison life amid the pandemic - 'we are treated like animals'

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/580207

Europe

England and Wales - Inmates at HMP Lewes locked in cells for 23 hours report says

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19394071.inmates-hmp-lewes-locked-cells-23-hours-report-says/

France - Prisons : "l'année 2020 a été bouleversée par le covid"

https://lcp.fr/actualites/prisons-l-annee-2020-a-ete-bouleversee-par-le-covid-70339

Scotland - Rise in prison deaths raises questions about access to health care

https://theferret.scot/prison-death-rise-prompts-questions-over-healthcare/

News 23 June

Africa

Zimbabwe - Covid-19 outbreak at prison

https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-205365.html

Americas

US (Hawaii) - ‘Inhumane’ conditions at HCCC trigger lawsuit as outbreak continues

https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2021/06/23/hawaii-news/inhumane-conditions-at-hccc-trigger-lawsuit-as-outbreak-continues/

Asia

Protecting detainees during COVID-19: Isolation centres inaugurated in Bangladesh’s prisons

https://reliefweb.int/report/bangladesh/protecting-detainees-during-covid-19-isolation-centres-inaugurated-bangladesh-s

Pakistan - Around 4,350 Prisoners Of 18,440 Inmates Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Sindh Jails

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/around-4350-prisoners-of-18440-inmates-vacc-1284018.html

Philippines - Group assails DOH, DOJ ‘inaction’ on prisoners’ COVID vaccination

https://mb.com.ph/2021/06/23/group-assails-doh-doj-inaction-on-prisoners-covid-vaccination/

Europe

England and Wales - 600 staff at 49 prisons out on strike tomorrow in Covid safety dispute

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/71031-600-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

https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/22/inmates-held-protests-at-uk-jails-over-punitive-covid-restrictions-14809400/

England and Wales - Custody time limit extension to end this month

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/custody-time-limit-extension-to-end-this-month/5108940.article

Scotland - Prisoners at Low Moss near Bishopbriggs self-isolating after coronavirus outbreak

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/19390795.prisoners-low-moss-near-bishopbriggs-self-isolating-coronavirus-outbreak/

News 22 June

Africa

South Africa - Prison visits suspended with move to level 3

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2021-06-22-prison-visits-suspended-with-move-to-level-3/

Americas

US - Some Incarcerated Meatpacking Workers Spent ‘100 percent’ of Their Time in High-Risk Settings During Pandemic

https://dailyyonder.com/some-incarcerated-meatpacking-workers-spent-100-percent-of-their-time-in-high-risk-settings-during-pandemic/2021/06/21/

Asia

India - Vaccination drive in Maharashtra prisons going slow

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/vaccination-drive-in-maharashtra-prisons-going-slow/article34896674.ece

Malaysia - Covid-19: Admission of new inmates triggered Sungai Udang prison cluster

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/06/22/covid-19-admission-of-new-inmates-triggered-sungai-udang-prison-cluster/1984096

News 19 – 21 June

Africa

Liberia - Jeety commits anti-Covid-19 supplies for inmates

https://thenewdawnliberia.com/jeety-commits-anti-covid-19-supplies-for-inmates/

South Africa - ‘Vaccinate inmates to avoid crisis’

https://mg.co.za/news/2021-06-20-vaccinate-inmates-to-avoid-crisis/

Americas

Jamaica - COVID-19 blow hurts inmates' rehab programme

https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/covid-19-blow-hurts-inmates-_224072?profile=1373

St Kitts & Nevis - 26 Additional Confirmed Covid-19 Cases Reported At Her Majesty’s Prison Bringing Total Number To 37

https://zizonline.com/26-additional-confirmed-covid-19-cases-reported-at-her-majestys-prison-bringing-total-number-to-37/

US - ‘Disorder and Chaos’ in N.Y.C. Jails as Pandemic Recedes

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/19/nyregion/rikers-island-chaos-suicides.html

US (Kentucky) - In-Person Prison Visits Return, But Strict Rules Leave Children Out

https://kycir.org/2021/06/21/in-person-prison-visits-return-but-strict-rules-leave-children-out/

Asia

India - Only 8% of Tihar’s inmates vaccinated

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/only-8-of-tihars-inmates-vaccinated/article34873158.ece

Philippines - Inmates struggle to save relationships, mental health amid ban on visits

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/inmates-mental-health-amid-ban-visits-covid-19

Philippines - Leyte Prison launches ‘e-dalaw’ for inmates

https://mb.com.ph/2021/06/21/leyte-prison-launches-e-dalaw-for-inmates/

Europe

England and Wales - Over 8,000 'prisoners' still waiting for their trial

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1452222/coronavirus-news-thousands-prisoners-await-trial

England and Wales - HMP Bedford social visits set to resume for ‘most vulnerable prisoners’

https://www.bedfordindependent.co.uk/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

https://www.sundayworld.com/news/control-and-restraint-teams-called-in-as-inmates-at-midlands-prison-protest-over-covid-restrictions-40558368.html

News 18 June

Americas

St Kitts & Nevis - HMP Management Implements Additional Measures to Safeguard Health of Personnel and Residents

https://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/115818

US - Dozens of Texans Died of COVID-19 in Prison Despite Being Granted Parole, Report Finds

https://www.newsweek.com/dozens-texans-died-covid-19-prison-despite-being-granted-parole-report-finds-1601629

US (Pennsylvania) - ‘More harm than good’: Most Pa. prisoners are vaxxed, but isolating COVID rules remain

https://whyy.org/articles/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

https://mauinow.com/2021/06/17/bill-reintroduced-to-improve-compassionate-release-following-covid-19-outbreaks-in-prisons/

Asia

Philippines - Elderly political prisoner's death highlights call to free vulnerable PDLs

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/06/18/2106416/elderly-political-prisoners-death-highlights-call-free-vulnerable-pdls

Europe

Belgium - Ligne Info'Prison : les témoignages recueillis reflètent la profonde détresse des détenus

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_ligne-info-prison-les-temoignages-recueillis-refletent-la-profonde-detresse-des-detenus?id=10785716

Turkey - HDP demands parliamentary debate on situation of sick prisoners

https://stockholmcf.org/hdp-demands-parliamentary-debate-on-situation-of-sick-prisoners/

News 17 June

Americas

US - How Covid-19 Is Still Battering the Criminal Legal System

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-covid-19-still-battering-criminal-legal-system

US (Virginia) - COVID-19 early release program for inmates to end July 1

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/COVID-19-early-release-program-for-inmates-to-end-16252653.php

US - Kentucky Prisons to Reopen for Family Visits June 20 After Closing Due to Coronavirus

https://www.citybeat.com/news/blog/21153242/kentucky-prisons-to-reopen-for-family-visits-june-20-after-closing-due-to-coronavirus

US (Hawaii) - More HCCC inmates test positive

https://eminetra.com/more-hccc-inmates-test-positive-honolulu-hawaii/597996/

Asia

India - Vaccination Of Prisoners- "Vaccines Not Available, Inoculation Programme Progressing Slowly": Govt. Tells Uttarakhand High Court

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/uttarakhand-high-court-vaccination-of-prisoners-vaccines-not-available-inoculation-programme-progressing-slowly-175851

Europe

Ireland - Failure to restart family visits and religious services in prisons condemned in Dáil

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/coronavirus/failure-to-restart-family-visits-and-religious-services-in-prisons-condemned-in-d%C3%A1il-1.4595325

Ireland - Inmates being vaccinated on a prison-by-prison basis

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/inmates-being-vaccinated-on-a-prison-by-prison-basis-1.4595211

News 16 June

Africa

Nigeria - Decongestion: FCT Command Controller calls for virtual sitting, establishment of Courts in correctional facilities

https://www.blueprint.ng/prison-dicongestion-fct-command-controller-calls-for-virtual-sitting-establishment-of-courts-in-correctional-fascilities/

Americas

Canada - Some prisoners not offered COVID-19 shots until months after general public, CBC analysis finds

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/covid-vaccinations-in-jails-1.6066293

Haiti - Officials to renew health emergency status, discuss prison care

https://haitiantimes.com/2021/06/15/officials-renew-health-emergency-status-discuss-prison-care/

US - Why Lockdowns Can’t Protect People in Prison From Deadly Viruses

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/06/15/how-mass-incarceration-fuels-the-spread-of-disease/

US - New report finds parole-approved prisoners waited months for release amid pandemic

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-report-finds-parole-approved-prisoners-waited-months-release-amid-n1270822

Asia

Cambodia - Gov’t prioritises prisoners for Covid-19 vaccinations

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50875006/govt-prioritises-prisoners-for-covid-19-vaccinations/

India - Vax in drive across state prisons progressing slow and steady

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/vax-in-drive-across-state-prisons-progressing-slow-and-steady-101623777967878.html

India - Delhi prisons see only single COVID-19 case this month

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/delhi-prisons-see-only-single-covid-19-case-this-month/article34825276.ece

India - Goa: Soon, Colvale prison inmates can meet kin, friends virtually

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/soon-colvale-prison-inmates-can-meet-kin-friends-virtually/articleshow/83555667.cms

Europe

Ireland - Number of inmates on temporary release from Cork prison rising steadily in recent weeks

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40314185.html

News 15 June

Africa

Botswana - Prisons to start video conferencing facility for inmates

https://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=90241&dir=2021/june/14

Uganda - Prison services reinstate ban on visits to jail centres

https://www.independent.co.ug/prison-services-reinstate-ban-on-visits-to-jail-centres/

Americas

St Kitts & Nevis - Officials working to combat COVID at HMP

https://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/115786

US - The origins of Covid-19’s racial disparities lie in America’s prisons

https://qz.com/2019954/overcrowded-prisons-help-explain-us-covid-19-racial-inequality/

US - Covid-19 and the Struggle for Health Behind Bars

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/covid-19-and-struggle-health-behind-bars

US (Tennessee) Prisons rebound from COVID-19 pandemic with the return of volunteers

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/prisons-rebound-from-covid-19-pandemic-with-the-return-of-volunteers

US (Connecticut) - Prison guards seeking hazard pay for work during pandemic

https://apnews.com/article/ct-state-wire-coronavirus-pandemic-pandemics-health-74dbd9a90a2305f049f5cd41b1e7a0ce

Asia

Philippines - Separated by Covid: Inmates struggle to save relationships, mental health amid ban on visits

https://pcij.org/article/6353/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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/06/15/2105708/group-urges-release-at-risk-pdls-after-death-75-year-old-sick-political-prisoner

News 12-14 June

Africa

Kenya - Inmate visitations to resume in new plan, officials say

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-06-13-inmate-visitations-to-resume-in-new-plan-officials-say/

Americas

Panama - Prison system director dies of covid-19

https://menafn.com/1102265671/Prison-system-director-dies-of-covid-19&source=138

St Kitts & Nevis - Inmate tests positive for COVID-19

https://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/115755

Trinidad & Tobago - Inmates, prison officers to get vaccinated

https://trinidadexpress.com/newsextra/inmates-prison-officers-to-get-vaccinated/article_ea470730-cad9-11eb-8bf7-175dd886e5e0.html

US - Decrease in jail population should remain after pandemic, criminal justice reformers say

https://news.yahoo.com/decrease-jail-population-remain-pandemic-142907313.html

US - Coronavirus lockdowns in prisons test limits of Colorado’s rules on solitary confinement

https://coloradonewsline.com/2021/06/13/coronavirus-lockdowns-in-prisons-test-limits-of-colorados-rules-on-solitary-confinement/

US (Arizona) - Department of Corrections vaccinates over 26,000 inmates

https://kyma.com/news/coronavirus/arizona-coronavirus/2021/06/12/department-of-corrections-vaccinates-over-26000-inmates/

Asia

Cambodia - Justice ministry reviews conditions for early prisoner release

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/justice-ministry-reviews-conditions-early-prisoner-release

‘We may die inside’: How India’s prisons became sitting ducks for Covid-19

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/covid-india-jails-overcrowding-coronavirus-b1857102.html

India - Maharashtra: 7,600 inmates get their first jab, active cases on a decline in state prisons

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/maharashtra-7600-prison-inmates-vaccinated-so-far-7356736/

Maldives amps up anti-epidemic measures in prisons

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-06/11/c_1310003384.htm

Pakistan - Imprisoned in a pandemic

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/849264-imprisoned-in-a-pandemic

Sri Lanka - Virtual meetings for prisoners with their families with the help of ICRC

https://island.lk/virtual-meetings-for-prisoners-with-their-families-with-the-help-of-icrc/

Europe

Greece - Fresh outbreak of Covid-19 at Patra Prison

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1162808/fresh-outbreak-of-covid-19-at-patra-prison/

Ireland - Many more could have been released in 2020 to combat Covid - Inspector of Prisons

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/many-more-could-have-been-released-in-2020-to-combat-covid-inspector-of-prisons-1.4591130

Ireland - Covid halts DNA sampling in prisons for crime database with no date set for resumption

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/covid-halts-dna-sampling-in-prisons-for-crime-database-with-no-date-set-for-resumption-40532568.html

News 11 June

Africa

Kenya - Prison Staff, Inmates, To Be Vaccinated Against Covid-19

https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/prison-staff-inmates-to-be-vaccinate-against-covid-19/

Americas

‘They let people die’: US prisons bureau denied tens of thousands compassionate release during Covid

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/11/us-prisons-bureau-compassionate-release-covid

US - Research sheds new light on COVID-19 and mass imprisonment

https://floridanewstimes.com/research-sheds-new-light-on-covid-19-and-mass-imprisonment/282693/

US (California) - With COVID-19 under control in OC jails, judge dismisses lawsuit aimed at cutting inmate population

https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/10/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

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2021/06/virus-outbreaks-in-hawaii-jails-prompt-inmate-lawsuit/

US (Iowa) - Pandemic speeds up Linn County’s permanent ban on in-person jail visits

https://www.thegazette.com/local-government/pandemic-speeds-up-linn-countys-permanent-ban-on-in-person-jail-visits/

Asia

Cambodia - GDP receives nearly 7,000 vaccine doses to curb prison infections

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50872143/gdp-receives-nearly-7000-vaccine-doses-to-curb-prison-infections/

Elderly Activist Inmates Increasingly Positive For COVID-19 in Cambodia’s Penal System

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/inmates-06102021211030.html

India - Substantial decrease in Covid cases in prisons: Jail authorities to Bombay HC

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/substantial-decrease-in-covid-cases-in-prisons-jail-authorities-to-bombay-hc-7353241/

Justice minister kicks off vaccination in Covid-ravaged Thai prison system

https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2021/06/11/justice-minister-kicks-off-vaccination-in-covid-ravaged-thai-prison-system

Thailand - Korat prisons declared to be Covid free

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/korat-prisons-declared-to-be-covid-free

Europe

Cyprus - Coronavirus: Lawyers protest over decision to resume operations at Supreme Court

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/10/coronavirus-lawyers-protest-over-decision-to-resume-operations-at-supreme-court/

England and Wales - Prison sees dramatic fall in violent incidents

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/crime/highpoint-prison-stradishall-suffolk-reduced-violence-8043108

Ireland - Infamous killers among those offered a Covid-19 jab as 'hundreds' of prisoners vaccinated this week

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/infamous-killers-among-those-offered-24293494

Oceania

New Zealand - Vaccine rollout scale down: Prisoners and Defence Force to wait longer, no more walk-ins

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/vaccine-rollout-scale-down-prisoners-and-defence-force-to-wait-longer-no-more-walk-ins/REFULQ4F6USM3DKBP35T2FETRQ/

News 10 June

Americas

Canada - Human rights commission urges province’s justice sector to keep prison population low amid COVID-19

https://www.lawtimesnews.com/practice-areas/human-rights/human-rights-commission-urges-provinces-justice-sector-to-keep-prison-population-low-amid-covid-19/356996

US - Garland: 52% of federal inmates in America are now vaccinated for COVID-19

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/garland-52-percent-of-federal-inmates-in-america-are-now-vaccinated-for-covid-19-224105430.html

US - In-person visits to Indiana prisons to resume in phases starting this week

https://eu.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2021/06/09/indiana-prison-visitation-guidelines-in-person-covid-19/7622911002/

US (California) - CA’s Jail & Prison Populations Went Down During COVID, But Now The Jail Numbers Have Crept Back Up

https://witnessla.com/jail-prison-populations-went-down-during-covid-but-now-the-jail-numbers-have-crept-back-up-says-new-vera-report/

US - Gov. Greg Abbott has lifted almost all Texas pandemic restrictions. But not the one limiting jail releases.

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/06/10/texas-bail-pandemic-greg-abbott/

US - In-Person Visits Resume Only for Vaccinated Missouri Prisoners

https://www.theepochtimes.com/in-person-visits-resume-only-for-vaccinated-missouri-prisoners_3851208.html

US (New York) - In-Person Visits Resume This Month At NYC Jails

https://news.yahoo.com/person-visits-resume-month-nyc-214600672.html

Asia

Bahraini political inmate dies of coronavirus in Jau Prison

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/06/09/658612/Bahrain-Jau-prison-Shia-prisoner-coronavirus-death-Al-Khalifah-crackdown

Cambodia - Sar Kheng shores up prison support amid Covid spread

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-shores-prison-support-amid-covid-spread

News 9 June

Africa

Uganda suspends prison visits over surge of COVID-19 cases

https://africa.cgtn.com/2021/06/09/uganda-suspends-prison-visits-over-surge-of-covid-19-cases/

Americas

US (Vermont) - Vt. Prisons Used Lockdowns To Slow Coronavirus, But Prisoners' Mental Health Suffered

https://www.vpr.org/post/vt-prisons-used-lockdowns-slow-coronavirus-prisoners-mental-health-suffered#stream/0

US - Wisconsin Prisons to Resume in-Person Visits

https://www.fox21online.com/2021/06/08/wisconsin-prisons-to-resume-in-person-visits/

Asia

India - Tackling pandemic woes, Rajasthan's prison authorities conduct e-meets for inmates & their kin

https://www.knocksense.com/jaipur/jaipur-news/rajasthans-prison-authorities-conduct-e-meets-for-inmates--their-kin

News 8 June

Africa

Liberia - UNDP, Bureau of Corrections collaborate to decongest prisons

https://thenewdawnliberia.com/undp-bureau-of-corrections-collaborate-to-decongest-prisons/

South Africa - Popcru urges police and prison workers to be given priority for Covid jabs

https://www.jacarandafm.com/news/news/popcru-urges-police-and-prison-workers-be-given-priority-covid-jabs/

Americas

US - Incarceration Declined Only Slightly From Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 After an Unprecedented Drop in Incarceration in 2020

https://www.vera.org/newsroom/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

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/06/07/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

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/local-news/2021-06-07/oversight-commissioner-concerned-with-overcrowding-as-covid-19-cases-at-hilo-jail-rise-to-154

Asia

India - 2,000 jail inmates get Covid jab in Bhopal

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/2k-inmates-prisoners-get-covid-19-jab-in-bhopal/articleshow/83319535.cms

India - Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh arranges 19,132 e-meets for prisoners with kin during lockdown

https://www.freepressjournal.in/bhopal/bhopal-madhya-pradesh-arranges-19132-e-meets-for-prisoners-with-kin-during-lockdown

Malaysia - Reduce overcrowding in prisons, detention centres, PH tells govt

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/06/08/reduce-overcrowding-in-prisons-detention-centres-ph-tells-govt/

Nearly 30,000 Covid-19 infections at Thai prisons in recent wave

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/nearly-30000-covid-19-infections-at-thai-prisons-in-recent-wave

News 4-7 June

Americas

Bermuda - Tensions rise at prison over Covid restrictions, Minister

https://www.royalgazette.com/politics/news/article/20210604/prisoners-hit-by-covid-19-visit-suspensions/

Canada - Lack of trust, information driving low vaccination rate at Ottawa jail, advocate says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-carleton-detention-centre-covid-outbreak-1.6051957

US - Most Oklahoma prisons operating normally following lockdown

https://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Most-Oklahoma-prisons-operating-normally-16227229.php

US - COVID-19 outbreak at Big Island jail grows among inmates and staff – Honolulu, Hawaii

https://eminetra.com/covid-19-outbreak-at-big-island-jail-grows-among-inmates-and-staff-honolulu-hawaii/581122/

US (Washington) - Some Prisons Reinstate Patdown Searches Although Guards Are Refusing Vaccination

https://truthout.org/articles/some-prisons-reinstate-patdown-searches-although-guards-are-refusing-vaccination/

Asia

Cambodia - Inmates to get AstraZeneca jabs

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/inmates-get-astrazeneca-jabs

India - States just transferring prisoners instead of efforts to decongest jails

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/states-just-transferring-prisoners-instead-of-efforts-to-decongest-jails-101622867902806.html

Indonesia - Emerging prison virus clusters spur calls for change

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2021/06/04/emerging-prison-virus-clusters-spur-calls-for-change.html

Timely vaccinations for prison inmates in Japan uncertain

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/06/06/national/science-health/vaccinations-prison-inmates-japan-uncertain/

Singapore - Fewer offenders put on probation last year amid Covid-19

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/fewer-offenders-put-on-probation-last-year-amid-covid-19

Thailand - Covid-19 vaccinations begin at Pattaya prison

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/covid-19-vaccinations-begin-at-pattaya-prison-358608

Europe

England and Wales - Covid has offered a 'once in a lifetime' chance to improve the prisons says union official

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/covid-offered-once-lifetime-chance-20739477

Just 2% of prisoners in Ireland have been vaccinated against Covid-19

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/just-2-prisoners-ireland-been-24245993

News 3 June

Americas

US - Mass Incarceration Has Worsened the COVID-19 Pandemic for Everyone

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/06/mass-incarceration-covid-19-pandemic-decarceration-safety-health-prisons

Asia

India - Draw lessons from Covid to improve jail healthcare

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/draw-lessons-from-covid-to-improve-jail-healthcare-262392

Malaysia - Parliamentary prison reform group: Locking up MCO offenders risks triggering another Covid-19 wave

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/06/03/parliamentary-prison-reform-group-imprisoning-mco-offenders-risks-triggerin/1979291

How to reduce Covid-19 in Malaysian prisons

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50867314/how-to-reduce-covid-19-in-malaysian-prisons/

Thailand - 122 prisons free of Covid infections

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2125779/122-prisons-free-of-covid-infections

Europe

England and Wales - Covid: Prison officers take dogs to work to cut prisoners' stress

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57317334

England and Wales - Prison educators plan further strikes in health and safety dispute

https://feweek.co.uk/2021/06/02/prison-educators-plan-further-strikes-in-health-and-safety-dispute/

England and Wales - Covid: Young offenders institution's response praised

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57323337

News 2 June

Africa

Tunisia - Sept morts dans les prisons depuis le début de la pandémie

https://www.tunisie-tribune.com/2021/06/02/sept-morts-dans-les-prisons-depuis-le-debut-de-la-pandemie/

Asia

Cambodia - Kampong Speu inmates get Covid, one dies

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-inmates-get-covid-one-dies

India - Over 2,000 inmates of Central Prison receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/over-2000-inmates-of-central-prison-receive-first-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine/article34702465.ece

India - In Maharashtra, Prison Quarantine Centres Are More Harrowing than Main Jail Barracks

https://thewire.in/rights/covid19-maharashtra-prison-decongest-quarantine

Thailand's daily COVID-19 cases drop on decline in prison infections

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/269717450/thailands-daily-covid-19-cases-drop-on-decline-in-prison-infections

Europe

England and Wales - Prison inspectors find regime at HMP North Sea Camp near Boston "overly restrictive" during pandemic

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/prison-inspectors-find-regime-hmp-5481126

England and Wales - Pentonville says it will clear up 'mice and cockroach infestation' after damning report

https://www.mylondon.news/news/north-london-news/pentonville-says-clear-up-mice-20692497

2 wards under quarantine in Denizli Prison as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Turkish penal institutions

https://stockholmcf.org/2-wards-under-quarantine-in-denizli-prison-as-covid-19-cases-continue-to-rise-in-turkish-penal-institutions/

Oceania

Australia - Melbourne Assessment Prison plunged into lockdown amid Covid fears

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/melbourne-assessment-prison-reportedly-plunged-into-lockdown-amid-covid-fears/news-story/c64e92acf0c3adffd8f9c16082db0c39

News 22 May – 1 June

Africa

Morocco moves to vaccinate prison inmates 45 and up

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/morocco-moves-to-vaccinate-prison-inmates-45-and-up-morocco-astrazeneca-african-china-russia-b1855317.html

South Africa - Covid-19: Why we need to vaccinate prisoners now

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-05-25-covid-19-why-we-need-to-vaccinate-prisoners-now/

South Africa - Prisoners livid over delayed parole due to being ignored by dept

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/government/2509507/prisoners-livid-over-delayed-parole-due-to-being-ignored-by-dept/

Americas

Canada - Nearly 75% of federal prisoners have been vaccinated against COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-prisoners-vaccinated-75-per-cent-1.6044896

‘Dehumanizing spaces’: How COVID-19 is affecting inmates in Canada

https://charlatan.ca/2021/05/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

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/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

https://guardian.co.tt/news/riot-over-covid-case-at-womens-prison-6.2.1332639.2b03309dda

US - Federal prisons forced to use cooks, nurses to guard inmates due to staff shortages

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-prisons-forced-use-cooks-nurses-guard-inmates-due-staff-n1268138

Vaccinations are lagging at many U.S. prisons, where major virus outbreaks have been common.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/22/us/covid-prison-vaccine.html

US - Jails shrunk during the pandemic — here's how to keep them small

https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/555221-jails-shrunk-during-the-pandemic-heres-how-to-keep-them-small

US - “Essential” and exploitable: Prison factories stayed open during the pandemic. People got sick.

https://thecounter.org/essential-and-exploitable-prison-factories-stayed-open-during-pandemic/

US - Data: Half of Montana inmates reject COVID-19 vaccine

https://apnews.com/article/mt-state-wire-montana-coronavirus-pandemic-government-and-politics-health-bb696e953234b060cd9e673d4ca54877

US - Arizona Department of Corrections administers 43,000+ COVID-19 vaccines to inmates

https://kvoa.com/news/local-news/2021/05/21/arizona-department-of-corrections-administers-43000-covid-19-vaccines-to-inmates/

Asia

Bangladesh - Three isolation centres opened at prisons

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/three-isolation-centres-opened-prisons-2097717

Cambodia - Official sounds alarm as Covid spreads in prisons

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/official-sounds-alarm-covid-spreads-prisons

The pandemic has put the spotlight on inhumane conditions in Indian prisons

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/the-pandemic-has-put-the-spotlight-on-inhumane-conditions-in-indian-prisons-7330342/

India - 542 prisoners released from jails in Maharashtra after HPC order; bail pleas of 12,751 pending

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/542-prisoners-released-from-jails-in-maharashtra-after-hpc-order-bail-pleas-of-12-751-pending-101622138760757.html

India - COVID-19 pandemic: Over 10,000 prisoners released to decongest UP jails

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/covid-19-pandemic-over-10000-prisoners-released-to-decongest-up-jails/762427

India - Karnataka vaccinates all jail inmates above 45 years

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2021/may/23/karnataka-vaccinates-all-jail-inmates-above-45-years-2306398.html

Malaysia - Covid: Prisons Dept postpones Kaamatan, Gawai visitations

https://www.thesundaily.my/local/covid-prisons-dept-postpones-kaamatan-gawai-visitations-YH7911111

Maldives - Huge cluster of COVID-19 infections at Asseyri Jail

https://avas.mv/en/100905

Maldives - High risk prisoners transferred to home arrest

https://avas.mv/en/100968

Philippines - Pandemic locks PDLs' families out of prisons

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/05/28/2101441/pandemic-locks-pdls-families-out-prisons

Thailand - 1,228 more inmates infected at 14 prisons

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2122647/1-228-more-inmates-infected-at-14-prisons

COVID-19 surge in Thai prisons is a warning to other countries in Asia

https://www.aseantoday.com/2021/05/covid-19-surge-in-thai-prisons-is-a-warning-to-other-countries-in-asia/

Europe

England and Wales - Severe restrictions on inmates' movements now lifted at most prisons

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2021/05/25/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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/05/23/prison-governers-chief-says-lockdown-freedoms-need-extended/

England and Wales - Fewer criminals jailed due to Covid-19 - and the impact pandemic has had on prisons

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/fewer-criminals-jailed-due-covid-20701578

England and Wales - East Sutton Park Prison praised for rehabilitation work throughout Covid pandemic

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/prisoners-still-able-to-leave-during-pandemic-248209/

Isle of Man - Low take-up of Covid-19 vaccine in prison says minister

https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/low-take-up-of-covid-19-vaccine-in-prison-says-minister/

Covid: Call for less remand prisoners in Scotland after spike during pandemic

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19325430.call-less-remand-prisoners-spike/

50 have died of COVID-19 in Turkey’s jails since start of pandemic: prison authority

https://stockholmcf.org/50-have-died-of-covid-19-in-turkeys-jails-since-start-of-pandemic-prison-authority/

Oceania

Australia - Armed, angry and defiant: Reason why group of prisoners left trail of mayhem at Qld jail

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/armed-angry-and-defiant-reason-why-group-of-prisoners-left-trail-of-mayhem-at-qld-jail/news-story/8d4c8211e212074505d9c8d43fb4553d

News 21 May

Africa

Egypt - 645 prisoners released on occasion of Eid El Fitr celebrations

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/104117/645-prisoners-released-on-occasion-of-Eid-El-Fitr-celebrations

Americas

US (Connecticut) - Senate OKs free phone calls from prisons

https://ctmirror.org/2021/05/20/senate-oks-free-phone-calls-from-prisons/

Asia

Cambodia - Prey Sar tallies 18 Covid cases

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prey-sar-tallies-18-covid-cases

India - Bombay HC seeks answers on provision of COVID-19 vaccine to prison inmates

https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/bombay-hc-seeks-answers-on-provision-of-covid-19-vaccine-to-prison-inmates/story/439615.html

India - 500 prisoners to be released to de-congest jail

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/500-prisoners-to-be-released-to-de-congest-jail/articleshow/82810725.cms

Singapore - More inmates and staff at Changi Prison Complex to be tested for Covid-19 as a precaution

https://www.straitstimes.com/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

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/some-inmates-to-be-released-on-parole-following-covid-19-outbreaks-at-prisons

Europe

England and Wales - Report slams 'unacceptable' living conditions at Ford Prison during Covid-19

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19318100.report-slams-unacceptable-living-conditions-ford-prison-covid-19/

England and Wales - Number of offenders escaping prosecution rises 18pc during pandemic

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/20/number-offenders-escaping-prosecution-rises-18pc-police-seek/

News 20 May

Africa

Gabon : Reprise des visites aux détenus sur présentation d’un test Covid

https://www.gabonreview.com/gabon-reprise-des-visites-aux-detenus-sur-presentation-dun-test-covid/

Americas

US - About Half of Incarcerated Remain Unvaccinated: Study

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/05/19/about-half-of-incarcerated-remain-unvaccinated-study/

US (Pennsylvania) - Pa. state prisons resume in-person visitation during COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/05/pa-state-prisons-resume-in-person-visitation-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

Asia

Cambodia - UN offers Covid assistance at Preah Sihanouk prison

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-offers-covid-assistance-preah-sihanouk-prison                                                                                              

India - 233 inmates in 16 Assam jails are Covid positive — IG (Prisons)

https://easternmirrornagaland.com/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

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/3-more-inmates-who-worked-at-same-prison-kitchen-at-changi-test-positive-for-covid-19

Sri Lanka - AG issues fresh guidelines to reduce prison overcrowding

http://www.adaderana.lk/news/73998/ag-issues-fresh-guidelines-to-reduce-prison-overcrowding-

Over 12,000 Covid cases detected in Thai prisons

https://www.laprensalatina.com/over-12000-covid-cases-detected-in-thai-prisons/

Europe

England and Wales - 'There's nowhere to move': Life behind prison bars during the coronavirus pandemic

https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2021-05-19/theres-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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/portable-cells-introduced-in-jails-in-response-to-covid-19-to-be-doubled-up-to-deal-with-overcrowding/

News 19 May 

Africa

South Africa - Prison vaccine roll out begins amid Covid-19 safety concerns

https://citizen.co.za/news/covid-19/2493207/prison-vaccine-roll-out-begins-amid-covid-19-safety-concerns/

Americas

US - Elderly, locked up, and at risk — the life and death of the incarcerated during Covid

https://www.rollingstone.com/covids-most-vulnerable-population-elderly-prisoners/  

US - Half of Hawaii’s jail and prison guard recruits test positive for COVID

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/05/19/hawaii-news/half-of-hawaiis-jail-and-prison-guard-recruits-test-positive-for-covid/

Asia

India - 52 Inmates At Assam Prison Test Positive For Covid, Isolated On Premises

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/assam-53-inmates-at-dibrugarh-prison-test-positive-for-covid-isolated-on-premises-2444825

Philippines - Kin of activist who died in jail of COVID-19 sues cops, officials

https://www.rappler.com/nation/family-activist-died-jail-joseph-canlas-sues-negligence

Sri Lanka - COVID clusters developing in prisons - MP

http://www.dailynews.lk/2021/05/19/local/249667/covid-clusters-developing-prisons-mp

Thailand - Prison infections keep rising

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2117791/prison-infections-keep-rising

Europe

Belgium - Coronavirus - Près de 50% du personnel pénitentiaire vacciné, tout comme 1.306 détenus

https://www.rtl.be/info/belgique/politique/coronavirus-pres-de-50-du-personnel-penitentiaire-vaccine-tout-comme-1-306-detenus-1300234.aspx

Georgia to start Covid-19 vaccination in prisons today

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2021/1324

Scotland - Covid-19 outbreak hits inmates at Edinburgh's Saughton Prison

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/health/coronavirus/covid-19-outbreak-hits-inmates-at-edinburghs-saughton-prison-3241733

News 18 May

Americas

US - News Inside: A COVID Lifesaver for America’s Incarcerated

https://www.voanews.com/press-freedom/news-inside-covid-lifesaver-americas-incarcerated

Asia

India - Panel decides to release jail inmates on parole who were freed last year

https://kashmirreader.com/2021/05/18/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

http://www.knskashmir.com/expedite-vaccination-of-jail-inmates--staff-as-per-govt-guidelines-in-prisons-of-jandk--justice-magrey-79028

Thailand Considers Releasing 50,000 Inmates As Covid Hits Prisons

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-18/thailand-mulls-release-of-50-000-inmates-as-covid-hits-prisons

Europe

England and Wales - Locked up in lockdown: the devastating effect of Covid on the prison population

https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/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

https://stockholmcf.org/another-inmate-dies-of-covid-19-as-cases-continue-to-surge-in-turkeys-overcrowded-prisons/

News 15 – 17 May

Americas

Protecting prisoners from HIV and COVID-19 in Mexico

https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2021/may/20210514_Prisoners_covid_Mexico

US - Two Out of Three California Prison Inmates Said Yes to COVID Vaccine

https://consumer.healthday.com/b-5-14-two-out-of-three-california-prison-inmates-said-yes-to-covid-vaccine-2652961413.html

US (Arizona) - Department of Corrections administers over 44,000 vaccines

https://kyma.com/news/top-stories/2021/05/15/department-of-corrections-administers-over-44000-vaccines/

Asia

Bangladesh - Prisoners given additional three minutes to talk on phone

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2021/05/14/prisoners-given-additional-three-minutes-to-talk-on-phone

Cambodia - Preah Sihanouk inmates transferred to Kampot amid Covid scare

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-inmates-transferred-kampot-amid-covid-scare

India - Decongesting prisons in pandemic

https://telanganatoday.com/decongesting-prisons-in-pandemic

India - Delhi: 900 inmates on 3-month parole to decongest Tihar Jail

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/900-inmates-on-3-month-parole-to-decongest-tihar/articleshow/82643610.cms

Singapore - About 5,000 inmates, staff to be tested for COVID-19 after cook at Changi Prison tests positive

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/changi-prison-covid-19-testing-5000-inmates-staff-cook-14813996

Sri Lanka - HRCSL meets Prisons Chief to discuss treatment of detainees during pandemic

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_21A/May16_1621189193CH.php

Sri Lanka - Protest commenced by Bogambara Prison inmates demanding PCR tests

https://www.nation.lk/online/protest-commenced-by-bogambara-prison-inmates-demanding-pcr-tests-83468.html          

Sri Lanka - Phone number introduced to get information on COVID infected prison inmates

https://www.dailynews.lk/2021/05/17/local/249484/phone-number-introduced-get-information-covid-infected-prison-inmates

Sri Lanka - Locked-Up During Pandemic: Video Calls for prisoners to connect with relatives

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2021/05/16/locked-up-during-pandemic-video-calls-for-prisoners-to-connect-with-relatives/

Thailand: Record number of Covid cases as prison clusters grow

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57139690

Inmates in Thai prisons to get vaccinated against Covid-19 next month

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/inmates-in-thai-prisons-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19-next-month

Europe

Belgium - Coronavirus: une partie de la prison de Bruges placée en quarantaine

https://www.sudinfo.be/id393869/article/2021-05-16/coronavirus-une-partie-de-la-prison-de-bruges-placee-en-quarantaine

England and Wales - Torture victims kept in solitary by Home Office for up to a year

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/15/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

https://www.lindependant.fr/2021/05/14/prison-de-perpignan-16-personnels-positifs-au-covid-aucun-detenu-contamine-des-mesures-assouplies-9545725.php

News 14 May

Africa

South Africa: Over 100 Offenders On Special Parole Return to Prison

https://allafrica.com/stories/202105130581.html

Americas

Bowden Institution inmate death is the 6th linked to COVID-19 across Canada

https://globalnews.ca/news/7859632/bowden-institution-inmate-death-covid-19/

US - COVID-19 and Vaccine Mistrust Behind Bars

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/05/14/covid-19-and-vaccine-mistrust-behind-bars

Asia

Hong Kong - Stanley Prison removes morning slots for visits to convicts

https://hk.appledaily.com/news/20210514/URCHBAJ2ABEFJKFEO6GSLZ2YWM/

Thailand steps up efforts to contain current outbreak in prisons

https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/thailand-steps-up-efforts-to-contain-current-outbreak-in-prisons-355492

Europe

Ireland - Gardaí advised to stay away from Mountjoy Prison due to active Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.thejournal.ie/gardai-stay-away-from-mountjoy-outbreak-covid-19-prison-service-prison-officers-association-5436471-May2021/

Oceania

Australia - COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out in Queensland prisons, government confirms

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-14/queensland-coronavirus-prison-covid-19-vaccinations-rollout/100132020

News 13 May

Scoping review of mental health in prisons through the COVID-19 pandemic

https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/5/e046547

Africa

South Africa - COVID-19 parolees reoffend

https://www.enca.com/news/126-covid-19-parolees-reoffend

Americas

Canada - Ontario Human Rights Commission warns of prison overcrowding amid third wave of pandemic

https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/26660/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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-courts-postpone-trials-in-face-of-third-wave-1.6022108

US (Connecticut) - Senate votes to expand eligibility for compassionate parole from prison

https://ctmirror.org/2021/05/12/senate-votes-to-expand-eligibility-for-compassionate-parole-from-prison/

Asia

India - Token Temporary Measures to Decongest Prisons Can't Save Inmates from COVID-19

https://thewire.in/rights/token-temporary-measures-to-decongest-prisons-cant-save-inmates-from-covid-19

India - Fill up vacant posts of medical officers in Maharashtra prisons, vaccinate inmates: HC to State

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/fill-up-vacant-posts-of-medical-officers-in-maharashtra-prisons-vaccinate-inmates-hc-to-state-101620845625365.html

Philippines - Cruel Cages: How the Most Overcrowded Prison in the World Ignored a Pandemic

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/cruel-cages-how-the-most-overcrowded-prison-in-the-world-ignored-a-pandemic

Thailand: Covid-19 Outbreaks in Prisons

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/05/13/thailand-covid-19-outbreaks-prisons

Europe

England and Wales - Pandemic and court backlog sees Erlestoke population drop

https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/19297642.pandemic-court-backlog-sees-erlestoke-population-drop/

England and Wales - Cramped cells, poor healthcare and 'weekly showers' for prisoners in isolation at HMP High Down

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/cramped-cells-poor-healthcare-weekly-20580699

News 12 May

Almost 4,000 prisoners have died as a result of COVID-19 worldwide

https://www.thejusticegap.com/almost-4000-prisoners-have-died-as-a-result-of-covid-19-worldwide/

Americas

US - Most prison staff refuse COVID vaccine — should California let them?

https://calmatters.org/health/coronavirus/2021/05/prison-workers-refuse-covid-vaccine-california/

US - Visitors, Volunteers Return to Oklahoma Prisons as Cases Drop, Vaccine Access Widens

https://oklahomawatch.org/2021/05/11/visitors-volunteers-return-to-oklahoma-prisons-as-cases-drop-vaccine-access-widens/

Asia

Cambodia - GDP arms Phnom Penh inmates with Covid jabs, Preah Sihanouk next

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gdp-arms-phnom-penh-inmates-covid-jabs-preah-sihanouk-next

India - Plan to decongest jails being worked out

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/plan-to-decongest-jails-being-worked-out/articleshow/82561634.cms

Malaysia - MCO 3.0: Special family visit for inmates during Aidilfitri cancelled, says Prisons Dept

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/05/11/mco-3.0-special-family-visit-for-inmates-during-aidilfitri-cancelled-says-p/1973525

2 political prisoners die in overcrowded Philippine prisons in 3 days

https://www.laprensalatina.com/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

https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/thailands-prisons-have-a-covid-problem-it-doesnt-want-to-talk-about/

Thailand - Thousands of inmates at two prisons have Covid-19

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2114555/thousands-of-inmates-at-two-prisons-have-covid-19

Europe

England and Wales - Inmates serving life sentences at Yorkshire prison die after catching Covid-19

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/coronavirus/inmates-serving-life-sentences-at-yorkshire-prison-die-after-catching-covid-19-3232450

France - Covid : 41 détenus positifs, cluster à la prison de Salon de Provence

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/covid-41-detenus-positifs-cluster-a-la-prison-de-salon-de-provence-2087878.html

France - À l’heure du déconfinement, le Covid frappe toujours fort dans les prisons

https://www.marianne.net/societe/police-et-justice/a-lheure-du-deconfinement-le-covid-frappe-toujours-fort-dans-les-prisons

News 11 May

Africa

Burundi is releasing thousands from jail, but many political prisoners remain behind bars

https://globalvoices.org/2021/05/11/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

http://www.mapexpress.ma/actualite/societe-et-regions/covid-19-dgapr-pris-serie-mesures-premunir-les-prisons-rapport/

Americas

It’s been four years since the Senate began a study of conditions in Canada’s prisons. Where’s the final report?

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2021/05/10/its-been-four-years-since-the-senate-began-a-study-of-conditions-in-canadas-prisons-wheres-the-final-report.html

US - Despite dangers of COVID-19 in jails and prisons, many Hawaii inmates not getting vaccine

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/05/10/hawaii-news/despite-dangers-of-covid-19-in-jails-and-prisons-many-hawaii-inmates-not-getting-vaccine/

Asia

India - Cases rise but over 87% inmates in Delhi’s prisons can’t get Covid shot. Age is the culprit

https://theprint.in/health/cases-rise-but-over-87-inmates-in-delhis-prisons-cant-get-covid-shot-age-is-the-culprit/655999/

India - Around 400 Prisoners Set To Be Released As Per Directions Of High Powered Committee Of Chandigarh UT

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/around-400-prisoners-set-to-be-released-as-per-directions-of-high-powered-committee-of-chandigarh-ut-173929

Europe

England and Wales - Two-day strike at 49 prisons begins tomorrow by UCU members over Covid health and safety concerns

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/68181-two-day-strike-at-49-prisons-begins-tomorrow

England and Wales - Justice Committee to investigate prisoners’ mental health

https://insidetime.org/justice-committee-to-investigate-prisoners-mental-health/

Ireland - Mountjoy hit by largest prison coronavirus outbreak to date

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/mountjoy-hit-by-largest-prison-coronavirus-outbreak-to-date-1.4560870

News 8 – 10 May

Africa

Ghana - No COVID-19 infections recorded among prison inmates - Bawumia

https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/no-covid-19-infections-recorded-among-prison-inmates-bawumia.html

Ghana - COVID-19 vaccination: 3,297 Prison officers, inmates vaccinated

https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/covid-19-vaccination-3-297-prison-officers-inmates-vaccinated.html

Americas

Canada - 2 staff and 1 prisoner at Edmonton prison test positive for COVID-19

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/2-staff-and-1-prisoner-at-edmonton-prison-test-positive-for-covid-19-1.5419708

Over 2,700 incarcerated people in US dead due to Covid

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/latest-news/over-2700-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

https://news.yahoo.com/afraid-dying-inmates-fought-covid-090041733.html

US - Judge says ‘morons’ run New York’s federal jails, denounces ‘inhuman’ conditions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/jails-run-by-morons-judge-says/2021/05/07/3b8b00c4-af46-11eb-acd3-24b44a57093a_story.html

US - Vaccination Rate Among Arkansas Prison Staff Worries Experts

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arkansas/articles/2021-05-09/vaccination-rate-among-arkansas-prison-staff-worries-experts

US - Weeks without a shower: Neglect defines Covid-19 containment in California jails

https://theintercept.com/2021/05/09/covid-california-jails-neglect/

US (Maryland) - COVID outbreak hits Baltimore jail even as state ramps up inmate vaccinations; advocates turn to court seeking information

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/covid-outbreak-hits-baltimore-jail-even-as-state-ramps-up-inmate-vaccinations-advocates-turn-to-court-seeking-information/ar-BB1gz1fC

Asia

Cambodia - Preah Sihanouk prison Covid-19 cases may be from asymptomatic detainees

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-prison-covid-19-cases-may-be-asymptomatic-detainees

India - COVID-19 surge | Supreme Court orders immediate de-congestion of prisons

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/covid-19-surge-supreme-court-orders-immediate-de-congestion-of-prisons/article34513158.ece

India - 450 jail inmates test Covid positive in Haryana

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/450-jail-inmates-test-covid-positive-in-haryana-101620411181766.html

India - Cases rising in Tihar jail, DCPCR seeks information on wellbeing of children

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/tihar-jail-coronavirus-outbreak-children-7306926/

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoners at HMP Stocken in Stretton take part in the Hope Project

https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/prisoners-use-paintings-to-improve-mental-health-9198202/

France - Perpignan/ Nouveau cluster à la prison : «La situation est pire que lors de la première vague»

https://www.lindependant.fr/2021/05/08/perpignan-nouveau-cluster-a-la-prison-la-situation-est-pire-que-lors-de-la-premiere-vague-9533980.php

News 7 May

Americas

Canada - Two COVID-19 cases confirmed in Nova Scotia jails as ‘clunky’ justice system inhibits mass release

https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/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

https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20210507/10-prisoners-refuse-covid-jab-so-far

US - Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of Covid-19 Behind Bars

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/06/us/coronavirus-inmates-parole.html

US - Vaccinations climb in Nevada prisons as visitation reopens

https://carsonnow.org/story/05/06/2021/vaccinations-climb-nevada-prisons-visitation-reopens

US - Michigan's infection rate in prisons is far above national average as inmates fear the worst

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/05/06/michigans-infection-rate-prisons-far-above-michigans-infection-rnational-average-inmates-fear-worst/7337353002/

Asia

Cambodia - Over 10,000 detainees to get Covid-19 jabs

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/over-10000-detainees-get-covid-19-jabs

India - High power committee to meet on Friday over rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra’s prisons

https://www.indiatoday.in/coronavirus-outbreak/story/high-power-committee-friday-meeting-covid-maharashtra-prisons-1799714-2021-05-07

Europe

Rise in number of inmates at Aylesbury prison during pandemic

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/crime/rise-in-number-of-inmates-at-aylesbury-prison-during-pandemic-3227814

Oceania

Australia (Tasmania) - Overcrowding, COVID restrictions to blame for unrest at Hobart's Risdon Prison, critics say

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-07/risdon-prison-unrest-not-surprising-critics-say/100121646

News 6 May

Africa

Malawi - Coronavirus: 12 prisoners test positive, two new cases imported from India

https://malawi24.com/2021/05/05/coronavirus-12-prisoners-test-positive-two-new-cases-imported-from-india/

Asia

India - ‘Decongesting Prisons Is About Public Health, Not Crime’

https://www.thequint.com/news/law/decongesting-prisons-is-about-public-health-not-crime#read-more

India - Delhi: 249 inmates in isolation or hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-249-inmates-in-isolation-or-hospitals-after-testing-positive-for-coronavirus-7303932/

India - Telangana vaccinates majority of its prisoners aged above 45

https://www.siasat.com/telangana-vaccinates-majority-of-its-prisoners-aged-above-45-2133568/

Iran - Inmates left unattended amid spread of Coronavirus in Behbahan prison

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2021/05/05/inmates-left-unattended-amid-spread-of-coronavirus-in-behbahan-prison/

Malaysia - Aidilfitri: Prison visits allowed except in MCO, EMCO areas

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/aidilfitri-prison-visits-allowed-except-mco-emco-areas

Malaysia - Stricter SOP helps curb spread of Covid-19 in Penang’s prisons, says its dept director

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/05/06/stricter-sop-helps-curb-spread-of-covid-19-in-penangs-prisons-says-its-dept/1972188

Nepal - Siraha prison to quarantine new inmates for 15 days

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/siraha-prison-to-quarantine-new-inmates-for-15-days

Europe

Anti-torture committee warns against impact of austerity measures on prison conditions

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/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

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/19281400.fewer-prisoners-remand-covid-hits-court-system/

England and Wales - Chelmsford Prison inmates are being vaccinated at the 'same rate as general public', confirms Ministry of Justice

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/chelmsford-prison-inmates-are-being-vaccinated-at-the-same-rate-as-general-public-confirms-ministry-of-justice/

News 5 May

Africa

Zimbabwe - Prisoners Released Early Due To Covid-19 Struggle To Fit In Society

https://www.tntribune.com/prisoners-released-early-due-to-covid-19-struggle-to-fit-in-society/

Americas

Bermuda - Westgate prisoner to take legal action over Covid-19 isolation

https://www.royalgazette.com/article/article/20210504/westgate-prisoner-to-take-legal-action-over-covid-19-isolation/

US (New York) - Vaccine Rates Among the Incarcerated Remain Low Amid Mistrust and Misinformation

https://therivernewsroom.com/inmate-vaccine-rates-mistrust-misinformation/

US (Oregon) - Lawyers for COVID-19 infected inmates, families of prisoners who have died seek class-action status

https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2021/05/lawyers-for-covid-19-infected-inmates-families-of-prisoners-who-have-died-seek-class-action-status.html

Asia

India - Covid-19 crisis in Delhi calls for immediate decongestion of jails, plea tells HC judge-led panel

https://scroll.in/latest/994065/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

https://www.cnbctv18.com/healthcare/57-women-prisoners-lodged-in-tihar-jail-test-covid-19-positive-in-one-month-9200211.htm

Thailand - Field hospitals at Klong Prem Prison for infected inmates

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2110667/field-hospitals-at-klong-prem-prison-for-infected-inmates

Europe

England and Wales - Concerns for mental health of prisoners kept inside with limited visits during pandemic

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2021-05-04/concerns-for-prisoners-mental-health-during-pandemic-after-reports-inmates-kept-inside-24-hours-a-day

England and Wales - Drop in number of inmates at Doncaster, Moorland, Lindholme and Hatfield prisons during pandemic

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/crime/drop-in-number-of-inmates-at-doncaster-moorland-lindholme-and-hatfield-prisons-during-pandemic-3224783

France - Covid-19 : le cluster prend de l'ampleur dans la prison de Salon-de-Provence

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/bouches-du-rhone/salon-de-provence/le-cluster-prend-de-l-ampleur-dans-la-prison-de-salon-de-provence-2076205.html

Luxembourg - Situation in Schrassig Prison is improving

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1716680.html

News 1-4 May

Kenya: Covid-19 - 34 Remandees at Siaya GK Prison Test Positive

https://allafrica.com/stories/202105040245.html

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 confirmed at Iqaluit's jails, boarding home as cases rise

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-confirmed-at-iqaluit-s-jails-boarding-home-as-cases-rise-1.5409450

Trinidad & Tobago - Prison visits suspended following COVID-19 restrictions

https://www.looptt.com/content/prison-visits-suspended-following-covid-19-restrictions

US (Maine) - Two dozen inmates at women’s prison have COVID-19

https://www.pressherald.com/2021/04/30/two-dozen-inmates-at-womens-prison-have-covid-19/

Asia

India - Maharashtra prison authority sets up ‘two-tier protection’ to curb virus spread in jails

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/maharashtra-prison-authority-sets-up-two-tier-protection-to-curb-virus-spread-in-jails-101619896254173.html

India - Maharashtra's Prisons Are Feeling the Brunt of a Crisis That Could Have Been Averted

https://thewire.in/rights/maharashtra-prisons-covid-19-crisis-vaccine-deaths-infection

India - Coronavirus: Allahabad HC orders release of prisoners to unclog jails in Uttar Pradesh

https://scroll.in/latest/993999/coronavirus-allahabad-hc-orders-release-of-prisoners-to-unclog-jails-in-uttar-pradesh

India - Prison Radio To Help Inmates Cope Stress During Covid-19

https://womansera.com/prison-radio-to-help-inmates-cope-stress-during-covid-19/

33 inmates test postive for Covid-19 in Kuwait prison

https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/943889/33-inmates-test-postive-for-Covid-19-in-Kuwait-prison

Maldives Correctional Services begins identifying high-risk prisoners

https://raajje.mv/99252

Nepal - Virus spreads among jailbirds in Bajura

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/virus-spreads-among-jailbirds-in-bajura

Sri Lanka - Prisons officers to receive AstraZeneca second dose

https://www.nation.lk/online/prisons-officers-to-receive-astrazeneca-second-dose-78333.html

Europe

Belgium - Certaines prisons en chaos sanitaire: la vaccination débute

https://plus.lesoir.be/369924/article/2021-05-03/certaines-prisons-en-chaos-sanitaire-la-vaccination-debute

England and Wales - Prisoners left without clean underwear and socks for up to 11 weeks at HMP Wandsworth, claim their lawyers

https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/news/30042021-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

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk-sex-offender-hmp-bure-praised-inspection-coronavirus-7940268

England and Wales - HMP Preston Covid outbreak results in stronger measures for inmates

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/hmp-preston-covid-outbreak-results-20503501

COVID-19 in Iceland: No Infections Spread in Prisons

https://www.icelandreview.com/society/covid-19-in-iceland-no-infections-spread-in-prisons/

Ireland - ICPO hopes vaccine rollout sees return of family visits for overseas prisoners

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40280498.html

Luxembourg - La situation se détend à la prison de Schrassig

https://5minutes.rtl.lu/actu/luxembourg/a/1716489.html

300 inmates contract COVID-19 in northwestern Turkey as cases soar nationwide

https://stockholmcf.org/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

https://stockholmcf.org/left-behind-to-die-covid-19-in-turkish-prisons-and-discrimination-against-political-prisoners/

News 30 April

Africa

Uganda - Protect rights and safety of prisoners

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/331

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak at Donnacona prison

https://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/covid-19-outbreak-at-donnacona-prison

US - Covid Was Supposed to Cut Jail Time. Not for Those Awaiting Trial.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-29/covid-is-making-pretrial-detention-even-longer

Asia

India - After 4 die of Covid-19, Tihar asks govt to allow release of inmates on parole

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/after-4-die-of-covid-19-tihar-asks-govt-to-allow-release-of-inmates-on-parole-101619734794079.html

India - Spike in COVID-19 cases: Entry of visitors to meet inmates barred at Tiruchi Central Prison

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/spike-in-covid-19-cases-entry-of-visitors-to-meet-inmates-barred-at-tiruchi-central-prison/article34441642.ece

Europe

France - Covid-19 à la prison d'Amiens : une dizaine de cas recensés, un syndicat de surveillants demande la vaccination

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/hauts-de-france/somme/amiens/covid-19-a-la-prison-d-amiens-une-dizaine-de-cas-recenses-un-syndicat-de-surveillants-demande-la-vaccination-2068780.html

News 29 April

Africa

Burundi President Flags Off 5000 Pardoned Prisoners

https://taarifa.rw/burundi-president-flags-off-5000-pardoned-prisoners/

Americas

Jamaica - Prison inmates to start getting COVID-19 vaccines this week

https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/prison-inmates-to-start-getting-covid-19-vaccines-this-week_220211?profile=1754

US - One Year Into Pandemic, Several Prisons Resume in-Person Visits

https://www.davisvanguard.org/2021/04/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

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-04-28/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

https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/after-14-month-suspension-department-of-corrections-announces-phased-return-of-visitation-at-prisons

Asia

India - Two die of Covid-19 at Tihar jail; prison reports 261 active cases

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/two-die-of-covid-19-at-tihar-jail-prison-reports-261-active-cases-101619638120748.html

India - Covid-19: Madurai jail bans prisoners from meeting kin

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/covid-19-madurai-jail-bans-prisoners-from-meeting-kin/articleshow/82294661.cms

Europe

Belgium - Surpopulation carcérale: nos prisons à nouveau dans le rouge avec des contaminations Covid qui se multiplient

https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_surpopulation-carcerale-nos-prisons-a-nouveau-dans-le-rouge-avec-des-contaminations-covid-qui-se-multiplient?id=10750989

Belgium - Mesures strictes dans les prisons à cause de la pandémie: les détenus n'en peuvent plus et dénoncent leurs conditions de vie

https://www.rtl.be/info/belgique/societe/mesures-strictes-dans-les-prisons-a-cause-de-la-pandemie-les-detenus-n-en-peuvent-plus-et-denoncent-leurs-conditions-de-vie-1295811.aspx

England and Wales - Record number of deaths in prison amid Covid surge, figures show

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prison-deaths-covid-england-wales-b1839492.html

England and Wales - Preston Prison hit by major Covid outbreak

https://www.lep.co.uk/health/coronavirus/preston-prison-hit-by-major-covid-outbreak-3217781

Hungary - Coronavirus: Vaccination of Inmates Begins

https://hungarytoday.hu/coronavirus-vaccination-inmates-prison-jail-begins-sinopharm/

New Scottish Government report prompts concern over use of remand in prisons

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19266040.new-scottish-government-report-prompts-concern-use-remand-prisons/

2 chronically ill inmates contract COVID-19 from prison personnel in northwestern Turkey

https://stockholmcf.org/2-chronically-ill-inmates-contract-covid-19-from-prison-personnel-in-northwestern-turkey/

News 28 April

Africa

Egypt president pardons 2,674 prisoners

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210427-egypt-president-pardons-2674-prisoners/

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu pardons 5,001 prisoners

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/east-africa/tanzania-president-samia-suluhu-pardons-prisoners-3379234

Americas

Barbados - Prison staffer positive

https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/27/prison-staffer-positive/

Trinidad & Tobago - Hinds: Eight detainees, 17 prison officers have COVID-19

http://www.looptt.com/content/hinds-eight-detainees-17-prison-officers-have-covid-19

US - Inside vaccine efforts in NY prisons: Eligibility expanded, concerns remain

http://dailyorange.com/2021/04/vaccine-efforts-new-york-prisons-eligibility-concerns/

US - The Illinois Juvenile Justice System Faces COVID-19

https://chicagomaroon.com/article/2021/4/27/illinois-juvenile-justice-system-faces-covid-19-e4ddcb/

Asia

India - Plea in HC for temporary release of prisoners to decongest jails during pandemic

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/plea-in-hc-for-temporary-release-of-prisoners-to-decongest-jails-during-pandemic/article34429138.ece

India - COVID-19 surge: 60-day emergency leave for MP jail inmates

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/covid19-surge-60day-emergency-leave-for-mp-jail-inmates/2072400

Lebanon - Vaccination campaign gets underway in Beirut prison

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2021/04/27/vaccination-campaign-gets-underway-in-beirut-prison_a2b8d22a-5d67-478b-9c3d-bba9d21f9601.html

Europe

Belgium - La propagation du coronavirus dans les prisons nuit au respect des droits fondamentaux

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_la-propagation-du-coronavirus-dans-les-prisons-nuit-au-respect-des-droits-fondamentaux?id=10750495

Latvia opens up a new priority group for Covid-19 vaccination

https://bnn-news.com/latvia-opens-up-a-new-priority-group-for-covid-19-vaccination-224297

Oceania

Papua New Guinea – COVID-19 A Threat to Jail Security, Manpower

https://postcourier.com.pg/covid-19-a-threat-to-jail-security-manpower/

News 27 April

Americas

Antigua - Major Covid-19 testing exercise conducted at Her Majesty’s Prison

https://antiguaobserver.com/major-covid-19-testing-exercise-conducted-at-her-majestys-prison/

Canada - Nova Scotia urged to depopulate jails as prisoners and staff continue to wait for vaccine

https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/province-house/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

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/relatives-fear-for-the-lives-of-inmates-in-puebla-prison/

Compassionate release being considered for prisoners in St Vincent

http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/compassionate-release-being-considered-prisoners-st-vincent-0

US - Maine jails seek COVID-19 vaccines for inmates

https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Maine-jails-seek-COVID-19-vaccines-for-inmates-16129211.php

Asia

COVID-19 is spreading among Bahrain’s prisoners of conscience

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/covid-19-is-spreading-among-bahrains-prisoners-of-conscience/

India - Positive cases rise to 175 at jail

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/positive-cases-rise-to-175-at-jail/article34417331.ece

Europe

People in prisons should not be left behind amid COVID-19 vaccination

https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/prisons-and-health/news/news/2021/4/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

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/exeter-prison-disarray-laid-bare-5343752

France - Cluster à la prison de Montauban : une situation qui risque de vite devenir "ingérable"

https://www.ladepeche.fr/2021/04/26/cluster-a-la-maison-darret-de-montauban-une-situation-qui-risque-de-vite-devenir-ingerable-9511308.php

Detainees in Swiss prisons at lowest level in a decade

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/detainees-in-swiss-prisons-at-lowest-level-in-a-decade/46568852

News 24-26 April

Africa

Uganda - Prisons use up 99% of their Covid-19 vaccine doses

https://www.independent.co.ug/prisons-use-up-99-of-their-covid-19-vaccine-doses/

Americas

Bermuda - Westgate inmate 'punished' for asking for alternative Covid-19 test

https://www.royalgazette.com/health/news/article/20210426/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

https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2021/04/23/hamilton-barton-jail-inmate-vaccinations-latest.html

US - The essential — and dangerous — work prisoners do

https://www.hcn.org/articles/south-labor-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

https://sanantonioreport.org/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

https://truthout.org/articles/prioritizing-incarcerated-people-for-vaccine-quickly-reduced-covid-in-il-prisons/

Asia

India - Maharashtra: From crowded jails, prisoners walk out to isolation and hunger

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/maharashtra-from-crowded-jails-prisoners-walk-out-to-isolation-and-hunger/articleshow/82247993.cms

India - Almost all jails in Maharashtra overcrowded, prison officials struggle to enforce ‘equitable distribution’

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/almost-all-jails-overcrowded-prison-officials-struggle-to-enforce-equitable-distribution-covid-7287797/

India - Situation goes out of control as 83 more in Kannur jail turn COVID positive

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2021/apr/26/situation-goes-out-of-control-as-83-more-in-kannur-jail-turn-covid-positive-2294820.html

Maldives - Male' Prison Annex I under lockdown due to discovery of Covid-19 cases

https://raajje.mv/98915

Pakistan - Over 1,000 prisoners get anti-Covid shots

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2296710/over-1000-prisoners-get-anti-covid-shots

Thailand - 144 inmates infected at Chiang Mai prison

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2105787/144-inmates-infected-at-chiang-mai-prison

Europe

Belgium - Alors qu'il y a 52 cas de covid-19 chez les détenus, un test massif de dépistage est réalisé à Jamioulx

https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/hainaut/detail_alors-qu-il-y-a-52-cas-de-covid-19-chez-les-detenus-un-test-massif-de-depistage-est-realise-a-jamioulx?id=10747468

England and Wales – Rising self-harm levels in women’s jails in UK are ‘worryingly high’, warns report

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/self-harm-womens-prisons-b1836636.html

England and Wales - Sage warns jails could unleash Covid variants into wider community

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/23/sage-warns-jails-unleash-covid-variants-wider-community

England and Wales - 'Heartbreaking:' Doncaster jail slammed for social distancing as family visits restart

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/heartbreaking-doncaster-jail-slammed-for-social-distancing-as-family-visits-restart-3212710

France - Covid-19 : un cluster à la maison d'arrêt de Montauban, l'inquiétude des familles de détenus

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/occitanie/tarn-et-garonne/montauban/covid-19-un-cluster-a-la-maison-d-arret-de-montauban-l-inquietude-des-familles-de-detenus-2061994.html

Ireland - Mountjoy governor apologises to solicitors for difficulties meeting clients

https://www.businesspost.ie/legal/mountjoy-governor-apologises-to-solicitors-for-difficulties-meeting-clients-fa4bdc92

Isle of Man - Weekend prison visiting suspended

https://www.three.fm/news/coronavirus/weekend-prison-visiting-suspended/

Oceania

New Zealand - Kiwi prisoners face longer stays behind bars without conviction

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/kiwi-prisoners-face-longer-stays-behind-bars-without-conviction

News 23 April

Africa

Kenya - Over 14,000 prisoners released in a bid to decongest prisons

https://www.kbc.co.ke/over-14000-inmates-released-in-a-bid-to-decongest-prisons/

Americas

US - How We Survived Covid-19 In Prison

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/04/23/how-we-survived-covid-19-in-prison

US - Federal Inmates On Home Confinement Face Uncertainty Of Returning To Prison

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/04/22/federal-inmates-on-home-confinement-face-uncertainty-of-returning-to-prison/?sh=6e3c470756e3

US - Iowa prisons resume COVID-19 vaccinations for inmates, but vaccine rate lags behind neighboring states

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2021/04/22/coronavirus-iowa-vaccine-rate-prison-inmates-covid-19-vaccination-lower-minnesota-south-dakota/4824766001/

US - Illinois cuts prison call costs; Oklahoma inmates, families still struggle

https://journalrecord.com/2021/04/22/illinois-cuts-prison-call-costs-oklahoma-inmates-families-still-struggle/

US - Nevada prisons will allow visitors again starting in May

https://news3lv.com/news/coronavirus/nevada-prisons-will-allow-visitors-again-starting-in-may

Asia

Bangladesh - Chief Justice asks special judges' courts to deal with bail, urgent criminal applications virtually

https://www.thedailystar.net/law-our-rights/law-news/news/chief-justice-asks-special-judges-courts-deal-bail-urgent-criminal-applications-virtually-2082005

India - PUDR urges Delhi HC to take urgent action on worsening situation in prisons amid rise in COVID cases

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/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

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210423-death-by-zoom-virus-hit-indonesia-orders-executions-online

Sri Lanka - Visiting rights of prisoners temporarily suspended

https://colombogazette.com/2021/04/23/visiting-rights-of-prisoners-temporarily-suspended/

Thailand - 37 inmates at Chiang Mai prison test positive for Covid-19

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/37-inmates-at-chiang-mai-prison-test-positive-for-covid-19

Europe

Belgium - Covid-19 : la prison de Forest en confinement après la découverte d’un cluster

http://www.vivreici.be/article/detail_covid-19-la-prison-de-forest-en-confinement-apres-la-decouverte-d-un-cluster?id=494866

Belgium - Le personnel des prisons sera vacciné dès début mai

https://bx1.be/dossiers/coronavirus/le-personnel-des-prisons-sera-vaccine-des-debut-mai/

England and Wales - HMP Durham criticised by watchdog after prisoner died from Covid

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/hmp-durham-criticised-watchdog-after-20433691

Northern Ireland - In-person prison visits to resume in less than two weeks

https://www.irishlegal.com/article/in-person-prison-visits-to-resume-in-less-than-two-weeks

News 22 April

Africa

Zimbabwe - 6 prison officers, 4 inmates succumb to Covid-19

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/6-prison-officers-4-inmates-succumb-to-covid-19/

Americas

US - In Vermont, Isolating Inmates Kept Covid at Bay, but at a Price

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/us/vermont-prison-covid.html

US - NY Quietly Stopped Vaccinating People In State Prisons—But Promised To Resume After Questioning

https://gothamist.com/news/ny-quietly-stopped-vaccinating-people-in-state-prisonsbut-promised-to-resume-after-questioning

Asia

India - Prisons on alert with rising COVID-19 cases, mulaqat stopped

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/vijayawada/2021/apr/22/prisons-on-alert-with-rising-covid-19-cases-mulaqat-stopped-2293214.html

Iran - Fourth wave of COVID-19 threatens the lives of inmates in Karaj Prison

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2021/04/21/fourth-wave-of-covid-19-threatens-the-lives-of-inmates-in-karaj-prison/

Europe

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!

https://www.sudinfo.be/id388865/article/2021-04-22/situation-de-plus-en-plus-tendue-la-prison-de-jamioulx-52-detenus-ont-ete-testes

England and Wales - Prisoners complain of toll on mental health of being locked in a cell for 23 hours a day

https://www.thejusticegap.com/prisoners-complain-of-toll-on-mental-health-of-being-locked-in-a-cell-for-23-hours-a-day/

News 21 April

Americas

US - Bureau of Prisons Director Testimony To Senate Judiciary Leaves Unanswered Questions

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/04/20/bureau-of-prisons-director-testimony-to-senate-judiciary-leaves-unanswered-questions/?sh=26c3262211c0

US - Pandemic makes separation even scarier for people with a family member in prison

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-pandemic-scarier-people-family-member.html

US - NY Women’s Prison, Housing Mothers and Newborns, Hit By COVID-19 Outbreak

https://gothamist.com/news/ny-womens-prison-housing-mothers-and-newborns-hit-by-covid-19-outbreak

US - More and more Vermont prisoners are refusing vaccinations against Covid-19

https://vtdigger.org/2021/04/20/more-and-more-vermont-prisoners-are-refusing-vaccinations-against-covid-19/

US - North Carolina prisons reopen visits for children, extend time limits

 https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2021/04/21/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

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Appeals-court-reverses-ruling-that-would-have-16114167.php

Asia

India - Covid guidelines for jail inmates

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/covid-guidelines-for-jail-inmates/articleshow/82169362.cms

India - Courts refusing to release prisoners on bail: Maha govt tells HC on worsening Covid crisis in jails

https://www.indiatoday.in/coronavirus-outbreak/story/maharashtra-civid-crisis-in-jails-bombay-high-court-1793342-2021-04-21

Europe

England and Wales - Bedford Prison has Covid outbreaks under control but inspectors find cases of assaults and violence still high

https://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/people/bedford-prison-has-covid-outbreaks-under-control-but-inspectors-find-cases-of-assaults-and-violence-still-high-3208546

France - Surpopulation carcérale: l'exécutif s'engage sur 15 000 places de prison supplémentaires

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/france/20210420-surpopulation-carc%C3%A9rale-l-ex%C3%A9cutif-s-engage-sur-15-000-places-de-prison-suppl%C3%A9mentaires

Ireland - Sentencing cases adjourned due to Prison Service action over Covid-19 vaccines

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/sentencing-cases-adjourned-due-to-prison-service-action-over-covid-19-vaccines-1114682.html

Oceania

Australia (Queensland) - Prisoners kept behind bars for months amid parole board backlog

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/prisoners-kept-behind-bars-for-months-amid-parole-board-backlog-20210420-p57kqa.html

News 20 April

Africa

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»

https://lapresse.tn/94699/surpopulation-carcerale-torture-et-risques-de-contamination-par-la-covid-19-jamel-msallem-president-de-la-ligue-tunisienne-des-droits-de-lhomme-ltdh-a-la-presse-les-condit/

Americas

US - Oregon prison COVID-19 lawsuit ruling hailed as a landmark for prisoners’ rights

https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2021/04/oregon-prison-covid-19-lawsuit-ruling-hailed-as-a-landmark-for-prisoners-rights.html

US - Alaska prisoners who are vaccinated can be visited by family and others starting Wednesday

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2021/04/19/alaska-prisoners-who-are-vaccinated-can-be-visited-by-family-and-others-starting-wednesday/

Asia

Tensions rise in Bahrain prison as inmates, families protest conditions

https://whbl.com/2021/04/19/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

https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/55-inmates-4-staffers-of-ahmedabad-s-sabarmati-jail-test-positive-for-covid19-101618849438475.html

Europe

Belgium - ‘Explosive situation in prisons’: Calls for all detainees to be given vaccination priority

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/belgium-all-news/165685/explosive-situation-in-prisons-calls-for-all-detainees-to-be-given-vaccination-priority-vincent-van-quickenborne-international-prison-observatory-belgium-prison-staff-hasselt-dendermonde-namur/

England and Wales - Peterborough jail criticised as female inmates kept locked in cells for 23 hours a day during COVID lockdown

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/peterborough-jail-criticised-as-female-inmates-kept-locked-in-cells-for-23-hours-a-day-during-covid-lockdown-3206528

France - Covid-19. Cluster à la prison d’Alençon – Condé-sur-Sarthe : dix-neuf surveillants positifs

https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/conde-sur-sarthe-61250/covid-19-cluster-a-la-prison-d-alencon-conde-sur-sarthe-dix-neuf-surveillants-positifs-272f3bee-a123-11eb-8a9a-06f908cc3273

News 17-19 April

Africa

Tunisie – Covid-19 : Démarrage des vaccinations dans les prisons

https://www.webdo.tn/2021/04/16/tunisie-covid-19-demarrage-des-vaccinations-dans-les-prisons/#.YH1iRehKg2w

Zimbabwe begins release of over 3,000 prisoners

https://www.enca.com/africa/africa-zim-begins-release-over-3000-prisoners

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 vaccinations of inmates begin at Regina jail

https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/handful-of-inmates-vaccinated-through-community-sites

Canada - Hamilton public health vaccinating inmates but not jail guards is 'egregious,' union says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hwdc-jail-inmate-vaccine-1.5989544

US - Congress Weighs In On Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Handling Of COVID-19

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/04/16/congress-weighs-in-on-federal-bureau-of-prisons-handling-covid-19/?sh=5acfd7995246

US - Courts ends judicial oversight of COVID measures in Hawaii prisons

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/04/17/hawaii-news/courts-ends-judicial-oversight-of-covid-measures-in-prisons/

US (Kentucky) - How Many Coronavirus Cases In Ky. Jails? We Don’t Know, And State Won’t Say

https://kycir.org/2021/04/19/how-many-coronavirus-cases-in-ky-jails-we-dont-know-and-state-wont-say/

Asia

India - Maharashtra: Pandemic-hit ‘qaidi mulaqat’ goes online again

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/maharashtra-pandemic-hit-qaidi-mulaqat-goes-online-again/articleshow/82135314.cms

India - Plea in HC to release prisoners on interim bail to decongest jails due to spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/plea-in-hc-to-release-prisoners-on-interim-bail-to-decongest-jails-due-to-spike-in-covid19-cases-in-delhi/2067387

Philippines - Iwahig Prison in Palawan ends 21-day COVID quarantine April 21

https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/19/iwahig-prison-in-palawan-ends-21-day-covid-quarantine-april-21/

Europe

Belgium - Give prison staff priority vaccination, says Justice Minister

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/belgium-all-news/165337/give-prison-staff-priority-vaccination-says-justice-minister-vincent-van-quickenborne-guard-death-coronavirus/

England and Wales - SAGE finding could speed up Covid jabs in jails

https://insidetime.org/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

https://www.thejournal.ie/prison-officers-withdrawal-goodwill-covid-19-vaccine-5413872-Apr2021/

Justice Ministry admits to overcrowding in Turkey’s prisons during pandemic

https://stockholmcf.org/justice-ministry-admits-to-overcrowding-in-turkeys-prisons-during-pandemic/

News 16 April

Africa

Zimbabwe - Amnesty granted for female prisoners

https://www.herald.co.zw/amnesty-granted-for-female-prisoners/

Americas

Canada - More than 150 COVID-19 cases at Regina jail, 5 inmates in hospital: SGEU

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/more-than-150-covid-19-cases-at-regina-jail-5-inmates-in-hospital-sgeu-1.5389804

U.S. has no plans to order inmates released in pandemic back to prison-official

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-has-no-plans-order-inmates-released-pandemic-back-prison-official-2021-04-15/

Asia

India - Maharashtra: As cases among inmates rise, prison dept ramps up testing, plans to restart temporary jails

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/as-cases-among-inmates-rise-prison-dept-ramps-up-testing-plans-to-restart-temporary-jails-7275475/

India - Vaccination of jail inmates hits technical hurdle

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/vaccination-of-jail-inmates-hits-technical-hurdle-101618505650198.html

India - Karnataka High Court Seeks State Response On Prison Conditions

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/karnataka-high-court-conditions-of-prisons-karnataka-172645

Philippines - Group slams ‘conflicting’ statements on PDLs inclusion in COVID-19 vaccinations

https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/16/group-slams-conflicting-statements-on-pdls-inclusion-in-covid-19-vaccinations/

Europe

England and Wales - Call to give every prisoner access to digital learning

https://www.tes.com/news/prison-education%3Dcalls-give-every-prisoner-access-digital-learning

England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak at Stocken Prison declared over by Public Health England

https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/prisons-covid-19-outbreak-declared-over-9195641/

Ireland - Withdrawal of goodwill by prison officers over vaccine

https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0416/1210255-prison-officers-covid-vaccines/

Luxembourg - Schrassig Prison Under Partial Lockdown

https://delano.lu/d/detail/news/schrassig-prison-under-partial-lockdown/214323

News 15 April

Africa

Behind the wall: Africa’s prison health crisis [podcast]

https://www.scidev.net/global/podcast/behind-the-wall-africas-prison-health-crisis/

Americas

Covid is ravaging American jails and prisons – and inmates are rightly rising up

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/15/covid-is-ravaging-american-jails-and-prisons-and-inmates-are-rightly-rising-up

US (California) - Will COVID-19 vaccinations mean more prison overcrowding deaths?

https://www.hcn.org/issues/53.5/ideas-justice-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

https://augustafreepress.com/video-visits-for-prison-inmates-families-up-more-than-forty-fold-in-past-year/

Asia

India - Overcrowded Delhi Prisons Witness Massive Spike in COVID-19 Cases

https://thewire.in/health/overcrowded-delhi-prisons-witness-massive-spike-in-covid-19-cases

India - Maharashtra has 284 prisoners and jail employees corona positive, 15 people killed

https://english.newstracklive.com/news/284-prisoners-and-prison-staff-corona-positive-in-maharashtra-mc23-nu612-ta281-1155121-1.html

Iranian Government Responsible to Protect Prisoners against Fourth Wave of COVID

https://iranhumanrights.org/2021/04/iranian-government-responsible-to-protect-prisoners-against-fourth-wave-of-covid/

Europe

Belgium - La visio, une pointe d’humanité dans les prisons confinées

https://plus.lesoir.be/366532/article/2021-04-15/la-visio-une-pointe-dhumanite-dans-les-prisons-confinees

England and Wales - HMP Full Sutton ‘safe’ despite Covid pressures, say independent monitors

https://www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk/news/crime/hmp-full-sutton-safe-despite-covid-pressures-say-independent-monitors-3200795

France - Covid-19 : important cluster à la prison d'Orléans-Saran

https://www.larep.fr/saran-45770/actualites/covid-19-important-cluster-a-la-prison-d-orleans-saran_13940967/

Oceania

Australia’s mega prison raises fears for prisoner and rural health

https://www.croakey.org/australias-mega-prison-raises-fears-for-prisoner-and-rural-health/

News 14 April

Africa

Zimbabwe: President Okays Amnesty Request

https://allafrica.com/stories/202104140374.html

Americas

US - Illinois ranks in top ten for COVID-19 cases, deaths in prisons

https://week.com/2021/04/13/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

https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/covid-shut-down-most-prison-education-programs-heres-how-incarcerated-students-have-kept

US (Connecticut) - CT's prison population shrunk during the pandemic. Will it last?

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/CT-s-prison-population-shrunk-during-the-16097878.php

US - As vaccines trickle into Alabama prisons, COVID-19 deaths continue

https://www.alreporter.com/2021/04/13/as-vaccines-trickle-into-alabama-prisons-covid-19-deaths-continue/

Asia

India - State prisons step up efforts to tackle second wave of COVID-19 in Assam

https://www.sentinelassam.com/guwahati-city/state-prisons-step-up-efforts-to-tackle-second-wave-of-covid-19-in-assam-533815

Philippines - CHR bats for inclusion of prisoners in COVID-19 vaccine priority list

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1418999/chr-bats-for-inclusion-of-prisoners-in-covid-19-vaccine-priority-list  

Europe

England and Wales - Three days of strikes announced for prison education staff across England

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/66748-three-days-of-strikes-announced-for-prison-education-staff-across-england

News 13 April

Africa

Uganda - Byabasaija blames prison crowding on DPP, Judiciary

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/byabasaija-blames-prison-crowding-on-dpp-judiciary-3359012

Americas

US - Illinois prisons resume in-person visits for inmates

https://www.kwqc.com/2021/04/13/illinois-prisons-resume-in-person-visits-for-inmates/

US - California prisons resume in-person visits with some changes

https://abc30.com/california-prisons-department-of-corrections-and-rehabilitation-ca-prison-visits-visitation/10509598/

US - Nevada newspaper tallies at least 55 inmate COVID-19 deaths

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Nevada-newspaper-tallies-at-least-55-inmate-16094753.php

US - Lawsuit reveals deadly conditions for Washington D.C. jail inmates during the pandemic

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/13/dcja-a13.html

Asia

Bangladesh - Under-trial prisoners need not attend court

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/under-trial-prisoners-need-not-attend-court-2076869

India - Covid-19: Tihar jail on high alert, 52 inmates test Covid+Ve

https://pragnews.com/covid-19-tihar-jail-on-high-alert-52-inmates-test-covidve/

Philippines - DOJ proposes inmates’ inoculation

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1136630

Europe

Belgium - Craintes à la prison de Jamioulx: 40 cas de Covid et les agents ne sont ni testés ni placés en quarantaine

https://www.rtl.be/info/vous/temoignages/craintes-a-la-prison-de-jamioulx-40-cas-de-covid-et-les-agents-ne-sont-ni-testes-ni-places-en-quarantaine-1292626.aspx

France - Charente-Maritime : un nouveau cluster de Covid-19 à la prison de Saint-Martin-de-Ré

https://www.sudouest.fr/charente-maritime/saint-martin-de-re/prison-de-saint-martin-de-re-un-nouveau-cluster-de-covid-19-2136417.php

Ireland - Prison schools to reopen next week

https://www.irishlegal.com/article/prison-schools-to-reopen-next-week

Turkey continues building new prisons to jail even more people

https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-continues-building-new-prisons-to-jail-even-more-people/

News 10-12 April

Americas

Plastic Sheets, Pencil Crayons, Cheese Strings: Inside One Canadian Prison’s Chaotic Effort to Stop a COVID-19 Outbreak

https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7e4e9/plastic-sheets-pencil-crayons-cheese-strings-inside-one-canadian-prisons-chaotic-effort-to-stop-a-covid-19-outbreak

Incarcerated and Infected: How the Virus Tore Through the U.S. Prison System

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/10/us/covid-prison-outbreak.html

Covid-19: Infections Among U.S. Prisoners Have Been Triple Those of Other Americans

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/10/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases

Thousands of low-level U.S. inmates released in pandemic could be headed back to prison

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-justice-idUSKBN2BY0AU

US - Just 7% of Wisconsin prisoners have received COVID-19 vaccine, despite outcry over inmates being prioritized

https://eu.jsonline.com/story/news/2021/04/09/wisconsin-prisoners-prioritized-vaccine-but-only-7-have-received-shot/7139501002/

Asia

Bahraini authorities flouting prisoners’ rights to health amid rise in COVID-19 cases at Jaw prison

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/04/bahraini-authorities-flouting-prisoners-rights-to-health-amid-rise-in-covid-19-cases-at-jaw-prison/

Bahrain releases dozens of prisoners after Covid cases

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/covid-bahrain-prisoners-detainees-release

India - Rising virus cases pose fresh trial for prisons

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/rising-virus-cases-pose-fresh-trial-for-prisons/article34292494.ece

Europe

Families and children 'hardest hit' as prison visits in Northern Ireland were limited to 93 days in 2020

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/families-children-hardest-hit-prison-20352860

Portugal - Prison population falling

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-04-11/prison-population-falling/59270

Oceania

Papua New Guinea - Suspect Cases in Jails Rise

https://postcourier.com.pg/suspect-cases-in-jails-rise/

News 9 April

Africa

Kenya - Improved prisoners to complete long sentences at home

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-04-08-improved-prisoners-to-complete-long-sentences-at-home/

Réunion - Covid-19 en prison : une trentaine de détenus vaccinés à ce jour

https://www.linfo.re/la-reunion/societe/covid-19-en-prison-une-trentaine-de-detenus-vaccines-a-ce-jour

Americas

US - 40% of incarcerated people have chronic conditions — how good is the healthcare they get behind bars?

https://whyy.org/segments/why-good-health-care-in-u-s-prisons-may-be-hard-to-come-by/

US (California) - COVID-19 Outbreak at Donovan Prison in Otay Mesa Left 18 Dead Over 5 Weeks

https://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2021/04/08/3-donovan-inmates-found-dead-or-dying-in-cells-from-covid-19/

US - Florida plans to vaccinate more than 30,000 inmates

https://www.news4jax.com/i-team/2021/04/08/florida-plans-to-vaccinate-more-than-30000-inmates/

Asia

India - No Covid-19 infected inmates be kept inside: Odisha to prison authorities

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/no-covid-19-infected-inmates-be-kept-inside-odisha-to-prison-authorities-121040801352_1.html

Iran - 35 inmates in critical conditions in Karaj Central Prison from COVID-19 contamination

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2021/04/08/35-inmates-in-critical-conditions-in-karaj-central-prison-from-covid-19/

Malaysia - Prisons Dept creates 13 satellite prisons to ease congestion

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/04/08/prisons-dept-creates-13-satellite-prisons-to-ease-congestion/1964987

Malaysia - Torn between compassion and safety on prison visits

https://www.thesundaily.my/local/torn-between-compassion-and-safety-on-prison-visits-GF7502239

Sri Lanka - Divulapitiya, Peliyagoda and Prison Covid-19 clusters -total cases today- 309

https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/32031-divulapitiya-peliyagoda-and-prison-covid-19-clusters-total-cases-today-309

Europe

England and Wales - Covid outbreak reported at maximum security prison Long Lartin in Worcestershire

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/covid-outbreak-reported-maximum-security-20344344

Italy - 46 Rebibbia inmates indicted for COVID riot

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2021/04/09/46-rebibbia-inmates-indicted-for-covid-riot_eef5c9c2-eec4-4b7f-9b8b-ac28b6bce379.html

Conditions in Ankara’s Sincan Prison inhumane, says Turkish Parliament sub-committee

https://stockholmcf.org/conditions-in-ankaras-sincan-prison-inhumane-says-turkish-parliament-sub-committee/

News 8 April

World Executions for Drug Charges Fell Sharply Amid COVID. It’s Likely Temporary.

https://filtermag.org/drug-executions-world/

Africa

Uganda - European Ambassador urges authorities pardon prisoners

https://capitalradio.co.ug/tag/byabashaija/

Americas

US - Georgia, Mississippi Prisons Offer Inmates Cookies, Commissary Credit as COVID Vaccine Incentive

https://www.newsweek.com/georgia-mississippi-prisons-offer-inmates-cookies-commissary-credit-covid-vaccine-incentive-1581822

US - Judge orders Alaska Corrections Dept. to allow attorneys in-person visits with incarcerated clients regardless of vaccine status

https://autos.yahoo.com/judge-orders-alaska-corrections-dept-134700619.html

US (Vermont) - Corrections chief ‘not happy’ with number of inmates declining Covid-19 vaccinations

https://vtdigger.org/2021/04/07/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

https://turnto10.com/i-team/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

https://bigislandnow.com/2021/04/07/hawaiis-top-court-in-favor-of-ending-emergency-covid-orders-related-to-release-of-certain-inmates/

Asia

India - 19 Tihar prisoners hospitalised after testing Covid positive, jail on high alert

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/with-over-20-000-inmates-packed-in-its-jails-19-test-positive-at-tihar-101617820168981-amp.html

Pakistan - Vaccination of prisoners of 50 years and above starts in Sindh’s 22 jails

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/816331-vaccination-of-prisoners-of-50-years-and-above-starts-in-sindh-s-22-jails

Europe

England and Wales - From lack of showers to isolation, women have faced distressing prison conditions during Covid

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/covid-conditions-women-in-prison-plans-more-prisoners-baffling-945430

News 7 April

Americas

US - N.Y. prison visitation to resume

https://suncommunitynews.com/news/88206/ny-prison-visitation-to-resume/

US - Florida Prisons Increase Inmate Intakes From County Jails As COVID-19 Restrictions Relax

http://www.northescambia.com/2021/04/florida-prisons-increase-inmate-intakes-from-county-jails-as-covid-19-restrictions-relax

Asia

COVID Outbreak in Prison Sparks New Protests in Bahrain

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/blog/covid-outbreak-prison-sparks-new-protests-bahrain

India - Amid COVID surge, Rajasthan prisoners refrained from meeting kin till April 19

https://www.aninews.in/news/national/general-news/amid-covid-surge-rajasthan-prisoners-refrained-from-meeting-kin-till-april-1920210406190650/

Malaysia - Prison visits now allowed through bookings, strict Covid-19 SOPs, says Prisons Dept

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/04/07/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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/07/21/bucor-facility-in-zamboanga-under-1-month-lockdown-amid-covid-spike

Europe

"It's made the prisoners kinder to each other": How Jersey's prison has stayed Covid-free

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2021-04-07/its-made-the-prisoners-kinder-to-each-other-how-jerseys-prison-has-stayed-covid-free

Scotland - Prisoners on remand pleading guilty to avoid Covid custody

https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/prisoners-on-remand-pleading-guilty-to-avoid-covid-custody

News 2 – 6 April

Americas

'Public health crisis': Canada's prison conditions during pandemic being investigated

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/public-health-crisis-canada-s-prison-conditions-during-pandemic-being-investigated-1.5375277

US - As States Expand Vaccine Eligibility, Many People in Prison Still Wait for Shots

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/04/06/as-states-expand-vaccine-eligibility-many-people-in-prison-still-wait-for-shots

US - Unless Biden Acts, Thousands Could Go Back to Federal Prison

https://theappeal.org/unless-biden-acts-thousands-could-go-back-to-federal-prison/

Studies detail large COVID outbreaks at US prisons, jails

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/04/studies-detail-large-covid-outbreaks-us-prisons-jails

US - Judge allows lawsuit over Minnesota prison vaccinations to proceed

https://www.twincities.com/2021/04/02/lawsuit-minnesota-prison-vaccinations-covid/

US (Missouri) - Inmates riot in American prison and shout ‘we want court dates’

https://metro.co.uk/2021/04/05/inmates-riot-in-american-prison-and-shout-we-want-court-dates-14360289/  

US - Colorado prisons department approves $500 bonuses for vaccinated workers; active cases drop

https://gazette.com/premium/colorado-prisons-department-approves-500-bonuses-for-vaccinated-workers-active-cases-drop/article_f27d938e-931f-11eb-8543-53a30b021137.html

Asia

Bahrain to release 126 prisoners amid protests over virus fears

https://www.macaubusiness.com/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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/biweekly-family-meetings-cancelled-at-delhi-s-three-prisons-in-view-of-covid-spread-101617387845430.html

Pakistan - COVID-19: Sindh govt to vaccinate prisoners above age 50 from April 7

https://www.geo.tv/latest/343564-covid-19-sindh-govt-to-vaccinate-prisoners-above-age-50-from-april-7

Thailand - Prison visits halted nationwide after COVID cluster found

https://www.thephuketnews.com/prison-visits-halted-nationwide-after-covid-cluster-found-79566.php

Europe

The EU's under-reported pre-trial detention problem

https://euobserver.com/opinion/151434

England and Wales - Prison Service launches review of post-Covid regimes

https://insidetime.org/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

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/bingo-prison-telly-no-time-20287212

Scottish courts face crisis after number of people on remand in prison rises

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scottish-courts-face-crisis-after-number-of-people-on-remand-in-prison-rises-z25f52j07

News 1 April

Americas

US - Expanding Home Confinement During COVID-19

https://www.theregreview.org/2021/04/01/downey-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

https://coloradosun.com/2021/03/31/colorado-prisons-vaccine-distribution-incentive/

US - Kentucky’s Prison Coronavirus Defense Is Failing

https://news.wjct.org/post/kentucky-s-prison-coronavirus-defense-failing

US - Alabama begins vaccinating prisoners with surplus from rural clinics

https://eu.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2021/03/31/alabama-inmates-bullock-prison-covid-19-vaccine/4818607001/

Asia

Philippines - Overcrowding and harsh conditions led to COVID-19 spread among inmates

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/03/31/2088358/us-report-overcrowding-and-harsh-conditions-led-covid-19-spread-among-inmates

Philippines - BuCor urged to allow delivery of food, medicine to inmates in jail facilities

https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/01/bucor-urged-to-allow-delivery-of-food-medicine-to-inmates-in-jail-facilities/

Europe

England and Wales - Prison lockdown has damaged inmates’ mental health, says report

https://www.channel4.com/news/prison-lockdown-has-damaged-inmates-mental-health-says-report

England and Wales - Ministry of Justice facing legal action over prisons

https://planetradio.co.uk/greatest-hits/york-north-yorkshire/news/ministry-of-justice-facing-legal-action-prison-families/

England and Wales - Chelmsford prisoners allowed visits for just 100 days throughout 2020 due to COVID-19

https://www.yellowad.co.uk/chelmsford-prisoners-allowed-visits-for-just-100-days-throughout-2020-due-to-pandemic/

Ireland - Covid-19 infection rate at prisons Portlaoise and other Irish jails revealed in advice to NPHET

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/coronavirus/621559/covid-19-infection-rate-at-prisons-portlaoise-and-other-parts-of-ireland-revealed-in-advice-to-nphet.html

Oceania

Australia - Podcast series gives NSW prison officers a voice on life working in state's jails

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-01/prison-officers-share-stories-of-working-in-nsw-jails-in-podcast/100038760

News 31 March

Africa

Zimbabwe – 13 Prisoners Test Positive

http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2021/03/covid-19-13-prisoners-test-positive.html

Americas

Virus Outbreak In Chile Prison; Pinera On Jab Deal

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/south-america/virus-outbreak-in-chile-prison-pinera-on-jab-deal.html

US - Expert: 3 things could ease COVID-19 spread in prisons

https://www.futurity.org/covid-19-prisons-2537372/

US (Michigan) - How public health and prisons are intertwined

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/how-public-health-and-prisons-are-intertwined

US - Lawsuit demands immediate COVID-19 vaccinations for people incarcerated at Washington prisons

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/lawsuit-demands-immediate-covid-19-vaccinations-for-people-incarcerated-at-washington-prisons/

US (New York) - NY prisons to resume visitation in late April

https://auburnpub.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/ny-prisons-to-resume-visitation-in-late-april/article_097ec513-239c-505c-967c-b17c36da5644.html

Asia

India - Punjab: 44 inmates of women prison in Patiala test positive for COVID-19

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/punjab-44-inmates-of-women-prison-in-patiala-test-positive-for-covid-19/videoshow/81764032.cms

India - Jail dept frees 1,349 prisoners

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/jail-dept-frees-1349-prisoners/articleshow/81767652.cms

Europe

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at Dartmoor prison sees staff still recovering three months on

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/covid-outbreak-dartmoor-prison-sees-5244344

Ireland - 1,206 Prisoners Waiting For Psychology Services

https://www.midlands103.com/news/midlands-news/1206-prisoners-waiting-for-psychology-services/

Call for action after Scotland's Covid prisoner death toll revealed

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19198536.call-action-scotlands-covid-prisoner-death-toll-revealed/

News 30 March

Americas

Bermuda - Westgate inmates hit with Covid-19 infections

https://www.royalgazette.com/health/news/article/20210329/westgate-inmates-hit-with-covid-19-infections/

Trinidad & Tobago - Concerns raised after prisoner tests positive for COVID-19

https://www.looptt.com/content/concerns-raised-after-prisoner-tests-positive-covid-19

US - Most States Fail to Track Critical COVID-19 Data for Prisons, Jails and Juvenile Facilities

https://news.utexas.edu/2021/03/29/most-states-fail-to-track-covid-19-data-for-prisons-jails-and-juvenile-facilities/

US - Youth Justice System Worsened During Pandemic: Report

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/03/29/youth-justice-system-worsened-during-pandemic-report/

US - New York Must Offer Vaccine to All Prisoners Immediately, Judge Rules

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/29/nyregion/covid-vaccine-new-york-prisons.html

US - Judge orders Oregon prison to stop foot-dragging on mask mandates; doctor ‘at war’ with staff over COVID-19 misinformation

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/03/judge-orders-oregon-prison-to-stop-foot-dragging-on-mask-mandates-doctor-at-war-with-staff-over-covid-19-misinformation.html

US - Missouri Department of Corrections to restart visitation based on COVID-19 vaccinations

https://krcgtv.com/news/local/missouri-department-of-corrections-to-restart-visitation-based-on-covid-19-vaccinations

Asia

Cambodia - Prison department appeals for online hearings amid overcrowding

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50831646/prison-department-appeals-for-online-hearings-amid-overcrowding/

Thailand - Corrections Department drawing standard procedures

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2092091/corrections-department-drawing-standard-procedures

Europe

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Prisoners' children 'forgotten' during pandemic

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56420186

England and Wales - Government expert warns of “long tail” to Covid in jails

https://insidetime.org/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

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/people/lewes-prisons-low-covid-rate-comes-at-huge-price-for-prisoners-and-families-charity-says-3182687

Oceania

Australia - Prisoner quarantine based on ‘alarming absence’ of health advice

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/prisoner-quarantine-based-on-alarming-absence-of-health-advice-20210329-p57evu.html

News 27-29 March

Africa

Cameroon Prisoners Blame Overcrowding, Poor Hygiene for COVID Spread

https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/cameroon-prisoners-blame-overcrowding-poor-hygiene-covid-spread

South Africa - Lockdown: More than 100 Covid-19 parolees rearrested for 'committing violent crimes'

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/lockdown-more-than-100-covid-19-parolees-rearrested-for-committing-violent-crimes-20210327

Tunisia – Covid 19: Un programme de vaccination des détenus sera mis en place

https://lapresse.tn/92385/covid-19-un-programme-de-vaccination-des-detenus-sera-mis-en-place/

Americas

Canada - Alberta prisoner populations rise after 'unprecedented' drop during COVID's early months

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/alberta-prisoner-populations-rise-after-unprecedented-drop-during-covids-early-months

St Vincent & the Grenadines - Prison visits to resume

http://www.searchlight.vc/searchlight/press-release/2021/03/26/prison-visits-to-resume/

US - COVID-19 Lockdowns Have Been Hard On Youth Locked Up

https://www.wclk.com/post/covid-19-lockdowns-have-been-hard-youth-locked

US - West Virginia Excels In Vaccine Rollout, But Still Overlooks Prison and Jail Inmates

https://www.wvpublic.org/top-stories/2021-03-26/west-virginia-excels-in-vaccine-rollout-but-still-overlooks-prison-and-jail-inmates

US - Appeals Court Panel Rejects Texas Inmates’ COVID-19 Lawsuit

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/news/2021/03/27/appeals-court-panel-rejects-texas-inmates--covid-19-lawsuit

Asia

India - 4,204 prisoners released on bail, 41 on parole after COVID outbreak in J&K: DG Prisons

https://thekashmirimages.com/2021/03/29/4204-prisoners-released-on-bail-41-on-parole-after-covid-outbreak-in-jk-dg-prisons/

India - Over 2,000 jail inmates in Haryana get parole extension

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/chandigarh-news/over-2-000-jail-inmates-in-haryana-get-parole-extension-101616871529216.html

Lebanon jails facing ‘hungry revolution’

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1833031/middle-east

Europe

England and Wales - Hundreds of Ranby Prison inmates contract virus since start of pandemic

https://www.worksopguardian.co.uk/health/coronavirus/hundreds-of-ranby-prison-inmates-contract-virus-since-start-of-pandemic-3180045

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak at Wayland prison

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/another-covid-outbreak-at-wayland-prison-7854820

England and Wales - Home Office data shows almost 200 Covid cases reported at Chelmsford prison since last March

https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/home-office-data-shows-almost-5236858

France - Argentan. Sept nouveaux cas de Covid-19 à la prison en une semaine

https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/argentan-61200/argentan-sept-nouveaux-cas-de-covid-19-a-la-prison-en-une-semaine-20d5a386-8e37-11eb-a1bb-f434af1b4244

Oceania

Australia - Further restrictions at Queensland Corrective Services facilities

https://www.miragenews.com/further-restrictions-at-queensland-corrective-536113/

Tonga prison head optimistic of resolution to overcrowding

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/439386/tonga-prison-head-optimistic-of-resolution-to-overcrowding

News 26 March

Africa

Morocco - Covid-19 en prison: 77% des détenus prioritaires vaccinés

https://www.yabiladi.com/articles/details/107704/covid-19-prison-detenus-prioritaires-vaccines.html

Americas

Canada - Correctional service response to COVID-19 violates rights of incarcerated persons, lawsuit alleges

https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/25575/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.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/25/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases#prisons-reopen-visitors

US - Inmate Distrust Of Prison Healthcare Fuels Distrust Of Covid Vaccines

https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/covid-19/inmate-distrust-prison-healthcare-fuels-distrust-covid-vaccines

US - Hundreds of Texas prisoners are getting vaccinated — months after many became eligible

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/25/texas-prisons-coronavirus-vaccines/

US - COVID in custody — one year into the failed pandemic response in Michigan’s prisons

https://www.michigandaily.com/opinion/op-eds/op-ed-covid-in-custody-one-year-into-the-failed-pandemic-response-in-michigans-prisons/

Asia

Bahrain: Covid cases in prison under control

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210325-bahrain-covid-cases-in-prison-under-control/

Europe

Russian Justice Ministry drafts order on telephone talks of female prisoners with children

http://rapsinews.com/legislation_news/20210325/306894122.html

Oceania

Australia - Goulburn prison officers strike over 'nonchalant attitude' to safety

https://www.goulburnpost.com.au/story/7185180/goulburn-prison-officers-strike-over-nonchalant-attitude-to-safety/

News 25 March

Africa

Togo-Interview/Idrissou Akibou : « La prison de Tsévié a été transformée en prison-hôpital »

https://icilome.com/2021/03/togo-interview-idrissou-akibou-la-prison-de-tsevie-a-ete-transformee-en-prison-hopital/

Americas

US - Oregon’s Prison Guards Called COVID-19 the “Plandemic” and Spread Vaccine Myths to Inmates, Lawyers Say

https://www.wweek.com/news/courts/2021/03/24/oregons-prison-guards-called-covid-19-the-plandemic-and-spread-vaccine-myths-to-inmates-lawyers-say/

US - Wisconsin prisoner population dropped in 2020 amid pandemic

https://www.startribune.com/wisconsin-prisoner-population-dropped-in-2020-amid-pandemic/600038356/

US - In About-Face, Missouri Places Prison Inmates In Final COVID-19 Vaccination Group

https://www.kcur.org/health/2021-03-24/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

https://eji.org/news/denied-vaccines-people-in-alabama-prisons-are-dying-of-covid/

US - Vaccines key to resuming Pennsylvania prison reforms, secretary tells lawmakers

https://www.wfmz.com/news/state/vaccines-key-to-resuming-pennsylvania-prison-reforms-secretary-tells-lawmakers/article_a74e98f7-2d23-5131-b0c2-d18da2f26263.html

Europe

Ireland's prisons are now 'Covid-free' after 100 cases recorded during pandemic

https://www.sundayworld.com/incoming/irelands-prisons-are-now-covid-free-after-100-cases-recorded-during-pandemic-40235205.html

Luxembourg - Association of Prison Officers criticises decision to only prioritise prisoners

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1694226.html

Covid: Scottish prison chiefs ‘pilot’ mass testing for staff but not inmates

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/3001372/covid-prison-test/

News 24 March

Africa

Gambia - Ministry Of Interior To Launch Prisons Rapid Assessment

https://www.voicegambia.com/2021/03/23/ministry-of-interior-to-launch-prisons-rapid-assessment/

Kenya - Covid-19: Prisons boss launches vaccination of 28,000 officers

https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/covid-19-prisons-boss-launches-vaccination-of-28000-officers

Uganda prisons staff get COVID-19 vaccine jabs

https://www.independent.co.ug/uganda-prisons-staff-get-covid-19-vaccine-jabs/

Americas

Canada - Doctors and activists get together to denounce conditions in prisons

https://montreal.citynews.ca/video/2021/03/23/doctors-and-activists-get-together-to-denounce-conditions-in-prisons-2/

US - Fighting COVID Behind Bars

https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2021/march/covid-behind-bars-venters.html

US - California Prisons Restarting Visitations 1 Year Into Pandemic

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california-news/california-prisons-restarting-visitations/2557621/

US - Alaska prisons remain closed to visitors as mistrust undermines vaccination effort

https://www.ktoo.org/2021/03/23/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

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-illinois-prison-covid-lawsuit-settlement-20210323-awvjaxszvjg5najbzaoloplrze-story.html

Europe

Britain sleepwalking into reoffending crisis

https://planetradio.co.uk/viking/local/news/britain-sleepwalking-into-reoffending-crisis/

England and Wales - Deaths in custody at HMP Durham rise during Covid pandemic while assaults fall, report reveals

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/deaths-custody-hmp-durham-rise-20239869

England and Wales - Prisoners at Nottinghamshire prison help make PPE for NHS staff

https://www.chad.co.uk/news/people/prisoners-at-nottinghamshire-prison-help-make-ppe-for-nhs-staff-3176555

Malta - Methadone use in prison has almost halved in one year

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/methadone-use-in-prison-has-almost-halved-in-one-year.859885

News 23 March

Africa

Botswana - Three Inmates Die From Covid-19

https://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=89235&dir=2021/march/22

Ghana - Decongest prisons to curb COVID-19 - Joe Ghartey

https://www.pulse.com.gh/news/local/decongest-prisons-to-curb-covid-19-joe-ghartey/e71193c

Americas

Prison officers in Antigua and Barbuda protest over concerns made worse by COVID-19 

https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/covid-19/prison-officers-in-antigua-and-barbuda-protest-over-concerns-made-worse-by-covid-19with-video/

Canada - Advocates critique rising jail figures in some provinces after initial COVID-19 fall

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/advocates-critique-rising-jail-figures-in-some-provinces-after-initial-covid-19-fall-1.24297948

US - Inmates On Hunger Strike Protesting Arizona Prison Conditions

https://kjzz.org/content/1668692/inmates-hunger-strike-protesting-arizona-prison-conditions

US - The Unending Covid-19 Disaster In Maryland Prisons

https://therealnews.com/the-unending-covid-19-disaster-in-maryland-prisons

US - More Ohio prisons reopening for in-person visits as coronavirus infection rates drop

https://eu.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/state/2021/03/23/more-ohio-prisons-open-in-person-visits-as-coronavirus-infections-drop/4729667001/

US - 63rd Alabama inmate dies after positive COVID test, still no vaccinations

https://www.alreporter.com/2021/03/22/63rd-alabama-inmate-dies-after-positive-covid-test-still-no-vaccinations/

Asia

Cambodia - Coronavirus increases crime causing packed prisons

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50828714/coronavirus-increases-crime-causing-packed-prisons/

Europe

Overcrowding in Belgian prisons leaves 148 inmates sleeping on the floor

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/belgium-all-news/161273/koen-geens-annick-lambrecht-vincent-van-quickenborne-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

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hull-prisons-turbulent-year-being-5206575

News 20-22 March

Americas

Canada - ‘Folks are dying’: Community rallies for depopulation of Ontario jails after COVID-19 outbreaks

https://globalnews.ca/news/7709392/coronavirus-ontario-prison-depopulation/

US - How COVID Has Affected Policing And Incarceration

https://www.law360.com/access-to-justice/articles/1364453/how-covid-has-affected-policing-and-incarceration

US - A Year Into The Pandemic, Illinois Prisons Still Have No Plan For In-Person Visits

https://www.wbez.org/stories/a-year-into-the-pandemic-illinois-prisons-still-have-no-plan-for-in-person-visits/e1814fb6-df37-4375-8bb2-2b7f99b6f386

US (Hawaii) - Questions Raised Over COVID Outbreak At Maui Jail

https://patch.com/hawaii/honolulu/questions-raised-over-covid-outbreak-maui-jail

US (Hawaii) - Swelling inmate populations prompt new fears about COVID outbreaks

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2021/03/19/officials-worry-overcrowding-correctional-facilities-could-lead-more-covid-outbreaks/

Asia

India - Soft target: prisoners and pandemic

https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/soft-target-prisoners-and-pandemic/cid/1810270

India - Delhi Prisons steps up efforts to tackle COVID-19 as inmates return

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/delhi/delhi-prisons-steps-up-efforts-to-tackle-covid-19-as-inmates-return-228499

Pakistan - Fourteen inmates of Lahore jail test Covid positive

https://nation.com.pk/19-Mar-2021/fourteen-inmates-of-lahore-jail-test-covid-positive

Philippines - A public health issue behind bars

https://www.rappler.com/voices/new-school/new-school-public-health-issue-behind-bars

Europe

Albania – St Kolli prison, Over 20 Inmates Affected by Covid-19

https://albaniandailynews.com/news/st-kolli-prison-more-than-20-inmates-affected-by-covid-19-1

England and Wales - A view from inside Gartree prison: How prisoners and staff near Harborough have dealt with Covid

https://www.harboroughmail.co.uk/health/coronavirus/a-view-from-inside-gartree-prison-how-prisoners-and-staff-near-harborough-have-dealt-with-covid-3172382

Irish prison inspections cancelled for rest of the year

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/irish-prison-inspections-cancelled-for-rest-of-the-year-qb7mcnfdx

Luxembourg - First reported coronavirus case at Schrassig Prison, all other tests negative

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1692299.html

Scotland - Continued prison lockdowns are ‘de facto solitary confinement’

https://theferret.scot/prison-lockdowns-de-facto-solitary-confinement/

Oceania

Australia - ACT prison staff to receive extra training to defuse explosive situations

https://the-riotact.com/act-prison-staff-to-receive-extra-training-to-defuse-explosive-situations/447424

News 19 March

Africa

Cameroon - Coronavirus : flambée de la maladie à la prison principale de Nkongsamba

https://actucameroun.com/2021/03/18/coronavirus-flambee-de-la-maladie-a-la-prison-principale-de-nkongsamba/

Americas

Bahamas - Prison officers demonstrate for 4 hours, demanding “give us our due”

https://ewnews.com/fed-up-prison-officers-demonstrate-for-4-hours-demanding-give-us-our-due

Jamaica - St Catherine prison inmate dies from COVID-19

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20210318/st-catherine-prison-inmate-dies-covid-19

Mexico - Inoculating prison inmates against Covid sparks debate in Quintana Roo

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/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

https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/03/less-half-federal-bureau-prisons-staff-have-accepted-covid-vaccines-agency/172775/

US - Family of man who died from Covid while incarcerated sues California prison system

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/18/california-coronavirus-prison-system-lawsuit

US - Utah State Prison announces five more deaths tied to COVID-19

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/utah-state-prison-announces-five-more-deaths-tied-to-covid-19/ar-BB1eJS8I

US - 'It takes a toll on your heart': Prison visitations resume for South Dakota inmates after a year of separation

https://eu.argusleader.com/story/news/2021/03/19/covid-vaccine-south-dakota-prison-visitations-resume-after-year-separation/4699929001/

US (Florida) - Gov. DeSantis defends omission of inmates in vaccine rollout

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/413075-gov-desantis-defends-omission-of-inmates-in-vaccine-rollout

Asia

India - Uttar Pradesh: Over 1.16 lakh jail inmates to get COVID-19 vaccines on priority

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/uttar-pradesh-over-116-lakh-jail-inmates-to-get-covid-19-vaccines-on-priority

Malaysia - Cabinet approves measures to overcome prison overcrowding

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/567298

Europe

England and Wales - Covid: Prison outbreaks thought to skew stats

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-56405523

Strike ballot to open at prisons across England and Wales

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/65392-strike-ballot-to-open-at-prisons-across-england-and-wales

France - Covid-19. La contagion s'étend à la prison d'Argentan

https://actu.fr/normandie/argentan_61006/covid-19-la-contagion-s-etend-a-la-prison-d-argentan_40328845.html

Ireland - Covid-19 has ‘compounded’ mental health issues for prisoners – charity 

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40247195.html

Isle of Man - Two prison officers test positive for virus

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=61077&headline=Two%20prison%20officers%20test%20positive%20for%20virus&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2021

News 18 March

COVID-19: Prisoners 'forgotten victims' of the pandemic - New Report

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/covid-19-prisoners-forgotten-victims-pandemic-new-report

Americas

Constitutional challenge argues Parole Board of Canada is systematically violating prisoners’ right to timely post-suspension hearings

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/03/17/constitutional-challenge-argues-parole-board-of-canada-is-systematically-violating-prisoners-right-to-timely-post-suspension-hearings.html

Inmates in Uruguay’s toughest prison volunteer for Covid-19 shot

https://www.laprensalatina.com/inmates-in-uruguays-toughest-prison-volunteer-for-covid-19-shot/

US - Prisoners Keep Dying of COVID While ‘Compassionate Releases’ Stall in Court

https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgq7ny/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

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/us/covid-prisoners-vaccine.html

US - MDOC and Maine CDC investigating COVID-19 outbreak at Maine State Prison

https://www.wabi.tv/2021/03/18/mdoc-and-maine-cdc-investigating-covid-19-outbreak-at-maine-state-prison/

US Virgin Islands - V.I. Inmates Getting Vaccinated Against COVID

https://stthomassource.com/content/2021/03/17/v-i-inmates-getting-vaccinated-against-covid/

Asia

Malaysia - Covid-19: Over 11% of cases on Thursday (March 18) linked to prison, detention clusters

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/03/18/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

https://kathmandupost.com/national/2021/03/18/nepal-among-countries-that-failed-to-provide-fair-treatment-to-prisoners-during-pandemic-amnesty-international-says

Europe

Belgium - Over one in five inmates in Hasselt prison has coronavirus

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/belgium-all-news/160433/over-one-in-five-inmates-in-hasselt-prison-has-coronavirus-flanders-staff-limburg-lockdown-containment-transfers-visits/

Belgium - Coronavirus: l'Observatoire des prisons dénonce une situation "cauchemardesque" à Saint-Gilles

https://www.dhnet.be/regions/bruxelles/coronavirus-l-observatoire-des-prisons-denonce-une-situation-cauchemardesque-a-saint-gilles-60522a0b9978e2410fb37e53

Third of remand prisoners in England being held beyond legal time limit for trials

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/17/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

https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/news/leeds-news/leeds-council-boss-blames-citys-20191885

News 17 March

Africa

South Africa - Covid-19: Outbreaks at Western Cape school, prison reignite third wave fears

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/covid-19-outbreaks-at-western-cape-school-prison-reignite-third-wave-fears-20210317

COVID-19: Zimbabwe grants pardons to ease crowded jails

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/covid-19-zimbabwe-grants-pardons-to-ease-crowded-jails/2178593

Americas

Canada - Toronto South jail faces outbreak of 70 COVID-19 cases, more than half linked to variant of concern

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/toronto-south-jail-faces-outbreak-234932818.html

US - The Struggle to Vaccinate People in Jails and Prisons

https://www.wired.com/story/covid-19-prisons-vaccines/

US (Pennsylvania) - Two Pa. prisons have vaccinated more than 70% of inmates. An incentive program may be the difference

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/03/two-pa-prisons-have-vaccinated-more-than-70-of-inmates-an-incentive-program-may-be-the-difference.html

US - Inmate lawsuits blame California for prison COVID spread

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Inmate-lawsuits-blame-California-for-spreading-16031194.php

US - Oklahoma prisons reopen to visitors as vaccine access grows

https://www.kten.com/story/43507629/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

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2021/03/16/alaska-department-of-corrections-loosens-pandemic-visitation-policy-allowing-lawyers-to-meet-with-vaccinated-inmates/

Europe

England and Wales - Covid death rate in prisons three times higher than outside

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/mar/16/covid-death-rate-in-prisons-three-times-higher-than-outside

England and Wales - Prisoners and jail staff should get Covid vaccine priority, report states

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/prisoners-jail-staff-should-covid-20192102

England and Wales - Thousands of children have not seen parents for a year: Hidden impact of COVID on prisoners' families

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-thousands-children-parents-year-hidden.html

England and Wales - Scale of Covid outbreaks in Norfolk prisons far bigger than reported

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/norfolk-coronavirus-prison-cases-much-bigger-7829400

France - COVID : Dans Les Prisons Françaises, Des Clusters De Contamination Apparaissent

https://www.sortiraparis.com/actualites/a-paris/articles/246391-covid-dans-les-prisons-francaises-des-clusters-de-contamination-apparaissent

News 16 March

Americas

US (California) - What It’s Like To Be Trapped In A Women’s Prison During A Pandemic

https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a35766530/prison-pandemic-story-michele-scott/

US - Florida prison staff, inmates wait on word for vaccine eligibility

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/full-circle/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

https://www.wuwm.com/post/wisconsin-inmates-say-prisons-didnt-protect-them-covid-19-infection-rates-skyrocketed#stream/0

US - Delaware bill would cut jail time during health crisis

https://whyy.org/articles/delaware-bill-would-cut-jail-time-during-health-crisis/

Europe

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

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/more-half-prisoners-under-staffed-long-lartin-live-cells-no-sink-toilet-or

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

https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/prisons-covid-outbreak-in-september-was-one-of-the-biggest-9181636/

France - Covid-19 : les conditions de vie dans les prisons se dégradent

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/covid-19-les-conditions-de-vie-dans-les-prisons-se-degradent_4335223.html

Turkish prison conditions worsen amid pandemic

https://www.dw.com/en/turkish-prison-conditions-worsen-amid-pandemic/a-56883451

News 13 – 15 March

Americas

Antigua - Work to complete isolation quarters continues amid Covid outbreak at prison

https://antiguaobserver.com/work-to-complete-isolation-quarters-continues-amid-covid-outbreak-at-prison/

US prison guards refusing vaccine despite COVID-19 outbreaks

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/us-prison-guards-refusing-vaccine-despite-covid19-outbreaks-florida-federal-bureau-of-prisons-prisons-employees-facebook-b1817230.html

US - Covid Is Hitting Correctional Officers. Prisoners Are Paying the Price | Opinion

https://www.newsweek.com/covid-hitting-correctional-officers-prisoners-are-paying-price-opinion-1575805

US - In-person prison visits to resume in Michigan, but through plexiglass shields

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/03/12/person-prison-visits-resume-michigan-plexiglass-shields/4670291001/

US (Iowa) - Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Won't Apply To State Prisons, DOC Says

https://www.iowapublicradio.org/ipr-news/2021-03-12/expanded-covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-wont-apply-to-state-prisons-doc-says

US - North Dakota prison system reopens for in-person visitation

https://www.inforum.com/news/crime-and-courts/6932520-North-Dakota-prison-system-reopens-for-in-person-visitation

US - Kansas prisons report 16th COVID death

https://www.iolaregister.com/news/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

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/virtual-visits-to-roll-out-in-sc-prisons-after-a-year-of-no-in-person-visits

Asia

India - A Crisis in the Making: From De-congestion to Re-Congestion in Prisons

https://www.barandbench.com/columns/crisis-making-from-decongestion-to-recongestion-in-prisons

Sri Lanka - Twenty-seven more COVID-19 cases reported from prisons

http://www.adaderana.lk/news/72283/twenty-seven-more-covid-19-cases-reported-from-prisons

Europe

Europe’s prisoners left in limbo on coronavirus vaccinations

https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-prisoners-limbo-coronavirus-vaccinations/

England and Wales - One in five prisoners will refuse jab, survey finds

https://insidetime.org/one-in-five-prisoners-will-refuse-jab-survey-finds/

England and Wales - HMP Hull coronavirus outbreak infects '119 prisoners and staff'

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hmp-hull-coronavirus-outbreak-infects-5158662

France - Covid-19 : un cluster s'est déclaré à la prison de Muret

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/occitanie/haute-garonne/muret/covid-19-un-cluster-s-est-declare-a-la-prison-de-muret-1996537.html

France - Des détenus positifs au Covid-19 à la prison d'Argentan

https://actu.fr/normandie/argentan_61006/des-detenus-positifs-au-covid-19-a-la-prison-d-argentan_40178594.html

News 12 March

Americas

Canada - Red Cross called in to assist COVID-19 outbreak at Drumheller prison

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/red-cross-drumheller-institution-csc-covid-jeff-campbell-1.5946521

US (California) - ACLU files lawsuit seeking release or vaccination of more San Diego County inmates after latest Covid-19 outbreak

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/12/us/san-diego-lawsuit-prison-coronavirus/index.html

US - DOC reinstates visitation at Louisiana’s state-run prisons

https://www.ksla.com/2021/03/11/doc-reinstates-visitation-louisianas-state-run-prisons/

US (Vermont) - Newport prison outbreak continues; 127 active cases

https://www.wcax.com/2021/03/11/newport-prison-outbreak-continues-127-active-cases/

US - Response To COVID-19 In Michigan Prisons Is Cruel And Unusual Punishment, Say Advocates

https://www.wkar.org/post/response-covid-19-michigan-prisons-cruel-and-unusual-punishment-say-advocates#stream/0

US - Oregon’s prisons have offered a vaccine to every inmate in custody

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/03/11/coronavirus-vaccine-oregon-prisons-covid-19-doses-inmates/

Europe

Belgium - Coronavirus: grève émotionnelle à la prison de Saint-Gilles

https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_coronavirus-greve-emotionnelle-a-la-prison-de-saint-gilles?id=10717392

England and Wales - Prison officers to be given early access to spare vaccines

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/11/prison-officers-given-early-access-spare-vaccines/

England and Wales - Prison staff boosting mental wellbeing and rehabilitation during pandemic

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/prison-staff-boosting-mental-wellbeing-and-rehabilitation-during-pandemic/  

England and Wales - Crime expert issues warning after prisoners 'forgotten' during pandemic

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/crime-expert-issues-warning-after-20067524

England and Wales - Second Covid outbreak confirmed at Hull Prison

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/second-covid-outbreak-confirmed-hull-5140614

Guernsey - Prison restarts visits as part of stage two

https://guernseypress.com/news/2021/03/12/prison-restarts-visits-as-part-of-stage-two/

Italy jail population down 12% in last yr - Antigone

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2021/03/11/italy-jail-population-down-12-in-last-yr-antigone_17ef581a-9380-46e5-bda1-a12d9d41f502.html

News 11 March

Africa

COVID-19: Morocco Launches Vaccination Campaign in Prison Near Rabat

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/337024/covid-19-morocco-launches-vaccination-campaign-in-prison-near-rabat/

Americas

Canada - Prisoners refuse meals amid COVID-19 outbreak at Hamilton jail, 72 people infected

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hamilton-wentworth-detention-centre-covid19-outbreak-1.5944094

US - U.S. jail population plunged as COVID-19 spread, Justice Department says

https://news.trust.org/item/20210310135701-d257y/

US (New York) - ‘A Ticking Time Bomb’: City Jails Are Crowded Again, Stoking Covid Fears

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/nyregion/nyc-jail-covid.html

US - As COVID-19 spreads fast in Florida prisons, no vaccines have been given to its inmates

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/03/10/as-covid-19-spreads-fast-in-florida-prisons-0-vaccines-have-been-given-to-its-inmates/

US - Coronavirus Plummets In Massachusetts Prisons And Jails, But Experts Urge Caution

https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2021/03/10/coronavirus-plummets-in-massachusetts-prisons-and-jails-but-experts-urge-caution

US - Oklahoma: People who are incarcerated not yet eligible for COVID vaccine

https://theblackwallsttimes.com/2021/03/10/oklahoma-people-who-are-incarcerated-not-yet-eligible-for-covid-vaccine/

Asia

India - Prisons and the pandemic

https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/prisons-and-the-pandemic/cid/1809124

Europe

England and Wales - Two die after Covid outbreak at HMP Erlestoke

https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/19152251.two-die-prison-covid-outbreak/

England and Wales - Covid: Derbyshire Dales spike 'linked to outbreak at HMP Sudbury'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-56357730

Scotland - Covid: Outbreak of virus at Porterfield Prison in Inverness

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/inverness/2963086/covid-outbreak-of-virus-at-porterfield-prison-in-inverness/

News 10 March

Impact of COVID-19 ‘heavily felt’ by prisoners globally: UN expert

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/03/1086802

Africa

Rwanda - Inmates grateful as Covid-19 vaccination exercise is taken to prisons

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/inmates-grateful-covid-19-vaccination-exercise-taken-prisons

South Africa - Prison visits allowed again under lockdown Level 1. Here are the rules

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/list-prison-visits-allowed-again-under-lockdown-level-1-here-are-the-rules-20210309

Americas

Canada - Legal groups object to isolation order for freed prisoners in Thunder Bay

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-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

https://www.vera.org/unseen-and-unheard

US - Texas lifts yearlong ban on prison visitation beginning March 15

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/09/texas-prisons-visitation/

US - 1 in 4 California prison employees got COVID-19. Inmates have herd immunity at 7 sites

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article249734353.html

US - South Dakota correctional staff, inmates offered COVID-19 vaccine — but the state won't say how many are taking it

https://eu.argusleader.com/story/news/2021/03/09/south-dakota-wont-disclose-number-correctional-staff-inmates-opting-to-take-covid-vaccine/4631649001/

US - North Carolina is releasing thousands of prisoners early. It’s the sensible thing to do.

https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article249809233.html

US (Massachusetts) - 'I Don’t Want To Die In Here': One Woman's Experience With COVID While Incarcerated

 https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2021/03/10/i-dont-want-to-die-in-here-one-womans-experience-with-covid-while-incarcerated

Europe

England and Wales - ‘Unacceptable failure’ at youth jail, minister says

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/national/19147772.unacceptable-failure-youth-jail-minister-says/

England and Wales - South Cave coronavirus cases plummet after prison curbs Covid outbreak

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/south-cave-coronavirus-cases-plummet-5107843

News 9 March

COVID-19 pandemic exposes how little we know about prison conditions globally

https://theconversation.com/covid-19-pandemic-exposes-how-little-we-know-about-prison-conditions-globally-154225

Africa

Burundi's president grants amnesty to 5,000 prisoners

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/east-africa/burundi-president-amnesty-prisoners-3316706

Americas

Canada - An inside look at how the pandemic is being managed at Grand Valley Institution

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/grand-valley-institution-covid-pandemic-management-1.5940387

US - White youths released far faster than Black youths during COVID-19 pandemic, new study finds

https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/equality/542162-white-youths-released-far-faster-than-black-youths-during

US (New York) – Report Finds Three Rikers Detainees Who Died of COVID-19 Were Held in Packed Dorms

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2021/03/08/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

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article249790438.html

US - Delaware prisons resuming in-person visits, but virtual sessions remain popular option

https://whyy.org/articles/delaware-prisons-resuming-in-person-visits-but-virtual-sessions-remain-popular-option/

Asia

Inmates in Bahrain prison given COVID-19 jabs

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/life/story/Inmates_in_Bahrain_prison_given_COVID19_jabs-SNG_203242146/

Europe

England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak reported at Whatton prison near Grantham

https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/covid-19-outbreak-reported-at-whatton-prison-9159175/

England and Wales - Covid cases at Sudbury prison leads to measures

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/covid-cases-sudbury-prison-leads-5086325

England and Wales - Governor of HMP Liverpool sends letter to family of every inmate over mass testing

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/governor-hmp-liverpool-sends-letter-19997784

France - Covid-19 : "Il devient impossible d'appliquer les mesures minimales de prévention", alerte la contrôleuse générale des prisons

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/covid-19-il-devient-impossible-d-appliquer-les-mesures-minimales-de-prevention-alerte-la-controleuse-generale-des-prisons_4324919.html

Ireland - Prisoners to be vaccinated as one cohort in group 9 of rollout

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/prisoners-to-be-vaccinated-as-one-cohort-in-group-9-of-rollout-1.4504716

News 6-8 March

Africa

Ghana - Prisons Officers, VRA Staff Vaccinate Against COVID-19

https://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/local/health/202103/440344.php

Americas

Canada - 'They're still human beings': Drumheller prison lockdown causing mental health crisis, inmates' families say

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/theyre-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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/union-calls-for-inmates-covid-19-vaccine-bordeaux-1.5940014

Canada’s prison inmates receiving substandard health care, lawsuit alleges

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/canada-prison-inmates-receiving-substandard-030106296.html

Experts say mass incarceration crippled U.S. response to COVID-19

https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/experts-say-mass-incarceration-crippled-covid-19-response

US - Tennessee panel: Vaccinating inmates a 'PR nightmare,' despite high-risk status

https://eu.tennessean.com/story/news/local/coronavirus/2021/03/06/tennessee-covid-19-vaccinating-prison-inmates-pr-nightmare/4609553001/

US - Three cases of South African coronavirus variant found in Colorado prison

https://coloradosun.com/2021/03/07/colorado-coronavirus-south-african-variant/

US - Delaware inmates will soon be allowed to have in-person visitors

https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/news/2021/03/05/visitors-soon-allowed-back-into-delaware-prisons-visit-inmates/4591488001/

US (New York) - How the City Failed Three Men Who Died of COVID-19 in Jail: Watchdog

https://www.thecity.nyc/2021/3/8/22318504/nyc-failed-inmates-died-covid-rikers-jails

US (Hawaii) - Growing COVID-19 Outbreak At Maui Jail Has Inmates, Families Worried

https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/03/growing-covid-19-outbreak-at-maui-jail-has-inmates-families-worried/

Asia

India - ‘85% staff of Delhi prisons received Covid vaccine shots’

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/---85--staff-of-delhi-prisons-received-covid-vaccine-shots---.html

India - Jail inmates to get vax soon, says official in Maharashtra

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/jail-inmates-to-get-vax-soon-says-official-in-maharashtra/articleshow/81371291.cms

India - Odisha prisoners to get Covid vaccine inside jails

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/odisha-prisoners-to-get-covid-vaccine-inside-jails/articleshow/81352121.cms

Malaysia - SDMC says 42 detainees in Sibu prison tested positive for Covid-19

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/03/07/sdmc-says-42-detainees-in-sibu-prison-tested-positive-for-covid-19/1955702

Maldives - Covid-19 inoculation drive to begin in prisons

https://raajje.mv/96311

Philippines - Prisoners in priority list of vaccine recipients—DoH

https://www.bworldonline.com/prisoners-in-priority-list-of-vaccine-recipients-doh/

Philippines - Livelihood programs give former inmates ‘second chance’ at life during pandemic

https://www.rappler.com/moveph/former-inmates-second-chance-livelihood-programs-coronavirus-pandemic

Europe

Belgium - La prison de Namur toujours en quarantaine

https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/detail_la-prison-de-namur-toujours-en-quarantaine?id=10714106

Belgium - La flambée des cas de Covid-19 se poursuit à la prison de Hasselt : 45 nouvelles contaminations

https://www.lalibre.be/regions/flandre/coronavirus-quarante-cinq-nouvelles-contaminations-a-la-prison-de-hasselt-604263c09978e2610af9e32d

England and Wales - 24 prison inmates died with coronavirus in two weeks

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19142737.24-prison-inmates-died-coronavirus-two-weeks/

France - Covid-19 : « Chaque jour, les directeurs de prison redoutent la transformation de leur établissement en cluster »

https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2021/03/08/dominique-simonnot-chaque-jour-les-directeurs-de-prison-redoutent-la-transformation-de-leur-etablissement-en-cluster_6072288_3232.html

France - 14 personnels de la prison de Draguignan positifs à la Covid-19

https://www.varmatin.com/sante/14-personnels-de-la-prison-de-draguignan-positifs-a-la-covid-19-653510

Drop of 8% in Irish prison population since Covid pandemic hit

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/drop-of-8-in-irish-prison-population-since-covid-pandemic-hit-1089157.html

Less than 100 Covid cases among Irish prisoners since pandemic began, new figures reveal

https://www.thesun.ie/news/6669926/irish-prisons-covid-19-prison-officers/

Inmates in Turkish prisons to be allowed to send, receive e-mails

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/inmates-in-turkish-prisons-to-be-allowed-to-send-receive-e-mails-162905

News 5 March

Americas

Canada - Opinion: COVID-19 intensifies already inhumane conditions in prisons

https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-covid-19-intensifies-already-inhumane-conditions-in-prisons

US - The Ever-Growing Challenges of Getting Books Into Prisons

https://bookriot.com/books-in-prisons/

US - Education in Prison: Remote Learning During COVID-19 Has Failed Students

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/education-prison-coronavirus

US (Maine) - State says people in jails and prisons will have to keep waiting for vaccines

https://www.pressherald.com/2021/03/04/state-says-people-in-jails-and-prisons-will-have-to-keep-waiting-for-vaccines/?rel=related

US - Alaska Black Caucus pushes for pandemic-induced prison visitation restrictions to be loosened

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2021/03/05/alaska-black-caucus-pushes-for-pandemic-induced-prison-visitation-restrictions-to-be-loosened/

US - Corrections commissioner calls Vermont prison outbreak a ‘crisis’

https://www.wcax.com/2021/03/04/corrections-commissioner-calls-vermont-prison-outbreak-a-crisis/

US - Nevada prisoners begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada-prisoners-begin-receiving-covid-19-vaccine-2294807/

Asia

Prisoners Put to Work in Thai Factories Desperate for Labor

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-04/prisoners-put-to-work-in-thai-factories-desperate-for-labor

Europe

England and Wales - The impact of lockdown when you're already locked up 

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/su-tio030421.php

England and Wales - Covid-19: HMP Lowdham Grange praised for handling of outbreak

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-56286498

England and Wales - Prison outbreak gives Liverpool area highest Covid rate in England

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/prison-outbreak-gives-liverpool-area-19965980

France - Clusters en prison : "Une des solutions" pour les réduire, "c'est de faire chuter la population carcérale", défend l’Observatoire international des prisons

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/clusters-en-prison-une-des-solutions-pour-les-reduire-c-est-de-faire-chuter-la-population-carcerale-defend-lobservatoire-international-des-prisons_4319971.html

 

News 4 March

Americas

US - Vaccination plus Decarceration — Stopping Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2100609

US - Report: Arizona To Begin Vaccinating Inmates In State Prisons

https://kjzz.org/content/1663760/report-arizona-begin-vaccinating-inmates-state-prisons

US (New Jersey) - Prison was devastated by COVID, but didn’t receive money to combat pandemic. N.J. lawmakers ask why.

https://www.nj.com/news/2021/03/prison-was-devastated-by-covid-but-didnt-receive-money-to-combat-pandemic-nj-lawmakers-ask-why.html

Europe

England and Wales - Calls for mass prisoners’ vaccination rejected despite JCVI recommendation

https://www.thejusticegap.com/calls-for-mass-prisoners-vaccination-rejected-despite-jcvi-recommendation/

Malta Plans To Electronically Tag Prisoners So They Can Serve Their Sentences From Home

https://lovinmalta.com/news/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'

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-56270374

Oceania

Australia (Victoria) - ‘Inhuman’: Mandatory quarantine for prisoners to be extended into next year

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/inhuman-mandatory-quarantine-for-prisoners-to-be-extended-into-next-year-20210304-p577q3.html

 

News 3 March

Africa

Ghana - Officials push for relocation of ‘congested’ Kumasi Central Prison

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Officials-push-for-relocation-of-congested-Kumasi-Central-Prison-1194541

Zimbabwe - Six Prison Guards Die From COVID-19

https://www.zimeye.net/2021/03/02/six-prison-guards-die-from-covid-19/

Zimbabwe - How Safe Are Prisoners When Prison Guards Are Dying From COVID-19?

https://www.zimeye.net/2021/03/02/how-safe-are-prisoners-when-prison-guards-are-dying-from-covid-19/

Americas

St Lucia - BCF Director says COVID outbreak caused by unrest at prison

http://www.loopslu.com/content/bcf-director-says-covid-outbreak-caused-unrest-prison

US - Reps. Kim and Trahan Lead Bipartisan Call for Department of Justice to Limit Spread of COVID-19 in Federal Prisons

https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/reps-kim-trahan-lead-bipartisan-call-department-justice-limit-spread-covid-19-federal-prisons/

US (North Carolina) - Waters muddied on early release after lawmakers told only non-violent offenders included

https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/waters-muddied-on-early-release-after-lawmakers-told-only-non-violent-offenders-included/19553809/

US (California) - In LA County Jails, Coronavirus Chaos Keeps People Locked Up Longer

https://theintercept.com/2021/03/02/covid-jails-los-angeles-court-dates/

US - COVID-19 Is Racing Through Vermont's Largest Prison

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2021/03/02/covid-19-is-racing-through-vermonts-largest-prison

US - Public visits will soon resume at South Dakota prisons

https://eu.argusleader.com/story/news/2021/03/02/south-dakota-prisons-public-visitors-soon-allowed-covid-department-corrections/6887325002/

Asia

Philippines - Elderly inmates included in vaccine priority list

https://www.rappler.com/nation/elderly-inmates-part-covid-19-vaccine-priority-list

Europe

Belgium - Covid-19 : l'armée appelée en appui à la prison de Namur

https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/namur/detail_covid-19-a-la-prison-de-namur-l-armee-en-appui?id=10706719

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at prison - as health chief says it is 'difficult setting' to reduce transmission

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/health/coronavirus-covid19/2021/03/02/prison-a-difficult-setting-for-covid/

England and Wales - Hundreds of prisoners and staff revealed to have had coronavirus

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-prison-coronavirus-outbreaks-confirmed-7797578

France - Un nouveau cluster à Fleury-Mérogis souligne la situation sanitaire alarmante des prisons

https://www.liberation.fr/societe/police-justice/un-nouveau-cluster-a-fleury-merogis-souligne-la-situation-sanitaire-alarmante-des-prisons-20210302_PU74ASAQSZC3RO4TJQUD3FH7JM/

 

News 2 March

Africa

South Africa - Prisoners give management an ultimatum

https://www.groundup.org.za/article/st-albans-prisoners-end-hunger-strike/

Zimbabwe - Vaccination goes to prisons

https://www.herald.co.zw/vaccination-goes-to-prisons/

Americas

US - California prison agency failed to notify employees exposed to COVID-19, regulator says

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article249550873.html

US - Alabama prisons rank eighth-deadliest due to COVID, yet no inmate vaccinations

https://www.alreporter.com/2021/03/01/alabama-prisons-rank-eighth-deadliest-due-to-covid-yet-no-inmate-vaccinations/

Asia

Cambodia - Prisons have COVID-19 under control

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50819550/prisons-have-covid-19-under-control/

India - SC refuses to extend bail of prisoners freed due to Covid

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sc-refuses-to-extend-bail-of-prisoners-freed-due-to-covid/articleshow/81283407.cms

Philippines - Group wants prisoners included in gov’t Covid-19 mass vaccination plan

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1402000/group-wants-prisoners-included-in-govt-covid-19-mass-vaccination-plan

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoners’ COVID deaths ‘failings’: PPO report

https://insidetime.org/prisoners-covid-deaths-failings-ppo-report/

England and Wales - Two inmates dead and four in hospital after coronavirus outbreak at prison

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-prison-deaths-hmp-risley-b1810189.html

England and Wales - Walton inmate 'hasn't showered in days' as jail remains in lockdown after covid outbreak

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/walton-inmate-hasnt-showered-days-19939481

Italy - COVID: Jail guard cases up 26 to 557

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2021/03/01/covid-jail-guard-cases-up-26-to-557_1b7c8ddc-001c-48dd-aaca-1d8a09ecb216.html

 

News 27 February – 1 March

Africa

South Africa - Concern over prison Covid-19 stats

https://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/news/concern-over-prison-covid-19-stats-434df8a4-38b9-49a7-9876-ee116347466c

Americas

Canada - B.C. prisoners asked for masks for months, didn't receive PPE until they tested positive for COVID-19, mom says

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-prisoners-asked-for-masks-for-months-didn-t-receive-ppe-until-they-tested-positive-for-covid-19-mom-says-1.5326417

US - How Prisoners Feel About Getting Vaccinated

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/03/prison-vaccines-survey.html

US - Most states aren't prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines

https://www.axios.com/most-states-arent-prioritizing-prisons-for-covid-vaccines-5c16cddb-7557-43d4-9750-994c896a6d2d.html

US - Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/27/health/coronavirus-prisons-danbury.html

US - Michigan prison system's coronavirus variant cases more than triple

https://eu.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/02/27/uk-covid-variant-michigan-prison/6833376002/

US (Michigan) - State fines prison $6,300 for failing COVID-19 safety rules

https://www.wxyz.com/news/state-fines-prison-6-300-for-failing-covid-19-safety-rules

Asia

Cambodia - Prison project on hold due to Covid

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prison-project-hold-due-covid

India - How Covid pandemic hit the justice system

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/how-covid-pandemic-hit-the-justice-system-101614554343346.html

Sri Lanka - Health authorities raise concerns of COVID cluster in Jaffna prison

http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/Health-authorities-raise-concerns-of-COVID-cluster-in-Jaffna-prison/238-206757

Europe

Covid-19: Belgium prisoners quarantined after virus outbreak

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56222996

England and Wales - Prison outbreak 'difficult' to contain as Covid spreads through inmates in Birmingham

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/prison-outbreak-difficult-contain-covid-19926089

England and Wales - Huge Covid outbreak in prison as more than 120 inmates test positive

https://metro.co.uk/2021/02/26/huge-covid-outbreak-in-prison-as-more-than-120-inmates-test-positive-14151919/

England and Wales - Lockdown at Walton jail after staff and prisoners test positive for covid

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/lockdown-walton-jail-after-staff-19921280

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at Leeds jail HMP Wealstun means prisoners kept in 'ridiculous' conditions

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/health/coronavirus/covid-outbreak-at-leeds-jail-hmp-wealstun-means-prisoners-kept-in-ridiculous-conditions-3148831

France - Prison. La surpopulation carcérale augmente encore avec 63 802 personnes détenues au 1er février

https://toulon.maville.com/actu/actudet_-prison.-la-surpopulation-carcerale-augmente-encore-avec-63-802-personnes-detenues-au-1er-fevrier-_54135-4519854_actu.Htm

In a Greek Detention Center, an Official Uses TV to Teach Prisoners

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/in-a-greek-detention-center-an-official-uses-tv-to-teach-prisoners/5784032.html

Irish prisons face 'unprecedented' Covid-19 challenged after virus detected in Dublin and Laois jails

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/news/613164/irish-prisons-face-unprecedented-covid-19-challenged-after-virus-detected-in-dublin-and-laois-jails.html

News 26 February

Americas

Canada - U of S researchers to look at effects of COVID-19 on Sask. jail inmate population

https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/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

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article249516810.html

US - Why is COVID Spreading in Connecticut Prisons?

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/02/25/why-is-covid-spreading-in-connecticut-prisons/

Venezuela cell block overcrowding hits triple capacity, rights group warns

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/venezuela-cell-block-overcrowding-hits-triple-capacity--rights-group-warns/46401584

Asia

Bangladesh - Plan to vaccinate 15k convicts in jail in first phase

https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/news/plan-vaccinate-15k-convicts-jail-first-phase-2051185

Europe

England and Wales - Call for prison officers to get vaccine as two local prisons suspend taking new inmates

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/call-prison-officers-vaccine-two-19916785

England and Wales - 'Significant' Covid outbreak at HMP Birmingham after 'large number' of cases reported

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/significant-covid-outbreak-hmp-birmingham-19913251

England and Wales - Covid: Rutland's infection spike 'due to HMP Stocken testing'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-56190666

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at Dorset prison affects more than 120 inmates

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-56199201

Ireland - 10% Of Inmates At Arbour Hill Prison Have Tested Positive For Covid 19.

https://kfmradio.com/news/26022021-1101/10-inmates-arbour-hill-prison-have-tested-positive-covid-19

Scotland - Special team sent in as jail staff fear ‘powder-keg’ Addiewell Prison is ‘about to blow’

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/crime/jail-staff-fear-powder-keg-addiewell-prison-is-about-to-blow-3147254

Spain - Soaring scabies and Covid cases set off alarms in Catalan prisons

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/25/soaring-scabies-and-covid-cases-set-off-alarms-in-catalan-prisons/

 

News 25 February

Africa

Uganda - Seven inmates at Busesa prison test positive for Covid-19

https://www.independent.co.ug/seven-inmates-at-busesa-prison-test-positive-for-covid-19/

Americas

Inmate COVID-19 cases at Sask. Pen account for nearly 30% of all cases in Canada's prisons during 2nd wave

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/inmate-covid-19-cases-at-sask-pen-account-for-nearly-30-of-all-cases-in-canada-s-prisons-during-2nd-wave-1.5322439

Guyana - Inmates lodged 437 complaints of mistreatment in prison over the last 6 months

https://newsroom.gy/2021/02/24/inmates-lodged-437-complaints-of-mistreatment-in-prison-over-the-last-6-months/

Jamaica - Female prisoner dies from COVID-19

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/female-prisoner-dies-from-covid-19_215674?profile=1373

US (California) - Lessons From a Prison Where COVID-19 ‘Spread Like Wildfire'

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-02-24/lessons-from-a-prison-where-covid-spread-like-wildfire

US (Oklahoma) - Tablets, video calls coming with costs for inmates, families

https://journalrecord.com/2021/02/24/tablets-video-calls-coming-with-costs-for-inmates-families/

US (Kentucky) - Families Push for In-Person Prison Visits To Be Restored

https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-east/news/2021/02/24/prison-visitation

Asia

Cambodia - Prisons bar visits as courts adjourn trials amid Covid

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prisons-bar-visits-courts-adjourn-trials-amid-covid

Europe

England and Wales - Covid and prisons: ‘A tragic lost opportunity’

https://www.politics.co.uk/comment/2021/02/24/covid-and-prisons-a-tragic-lost-opportunity/

England and Wales - More than 100 prisoners have died of COVID-19

https://www.thejusticegap.com/prisoners-with-covid-symptoms-must-be-isolated-says-watchdog/

England and Wales - Vaccinate prisoners en masse, not police or teachers, JCVI tells ministers

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vaccinate-prisoners-en-masse-not-police-or-teachers-jcvi-tells-ministers-mwfj29kql

England and Wales - Mass testing stepped up after huge coronavirus outbreak at Doncaster jail

 https://www.thestar.co.uk/health/coronavirus/mass-testing-stepped-up-after-huge-coronavirus-outbreak-at-doncaster-jail-3145329

 

News 24 February

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 hit federal prisons twice as hard in 2nd wave of pandemic, report says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/csc-prisoners-covid19-second-wave-1.5923707

US - Virtual Art Classes, Outdoor Vocational Programs: How Jails and Prisons Are Evolving Amid the Pandemic

https://www.the74million.org/article/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

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-23/la-me-california-prison-system-vaccination

US - Iowa DOC Reports 19th Prison Inmate Death From COVID-19

https://whoradio.iheart.com/content/2021-02-24-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

https://ctmirror.org/2021/02/23/three-weeks-into-covid-19-vaccinations-doc-has-vaccinated-10-of-inmates-40-of-staff/

Asia

Why India must include prisoners in its immunisation drive

https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/why-india-must-include-prisoners-in-its-immunisation-drive-101614151425753-amp.html

Europe

England and Wales - Three Greater Manchester prisons are now dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/three-greater-manchester-prisons-now-19899773

England and Wales - The special measures being deployed to curb huge spike in coronavirus cases at East Yorkshire prison

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/special-measures-being-deployed-curb-5038152

News 23 February

Americas

Authorities in Barbados say prison now COVID-19 free

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/caribbean/20210222/authorities-barbados-say-prison-now-covid-19-free

New studies to track prevalence of coronavirus antibodies in Canada's prison system amid surge in cases

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-studies-to-track-prevalence-of-coronavirus-antibodies-in-canada-s-prison-system-amid-surge-in-cases-1.5320065

Canada - Occupancy at B.C. jails down about 30 per cent compared to pre-pandemic times

https://www.radionl.com/2021/02/22/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

https://dcist.com/story/21/02/22/md-lawsuit-prison-coronavirus-spread-chesapeake-detention-facility/

US (Hawaii) - Prison Oversight Commission Requests Analysis of Inmate Deaths

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/prison-oversight-commission-requests-analysis-inmate-deaths#stream/0

US - Ohio Prisons Start To Welcome Visitors Again

https://radio.wosu.org/post/ohio-prisons-start-welcome-visitors-again#stream/0

US - New Jersey Supreme Court Opens Door for Release of Pre-Trial Detainees

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=89e85f26-5a4f-49d2-9ed1-f7ea240be00a

US (California) - Judge Considers Pandemic Isolation Strategy of Denying Jail Inmates Exercise

https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-considers-pandemic-isolation-strategy-of-denying-jail-inmates-exercise/

Asia

India - What Covid-19 taught us about state of our prisons

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/what-covid-19-taught-us-about-state-of-our-prisons-101614046131817.html

India - Increase number of weekly video conference of prisoners with lawyers: plea in HC

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/increase-number-of-weekly-video-conference-of-prisoners-with-lawyers-plea-in-hc/2034853

Europe

England and Wales - It’s not too late to prevent more COVID deaths say prison campaigners

https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/news/23022021-its-not-too-late-to-prevent-more-covid-deaths-say-prison-campaigners/

Strangeways prison hit by coronavirus outbreak, as UK inmate death toll tops 100

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/strangeways-prison-hit-by-coronavirus-outbreak-as-with-100-covid-deaths-since-pandemic-began-b1806003.html

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at Peterborough prison with ‘up to 100 cases’

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/health/coronavirus/covid-outbreak-at-peterborough-prison-with-up-to-100-cases-3142934

England and Wales - New system at HMP Lowdham Grange after 177 inmates affected by Covid outbreak

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/new-system-hmp-lowdham-grange-5030537

Ireland - Two prisoners and several staff test positive for COVID-19 at Arbour Hill Prison

https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/two-prisoners-several-staff-test-19893262

 

News 20 – 22 February

Africa

Nigeria - NAS tells FG to implement health protection regulations in prisons, military detention cells

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/02/nas-tells-fg-to-implement-health-protection-regulations-in-prisons-military-detention-cells/

Americas

Canada - HMP officials knew about COVID-19 exposure last week, NAPE president says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/travis-pottle-hmp-covid-19-1.5919823

Canada - Former Saskatchewan Penitentiary inmate calls COVID-19 outbreak ‘inevitable’

https://globalnews.ca/news/7650451/saskatchewan-penitentiary-inmate-covid-19-outbreak-coronavirus/

US - Compassionate Release During COVID-19

https://www.theregreview.org/2021/02/22/downey-compassionate-release-during-covid-19/

US - Michigan prisons near ‘herd immunity,’ but coronavirus variant poses new threat

https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2021/02/michigan-prisons-near-herd-immunity-but-coronavirus-variant-poses-new-threat.html

US (Pennsylvania) - COVID lays bare our treatment of inmates

https://eu.goerie.com/story/opinion/2021/02/22/editorial-covid-lays-bare-our-treatment-inmates/6785329002/

US (Missouri) - St. Louis NAACP files complaint on lack of prisoner vaccines

https://apnews.com/article/michael-brown-prisons-st-louis-coronavirus-pandemic-6aefc5e16b5621d9d2a63e44f4c08b0b

Asia

India - Delhi: High Powered Committee recommends no more extension in interim bails

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-high-powered-committee-recommends-no-more-extension-in-interim-bails-7196232/

36 Israeli prisoners test positive for COVID-19

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/36-israeli-prisoners-test-positive-for-covid-19-659729

Nepal - Inmates undergo suffering in crowded jail

https://english.khabarhub.com/2021/21/165078/

Sri Lanka - Prison COVID-19 cluster shrinks to 99 inmates

https://www.nation.lk/online/prison-covid-19-cluster-shrinks-to-99-inmates-58061.html

Europe

Belgium - Confinement strict à la prison de Namur après plus de 50 cas de Covid-19: "C’est du jamais vu"

https://www.dhnet.be/actu/faits/coronavirus-la-prison-de-namur-est-confinee-c-est-du-jamais-vu-602fc7477b50a62acf14f704

England and Wales - Court delays allow violent offenders to avoid prison

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/20/court-delays-allow-violent-offenders-to-avoid-prison

England and Wales - Suspects awaiting trial pleading guilty to escape 22-hour Covid prison lockdowns

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/suspects-awaiting-trial-pleading-guilty-23536529

England and Wales - Five wings of Forest Bank prison in lockdown due to COVID outbreak

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/five-wings-forest-bank-prison-19872884

Ireland - Covid-19 tests for prisoners and officers at Midlands Prison

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/covid-19-tests-for-prisoners-and-officers-at-midlands-prison-1.4491143

Covid Scotland: Outbreaks in Scottish prisons as cases nearly double in a week

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/covid-scotland-outbreaks-scottish-prisons-19878896

 

News 19 February

Americas

Canada - No books, visits, or showers: Pandemic prison conditions in Quebec spark human rights debate 

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/quebec-jails-covid-19-pandemic-human-rights/

Canada - 30 inmates infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Quebec minimum-security prison

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/30-inmates-infected-in-covid-19-outbreak-at-quebec-minimum-security-prison-1.5313975

Canada - Ontario confirms Indigenous jail inmates are a priority for Phase 1 of vaccine rollout

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ts/news/canada/2021/02/18/ontario-confirms-indigenous-jail-inmates-are-a-priority-for-phase-1-of-vaccine-rollout.html

US - More than half of Virginia's prison population gets COVID-19 vaccination

https://www.wtkr.com/news/coronavirus/more-than-half-of-virginias-prison-population-gets-covid-19-vaccination

US (Massachusetts) - Judge rejects latest request to release prisoners due to COVID-19

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/02/18/metro/judge-requests-latest-request-release-prisoners-due-covid-19/

US (Illinois) - Ten People Died After Chicago Refused To Stop Jailing People During COVID-19 Pandemic

https://shadowproof.com/2021/02/18/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

https://therecorddelta.com/article/despite-a-raging-pandemic-and-bail-reform-efforts-thousands-of-west-virginians-remain-jailed-awaiting-their-day-in-court

Asia

Bangladesh - ‘Virtual courts have significantly reduced overcrowding in jails’

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/virtual-courts-have-significantly-reduced-overcrowding-jails-2047437

Philippines - Red Cross supports BJMP’s visiting program

https://manilastandard.net/mobile/article/347386

Europe

Belgium - La prison de Namur placée en confinement strict

https://www.7sur7.be/belgique/la-prison-de-namur-placee-en-confinement-strict-br~a32be820/?referrer=https://www.google.com/

England and Wales - New figures highlight scale of Exeter Prison Covid outbreak

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/new-figures-highlight-scale-exeter-5018032 ​

England and Wales - Covid social distancing sensors given to Dovegate prison staff after outbreak

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/covid-social-distancing-sensors-given-5017258

Scotland - Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at West Lothian jail as prisoners locked down

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/addiwell-coronavirus-outbreak-prison-covid-19870466

Turkey begins vaccinating prisoners following criticism

https://ahvalnews.com/covid-19/turkey-begins-vaccinating-prisoners-following-criticism

 

News 18 February

Americas

Canada - ‘I couldn’t really breathe’: Former inmate on COVID-19 at federal prison

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/02/17/i-couldnt-really-breathe-former-inmate-on-covid-19-at-federal-prison.html

US - ACLU: Ohio Legislature Not Addressing COVID-19 'Human Rights Crisis' in Prisons

https://www.wksu.org/government-politics/2021-02-17/aclu-ohio-legislature-not-addressing-covid-19-human-rights-crisis-in-prisons

US (Pennsylvania) - Fighting COVID-19 called top Pa. prisons priority

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/02/17/Pennsylvania-Department-of-Corrections-state-prisons-COVID-19-inmates/stories/202102170145

US - Delaware DOC Using New Technology to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in State Prisons

https://www.wboc.com/story/43365714/delaware-doc-using-new-technology-to-prevent-spread-of-covid19-in-state-prisons

US (Hawaii) - Proposal Would Make Information on Inmate Deaths Public

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/proposal-would-make-information-inmate-deaths-public#stream/0

Asia

Malaysia - Prison Inmate Caught Covid-19 After Waiting Six Months For Bail: Lawyer

https://codeblue.galencentre.org/2021/02/18/prison-inmate-caught-covid-19-after-waiting-six-months-for-bail-lawyer/

Europe

England and Wales - Mass Covid vaccination plan for all prisoners and staff

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mass-covid-vaccination-plan-for-all-prisoners-and-staff-dnsqvt70z

England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak confirmed at 700-inmate prison, officials confirm

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/covid-19-outbreak-confirmed-700-5013699

England and Wales - Staff at Doncaster prison use new devices to help with social distancing during pandemic

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/staff-doncaster-prison-use-new-devices-help-social-distancing-during-pandemic-3138010

England and Wales - Medi-tech firm helps ease pressure on NHS by keeping prisoners out of hospital

https://www.business-live.co.uk/technology/medi-tech-firm-helps-ease-19857776

Ireland - Three prisoners test positive for Covid-19 at Midlands Prison

https://www.thejournal.ie/covid-prisoners-midlands-prison-5357739-Feb2021/

Northern Ireland - Governor among six staff at young offenders’ centre to test positive for Covid

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/health/coronavirus/governor-among-six-staff-young-offenders-centre-test-positive-covid-3138468

 

News 17 February

Africa

Lesotho: Prisons' Covid-19 Nightmare

https://allafrica.com/stories/202102170472.html

Americas

Canada - Bordeaux and three other Quebec jails hit with COVID-19 wave

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/bordeaux-and-three-other-quebec-jails-hit-with-covid-19-wave

Jamaica - COVID concern in prisons

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/covid-concern-in-prisons-samuda-says-protocols-are-working-despite-36-new-cases-at-women-s-facility_214890?profile=1373

US - A brief guide to who gets to decide which prisoners are released early

https://www.mic.com/p/a-brief-guide-to-who-gets-to-decide-which-prisoners-are-released-early-52672034

US - Illinois' prison population the lowest it's been in 3 decades

https://newschannel20.com/news/local/illinois-prison-population-the-lowest-its-been-in-3-decades

US (North Carolina) - Prison vaccination data leaves unanswered questions

https://carolinapublicpress.org/42493/prison-vaccination-data-leaves-unanswered-questions/

US (Massachusetts) - Lawsuit On COVID Prison Releases Shows Many DOC Workers Refusing Vaccine

https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/02/17/lawsuit-covid-prison-releases-shows-doc-workers-vaccine

Asia

India - Haryana: Prisoners released on parole in wake of COVID-19 to be sent back to jail

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/haryana-prisoners-released-on-parole-in-wake-of-covid19-to-be-sent-back-to-jail/2030977

India - Delhi HC Sends Plea Seeking COVID-19 Vaccine For Jail Staff, Prisoners To Division Bench

http://www.businessworld.in/article/Delhi-HC-sends-plea-seeking-COVID-19-vaccine-for-jail-staff-prisoners-to-division-bench/17-02-2021-378677/

Malaysia - Prisons’ Covid-19 SOPs aren’t working, Putrajaya told

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/02/17/prisons-covid-19-sops-arent-working-putrajaya-told/

Europe

England and Wales - Inmates' families blast 'inhumane conditions' at Exeter Prison

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/inmates-families-blast-inhumane-conditions-5006877

Italy - COVID: Lazio jails to get jab in mid-March

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2021/02/16/covid-lazio-jails-to-get-jab-in-mid-march_706088ac-1838-4a5c-b8f8-41d0636f3e6a.html

Coronavirus Scotland: Over 1,200 cons self-isolating after surge in prison cases

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/6689891/coronavirus-scotland-prisons-outbreak-cons/

 

News 16 February

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 underscores the many failures of imprisonment

https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/covid-19-underscores-the-many-failures-of-imprisonment/

Canada - Bordeaux prison inmates hold hunger strike over confinement measures

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/bordeaux-prison-inmates-hold-hunger-strike-over-confinement-measures-1.5310338

US - Solitary Confinement May Worsen Covid-19 Transmission in Prisons

https://undark.org/2021/02/15/solitary-confinement-covid-19/

US - Falling inmate numbers inspire push for more NYS prison closures

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/43217/20210215/falling-inmate-numbers-inspire-push-for-more-nys-prison-closures

Asia

Malaysia - Hold online appeal hearings for prisoners, says Bar

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/02/16/hold-online-appeal-hearings-in-prison-says-bar/

Europe

England and Wales - Prison officers 'lambs to slaughter' as prison Covid infections quadruple

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/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

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/covid-19-outbreak-confirmed-hmp-moorlands-80-prisoners-and-staff-test-positive-3136145

France - Quand Le Covid-19 Perturbe La Distribution De Vêtements En Prison

https://www.bfmtv.com/police-justice/quand-le-covid-19-perturbe-la-distribution-de-vetements-en-prison_AN-202102160167.html

Northern Ireland - Non-vulnerable jail staff and prisoners 'must also get jabs'

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus/non-vulnerable-jail-staff-and-prisoners-must-also-get-jabs-40096443.html

Exclusive: Scottish inmates not coronavirus tested before prison transfers

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/2903350/coronavirus-inmates/

Coronavirus Scotland: Almost 260 people infected at Kilmarnock jail

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/ayrshire/coronavirus-scotland-more-270-people-23505109

 

News 13-15 February

Africa

South Africa - Prisoners call on watchdog to exercise stronger oversight of their treatment by warders

https://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/analysis/prisoners-call-on-watchdog-to-exercise-stronger-oversight-of-their-treatment-by-warders-a2dd3200-23e4-43f5-ad1e-a9dd222717df

Americas

Canada - Port Coquitlam jail outbreak leads to 26 cases of COVID-19

https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/port-coquitlam-jail-outbreak-leads-to-26-cases-of-covid-19-3425758

US - Arizona’s prison population declines by 11% during pandemic

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizonas-prison-population-declines-by-11-during-pandemic1

US (Illinois) - Despite federal and state guidance to reduce jail populations, few inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes have been released early

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-prisons-early-release-20210215-pgu2r2eskbcvvh6m3srqis2pta-story.html

US (Hawaii) - Relatives of Halawa inmates who died of COVID criticize prison officials

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2021/02/15/relatives-halawa-inmates-who-died-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

https://www.tmj4.com/news/coronavirus/he-shouldnt-have-had-to-die-covid-19-infects-half-of-wisconsin-inmates-five-times-the-overall-state-rate

Asia

India - Prisoners on parole due to Covid-19 to surrender from Feb 17

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/prisoners-on-parole-due-to-covid-19-to-surrender-from-feb-17/articleshow/80914259.cms

India - Haryana High Powered Committee Orders Re-admission Of 2,580 Convicts Released Earlier

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/haryana-high-powered-committee-orders-re-admission-of-2580-convicts-released-earlier-169799

Malaysia - Citing prison overcrowding, group urges reform to rehabilitate minor drug users

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/02/13/citing-prison-overcrowding-group-urges-reform-to-rehabilitate-minor-drug-us/1949398

Pakistan - Prisoners and the pandemic

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2284106/prisoners-the-pandemic

Saudi Arabia - COVID-19: Safety of prisoners, detainees stressed

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1808846/saudi-arabia

Sri Lanka - Vaccination of over 5,000 prison officers to begin tomorrow

https://www.nation.lk/online/vaccination-of-over-5-000-prison-officers-to-begin-tomorrow-55698.html

Europe

England and Wales - One in eight prisoners in England and Wales have had Covid

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/feb/12/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

https://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/news/13022021-locked-up-for-22-hours-a-day-womens-prisons-during-the-pandemic/

England and Wales - Authorities tackle Covid outbreak at HMP Erlestoke

https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/19087807.authorities-tackle-covid-outbreak-hmp-erlestoke/

England and Wales - How Covid spread through Norwich prison

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/how-coronavirus-spread-through-norwich-prison-7321400

England and Wales - Covid-19: HMP Littlehey 'missed opportunities' in first reported inmate virus death

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56027105

Scotland - Covid-19 outbreak confirmed at Dumfries prison

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/covid-19-outbreak-confirmed-dumfries-23489501

Scotland - Covid outbreak in Addiewell prison leads to spike in cases

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/health/coronavirus/covid-outbreak-addiewell-prison-leads-spike-cases-3134608

Oceania

Australia (Victoria) - Crime decline raises question mark over state’s prison plans

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/crime-decline-raises-question-mark-over-state-s-prison-plans-20210212-p571x6.html

 

News 12 February

Africa

Benin - Covid-19 Et Interdiction D’accès Aux Prisons: Le Sort Des Détenus Mineurs Inquiète Les Osc

https://matinlibre.com/2021/02/12/covid-19-et-interdiction-dacces-aux-prisons-le-sort-des-detenus-mineurs-inquiete-les-osc/

Zambia - Prisons record 100 Covid positive cases among inmates, officers

https://www.themastonline.com/2021/02/12/prisons-record-100-covid-positive-cases-among-inmates-officers/

Americas

Canada - Broken telephone: How Ontario’s prison-phone system leaves inmates disconnected

https://www.tvo.org/article/broken-telephone-how-ontarios-prison-phone-system-leaves-inmates-disconnected

Canada - Manitoba Justice stops planned vaccinations for Brandon Correctional Centre inmates

https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/manitoba-justice-stops-planned-vaccinations-for-brandon-correctional-centre-inmates

Canada - COVID-19 dans les prisons : une situation très préoccupante

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/l-heure-de-pointe-toronto/segments/entrevue/342944/covid-prison-prisonniers-ontario-vaccin-sefpo-sante-publique-prevention

US - Study: Jail Populations Dropped During Pandemic Without Rise In Violent Crime

https://moguldom.com/336314/study-jail-populations-dropped-during-pandemic-without-rise-in-violent-crime/

US - Parolees Fill New York Prisons to Pre-COVID Numbers

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/02/11/parolees-fill-new-york-prisons-to-pre-covid-numbers/

US - Mental health crisis feared in Colorado jails and prisons due to COVID-19 lockdowns

https://www.burlington-record.com/2021/02/11/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

https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/blame-for-coronavirus-spread-in-prisons-belongs-to-guards-who-dont-wear-masks-chandra-bozelko/

US (North Carolina) - Prisons contribute to racial imbalance in COVID-19 impact in NC

https://carolinapublicpress.org/42342/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

https://solitarywatch.org/2021/02/11/at-san-quentin-the-response-to-covid-19-brings-additional-isolation-and-suffering-to-people-with-mental-illness/

US (Maryland) - Excess Covid Cases Just Latest Of Major Systemic Problems In Md. Prisons

https://marylandreporter.com/2021/02/11/excess-covid-cases-just-latest-of-major-systemic-problems-in-md-prisons/

Asia

ICRC supports Cambodia’s prison reform

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50813354/icrc-supports-cambodias-prison-reform/

India - SC refuses to entertain plea raising issue of overcrowding in jails

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/sc-refuses-to-entertain-plea-raising-issue-of-overcrowding-in-jails/2028040

Japan - Yokohama prison inmate's letter exposes flaws that led to large coronavirus cluster

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210212/p2a/00m/0na/044000c

Myanmar remits sentences of over 23,000 prisoners amid protests

https://www.sify.com/news/myanmar-remits-sentences-of-over-23000-prisoners-amid-protests-news-international-vcmjOidaebdac.html

Europe

England and Wales - Covid: HMP Bullingdon inmate dies following virus outbreak

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-56027169

England and Wales - Life in HMP Huntercombe for prisoners in lockdown

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19084452.life-hmp-huntercombe-prisoners-lockdown/

England and Wales - Pentonville Prison virus rules ‘are damaging inmates’

http://islingtontribune.com/article/pentonville-prison-virus-rules-are-damaging-inmates

Ireland - Cluster Of Covid-19 Cases Confirmed At Midlands Prison

https://www.midlands103.com/news/midlands-news/cluster-of-covid-19-cases-confirmed-at-midlands-prison/

 

News 11 February

Africa

Botswana: Covid-19 Cases At Molepolole Prison Impact On Trial

https://allafrica.com/stories/202102110199.html

Zimbabwe - ZPCS seeks decongesting prisons

https://www.herald.co.zw/zpcs-seeks-decongesting-prisons/

Americas

Barbados - Only two positive cases at the prison

https://www.nationnews.com/2021/02/10/two-positive-cases-prison/

Canada - Correctional authorities falling short on transparency in reporting COVID-19 data

https://www.hilltimes.com/2021/02/10/correctional-authorities-falling-short-on-transparency-in-reporting-covid-19-data/282952

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak at youth correctional facility highlights challenges for kids

https://globalnews.ca/news/7632981/drumming-hill-youth-correctional-centre-coronavirus-outbreak/

Canada - Lockdowns over at 2 federal prisons in Fraser Valley

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/lockdowns-over-at-2-federal-prisons-in-fraser-valley-1.5303648

Canada - Thunder Bay health unit takes 'aggressive' action to control inmate discharges. But some ask why not sooner?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/tbay-inmate-class-order-1.5909487

US (Connecticut) - State to close three prisons as advocates call for reinvestment in marginalized communities

https://ctmirror.org/2021/02/10/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

https://theappeal.org/new-york-city-jails-highest-number-technical-parole-violations-pandemic/

US -- Highly contagious COVID-19 strain found at Michigan prison

https://eu.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/02/10/b-1-1-7-coronavirus-variant-found-at-ionia-prison/6702113002/

US - More deaths hit NY State prisons, sparking a push for a vaccination distribution plan

https://cnycentral.com/news/local/more-deaths-hit-ny-state-prisons-sparking-a-push-for-a-vaccination-distribution-plan

Asia

India - Visitation for lawyers and family members to resume in Maharashtra prisons

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/visitation-for-lawyers-and-family-members-to-resume-in-maharashtra-prisons-101612982467666.html

India - PIL in Delhi High Court seeks vaccination of all prisoners out on bail for COVID-19

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2021/feb/11/pil-in-delhi-high-court-seeks-vaccination-of-all-prisoners-out-on-bail-for-covid-19-2262660.html

India - COVID-19: Plea in HC to extend emergency parole of aged and ailing prisoners

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/delhi/covid-19-plea-in-hc-to-extend-emergency-parole-of-aged-and-ailing-prisoners-210529

Europe

England and Wales - What happens to prisoners in a pandemic?

https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/02/What-happens-to-prisoners-in-a-pandemic.pdf

England and Wales - Number of prisoners in England and Wales on suicide watch rises steeply

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/feb/10/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

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/feb/10/i-dread-the-phone-call-families-fears-for-loved-ones-in-prison

England and Wales - Covid: 100 Winchester Prison inmates and staff test positive

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-56009248

England and Wales - Prison officer dies amid huge coronavirus outbreak at Doncaster jail

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/prison-officer-dies-amid-huge-coronavirus-outbreak-doncaster-jail-3131332

England and Wales - Staff test positive for Coronavirus at Bullingdon Prison

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19080585.staff-test-positive-coronavirus-bullingdon-prison/

Irish Prison Service insists it is effectively dealing with potential crowding issues

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/irish-prison-service-insists-effectively-23482085

 

News 10 February

Americas

A Covid Uprising in America’s Jails

https://newrepublic.com/article/161315/covid-incarceration-st-louis-prison-protest

US - 'No quick fix' for Kentucky's prisons and jails hit hard by the coronavirus

https://eu.courier-journal.com/story/news/2021/02/09/kentucky-prisons-and-jails-hit-hard-by-covid-19/4311696001/

US - North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn't Die of COVID

https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3vk9e/north-carolina-claims-prisoners-who-died-of-covid-didnt-die-of-covid

US - Half of California prison employees are reluctant to get COVID vaccine, officials say

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article249123895.html

US (California) - Los Angeles voters support releasing people as jail population rises amid COVID surge

https://theappeal.org/the-lab/polling-memos/la-voters-support-release-jails-covid-surge/

US (Colorado) - Advocates Call For Reform As ‘People Are Needlessly Dying In Prison’ During The Pandemic

https://www.cpr.org/2021/02/09/colorado-dept-of-corrections-special-needs-parole-reforms/

US (Arizona) - Bill Would Allow Prison Releases During Public Health Emergencies

https://kjzz.org/content/1657784/bill-would-allow-prison-releases-during-public-health-emergencies

US - Oregon prisons get 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/02/09/oregon-inmates-prisons-covid-19-vaccines/

US - Alabama moving ahead with first execution in COVID-19 pandemic

https://eu.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/crime/2021/02/09/alabama-willie-smith-execution-covid-19-pandemic/4433121001/

Asia

Malaysia - Bintulu MP: 700 under quarantine after prison warden contracts Covid-19

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/02/09/bintulu-mp-700-under-quarantine-after-prison-warden-contracts-covid-19/1948460

Malaysia - CNY: Face-to-face meetings with prison inmates not allowed, according to Prisons Dept

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/02/10/cny-face-to-face-meetings-with-prison-inmates-not-allowed-according-to-pris/1948750

Europe

England and Wales - Virus outbreak at prison as 'staff and inmates' test positive

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/virus-outbreak-prison-staff-inmates-19802710

England and Wales - Winchester Prison is cause of coronavirus hotspot

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19076914.winchester-prison-cause-coronavirus-hotspot/

England and Wales - Bedford Prison inmates self-harmed hundreds of times in a year

https://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/people/bedford-prison-inmates-self-harmed-hundreds-times-year-3129315

Scotland - Kilmarnock prison wing locked down after major Covid outbreak sees 38 people test positive for deadly virus

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/ayrshire/kilmarnock-prison-wing-locked-down-23474633

 

News 9 February

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak declared at Sarnia Jail after 2 inmates test positive

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/covid-19-outbreak-declared-sarnia-224010129.html

'A death sentence': US prisons could receive Covid vaccines last despite being hotspots

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/09/us-jails-prisons-covid-vaccines

US (Pennsylvania) - PA lawmakers urge Gov. Wolf to reprieve at-risk inmates as COVID-19 prison deaths spike

https://wjactv.com/news/local/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

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/public-safety/iowa-parole-board-releases-fewer-offenders-in-fiscal-2020-despite-covid-19-20210208

US (California) - “They Want to Do Me In”: The Prisoner Who Fought COVID Overcrowding

https://filtermag.org/prisoner-covid-overcrowding-california/

Asia

Afghanistan: Refurbished prison clinic smoothens patient flow

https://reliefweb.int/report/afghanistan/afghanistan-refurbished-prison-clinic-smoothens-patient-flow

Europe

England and Wales - Covid: HMP Stocken outbreak 'behind Rutland's surge'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-55988076

Styal Prison sees most self-harm among inmates in England and Wales

https://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/19073814.styal-prison-sees-self-harm-among-inmates-england-wales/

England and Wales - Aylesbury Prison inmates self-harmed more than 100 times in a year

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/business/aylesbury-prison-inmates-self-harmed-more-100-times-year-3128727

             

News 6 – 8 February

Africa

Ghana - Prisons Service calls for increment in prisoners’ feeding allowance

https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/prisons-service-calls-for-increment-in-prisoners-feeding-allowance.html

Southern Africa - ‘Free lockdown violators, decongest prisons’

https://southerntimesafrica.com/site/news/free-lockdown-violators-decongest-prisons

Americas

Canada - Inmates in lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge at Bordeaux Jail in Montreal

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/inmates-in-lockdown-as-covid-19-cases-surge-at-bordeaux-jail-in-montreal

Canada - Maximum-security prison in Fraser Valley on partial lockdown

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/324301/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

https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2021/02/federal-prison-early-release-pandemic-trump/

US - Letting People Out o