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

01 Dec 2020

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

International resources

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

The ICPA has a resource page here 

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

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

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

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

Europris have a dedicated COVID-19 page here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy statements and guidance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


News 16 – 18 January


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


Barbados - Prison 'stable', civilian staff working remotely

Barbados - Virtual Visits To Remain Suspended At Prison

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

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

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

US - Alabama prisoners stage hunger strike, allege retaliation

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

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

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


The Wretched Condition Of Pakistan’s Prisons Continues To Aggravate

UAE prison inmates get the Covid-19 vaccine for free


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

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

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

England and Wales - HMP Bullingdon staff test positive for coronavirus

England and Wales - Red alert over virus outbreak at jail

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


News 15 January

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


Zimbabwe - Zim prisons a death trap: EU


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

US - Pandemic Is Changing Compassionate Release Calculus

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

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

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


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

7 more Palestinians catch COVID-19 in Israeli prisons

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

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


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

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

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

News 14 January


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


News 13 January


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreak in Portlaoise Prison

News 12 January


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Prisoners in Kansas among those to get vaccine next


Pakistan - Prisons get PPEs, hygiene kits

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


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

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

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


9 - 11 January


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

Zimbabwe - COVID-19 fears in prisons


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

500 prisoners suffering from Covid-19 across Pakistan

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


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

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

Ireland - Prison service confirms 40 inmates have Covid-19

Northern Ireland Prison Service confirms first female Covid-19 case

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


News 8 January


Kenya - Malindi Maximum Prison Receives Virtual Equipment

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

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


Canada - COVID Outbreak At Thunder Bay Jail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Alabama Prisoners Strike Against Exploitation and Health Threats


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

Scotland - Covid-19 cluster identified at HM Prison Inverness

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


News 7 January


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

South Korea - Infected inmates demand compensation from state


Georgia - Ksani No.15 prison inmate dies of coronavirus

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

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

Netherlands - 84 inmates from Limburg prison isolated after coronavirus outbreak

Gross human rights violations continue in Turkish prisons, says report


News 6 January


Egypt denies allegations of covid outbreak in prisons


Barbados - Prison ‘under control’, says Abrahams

Barbados - Virtual visits to HMP Dodds suspended

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


5 January


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

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

US - Colorado prison population fell in 2020, increase expected

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


News 19 December – 4 January


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


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

Barbados Confirms 161 Cases Of COVID-19 At Dodds Prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reversing course, feds say some US inmates get virus vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Israel shuts down Ramon prison due to COVID infections

Outcry after Israeli Minister Withholds COVID Vaccine from Palestinian Prisoners

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

Myanmar – 55 more inmates get COVID-19 in Bago

Pakistan - Virus spreading rapidly in Sindh’s overcrowded jails

South Korea tries to contain coronavirus outbreak in prison


Virus besets Belarus prisons filled with president's critics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greece - New prison decongestion bill to introduce community service

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

Ireland - Prisoners turn down temporary release over virus fears

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

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

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

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

Spanish Prisons Have Lowest Inmate Population in 10 Years

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


News 18 December


Mozambique: Nyusi Announces Pardon for Prisoners


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Michigan prisoner deaths from COVID-19 surpass 100

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


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

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

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


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


News 17 December


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


News 16 December


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

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

US - COVID-19 Underscores Prison Labor Exploitation Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


News 15 December


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

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

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

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

US - Federal prison workers to start getting vaccinated Wednesday

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

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

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


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

News 12 – 14 December


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Sri Lanka - Coronavirus prison cluster exceeds 3000


England and Wales - COVID-19 outbreak at Lincoln prison

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

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

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


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

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

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

News 11 December

Worldwide COVID-19 Decarceration: A Lost Opportunity

Experts call to include prisons in COVID-19 vaccine plans


COVID-19 aggravating Brazil’s Jails Crisis

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

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

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

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

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


Pakistan - Rights bodies concerned at prisons overcrowding during second wave

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


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

Italy - COVID: Infected jail inmates pass 1,000

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


News 10 December


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

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

US - Justice Dept. Sues Alabama Over Prison Conditions

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

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

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

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

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


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

Cambodia: Urgently Protect Prisoners from COVID-19

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

Pakistan - Over 100 prisoners relocated after Covid detection in jail


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

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


News 9 December


Belize Central Prison down to zero Covid-19 cases

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

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

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

US - Rising Jail Admissions Called New COVID-19 Threat

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


News 8 December


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

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

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

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

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


Malaysia - Senators support prison reform motion

Sri Lanka - Early release for drug addicted inmates

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

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


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

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

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

News 5-7 December


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

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

Trinidad & Tobago - Visits to resume at prisons

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

US - Covid-19 is raging through overcrowded California prisons

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

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

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

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

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


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

India - Karnataka: Prisoners can meet family via video call

Malaysia - Senate panel calls for reforms to ease prison congestion

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

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

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


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

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

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at Norwich Prison

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

Isle of Man - Cell phones for prison inmates

News 4 December


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

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

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

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

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


India - E-mulakat facility for prisoners

Pakistan - Sindh’s prisons beat the virus odds

Saudi Arabia - Justice Ministry expands remote prosecution services

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


News 3 December


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


Canada - Saskatoon jail outbreak sparks discussion about alternatives to incarceration

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

US - Officials Spar Over Covid Spread Through Prison System

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

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

US - Florida Inmate COVID-19 Deaths Up To 189


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

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


News 2 December


Malawi Prisons Registers No Covid-19

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


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

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

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

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

US - Delaware reports new COVID cases in prisons

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Switzerland - Deux prisons entières en isolement


News 1 December


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


Bahamas - Prison commissioner defends health and dietary protocol for inmates

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

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

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

US - Prison population in Illinois battling COVID-19 outbreaks

US - Two Ohio Prison Officers Die From COVID-19

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

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


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

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


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

Italy - COVID: Almost 1,000 prison inmates infected