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 2020 can be found here 

 

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 of Prison to Avoid COVID Isn’t That Controversial

https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2021/02/early-prison-jail-release-covid-survey/

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/02/06/inmate-on-home-confinement-spoke-out-on-bureau-of-prisons-policy-and-ended-up-back-in-prison/?sh=7300372155ba

US - New York to Begin Vaccinating Older Prison Inmates

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/central-ny/ny-state-of-politics/2021/02/05/new-york-to-begin-vaccinating-inmates

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

https://www.complex.com/life/st-louis-justice-center-uprising-riots-covid-19

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

https://www.missourinet.com/2021/02/08/missouri-prison-system-experiences-significant-drop-in-covid-19-cases/

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

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_59f54790-6653-11eb-9918-c3e9924023e3.html

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

https://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article249035135.html

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

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article249017880.html

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

https://bigislandnow.com/2021/02/06/five-covid-19-related-deaths-reported-in-oahu-prison/

Asia

China - Shandong Prison Officials Jailed Over COVID-19 Cluster

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1006829/shandong-prison-officials-jailed-over-covid-19-cluster

Overcrowding & Staff vacancies plague Indian Prisons

https://factly.in/overcrowding-staff-vacancies-plague-indian-prisons/

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

https://www.theborneopost.com/2021/02/06/suhakam-sarawak-fears-jailing-repeat-sop-offenders-will-compound-spread-of-covid-19-virus/

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

https://raajje.mv/95025

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

http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=71347

Europe

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

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19068771.prison-lockdowns-mental-distress-pandemic-believed-led-shocking-self-harm-rates-hmp-berwyn-inmates/

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

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/cardiff-prison-coronavirus-bristol-variant-19770051

England and Wales - Coronavirus cases reported at HMP Guys Marsh

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/19070828.coronavirus-cases-reported-hmp-guys-marsh/

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

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/crime/grim-scale-inmates-self-harming-preston-prison-3125934

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

https://www.bfmtv.com/police-justice/covid-19-la-campagne-de-vaccination-a-debute-dans-les-prisons_AN-202102050249.html

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

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/grand-est/bas-rhin/strasbourg-0/strasbourg-nouveau-foyer-de-contamination-au-coronavirus-a-la-prison-de-l-elsau-l-isolation-generale-decretee-1942987.html

 

News 5 February

Africa

Egypt: 3 detainees die from coronavirus in 24 hours

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210204-egypt-3-detainees-die-from-coronavirus-in-24-hours/

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

https://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/news/violence-and-covid-19-take-toll-on-sas-prisoners-d3ccc664-2715-4e82-903d-f9cc8a8b9bda

Americas

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

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2021/02/04/steps-being-taken-at-the-belize-central-prison-to-mitigate-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

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

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2021/02/04/catholic-church-brazil-mothers-prison-newborns-239839

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

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/02/04/ministry-of-labour-issues-9-unsafe-work-orders-at-two-ontario-jails-after-covid-outbreak/

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

https://stluciatimes.com/director-of-corrections-confirms-inmates-covid-19-related-death/

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

https://theappeal.org/the-lab/polling-memos/voters-support-prison-jail-releases-pandemic/

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

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/04/us/california-san-quentin-prison-covid-19-report/index.html

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

https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2021/02/new-yorks-prisons-are-a-time-bomb-of-fear-isolation-and-despair-commentary.html

Asia

Malaysia - Solving the Prison Dilemma of COVID-19

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/reforming-malaysian-prisons-to-combat-covid19-by-nurul-izzah-anwar-2021-02

News 4 February

Africa

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

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/ssouth-west/440373-ibadan-prison-rejects-suspects-without-covid-19-test-result.html

Americas

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

https://broadview.org/covid-19-former-prisoners-support/

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

https://amicohoops.net/prisons-are-making-improvements-to-health-and-safety-in-la-victoria/

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

http://www.loopslu.com/content/internal-review-come-wake-unrest-bordelais

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

https://theappeal.org/covid-19-jail-populations-surging/

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

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/central-ny/ny-state-of-politics/2021/02/03/covid-continues-to-strain-prison-staff--inmates

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

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2021/02/03/lower-rate-prison-release-iowa-inmates-parole-granted-2020-covid/4295575001/

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

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2021/02/prisoners-in-massachusetts-wont-get-reduced-sentences-for-getting-covid-vaccine-after-baker-administration-rescinds-offer-made-by-doc.html

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

https://gazette.com/news/effort-to-speed-vaccinations-of-colorado-inmates-could-get-lift-from-oregon-ruling-aclu-says/article_a071b1e6-667f-11eb-9ed7-3f9c20fe61bd.html

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

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/03/texas-prisons-coronavirus-vaccine/   

Asia

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

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/covid-19-measures-implemented-prisons-un-special-rapporteurs-told

India - Mixed response to e-mulakat in prisons

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/mixed-response-to-e-mulakat-in-prisons/article33743832.ece

Nepal - DoPM urged to improve prison conditions

https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/dopm-urged-to-improve-prison-conditions

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

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/record-high-number-of-prison-inmates-in-community-corrections-in-2020

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

http://www.koreabiomed.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=10366

Europe

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak at Lewes Prison

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-outbreak-lewes-prison-3122459

England and Wales - Outbreak of coronavirus cases at HMP Wayland

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-outbreak-at-hmp-wayland-prison-7304624

 

News 3 February

Africa

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

https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/231646/Courts-will-preside-over-only-urgent-cases-due-to-COVID-19-JUSAG

Lesotho - Fear grips prison

https://menafn.com/1101535552/Lesotho-Fear-grips-prison

Americas

Barbados - Abrahams: Prisoners who completed sentences released

https://www.nationnews.com/2021/02/02/abrahams-prisoners-completed-sentences-released/

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

https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/february-2021/covids-uneven-spread-in-the-federal-penitentiary-system-has-one-solution/

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

https://www.loopslu.com/content/early-release-prisoners-called-amid-bcf-covid-19-outbreak

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

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/02/03/oregon-prisons-judge-orders-inmate-covid-19-vaccinations/

US - Massachusetts Incarceration Numbers Rise, After Steep Drop

https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/02/02/massachusetts-jail-prison-population-pandemic-decline-rebound

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

https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-prison-pandemic-coronavirus-parole-doc-20210203.html

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

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/2021-legislature/one-third-of-corrections-staff-vaccinated-for-covid-19-2271899/

Europe

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

https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_la-pression-monte-dans-les-prisons-apres-quasi-un-an-de-restrictions-covid?id=10688232

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

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/national/19058377.justice-secretary-dismisses-concerns-covid-19-rates-prisons-myth/

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

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19059606.living-conditions-hmp-ford-not-humane-says-watchdog/

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

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/prison-around-950-inmates-confirms-4957600

Oceania

Australia - NSW youth detainees reach historic low

https://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/story/7112032/nsw-youth-detainees-reach-historic-low/

 

News 2 February

Africa

Zambia - East Prisons Record 6 Covid-19 Cases

https://zambiareports.com/2021/02/01/east-prisons-record-6-covid-19-cases/

Americas

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

https://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/covid-cluster-hmp-dodds-under-control-only-seven-active-cases

Jamaica - Prisoner says hellish conditions worsened since COVID

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20210201/prisoner-says-hellish-conditions-worsened-covid

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

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-01/california-prisons-ignored-warnings-covid-outbreaks

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

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/02/02/utah-state-prison-allows/

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

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2021/02/01/covid-deaths-iowa-17th-prison-inmate-dies-robert-frank-taylor/4348597001/

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

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/02/01/pennsylvania-corrections-prisons-significant-flaws-coronavirus-data-health-prisoners-tests/stories/202102010067

Asia

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

https://avas.mv/en/95008

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210202001048

Europe

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

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/152305/prison-staff-want-to-strike-over-eased-rules-for-visitors/

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Covid outbreak in Lewes Prison

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19055692.coronavirus-covid-outbreak-lewes-prison/

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

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/news/lower-levels-of-violence-but-drugs-remain-a-concern-at-deerbolt-yoi

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

https://www.courrier-picard.fr/id161392/article/2021-02-01/prison-plus-de-600-detenus-contraints-de-dormir-sur-un-matelas-par-terre-cause

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

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1664676.html

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

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/70-spanish-prisons-inmates-test-105846721.html

 

News 30 January – 1 February

Americas

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

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/01/30/vancouver-island-prison-visits-covid-19-restrictions/

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

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/dobson-and-co-ontario-is-exposing-prisoners-to-torturous-conditions

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

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/01/31/covid-19-outbreak-fraser-regional-correctional-centre/

Trinidad & Tobago - Why no action on prison population?

 https://newsday.co.tt/2021/02/01/why-no-action-on-prison-population/

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

https://www.vox.com/22256219/covid-19-new-variants-prisons-jails-vaccines-masks

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

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/01/its-just-a-matter-of-time-inmates-detail-horrid-conditions-amid-covid-spike-in-oregon-prisons.html

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

https://www.kentucky.com/news/coronavirus/article248757880.html

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

https://timesofsandiego.com/health/2021/01/29/tracking-covid-19-inmate-deaths-in-california-proves-challenging/

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

https://vtdigger.org/2021/01/31/covid-19-isolation-in-vt-prisons-raises-concern-about-inmates-mental-health/

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

https://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/maryland-races-to-curb-spread-of-covid-19-inside-prisons/2555636/

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

https://truthout.org/articles/new-surge-of-covid-is-spreading-like-wildfire-in-illinois-prisons/

US - Connecticut plans to shut 2 prisons as population declines

https://www.myrecordjournal.com/News/State/Connecticut-plans-to-shut-2-prisons-as-population-declines.html

Asia

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

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=796454

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

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/bhondsi-inmates-get-video-link-to-talk-to-families/articleshow/80619186.cms

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

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2021/02/01/2444012/number-of-palestinian-prisoners-infected-with-covid-19-in-israeli-jails-exceeds-350

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

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/02/662191/sungai-udang-prison-placed-under-emco-after-113-contract-covid-19

Nepal - 783 inmates at Central Jail receive COVID jabs

https://english.khabarhub.com/2021/31/160017/

Europe

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

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/fears-dovegate-prison-covid-outbreak-4936082

England and Wales - Covid cases reported at Littlehey prison

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/covid-cases-at-littlehey-prison-huntingdon-7081334

Prisoners in Scottish jails have started receiving their first Covid vaccines

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/6612726/covid-vaccines-jails-scotland-coronavirus/

Oceania

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-31/get-out-of-jail-free-cards-for-victorian-prisoners-locked-down-/13106620

 

News 29 January

Africa

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

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/investigations/covid19/perspectives-why-covid-19-vaccine-rollout-must-prioritise-prisoners-20210129

Americas

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/tbay-inmate-charter-rights-1.5892582

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

https://newsroom.gy/2021/01/28/inmates-at-three-prisons-test-positive-for-covid-19/

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

https://www.martinique.franceantilles.fr/actualite/faitsdivers/suspicion-de-covid-19-a-la-prison-de-ducos-16-detenus-confines-570338.php

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/covid-vaccine-prisons-inmates-priority-groups-b1794355.html

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

https://coloradosun.com/2021/01/28/colorado-coronavirus-prison-outbreaks-deaths/

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

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/01/28/as-prison-covid-deaths-rise-rapidly-inmates-relatives-advocates-sound-alarm/

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

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2021/01/28/prison-workers-refuse-covid-19-vaccine-iowa-department-of-corrections/4294691001/

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

https://www.thestate.com/news/coronavirus/article248778675.html

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

https://patch.com/california/san-diego/prisons-jails-california-battle-covid-19-some-inmate-deaths-go-uncounted

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/28/us/mississippi-prisons-covid.html

Europe

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

https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-vaccine-rollout-in-english-prisons-to-begin-today-12201902

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women-prisoners-self-harm-b1794300.html

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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/the-number-of-prison-deaths-rise-70-over-last-three-months/                                                                                           

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

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/cockroaches-cold-cells-lack-pants-4939698

Northern Ireland - Prison officer overtime increases in NI during pandemic

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/prison-officer-overtime-increases-in-ni-during-pandemic-40023326.html

 

News 28 January

Africa

Namibia - COVID-19 spike reported at Kavango prison

https://informante.web.na/?p=300517

Zimbabwe - 110 Inmates At Mutimurefu Prison Test Positive For Coronavirus

https://www.zimeye.net/2021/01/27/110-inmates-at-mutimurefu-prison-test-positive-for-coronavirus/

Americas

Barbados - Prison officers traumatised

https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/27/prison-officers-traumatised/

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

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/letter-calls-for-end-to-lockdown-at-drumheller-prison-due-to-grave-mistreatment-of-inmates

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

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-declared-at-3rd-correctional-facility-in-fraser-health-region-1.5284846

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

https://www.loopslu.com/content/covid-scare-some-23-inmates-bordelais-correctional-await-results

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

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/families-of-inmates-at-south-carolina-prison-camille-graham-accuse-corrections-staff-of-negligence

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

https://www.ksat.com/news/texas/2021/01/28/with-a-stalled-court-system-some-texas-jails-are-dangerously-overcrowded-in-the-pandemic/

Asia

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

https://www.indiaspend.com/police-judicial-reforms/as-courts-went-virtual-40-of-jails-had-no-video-conferencing-facilities-719471

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

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/01/28/screen-inmates-before-taking-them-to-court-bar-tells-prison-authorities/

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

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/01/28/covid-19-perak-govt-urges-public-business-operators-not-to-view-prison-staf/1944871

Europe

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

https://www.ouest-france.fr/sante/virus/coronavirus/covid-19-en-prison-les-detenus-plus-ages-vaccines-en-priorite-7133399

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

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40215650.html

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

https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/people/polmont-yoi-staff-praised-restricting-risk-covid-19-3114831

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

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/28/prison-union-alerts-of-serious-covid-19-outbreak-at-sevilla-prison/

Spain - ‘Critical’ Covid Outbreak In Zaragoza Prison

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/28/critical-covid-outbreak-in-zaragoza-prison/

Prison In Spain’s Valencia Suspends Non-Essential Activities

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/27/prison-in-spains-valencia-suspends-non-essential-activities/

 

News 27 January

Americas

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

https://thelensnola.org/2021/01/26/prisoners-over-70-in-state-run-facilities-receive-first-round-of-covid-19-vaccine/

US - 8 new COVID cases among Vermont corrections staff

https://www.wcax.com/2021/01/26/eight-new-covid-cases-among-vermont-corrections-staff/

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

https://gothamist.com/news/state-prison-inmates-diary-details-the-ordeal-of-battling-covid-19-behind-bars

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

https://pagosadailypost.com/2021/01/26/aclu-appeals-to-colorado-supreme-court-wants-governor-polis-to-decrease-prison-population/

US - Utah begins vaccinating inmates ages 70 and up

https://www.fox13now.com/news/coronavirus/local-coronavirus-news/utah-begins-vaccinating-inmates-ages-70-and-up

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

https://whyy.org/articles/philly-prisons-lift-shelter-in-place-measures-but-covid-infections-still-on-the-rise/

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

https://www.kvpr.org/post/nearly-4000-cases-fresno-county-jails-covid-19-tally-tops-nations-correctional-facilities#stream/0

Europe

England and Wales - Extent of Norwich Prison Covid outbreak revealed

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/full-extent-of-hmp-norwich-covid-outbreak-revealed-7074752

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

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/covid-outbreak-hmp-ranby-leads-4929823

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

https://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/19039339.self-harming-cases-hmp-hewell-stubbornly-high/

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

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210127-locked-down-and-up-fears-over-virus-impact-on-uk-prisoners

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

https://www.leparisien.fr/val-de-marne-94/covid-19-les-clusters-se-multiplient-dans-les-prisons-d-ile-de-france-26-01-2021-8421429.php

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

https://www.ouest-france.fr/societe/prison/covid-19-la-controleure-des-prisons-reclame-une-strategie-de-vaccination-en-detention-7131639

 

News 26 January

Africa

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

https://www.gabonreview.com/droits-des-detenus-ossouka-raponda-invitee-a-lever-linterdiction-des-visites-des-prisonniers/

Americas

Brazilian bishops decry conditions in prisons

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-01/brazil-bishops-covid-19-prisons-torture-human-rights.html

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/covid-coronavirus-outbreak-prison-class-action-lawsuit-1.5886561

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

https://www.tricitynews.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/three-vancouver-area-prisons-report-66-active-covid-19-cases-3291621

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

https://www.loopjamaica.com/content/21-cases-covid-19-tower-street-prison

Mexico - Nearly 270 Inmates Involved In Riot at Mexicali Prison

https://kyma.com/news/2021/01/25/nearly-270-inmates-involved-in-riot-at-mexicali-prison/

US - People in Jail and Prison in 2020

https://www.vera.org/publications/people-in-jail-and-prison-in-2020

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

https://filtermag.org/brooklyn-federal-prison-covid-communication/

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

https://coloradosun.com/2021/01/25/colorado-compassionate-release-2020/

Asia

India - Overcrowding led to Covid surge in prison

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/overcrowding-led-to-covid-surge-in-prison/articleshow/80457392.cms

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

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/126-test-covid-19-positive-within-10-days-in-up-jail-203524

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

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/01/26/as-covid-19-sweeps-through-lock-ups-govt-moves-to-temporarily-house-inmates/1944155

Europe

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

https://news.sky.com/story/the-power-struggle-covid-in-prisons-12197532

England and Wales - Extracts from a COVID Prison Diary

https://bylinetimes.com/2021/01/26/extracts-from-a-covid-prison-diary/

Ireland - Prison standards improved during pandemic - report

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2021/0126/1192041-prison-service/

News 23 – 25 January

Africa

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

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1056875/covid-19-three-inmates-test-positive-in-walewale.html

Egypt: Amnesty slams 'inhumane' prison conditions

https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-amnesty-slams-inhumane-prison-conditions/a-56331626

Zimbabwe - Inmates receive PPE

https://www.herald.co.zw/inmates-receive-ppe/

Americas

Barbados - 99 prison officers on sick leave

https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/23/99-prison-officers-on-sick-leave/

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

https://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/health-inmates-hmp-dodds-priority-says-abrahams

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

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/01/23/covid-19-metro-vancouver-jails-federal-prisons-vaccine/

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-jail-coronavirus-maplehurst-lockdown-1.5884866

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

https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-prisons-jails-release-inmates-rufus-rochelle-2021-1?r=US&IR=T

US - NAACP files suit over virus outbreak at Georgia prison

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/article248702305.html

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

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/CT-s-prison-population-the-lowest-in-32-years-15892549.php

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

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article248735465.html

US - Oklahoma Prison Lockdowns Due To COVID-19 Eased

https://www.kosu.org/post/oklahoma-prison-lockdowns-due-covid-19-eased

US - Vaccinations underway at Delaware's prisons

https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/vaccinations-underway-delawares-prisons

US - California Juvenile Facilities See Continuing Covid Rise

https://www.laprogressive.com/juvenile-facilities-2/

Asia

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

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/01/25/parliamentarians-govt-should-grant-early-conditional-release-to-prisoners-with-minor-offences-to-curb-covid-19-spread

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

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/297104

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

https://www.nation.lk/online/4-395-total-covid-patients-from-the-prison-cluster-47698.html

Europe

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

https://www.leighjournal.co.uk/news/19036343.inspectors-find-hmp-hindley-coped-well-coronavirus-pandemic-one-confirmed-case/

France - Le coronavirus derrière les barreaux

https://www.mediabask.eus/eu/info_mbsk/20210123/le-coronavirus-derriere-les-barreaux

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

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/largest-covid-19-cluster-so-far-detected-at-prison.846711

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

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/hmp-grampian-hit-by-fresh-outbreak-of-covid-19/

Oceania

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

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/124018373/contraband-finds-double-during-covid-lockdown-at-prison-under-investigation-for-staff-corruption

 

News 22 January

Africa

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

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-01-22-concerns-amid-rising-covid-19-cases-at-st-albans-prison/

Americas

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

https://globalnews.ca/news/7590206/coronavirus-vaccine-prison-inmates-provinces-targets/

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

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissasegura/prisons-covid-clemency

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

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/coronavirus-pennsylvania-prison-deaths-20210122.html

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

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jan/21/prisoners-families-call-for-meeting-with-head-of-c/

Asia

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

https://www.thejusticegap.com/they-dont-even-look-at-us-as-humans-how-can-we-expect-them-to-protect-us-from-the-virus/

Israel finishes COVID-19 vaccination campaign among its prison population

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S16hkvvJ00

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

https://www.fox47news.com/neighborhoods/jackson-hillsdale/there-have-been-3-900-covid-19-cases-in-jacksons-prisons

US - Florida inmate COVID-19 death toll at 205

https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/2021/01/21/florida-inmate-covid-19-death-toll-at-205/

US - Four More COVID Deaths in Oregon Prisons

https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2021/four-more-covid-deaths-in-oregon-prisons/

Europe

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

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/19029308.inmates-verne-prison-without-heating-hot-water-weeks/

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

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/dovegate-prison-coronavirus-outbreak-staffordshire-4913175

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

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19028352.vulnerable-inmates-deerbolt-afraid-leave-cells-due-fear-gangs/

Eight prisoners currently have Covid-19 in Irish prison system

https://www.independent.ie/news/eight-prisoners-currently-have-covid-19-in-irish-prison-system-39997011.html

Covid in Scotland: Quarter of prison population awaiting trial

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-55751674

 

News 21 January

Africa

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

https://www.iol.co.za/the-star/news/prisons-get-new-staff-in-bid-to-combat-spread-of-covid-19--06d38b55-d7ec-450d-a5cb-530eea3c6ef0

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

https://www.ecr.co.za/news/news/police-union-call-for-removal-of-arthur-fraser-over-covid-19-surge-in-prisons-/

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

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-01-21-east-london-prison-dismisses-claims-covid-19-is-rife-among-warders/

Americas

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

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/doesnt-even-make-sense-drumheller-prison-lockdown-goes-on-despite-widespread-covid-recoveries

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/experts-call-ontario-to-decarcerate-1.5879469

US - COVID-19 Extends Sentences for Some Incarcerated People

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2021/01/20/covid-19-extends-sentences-for-some-incarcerated-people

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

https://civileats.com/2021/01/21/as-covid-19-ups-the-stakes-advocates-say-prison-food-needs-an-overhaul/

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2021/01/21/department-of-justice-lays-plans-for-federal-inmates-on-home-confinement-to-return-to-prison/?sh=666f46797bb7

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

https://wlos.com/news/local/nc-prison-system-begins-covid-19-vaccinations

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

https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2021/01/21/federal-prisoners-complain-a-private-prison-in-oklahoma-isnt-following-covid-19-safety-guidelines/

Europe

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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/20/prioritise-prisons-vaccines-arecovid-breeding-grounds-advisers/

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-55732576

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

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/damning-report-hewell-prison-reveals-19663907

 

News 20 January

Americas

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

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/delay-covid-vaccine-prison-makes-pandemic-worse_n_600724f4c5b6efae62fc4aca?ri18n=true

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

https://www.coloradopolitics.com/news/report-state-prison-population-dropped-by-13-since-march-2020/article_9a897f90-5a93-11eb-8b99-e74b22a19e3f.html

US - COVID-19 deaths spike in Oregon prisons

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/01/19/covid-19-deaths-spike-in-oregon-prisons/

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

https://kstp.com/news/minn-house-members-question-doc-commissioner-about-response-to-covid-in-prisons-january-19-2021/5983845/

Asia

Virus sickens 24 more Palestinian detainees in Israel

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/virus-sickens-24-more-palestinian-detainees-in-israel/2116500

Europe

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

https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-public-health-emergency-unfolding-in-prisons-as-coronavirus-cases-soar-12192395

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

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/huge-covid-outbreak-hmp-dovegate-23348925

Ireland - Cork Prison officer hospitalised after contracting Covid-19

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40210307.html

 

News 19 January

Africa

South Africa - Why prisoners are a priority in vaccine rollout

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2021-01-19-why-prisoners-are-a-priority-in-vaccine-rollout/

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

https://ewn.co.za/2021/01/19/correctional-services-doing-all-it-can-to-ease-overcrowding-in-sa-prisons

Americas

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

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/01/18/positive-covid-19-cases-are-reported-in-jails-in-milton-and-thunder-bay.html

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

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/01/19/prisons-are-releasing-people-without-covid-19-tests-or-quarantines

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

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/pa-prisons-dont-always-tell-families-when-inmates-are-sick-officials-are-defending-that-policy.html

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

https://eu.eveningtribune.com/story/news/2021/01/19/covid-new-york-prisons-spike-in-cases-deaths-releases-vaccine-plan/4180256001/

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

https://www.coloradopolitics.com/news/federal-judges-in-colorado-denied-overwhelming-majority-of-requests-to-release-inmates-for-covid-19/article_922f92b4-58e8-11eb-9e28-33aa3d0229e3.html

Asia

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

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14119299

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

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/01/19/buildings-can-be-requisitioned-as-temporary-depots-to-house-prisoners-under/1941734

Europe

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

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hull-prison-covid-sex-offenders-4901458

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

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/statement-released-after-reports-covid-4901111

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-55709302

Human rights watchdog raises Covid concerns over Scottish prisons

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/human-rights-watchdog-raises-covid-concerns-over-scottish-prisons-3104669

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

https://bianet.org/english/human-rights/237814-prison-wardens-don-t-observe-pandemic-rules

 

News 16 – 18 January

Africa

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

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

Americas

Barbados - Prison 'stable', civilian staff working remotely

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

Barbados - Virtual Visits To Remain Suspended At Prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Alabama prisoners stage hunger strike, allege retaliation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

The Wretched Condition Of Pakistan’s Prisons Continues To Aggravate

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

UAE prison inmates get the Covid-19 vaccine for free

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

England and Wales - HMP Bullingdon staff test positive for coronavirus

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

England and Wales - Red alert over virus outbreak at jail

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

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

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

 

News 15 January

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

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

Africa

Zimbabwe - Zim prisons a death trap: EU

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

Americas

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

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

US - Pandemic Is Changing Compassionate Release Calculus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

7 more Palestinians catch COVID-19 in Israeli prisons

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

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

News 14 January

Africa

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

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

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

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

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

 

News 13 January

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreak in Portlaoise Prison

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

News 12 January

Africa

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

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

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Prisoners in Kansas among those to get vaccine next

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

Asia

Pakistan - Prisons get PPEs, hygiene kits

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9 - 11 January

Africa

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

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

Zimbabwe - COVID-19 fears in prisons

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

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

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

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

500 prisoners suffering from Covid-19 across Pakistan

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

Ireland - Prison service confirms 40 inmates have Covid-19

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

Northern Ireland Prison Service confirms first female Covid-19 case

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

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

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

 

News 8 January

Africa

Kenya - Malindi Maximum Prison Receives Virtual Equipment

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

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

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

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

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

Americas

Canada - COVID Outbreak At Thunder Bay Jail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Alabama Prisoners Strike Against Exploitation and Health Threats

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

Europe

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

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

Scotland - Covid-19 cluster identified at HM Prison Inverness

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

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

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

 

News 7 January

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

South Korea - Infected inmates demand compensation from state

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

Europe

Georgia - Ksani No.15 prison inmate dies of coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

Netherlands - 84 inmates from Limburg prison isolated after coronavirus outbreak

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

Gross human rights violations continue in Turkish prisons, says report

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

 

News 6 January

Africa

Egypt denies allegations of covid outbreak in prisons

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

Americas

Barbados - Prison ‘under control’, says Abrahams

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

Barbados - Virtual visits to HMP Dodds suspended

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

5 January

Americas

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

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

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

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

US - Colorado prison population fell in 2020, increase expected

https://durangoherald.com/articles/359271

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News 19 December – 4 January

Africa

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

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

Americas

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

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

Barbados Confirms 161 Cases Of COVID-19 At Dodds Prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reversing course, feds say some US inmates get virus vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel shuts down Ramon prison due to COVID infections

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

Outcry after Israeli Minister Withholds COVID Vaccine from Palestinian Prisoners

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

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

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

Myanmar – 55 more inmates get COVID-19 in Bago

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

Pakistan - Virus spreading rapidly in Sindh’s overcrowded jails

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

South Korea tries to contain coronavirus outbreak in prison

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

Europe

Virus besets Belarus prisons filled with president's critics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greece - New prison decongestion bill to introduce community service

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

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

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

Ireland - Prisoners turn down temporary release over virus fears

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish Prisons Have Lowest Inmate Population in 10 Years

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

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

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

 

News 18 December

Africa

Mozambique: Nyusi Announces Pardon for Prisoners

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

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Michigan prisoner deaths from COVID-19 surpass 100

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

 

News 17 December

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News 16 December

Americas

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

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

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

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

US - COVID-19 Underscores Prison Labor Exploitation Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News 15 December

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Federal prison workers to start getting vaccinated Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

News 12 – 14 December

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sri Lanka - Coronavirus prison cluster exceeds 3000

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

Europe

England and Wales - COVID-19 outbreak at Lincoln prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oceania

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

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

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

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

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

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

News 11 December

Worldwide COVID-19 Decarceration: A Lost Opportunity

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

Experts call to include prisons in COVID-19 vaccine plans

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

Americas

COVID-19 aggravating Brazil’s Jails Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

Pakistan - Rights bodies concerned at prisons overcrowding during second wave

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

Italy - COVID: Infected jail inmates pass 1,000

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

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

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

 

News 10 December

Americas

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

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

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

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

US - Justice Dept. Sues Alabama Over Prison Conditions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

Cambodia: Urgently Protect Prisoners from COVID-19

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

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

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

Pakistan - Over 100 prisoners relocated after Covid detection in jail

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

 

News 9 December

Americas

Belize Central Prison down to zero Covid-19 cases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US - Rising Jail Admissions Called New COVID-19 Threat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News 8 December

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

Malaysia - Senators support prison reform motion

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

Sri Lanka - Early release for drug addicted inmates

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

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

News 5-7 December

Americas

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

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

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

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

Trinidad & Tobago - Visits to resume at prisons

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

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

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

US - Covid-19 is raging through overcrowded California prisons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

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

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

India - Karnataka: Prisoners can meet family via video call

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

Malaysia - Senate panel calls for reforms to ease prison congestion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at Norwich Prison

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

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

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

Isle of Man - Cell phones for prison inmates

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

News 4 December

Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia

India - E-mulakat facility for prisoners

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

Pakistan - Sindh’s prisons beat the virus odds

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

Saudi Arabia - Justice Ministry expands remote prosecution services

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

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

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

 

News 3 December

Africa

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

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

Americas

Canada - Saskatoon jail outbreak sparks discussion about alternatives to incarceration

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

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

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

US - Officials Spar Over Covid Spread Through Prison System

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

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

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

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

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

US - Florida Inmate COVID-19 Deaths Up To 189

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

Europe

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

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

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

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

 

News 2 December

Africa

Malawi Prisons Registers No Covid-19

https://allafrica.com/stories/202012011059.html

Zimbabwe - State Ordered To Supply Water Daily To Chikurubi Prison Inmates

https://www.newzimbabwe.com/state-ordered-to-supply-water-daily-to-chikurubi-prison-inmates/

Americas

Canada - Calls grow louder to get remanded prisoners, other offenders out of Saskatoon Correctional Centre

https://www.ckom.com/2020/12/01/calls-to-get-remanded-prisoners-other-offenders-out-of-saskatoon-correctional-centre-grow-louder/

US - Food Insecurity and Collateral Consequences of Punishment Amidst the COVID‐19 Pandemic

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wmh3.378

US - Texas to shutter three more prisons as units face critical staffing shortages

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/12/01/texas-prisons-close-understaffing/

US - COVID-19 Infections Hit Record High In California Prisons

https://www.capradio.org/articles/2020/12/01/covid-19-infections-hit-record-high-in-california-prisons/

US - Delaware reports new COVID cases in prisons

https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/delaware-reports-new-covid-cases-prisons

US (Rhode Island) - Medical director for RI prisons quits as coronavirus cases spike

https://thepublicsradio.org/article/medical-director-for-ri-prisons-quits-as-coronavirus-cases-spike

US - Second Alaska inmate dies with COVID-19 as cases surge in state’s largest prison

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2020/12/01/second-alaska-prison-inmate-dies-with-covid-19/

US - Four Colorado DOC prisoners die within past week of COVID-19, officials report

https://gazette.com/news/four-colorado-doc-prisoners-die-within-past-week-of-covid-19-officials-report/article_993dd0f8-3439-11eb-b713-77eec2bee5bf.html

Asia

India - Panel endorses extension of bails to 3,499 prisoners

https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/committee-recommends-extension-of-interim-bails-to-prisoners-in-view-of-covid-19/story-tn53f2mbMgk2s4OGnxOnVJ.html

Sri Lanka to release hundreds of inmates as death toll from prison riot rises

https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-to-release-hundreds-of-inmates-as-death-toll-from-prison-riot-rises/a-55787621

Europe

England and Wales - Lindholme prison coronavirus regime too 'restrictive'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-55144509

Guernsey - Covid Means I Can't See My Partner In Prison. It’s Torture

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/covid-prison_uk_5fc67e0bc5b61d04bfada6e7

Switzerland - Deux prisons entières en isolement

https://www.tdg.ch/deux-prisons-entieres-en-isolement-373200889516

 

News 1 December

Africa

Kenya - 11 convicts test positive for COVID-19 in Maralal Prison

https://www.kbc.co.ke/11-test-positive-covid-19-maralal-prison/

Americas

Bahamas - Prison commissioner defends health and dietary protocol for inmates

https://ewnews.com/prison-commissioner-defends-health-and-dietary-protocol-for-inmates

Canada - Jail COVID numbers continue to rise with inmates living in confined quarters

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/jail-covid-numbers-continue-to-rise-with-inmates-living-in-confined-quarters-1.5821908

Canada - Inmates triple-bunked at Calgary Remand Centre despite 'significant' COVID-19 outbreak: defence lawyer

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-remand-centre-covid-outbreak-1.5822434

US - Prisons Are Covid-19 Hotbeds. When Should Inmates Get the Vaccine?

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/30/health/coronavirus-vaccine-prisons.html

US - Prison population in Illinois battling COVID-19 outbreaks

https://www.walls102.com/prison-population-in-illinois-battling-covid-19-outbreaks/

US - Two Ohio Prison Officers Die From COVID-19

https://radio.wosu.org/post/two-ohio-prison-officers-die-covid-19#stream/0

US (North Carolina) - Three NC prison facilities close over COVID surge

https://www.wral.com/three-nc-prison-facilities-close-over-covid-surge/19407724/

US - Report: Washington prisons officials botched response to COVID-19 outbreak at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/report-washington-prisons-officials-botched-response-to-covid-19-outbreak-at-coyote-ridge-corrections-center/

 Asia

India - Prisoners released during pandemic in UP, asked to return to jail

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/national/prisoners-released-during-pandemic-in-up-asked-to-return-to-jail

Sri Lanka - Govt. answerable for Prison safety of prisoners: Opposition

http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/Govt-answerable-for-Prison-safety-of-prisoners-Opposition/238-200899

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Lowdham Grange provides update on coronavirus cases inside prison

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/hmp-lowdham-grange-provides-update-4750347

Italy - COVID: Almost 1,000 prison inmates infected

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2020/12/01/covid-almost-1000-prison-inmates-infected_4658eb73-e4db-4085-bea5-fdf625cfda1e.html