International news and guidance on COVID-19 and prisons - 13 March - 30 November

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18 Mar 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


Note: This page will no longer be updated. To see news articles from 1 December onwards please click here 


News 28 – 30 November


South Africa - Probe into inmates’ quarantine after contact with warders who died of Covid


Canada - Prison visits pose COVID-19 risk: Union

Canada - NDP, advocate call for province to release remanded offenders following COVID-19 jail outbreak

Canada - Nunavut judges disagree on how to sentence offenders during pandemic

US - Trying to Keep Covid-19 at Bay in Nation’s Prisons Presents a Challenge

US - COVID-19 continues to roil California prisons, jails as officials face new criticism

US - ‘It was hell’: Inside an Oklahoma prison coronavirus outbreak

US (Alabama) - Prisons to begin video visitation service

US (Connecticut) - CT hasn’t commuted a single prisoner’s sentence since before the pandemic. Advocates say it’s time to change.


Philippines - COVID-19 outbreak in Davao City Jail worsens; total cases at 76

Sri Lanka coronavirus prison riot leaves eight dead, over 50 wounded

Sri Lanka- Prison coronavirus cluster crosses the 1000 mark

Sri Lanka to pardon 606 prisoners amid COVID-19


England and Wales - Judge's decision to free teenager due to Covid backlog overruled

England and Wales - 100 positive Covid test results in a single day at Birmingham Prison, inmate claims

France - À la prison de Longuenesse, 182 personnes testées au Covid en un jour, 7 positives


News 27 November


Canada - 72 new coronavirus cases reported at Saskatoon Correctional Centre

US - COVID-19 Infections On The Rise In Maryland’s Prisons

US - Hundreds of Inmates Riot at Arizona Prison, Officers Respond With 'Rubber Bullets and Pepper Spray'


India - 2,256 prisoners released on parole in UP amid Covid-19 pandemic asked to return to jail

COVID-19 cases in Sri Lankan prisons continue to rise


France - Dans les prisons, ce qui est permis pendant le confinement... et ce qui ne l’est pas

France - Covid-19. Coulaines : un quartier de la prison à l’isolement


News 26 November


Algeria - Le Ministère De Le Justice Dévoile Le Bilen Coronavirus Dans Les Prisons

Rwanda Announces ‘Out Of Court Mediation’ To Reduce Court Cases, Prison Congestion

Zimbabwe - Covid-19 Threatens Overpopulated Chikurubi Female Prison


As Covid Roars Through U.S. Jails, Korea May Provide a Template

US - 3 North Carolina Prisons Close After State Reportedly Maxes Out Hospital Space For Inmates

US - NY correctional officers union urges state to prevent spread of COVID-19 in prisons

US - Coronavirus spreads inside more Delaware prisons

US (Florida) - Prison visitation is back in time for Thanksgiving. But no young kids, no food, no contact


India - COVID Third Wave Is Here. Why Are Delhi Jails Still Overcrowded?

Iran - Prison Officials’ Cover-up Leads To the Death of at Least Seven Prisoners in Evin Prison Due To COVID-19

Pakistan - COVID-19 spike: Isolation wards set up in Karachi Central Jail again


Italy - COVID: 826 prison inmates, 1042 warders positive - Bonafede


News 25 November


Lesotho - Prisons to grow own food as hunger bites


Canada - Mass solitary confinement in prisons is illegal, even in a pandemic

Canada - Growing alarm among Saskatoon jail inmates as COVID-19 cases emerge, inmate says

US (Florida) - Prison population drops during pandemic

US (California) - Major Covid Outbreak Reported At Prison In Downtown Los Angeles

US - Eleven Wisconsin prisoners are dead from COVID-19. Protesters say Gov. Tony Evers should use clemency to reduce prison populations.

US (Iowa) - Union head demands freeze on prisoner transfers, admissions to stem coronavirus


England and Wales - HMP Durham taking 'precautionary measures' after number of positive Covid cases

England and Wales - HMP Bristol being 'closely monitored' after coronavirus cases

Turkey - Number of sick inmates considerably higher than revealed by Ministry of Justice: İHD


News 24 November


Zimbabwe - Inmate tells High Court of major health crisis at Chikurubi prison


Canada - Jail phone system appears to violate provincial privacy rights policy

Trinidad & Tobago - 'Every prison inmate should be tested'

US - Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

US - Union calls for Iowa prisons to stop admissions amid COVID-19 outbreaks

US (Illinois) - With COVID-19 surging anew, alarms sound again for Cook County’s incarcerated

US (California) - As virus spreads among federal inmates in downtown L.A., court hearings and visitations are halted

US - Fourth Minnesota prisoner dies of COVID-19 complications


Sri Lanka - COVID-19 cases in prisons rises to 717; 35 new cases reported on Tuesday


Switzerland - Une prison entière en quarantaine


News 21 – 23 November


South Africa - Life behind bars is about survival of the sharpest


Canada - Prison de New Carlisle : 75 % des détenus touchés par la COVID-19

Trinidad & Tobago - 126 new COVID-19 positive cases, most from prison system

US - America Is Letting the Coronavirus Rage Through Prisons

US - Video visits rolling out at five California state prisons

US - New COVID-19 virus cases in Michigan's prisons hit all-time high

US - More than 17,000 Florida prison inmates have had COVID-19

US (Guam) - More than a third of prison population has tested positive for COVID-19

US - Handling of COVID-19 in Nevada prisons and jails ‘grossly inadequate’


Bahrain says some detainees contracted COVID-19

Malaysia - Courts to impose more fines to reduce prison population

Pakistan - Prisoners in a pandemic

COVID-19 cases from Sri Lankan prisons rise to 652

Sri Lanka - Cases of inmates remanded over drug charges to be expedited


England and Wales - Dartmoor prison: Attacks on staff double since lockdown

England and Wales - How life in Norfolk’s prisons has changed during coronavirus crisis

Covid case at Jersey prison forces 28 officers to isolate


Australia - Tablet computers have kept prisoners in touch with family during COVID-19


News 20 November


Covid-19: 178 Rwanda prisoners test positive in last seven months


Canada - New COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at B.C. prison hit hardest by virus in April

Canada - Two Saskatoon jail staff test positive for COVID-19; province working to supply masks to all inmates

US - COVID-19 spiking among Nevada's prison population, but are facilities taking precautions?

US (Louisiana) - DOC scraps plans to allow family visitation at prisons due to rising COVID-19 cases

US - Wisconsin’s Prisons Approaching 7,500 COVID-19 Cases

US (Florida) - Attorney says he cannot see client due to severity of COVID-19 Citrus County jail

US - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Signs Order Allowing Early Release Of 1,200 Inmates


India - Seven inmates at Mandoli women’s prison test positive for Covid-19

Coronavirus Is Rampant In Lebanon’s Most Crowded Prison

Philippines - Inmates face quarantine before prison transfer


England and Wales - Video calls to be set up for prisoners at HMP Forest Bank

Turkey - ‘49 prisoners lost their lives this year’


News 19 November


Rwanda: New Measures to Tackle Covid-19 Spread in Jails


Canada - Coronavirus: Outbreak of COVID-19 cases at Stony Mountain Institution growing

Guyana - 65 prisoners released to reduce overcrowding as part of COVID measures

Trinidad & Tobago - Prison officers warn of explosive situation at MSP

US - Is coronavirus the new death penalty in America’s prisons?

US - (Washington State) - COVID-19 delays justice for King County inmates who need interpreters

US - Coronavirus outbreak at Alaska’s largest prison grows to 204

US - COVID-19 running wild in Minnesota prisons

US (South Carolina) - Dozens of National Guard soldiers step in to help SC prisons during COVID-19 pandemic

US (Vermont) - Virtual Visits In Prison: Incarcerated Parents Support Their Children From A Distance

US (Connecticut) - Eighth person in state prison dies from COVID as advocates demand releases

US (Arizona) - Federal prison 'hot spot' contributes to COVID-19 surge across Pima County

US - COVID-19 cases more than double in Michigan prisons in two weeks


India - Prison authorities urge Orissa high court to prevent crowding of jails

Indonesia - COVID-19: ICRC expanding its assistance to Papua

Lebanon - 549 personnes contaminées pour la seule prison de Roumieh

Sri Lanka - Covid-related unrest in Prisons grow as escaping inmate in Kandy is shot dead

Committee to probe recent events reported from Sri Lankan prisons


Belgium - Pas de bol d’air pour les prisons: les congés pénitentiaires sont supprimés jusque fin mars 2021

Cyprus - Early release for 143 prison inmates

England and Wales - More than 110 staff at Cardiff Prison are off work because of coronavirus

England and Wales - 'Stark digital divide' hampers young offenders' education and support


News 18 November


Rwanda's prisons hit hard by Covid-19

Tunisia - Un troisième décès lié au Covid-19 au sein des prisons tunisiennes


Trinidad & Tobago - Prison Service addresses video allegedly showing sick prisoners

U.S. Justice Dept watchdog: Louisiana prison officials botched COVID-19 pandemic

US - 1,200 Colorado Inmates Were Rarely Given Masks— And Then Most of Them Tested Positive for Coronavirus

US - About 20 COVID cases discovered at Delaware’s largest prison


India - Haryana Govt Extends Bail, Parole Time of Prisoners Released During Covid-19 Pandemic Till Dec 31

Malaysia - Lockdown extended in prisons and quarters in Penang, Sabah


France - Covid-19 : la contrôleure générale inquiète sur les conditions sanitaires en prison

Northern Ireland - Dissident inmates may face court via video-link on jail landing

Right violations increase in Turkish prisons as inmates forced to quarantine for months in unsanitary cells


Australia - An inmate told his mother he was locked his cell for 23 hours a day after riot

New Zealand - Emails kept from prison inmates due to 'arbitrary' character limit


News 17 November


Canada - Inmate letter raises concern about measures to prevent COVID-19 at Saskatoon jail

Trinidad & Tobago - Human rights group warns: Prison covid19 outbreak threat to inmates, public

US - Supreme Court denies request from geriatric prisoners seeking Covid relief

US - Alabama prison system spends $10 million on decontamination equipment

US (Wisconsin) - Suicide Crisis In Prisons Compounded By Covid-19, Lack Of Health Care

US (Michigan) - Families protest outside prison as COVID-19 surges inside

US - As COVID-19 races through Kentucky’s prisons, one in five inmates has been infected


India - Kerala High Court seeks State response on preparedness to receive prisoners returning from parole amid COVID-19

1.5% of the total prison population in Sri Lanka exposed to COVID-19


England and Wales - Spice letters sent to Belmarsh prisoners rises in lockdown

Estonia prisons coronavirus cases now number over 70

France - Covid-19. La contrôleure des prisons demande des libérations anticipées de détenus en fin de peine

Ireland - Six officers in Limerick Prison test positive for Covid-19


News 14 – 16 November


COVID-19:One death recorded in Rwanda prisons

Rwanda - Covid-19: 30 more infections in Muhanga Prison

South Africa - Correctional Services Dept Eyes Master Plan To Deal With Prison Overcrowding

Tunisia-Jendouba: Three coronavirus infections at Bulla Regia prison


Canada - New cases linked to site of B.C.’s largest prison COVID-19 outbreak

Canada - Saskatoon Correctional Centre inmates say not enough being done to protect them against COVID-19

Crowded prisons in El Salvador raise Human Right Violation concerns

Trinidad & Tobago - 68 more prisoners test positive for COVID-19

US - Report finds over 100 rebellions in jails and prisons over COVID conditions

US (Illinois) - 4 IL federal prisons among nation's 20 most infected with COVID-19

US - New COVID-19 cases in Iowa prisons among highest in the nation this week

US - Colorado prison system settles lawsuit over COVID-19 protections as 5th inmate dies from virus

US - Texas prisoners paid $3 an hour to load bodies into overflow coronavirus morgues

US - Virus cases rising in New Mexico prisons


Sri Lanka - COVID-19 cases in prisons top 300

Sri Lanka - Separate facilities to treat COVID-19 infected prisoners

Tajikistan Lifts Ban On Prison Visits By Inmates' Relatives


England and Wales - Covid: More prison cases in October than previous seven months

England and Wales - Dartmoor Prison confirms a number of Covid-19 cases

England and Wales - Covid-19: 'My pandemic work with dangerous prison leavers'

England and Wales - Teens facing attempted murder charge locked up for three months without access to lawyers

Greece - Inmate dies from Covid-19 as infections in Diavata prison climb to 108

Latvia - Quarantine declared in Riga Central Prison; strict restrictions imposed

Portugal - Lisbon prison has at least 81 inmates, eight staff with coronavirus

Portugal - No new exceptional regime for the release of prisoners

Scotland - Covid spread fears as prison staff speak out on 'Dickensian' working conditions

Covid Scotland: Over 100 Barlinnie prisoners test positive for coronavirus

Prison bosses spend £2.7million on mobile phones for every inmate in Scotland


Australia - NSW prisons to resume in-person visits


News 13 November


St Kitts & Nevis - HMP has strict measures to avoid COVID-19 outbreak

Trinidad & Tobago - Dennis: Covid19 prison outbreak fast-tracked relocation

US - Four Steps to Halting COVID-19 Behind Bars: Report

US - Federal Prisons Keep Turning Into COVID Nightmares: 'Everyone Looks Like Death'

US - 80 percent of those who died of Covid-19 in Texas county jails were never convicted of a crime

US (New Jersey) - Another 1,200 inmates will be released next month. And reentry is still broken

US - In NYC Federal Jail, Medical Requests Go Unanswered for Months During Pandemic

US (Guam) - DOC considers releasing eligible inmates due to COVID-19 cases


535 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Lebanon’s Prisons

Malaysia - Teresa Kok Demands Prison Reform To Curb Covid-19 Spread

Malaysia - Prisons Dept bars visitations during Deepavali; inmates allowed to Skype family

Sri Lanka - Colombo Prison officers’ leave canceled, three inmates at Boosa prison infected with COVID-19


Scotland - Barlinnie jail slammed as 'reservoir of infection' as inmates crammed into portakabin amid Covid19 outbreak


News 12 November


Rwanda reports 27 new COVID-19 cases in capital city's prison


Canada - Advocate calls prison conditions ‘atrocious’ as inmates face lockdowns amid second wave of COVID-19

Canada - Headingley inmate put in solitary confinement after positive COVID test being 'punished' for illness: mother

Trinidad & Tobago - COVID tests for 200 inmates stalled

US - Prisons and jails have become a ‘public health threat’ during the pandemic, advocates say

US (North Carolina) - COVID-19 cases on the rise behind prison walls, leaving those on the outside frustrated

US - Delaware to temporarily suspend visitation at some prisons

US - Pennsylvania prisons face a deadly ‘full-blown resurgence’ of COVID-19

US (Guam) - Department of Corrections sees COVID-19 cases rise sharply after 7 months with no cases


India - How Maharashtra’s jails stayed free of Covid-19

Covid Early Release Program Provides Unexpected Possibilities for Youthful Offenders in Indonesia

Malaysia - Covid-19 scare a good time to reform prison system, says Suhakam


England and Wales - Eleven prison staff at HMP Dartmoor test positive for Covid-19

Greece - Special measures adopted for prisons

Iceland - Ban On Prison Visits Met With Frustration

Italy - COVID contagion in jails up 600% in 2 weeks - union

Scotland - Reducing prison populations stopped Covid-19 ‘explosion’


News 11 November


Rwanda takes measures to control spread of COVID-19 in prisons

Uganda: Judges Task Govt to End Congestion in Prisons


Canada - 2 inmates at Edmonton Institution for Women contract COVID-19

Jamaica - No Active COVID Cases In Prison

Nearly 400 inmates at Panamanian prison infected with COVID

Trinidad & Tobago - More COVID testing at Maximum Security Prison this week

US - Study Shows More Centralized, Uniform COVID-19 Response Needed in Prisons and Jails

US (New York) - Staffing, supply shortages hampered COVID-19 response at Brooklyn prison, DOJ watchdog says

US - COVID-19 among Wisconsin inmates reaches all-time high; New Lisbon Correctional tops outbreak list


Sri Lanka: ICRC continues to support prison authorities to combat COVID-19

Tensions rise in Sri Lankan prison after coronavirus outbreak

Sri Lanka - Prison officials in crucial talks as virus spreads


Council of Europe - Mid-term impact of Covid-19 on European prison populations: new study

‘Frustrations rise’: Belgian prisons affected worse than in March

Bulgaria’s incarceration rate fell in June – September 2020, CoE study on Covid-19 impact shows

England and Wales - Dozens of inmates test positive for coronavirus at Featherstone Prison

Study: no Covid-19 cases detected among inmates, staff in Georgian prisons

Greece - Prison worker's union laments lack of regular testing, says 16 out of 34 jails reported infections

Covid ‘spreading in Portuguese jails’ due to hopeless overcrowding, says syndicate


News 10 November


Morocco - Virus: Zoom sur la gestion de la pandémie dans les prisons marocaines

Rwanda: Covid-19 - Thirteen Test Positive in Rwamagana Prison


Trinidad & Tobago - Prison On Lockdown

US - Texas prisons, jails worst COVID-19 hotspots of any in US

US (Missouri) - Coronavirus Pandemic Complicates How People Adjust To Life After Prison

US - Coronavirus outbreaks confirmed at three Iowa prisons


India - Kin Not Allowed To Meet Prisoners Due To Covid-19: Maha Home Minister

Calls for Israel to protect prisoners against spread of COVID-19

Sri Lankan police asked to reduce prison congestion over COVID-19


England and Wales - Covid: Twelve Winchester Prison officers test positive

England and Wales - Locked up in lockdown - Life inside a Leicestershire prison during the Covid pandemic

England and Wales - Covid-19 'dominating life' inside Belmarsh - annual report

France - Coronavirus près de Lyon : nouveaux clusters dans deux prisons de la Loire

France - Coronavirus à Strasbourg : Des surveillants positifs, cluster à la prison de l'Elsau

Suspected Covid-19 outbreaks in two Irish prisons

Northern Ireland - Covid outbreak rocks Magilligan Prison

Coronavirus Scotland: ‘Significant’ outbreak confirmed at HMP Barlinnie as staff and inmates test positive


News 7 – 9 November


Prisons, Covid-19 and Mexico’s permanent war

US - More than 1,100 inmates at Iowa prisons have COVID-19, according to Department of Corrections

US - How COVID-19 overwhelmed South Dakota prisons and left inmates, families in the dark

US (Minnesota) - Prisoners’ union declares ‘state of emergency’ after more virus deaths in state prisons

US - Some Utah inmates get early homecoming, others fear the worst as virus spreads in prison

US - Alabama prison facilities introduce new video visitation services

US - More than 8% of Wisconsin prisoners infected with COVID-19


Indonesia - Over 300 inmates in Pekanbaru test positive for COVID-19

Sri Lanka - AG issues revised guidelines to address prison overcrowding


Council of Europe - Facing COVID-19 in prisons and probation

England and Wales - Covid behind bars: what is lockdown like for Britain’s prisoners?

Gibraltar - Inside Windmill Hill, staff and inmates work together to keep prison virus free

Ireland - Prisoner tests positive for Covid-19 in Limerick Prison

Malta - Pandemic leaves prison at breaking point

Spain - Nationwide ban on prison visits and inmate calls cut to curb the spread of Covid


News 6 November


Nigeria - COVID-19: Over 7000 Inmates Released In FG’s Prison Decongestion Efforts

Senegal - Dakar: Covid-19 En Prison, Un Ancien Détenu Raconte

Tunisia - Plus de 177 cas de coronavirus dans les prisons tunisiennes


US (Alaska) - Goose Creek prison reports dozens more COVID-19 cases

US - Jails & Prisons Among Many Active COVID-19 Outbreak Sites In Colorado

US - ACLU Of Utah Wants More Transparency From Department Of Corrections After Inmate Dies From COVID-19


China - Shandong Prison Officials Charged With Negligence Over COVID-19 Cluster

India - HC extends interim bail to over 3,000 undertrial prisoners by 30 more days

Philippines - Supreme Court must 'get real' about prison conditions

Philippines - 53 more high-profile inmates in Bilibid test positive for COVID-19


England and Wales - Coronavirus preparedness in prisons


News 5 November


Canada - Inmate describes conditions at Calgary Remand Centre during COVID-19 outbreak

US - Federal Prison Agency Says It’s Protecting Staff and Inmates From COVID-19 During Social Visits, Amid Concerns

US - More Than 2,000 Inmates Released Early From New Jersey State Prisons In Effort To Prevent COVID Spread

US (New York) - Families Fear for Inmates as COVID Spike Puts State Prisons on Lockdown

US - New coronavirus outbreak reported at Alaska’s largest prison

US - Alabama's prison system sees 700+ cases of COVID-19 among inmate population


Sri Lanka - Six inmates, prison officer contract coronavirus

Sri Lanka - ICRC to set up online interactions between prisoners and families


England and Wales - Serco prison officers 'forced to clean cells without PPE'

England and Wales - Prisoner died from COVID after moving into previous victim’s cell

France - Covid-19 : à la prison de Gradignan, le difficile reconfinement

Coronavirus pandemic threatens imprisoned people in Turkey


News 4 November


Kenya - GK Prison on lockdown after 26 inmates tested positive for Covid-19


US - COVID-19 outbreak at Maine Correctional Center grows to 81 confirmed cases

US - North Alabama prison facility reports 69 new COVID-19 cases

US - N.J. expected today to release thousands of prisoners early statewide

US (Colorado) - El Paso County jail sets state record for largest COVID-19 outbreak among inmates, with 690 sickened


Israeli jail shut as virus surge among Palestinian inmates

Malaysia - Covid-19 spread among prisons under control as lower daily cases recorded — Prison Department


England and Wales - 'Dozens' of inmates test positive for coronavirus at Preston prison

France - Covid-19: the epidemic intensifies in prisons, among guards and inmates

Ireland - More than 40 Midlands Prison staff isolating due to Covid-19 outbreak

News 3 November


Algeria - coronavirus à le prison d’el harrach : d’anciens ministres incarcérés conaminés


Canada - Prison justice society urges 'drastic action' as COVID-19 spreads in Calgary jail

Canada - Judge reduces assault sentence for 'deplorable' and 'unduly harsh' conditions at Innes jail

Canada - Outbreak at Edmonton Remand Centre infects 6

America’s Brutally Packed Prisons Are Slowly Emptying

US (California) - Drop in Jail Population Due to COVID Failed to Cut Number of Black or Mentally Ill Inmates

US - New COVID-19 outbreak reported at Goose Creek Correctional Center, Alaska’s largest prison

US - More than 300 Hawaii inmates at Arizona prison test positive for COVID-19


India - Parole of aged Kerala prisoners extended by 1 month due to COVID-19

Disastrous Prison Conditions in Northeast Iran During the Pandemic

Israel virus cases up, positive test rate falls; jail says 65 prisoners infected

Malaysia - Prisons nationwide have an excess of 20,000 inmates, Dewan Rakyat told

Malaysia - Ministry, Prisons Dept have adopted long-term measures to reduce overcrowding in prisons, says Dep Home Minister


Ireland - Mass testing at Midlands Prison finds virus cases among staff, not inmates

Inmate letter reveals abysmal conditions in Turkey’s Silivri Prison including overcrowding and mistreatment

News 30 October – 2 November


Botswana: Prison Services Covid-19 Strategy Successful


COVID-19 spreading at Belize Central Prison

Canada - 'Everybody is sick': Those inside the massive Calgary prison outbreak look to the province for help

Canada - Infected inmates allowed to mingle, spreading virus throughout Calgary jail: union

Canada - Maskwacis minimum security prison locked down after positive COVID-19 tests

US - Should Prisoners Have to Pay For Medical Care During a Pandemic?

US - 5 deaths at Wisconsin prisons as virus rages across state

US - Reported coronavirus cases nearly triple overnight at N.J. federal prison as outbreak continues

US - 79th California prison inmate dies of COVID-19 complications

US - New COVID-19 outbreaks hit Colorado's jails, prisons

US (Massachusetts) - Lawsuit Asks DOC To Release More Prisoners Amid COVID Spikes


India - Push for repopulation of prisons during a pandemic is reckless

Malaysia - Tackling the deadly nexus between overcrowded prisons and Covid-19

Myanmar - COVID-19 cases in Maubin prison reaches 106

Philippines - Pampanga prov’l jail on total lockdown after inmate dies of COVID-19


England and Wales - Number of prisoners held without trial up by almost a third because of coronavirus court delays

England and Wales - Self-harming in women’s prisons increases to 10-year high

England and Wales - Criminal justice – Prison visits in the pandemic

England and Wales - More than a dozen prison staff at HMP Parc in Bridgend are self-isolating with Covid-19

England and Wales - Covid: HMP Leeds outbreak hits staff and inmates

England and Wales - Covid-19 outbreak at Hull Prison with inmates forced to isolate

England and Wales – Prison 'didn't act quick enough' before convicted murderer died from Covid-19, report says

England and Wales - HMP Styal in lockdown and visits suspended after outbreak of Covid-19

Ireland - Staff and prisoners to be tested at Midlands Prison following Covid-19 outbreak

Malta - Random COVID-19 Tests Replace Daily Temperature Checks In Prison


News 29 October


Nigeria - Mass arrest of looters threatens prison decongestion policy


Canada - Report raises 'serious concerns' about progress on prison isolation units: minister

U.S. Prison, Jail Populations Fall By 170,000 In Pandemic

US - Special Report: As jails free thousands amid COVID-19, reform push takes root

US - For first time, more COVID-19 cases among NY prison inmates than staff

US - Freed, then locked in: leaving a California prison amid a pandemic

US (Illinois) - 4 inmates have died from COVID-19 at East Moline Correctional Center, out of 29 in state prisons


India - Meghalaya: 1,176 prisoners released till date due to COVID-19

Iran - Wave of Arrests Makes Overcrowding Worse at Qezal Hesar Prison

Malaysia - Covid-19 outbreak in Alor Setar Prison under control, says prison director

COVID-19 Rips Through Myanmar’s Prisons


Belgium - Coronavirus: plus de 80 détenus actuellement infectés dans les prisons belges

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak hits Staffordshire prison as staff test positive - leaving Stokies worried for locked-up loved ones

Ireland - Mountjoy prisoners gain access to third-level education during pandemic

Italy - COVID: 150 jail inmates positive, 200 staff


News 28 October


Tunisia - Encombrement dans les prisons: le ministère de la Justice annonce des mesures pour améliorer les conditions de détention

Zimbabwe - Govt sued over deplorable prison conditions


US - Declining Jail Population Endangered by Court Delays During Pandemic

US - Nebraska’s prisons continue to struggle with new virus cases

US (New York) - Protest over COVID-19 outbreak at Elmira Correctional Facility

US - How should California support prisoners released amid COVID-19?

US - 2 more Wisconsin prisons report COVID-19 outbreaks


India - Big task ahead for DG (Prisons) as paroled inmates set to return

India - Panel recommends final extension in interim bail of 3,337 undertrial prisoners in Delhi

Malaysia - Selangor and KL Prisons Dept says adhering to Covid-19 SOP to prevent infection in prisons


Belgium - Covid-19 : la prison de Marche-en-Famenne est en quarantaine

England and Wales - 59 inmates are in Covid self isolation at this London prison

France - Coronavirus : En prison aussi, l’épidémie s’accélère et les personnels s’inquiètent

Malta - Prison’s solitary confinement division will be retained throughout pandemic


News 27 October


Canada - Covid-19 Outbreak Declared At Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre

Prisons are a public health crisis, the American Public Health Association says

US - Montana National Guard to help with COVID-19 outbreak at state prison

US - COVID-19 Amplifies Dire Staffing Shortages At Tennessee Prisons

US - Almost half of South Dakota's inmates have tested positive for COVID-19


India - Almost 85% inmates tested for Covid, over 100 active cases in Maharashtra prisons

Indonesia - Jakarta warden reveals risks of working in overcrowded jail


England and Wales - UK Covid policy for children in detention 'cruel and inhumane', says UN expert

England and Wales - Report reveals overcrowding, weapons and drugs at Bullingdon prison

England and Wales - Two wings locked down at HMP Northumberland due to coronavirus outbreak

England and Wales - Inmate caught with mobile phone at Leeds prison said he needed it to check on his relatives' health during Covid-19 pandemic


News 24-26 October


Anxious wait for non-South African prisoners as Home Affairs take first step to ease parolee backlog

Zimbabwe - Mthuli Ncube Sued to Release Funds For Construction of New Prisons


Canada - More than a quarter of inmates at Calgary jail infected as Alberta again sets COVID-19 records

Canada - Infected Calgary inmates say they have been crammed into disgusting, inhumane solitary confinement

Canada - Tension à la hausse dans les prisons

Martinique - Vingtaine de cas Covid-19 à la prison : les syndicats très inquiets

US - For Prisoners, Pandemic Hits with Greater Force

US - COVID-19 Outbreaks At NY Prisons Lead To Renewed Calls For Clemency

US - In California's Prison With the Worst COVID-19 Outbreak, Men Say Their Mental Health Is Suffering

US - Early releases, safety measures help reduce COVID-19 infections in California prisons

US (California) - Newsom has been ordered to halve San Quentin’s population, but he may not release inmates

US - COVID-19 sickens hundreds of prisoners, staff in northern Michigan

US - North Dakota prison system sees spike in COVID-19 cases


India - After Delhi HC ends blanket extension of bail, prison authorities fear rise in Covid cases

India - From resuming ‘mulaqat’ to making diyas and sweets, Delhi jails inch closer to normalcy

India - Madhya Pradesh govt allows prison visits from Nov 1

India - Lower courts need to grant bails to reduce pendency in courts, avoid overcrowding in prisons, say experts

Indonesia - More than 100 inmates in Bali prison test positive for COVID-19

Overcrowded prisons are Malaysia’s real Covid-19 weak point, former deputy minister says

Myanmar prisons plan measures to prevent virus


England and Wales - First Covid case in Isle of Wight prison confirmed — in a staff member

England and Wales - Jail bosses respond after fears raised over Covid-19 isolation pay

France - Prisons: le garde des Sceaux anticipe la seconde vague de coronavirus

Malta - 12 Covid cases among prison inmates

Scotland - Prisons ‘fit to burst’ as activity levels plummet


Australia - 'Virtual' visits to inmates, streamlined court hearings: how Covid could change Victorian justice

Australia (Victoria) - Intellectually disabled prisoners punished without oversight


News 23 October


Kenya - 1,700 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 so far- MoH

Madagascar: President Rajoelina must deliver on his promise to decongest prisons


Canada - COVID-19 cases at Edmonton Remand Centre continue to climb, though no spread in jail itself

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak declared at Calgary Correctional Centre as 24 inmates test positive

Canada - Anxiety builds for family members of Headingley inmates as outbreak grows

Canada - La COVID-19 gagne du terrain à la prison de Gatineau

US - Science Group Urges COVID-19 Incarceration Slowdown

US (South Carolina) - New coronavirus prevention efforts underway in prisons; inmates remain concerned

US (Wisconsin) - Inmates speak up after COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons, jails

US - ACLU: Minnesota failing to protect inmates from COVID-19

US (South Dakota) - 1 in 4 state penitentiary inmates has COVID-19, hundreds more cases reported statewide

US Virgin Islands - Health Department Lifts St. Thomas Jail Quarantine


Why China’s Prison Officers Are Trying to Escape, Too

Malaysia - Penang Remand Prison inmates test positive for Covid-19 in 2nd screening

Over 81,000 detainees freed in Philippines to decongest jails amid COVID-19


England and Wales - At least 32 Covid-19 cases at HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey

France - Covid-19 : "Il y avait 33 clusters en prison au 15 octobre" contre "trois en juin", s’inquiète la nouvelle Contrôleuse générale des prisons

Ireland - Four Prisoners Test Positive During Pandemic – Minister States None Acquired Virus In Prison


News 22 October


South Africa - Student inmates claim right to study, access to materials being infringed


Martinique - Un cluster Covid-19 confirmé à la prison de Ducos

US - The Trump Administration Is Getting Sued Over COVID Exploding in Prisons

US - CDC updates its guidelines for close Covid-19 contact after prison guard gets infected

US - Prisoners won the right to stimulus checks. Some prisons are standing in the way.

US - Covid-19 Surge Strikes Two New York Prisons

US (New Mexico) - COVID-19 outbreak inside Las Cruces prison infects 43 inmates, 28 staff

US (Pennsylvania) - Commonwealth Reviews Safe Inmate Population Reduction During COVID-19


India - 2,340 Prisoners Test Positive For COVID-19 In Maharashtra

Malaysia - Prison, lock-up SOP to be reviewed


England and Wales - Keeping Hope Alive is Vital for Prisoners Facing a ‘Double Lockdown’ During COVID-19

France - Drôme. Sept cas Covid-19 à la prison de Valence


News 21 October


Canada - Voting behind bars: Informing inmates a challenge for Saskatchewan advocates during pandemic

Canada - Mini-émeute à la prison de Hull en raison du confinement

US - COVID-19 in Prisons Is Far Worse Than Previously Thought, Data Trackers Say

US - To Adhere to Public Health Guidelines and Mitigate COVID-19, Officials Should Use Their Discretion to Minimize Incarceration, Says New Report

US - COVID-19 has infected more than 2,900 people in Wisconsin’s prisons. Should certain inmates be released to stop the spread?

US (New Jersey) - Murphy: Releasing 2,800 Inmates Has Allowed for Safe Social Distancing in State Prison System

US - Human Rights Group Alleges ‘Deplorable Conditions’ At Several Georgia Prisons Amid Pandemic

US (North Carolina) - ‘Somebody dropped the ball:’ Deaths in prisons continued, even as NC COVID cases stabilized

US (California) - Court Orders Immediate Release Or Transfer 1,700 San Quentin Prison Inmates Over COVID Outbreak


Malaysia - MPs call for prison reforms to prevent virus spread


England and Wales - 'They're going grey in the face': how Covid-19 restrictions are affecting UK inmates

England and Wales - Almost 150 inmates at Greater Manchester prison currently locked up for 24-hours-a-day because of Covid-19

England and Wales - Prisoners in isolation after coronavirus outbreak at Wormwood Scrubs


News 20 October


Canada - Six cas de COVID-19 à la prison de Gatineau

US - Hard time and health care: Challenges in caring for the prison population

US (Connecticut) - COVID Presents Fresh Challenges For Prisoners Reentering Society, But Also New Opportunities


India - Govt to obtain 1500 additional video conferencing licences for courts

India - No more extension of bails, paroles for Covid-19 reasons: Delhi High Court observes

India - Covid cases at Nahan jail, little space for isolation

Malaysia - New SOP for remand application via video conferencing, says minister

Malaysia - With supplies running low, Penang Prison pleads for more PPEs

Nepal - NHRC recommends govt to ensure health protocols in prisons


England and Wales - Prisons to virtually connect to NHS hospitals

England and Wales - Prisoners locked up for 23 hours due to Covid rules is 'dangerous'

England and Wales - Prisoners suspected to have coronavirus kept locked in cells

France - Covid-19 en prison : «On se prend la seconde vague de plein fouet»


Australia - ‘The Depression Increased’: The Families Who Can’t See Their Loved Ones In Prison


News 3 – 19 October


Kenya - Industrial Area Remand Closed To New Prisoners After COVID-19 Cases

South Africa - It’s been a rough year for prisoners, prison staff and JICS, says Justice Edwin Cameron

South Africa - Foreigners languishing in SA prisons, despite overdue parole dates

Uganda - COVID-19: Infections in prisons rise


Belize Prison to be Shut Down Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Canada - Worsening conditions in prisons during COVID-19 further marginalize criminalized women

Canada - Headingley Correctional Centre in lockdown as COVID-19 outbreak declared at jail

Jamaica - More than 60 COVID-19 cases in the island's prison system - Samuda

COVID-19 outbreak at jail pushes Tobago cases to 102

US - COVID-19 and mass incarceration: a call for urgent action

US - I left my friends in prison in a pandemic. Here's what it's like for them

US - Thousands of sick federal prisoners sought release as Covid-19 spread. Nearly all were denied.

A Super-Spreader Jail Keeps Sparking COVID Outbreaks Across the U.S.

US - NJ will grant early release for 20% of prison inmates — but even supporters have concerns

US - California kept prison factories open. Inmates worked for pennies an hour as COVID-19 spread

US - 28th Alabama inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19


Prisons: COVID-19 Tinderboxes?

India - NHRC asks states to expand category of prisoners who can be released

India - In Delhi’s prisons, coronavirus hit the staff harder than the inmates

124 detainees, prisoners infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia

Korea, Red Cross help curb spread of COVID-19 in Indonesian prisons

Malaysian prisons report 1,126 COVID-19 cases

Malaysia - Prisons Department to free some prisoners to curb spread of Covid-19

Malaysia - Government must urgently address dire Covid-19 spread in prisons — Lawyers for Liberty

Nepal - Overcrowded prisons pose challenge for keeping inmates safe

Philippines - 46 inmates, 12 guards in Northern Samar jail catch Covid-19


Belgium - Covid-19: Prison staff strikes to suspend unsupervised visits

Belgium - Covid-19: Nivelles prison under quarantine after 8 inmates test positive

England and Wales - Inmates at seven prisons still waiting on video call technology

England and Wales - Criminals 'handed coronavirus discounts as sentences shortened because of harsh new prison conditions'

England and Wales - Covid rules in prisons blocking rehabilitation, say UK campaigners

England and Wales - Special report: Just 80 Covid cases in 80,000 prisoners — but still they endure 23-hour lock-up misery

England and Wales - Covid: Lowdham Grange inmates confined to cells as cases rise

England and Wales - Coronavirus: HMP Northumberland inmates kept in cells for eight days awaiting tests

Coronavirus: Visiting suspended at Isle of Man Prison

Four Northern Ireland prison officers test positive for Covid-19

Northern Ireland - Covid-19: Visits to Magilligan Prison temporarily suspended

Northern Ireland - Prison mums using Zoom to read bedtime stories to their kids

Coronavirus: More than 250 inmates self-isolating in Scotland's largest prison


News 2 October


Rwandan prison official apprehended for calling for humanitarian assistance

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono speaks out over brutal Zimbabwe prison conditions


Canada - Employee case of COVID-19, staff shortages in maximum security at Sask. Penitentiary

US - Federal Prisons Will Let Inmates Have Visitors During Pandemic

US (South Dakota) - Third mass testing at women's prison finds more cases of COVID-19

US (Minnesota) - 70% of inmates at Waseca prison have contracted COVID-19, FMC outbreak reaches new high

US - Elderly inmates push New York state to show mercy during pandemic


COVID-19: Timely support to prisons continues across Bangladesh

Indonesia - Pekanbaru Women's Prison 'Overwhelmed' as 28 Inmates Contracted Covid-19

Philippines - Gov’t to release more eligible inmates to decongest jails

Philippines - Groups call for proper inmate treatment in pandemic

Thailand - Justice Minister proposes releasing chronically ill inmates to reduce prison overcrowding


England and Wales - HMP Preston is 'severely overcrowded' and distancing is virtually impossible according to recent report

Prison conditions in Turkey amid pandemic: ‘No ventilation, disinfectants, masks…’


News 1 October


Libya - Ministry of Justice opens new facilities at Ain Zara prison

South Africa - Leeuwkop prison shares their experience with Covid-19


Mexico is unable to tackle the prison crisis

US (California) - Screening shortcomings, lack of timely care identified in federal report on Lompoc prison response to COVID-19

US - Oklahoma prisons suspend visitation due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Inmates return to prison cells after street protest in Venezuela


Condemned Without Trial: India’s undertrials problem is spurring the COVID-19 outbreak in prisons

India - How COVID-19 Spread Faster Among Delhi Prison Staff Than Prisoners

India - In-person visits at Delhi’s prisons to restart on Oct 1

India - 668 inmates in 47 jails across Karnataka tested positive for COVID-19

Iran - COVID19 Positive Sunni Prisoners Denied Medical Treatment

Prisoners threaten suicide to pressure Lebanese parliament over amnesty law


England and Wales - Update issued as more coronavirus cases are confirmed at Nottinghamshire prison

France: Pre-Trial Detention: The Health Crisis Does Not In Itself Justify The Release From Prison

Scotland - HMP Glenochil lockdown restrictions lead to reduction in violent incidents


Australia - Grave fears for safety of children and other prisoners during pandemic

News 30 September


Kenya: Thousands of Petty Offenders Released During Covid-19 Pandemic

Nigeria - COVID-19: FG Decongests Prisons, Releases 3,751 Inmates

Nigeria - FG to decongest juvenile inmates in prisons – Malami

Tunisia - Covid-19 : contamination de 34 détenus et cinq agents pénitentiaires à la prison de Mornaguia


US - Federal court orders Texas prison system to provide hand sanitizer for some geriatric inmates during pandemic

US - 31 prison inmates with coronavirus have died in Virginia

US - 65 people incarcerated in California prisons have now died of coronavirus

US - COVID Races Through Some Georgia Prisons, Sickening Staff And Inmates

US - In Wisconsin's largest-yet prison outbreak, 2 in 5 inmates at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution have COVID-19


India – UP jail authorities issue guidelines for Covid treatment of prisoners

Over 600 Coronavirus Infections Detected In Lebanon’s Prisons


Deaths from natural causes in English and Welsh prisons 'unacceptably high'

England and Wales - HMP Lowdham Grange in lockdown after Covid-19 outbreak


News 29 September


South Africa - Many Covid-19 recoveries for Leeuwkop prison


US - Efforts to keep COVID-19 out of Montana prisons fuels outbreaks at county jails

US - Over 3,100 Florida prison workers have tested positive for COVID-19

US - More Hawaii jail virus cases a day after containment report

US (California) - Docs, Witnesses Say Lax Procedures Fueled Virus Spread in Federal Jail

US (Alaska) - Juneau inmates frustrated as state ban on classes, family visits, religious services continues


India - Coronavirus spreading in jails

India - UP Govt Orders Aggressive COVID-19 Testing In Prisons Amid Rise In Cases

Lebanon - Le bilan quotidien toujours au-dessus des 1.000 cas, 614 contaminations dans les prisons

Nepal - Baitadi jail facing challenges due to overcrowding


England and Wales - More prisoners self-harming at HMP Whatton following lockdown

France - Coronavirus - Covid-19 : "La pandémie a dégradé les conditions de vie des détenus" selon Prison Insider, à Lyon

Ireland - High Court challenge brought over reduction of prisoner visits due to Covid-19

Northern Ireland - Hidden heroes: prison officers are hailed for their initiatives during crisis

News 26-28 September

The untold plight of imprisoned women in Africa, the Americas, and Asia under the pandemic


Gambia - Mile 2 Prison hit by covid-19


Bahamas - Days After Commissioner Says Prison Has No Cases, Minister Says Officers Have Covid-19

Canada - Visits suspended at federal prisons in Quebec to curb COVID-19 second wave

Canada - Prisoner at North Fraser Pretrial Centre tests positive for COVID-19

Guyana - No investigation ongoing into how Lusignan prisoners were infected with COVID-19

Mexico - Prison coronavirus outbreak in La Paz; 21 inmates infected

US - Amid massive covid-19 outbreak, Virginia prisons accused of failing inmates again

US (California) - Men’s prison in Chino records 22nd coronavirus-related death

US (California) - 27th San Quentin prisoner dies of coronavirus complications

US - Prisoners Describe Official Missteps At The Center Of Michigan’s Worst Coronavirus Outbreak

US - Dozens more contract COVID-19 in South Dakota women's prison


India - As Covid-19 cases breach the 2,000-mark in prisons across Maharashtra, lawyers to press for changes in high-power panel’s guidelines

India - Nearly 1,200 inmates infected in 71 jails in UP, says DG Prison

India - COVID-19: Parole extended for 3900 MP jail inmates

Indonesia - 47 inmates n East Java prison hospitalized due to covid-19

Alarming Rise of Inmates contracting Coronavirus in Southwest Iran

Malaysia - EMCO at Tawau Prison extended

Philippines - COA chides BuCor for delay in procurement of much-needed medicines for PDLs


England and Wales - MoJ may extend use of prison video calls

Northern Ireland - Defendants with `winnable cases' pleading guilty to get out of jail due to Covid-91 court delays

Scottish Prisons: Visits to restart in Scotland’s prisons with limits in place


Australia - Victorian prisoners get COVID sentence cuts

French Polynesia - Tahiti’s Nuutania prison detects covid-19 outbreak with 20 cases


News 25 September


South Africa - Families encouraged to visit Kgosi Mampuru prison inmates

In Zimbabwe’s overcrowded prisons, fear of COVID-19 spreads


Jamaica - Tower Street prisoners 'shaken up' after COVID cases confirmed

Trinidad & Tobago - No COVID death in prison says acting commissioner

Stanford researchers find COVID-19 spreads faster in American jails than on cruise ships

US - For Inmates With COVID-19, Anxiety and Isolation Make Prison 'Like A Torture Chamber'

US (Virginia) - Prison holding geriatric prisoners reports 11th virus death

US - Massachusetts DOC Will Resume In-Person Visits At Prisons Next Week


Coronavirus Scotland: Prisons ban family visits again over new restrictions


News 24 September


Nigeria - COVID-19 causes delay in prison reform implementation - CG


US - Ten inmate deaths reported at Virginia prison from COVID-19

US (Minnesota) - Significant COVID-19 outbreak at Waseca federal prison

US - NJ bill allows some inmates to be released early because of pandemic

US Virgin Islands - Tim Duncan Donates Over 10,000 Masks to V.I. Prison System


Lebanon - Virus Cases Soar Past 350 in Roumieh Prison

Nepal - 507 inmates contract COVID-19 at Siraha Prison


Covid stops family visits for children in youth prisons in England and Wales

England and Wales - Lockdown sees rise in Belmarsh prisoners receiving drug contaminated letters

Hungary - COVID-19 Rapidly Spreading in Szeged Prison

Ireland - Dublin visitors to Portlaoise jails to be refused entry due to Covid-19 as physical visits resume

Dozens of Scots prison escort staff self-isolating after coronavirus outbreak


News 23 September


Canada - COVID-19 shouldn’t be a get-out-of-jail-free card, Nunavut’s top judge rules

Canada - Being held in ‘awful’ Thompson RCMP cells during trial reason to reduce prison sentence, says judge

Jamaica - Two COVID-19 cases at Tower Street prison

Trinidad & Tobago - 139 foreign prisoners demand talks with Embassy officials

US - NY Urged to Make Fixes To Avoid Another COVID Surge in Prisons and Jails

US (Florida) - Federal Prison System's COVID-19 Response Now Under Review

US (Texas) - County jails faced with overcrowding problem due to effects of pandemic

US (California) - COVID-19 cases surpass 1000 in Folsom State Prison

US - Federal lawmakers demand answers on COVID-19 conditions in Virginia prisons

US - Man dies of COVID-19 in Oregon prison, 7th since pandemic began

US - Some Oklahoma prison workers receive COVID-19 pay


India - Five Luksar jail inmates donate plasma for Covid treatment

Inmates’ families rally outside Lebanon’s largest prison amid reports of COVID-19 outbreak


England and Wales - Wandsworth Prison living conditions deemed unacceptable

Scotland - Coronavirus case at West Lothian Prison with close contacts told to self-isolate for 14 days

UN recommends Ukraine grant amnesty to certain convicts amid COVID-19 pandemic


News 22 September


ICRC Donates PPE To Gambia Prison Services


Bahamas - Prison Boss Warns Staff – Don't Take Issues Public

Guyana - 120 Lusignan inmates test positive for COVID-19 – Anthony

Coronavirus en Martinique : un cas avéré au sein du personnel de la prison

US - Locked up during COVID-19: Costly phone calls strain families

US (South Dakota) - COVID-19 cases increase at women's prison, DOC discontinues community service projects

US (Florida) - Prison visits have been suspended for six months. Here’s what it’s been like for families

US (Nebraska) - Lack of staff at NDCS could slow down parole process amid overcrowding emergency

US - Coronavirus in Tennessee: Department of Correction reports 609 active cases in prison

US (California) - Court Filing: COVID-19 Outbreak At San Diego Jail Due To Careless Handling Of Infected Inmate

US - Oklahoma prisons see jump in COVID-related death toll


India - Maharashtra Jails Report 2,012 COVID-19 Cases, 6 Deaths

India - Assam: 350 detention camp inmates released on bail during Covid-19 pandemic, says Centre

Japan - Convict to sue Osaka Prison for stricter COVID-19 measures

Nepal - NHRC Urges Even And Judicious Implementation Of Remittance Of Prison Term

Sri Lanka - Reforms for rehabilitation


England and Wales - Erlestoke Prison 'less safe' following Covid-19 restrictions


News 19 - 21 September


University education program still on hold for inmates across Canada

Guyana police probe shooting deaths of two prisoners

Trinidad & Tobago - Over 250 Prisons Officers In Quarantine

US - Limited N.C. prison, juvenile justice facility visitation resumes for COVID-19 precautions

US (Massachusetts) - As prison visits prohibited amid pandemic, families push for free calls

US - Facing an indefinite ban on in-person visits, families of Alaska prisoners question paid phone calls

US - San Francisco announces all phone calls from county jails are now free

US (Washington) - WA Official Proposes 30% Cut in Prison Population

US (Washington) - I’m Living in Fear of COVID as New People Get Transferred Into the Prison I’m In


India - Covid-19 cases among prisoners in Maharashtra jails breaches 2,000 mark; no fatalities since six weeks

India - Banquet hall in Uttarakhand’s Rudrapur turned into Covid care centre for prisoners

India - Bihar: Jails getting overcrowded amid pandemic

Nepal - President Bhandari remits jail term of 290 inmates


England and Wales - Solicitors ‘face 10-week wait’ to talk to their clients in prison via video link

England and Wales - Innocent people being held in prison for months without trial because of ‘underfunded justice system’, campaigners say

France - Les cas de covid-19 se multiplient dans les prisons de Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain) et le centre pour mineurs à Meyzieu (Rhône)


News 18 September


Nigeria - Bauchi governor requests FG to extend COVID-19 support to prisons

South Africa - More than 100 die as Covid-19 storm rips through SA's prisons


Trinidad & Tobago - Caribbean rights group wants more done to protect prisoners from COVID-19

Trinidad & Tobago - Prison hunger strike fizzles

US - Nearly 1,000 inmates, more than 200 staff in Wisconsin prisons have tested positive for coronavirus

US - Collapsing inmates, cold hot dogs and one nurse: quarantine in a Virginia prison

US - COVID-19 outbreak reported at South Dakota women's prison

US - W.Va. reports 2nd inmate death related to COVID-19


India - 105 inmates test COVID positive in UP jail

Nepal - Most Siraha prison inmates infected with COVID-19


Belgium - Prisons: vers une grève mardi, le personnel ne veut plus de visites hors surveillance en période Covid

Northern Ireland - Maghaberry Prison: Republican prisoners refusing meals

Hundreds of prisoners forced to go into self-isolation at a jail on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Switzerland - Premier cas de Covid-19 en prison


News 17 September


Gambia - Coronavirus Outbreak At Mile Two Prison; Prisoners Contract The Deadly Virus!

Ghana - Coronavirus: Masks4all supports Prison Service with 4000 masks

219 inmates escape from Uganda prison, some with guns, ammunition

Zimbabwe - Kurauone Speaks On Conditions At Masvingo Remand Prison


Podcast: How Belize Central Prison has Mitigated the Spread of COVID-19

Guyana - Unrest erupts at Lusignan prison after two positive COVID tests

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons Commissioner on inmates’ hunger strike: They want sympathy

US - Health Officials Blame Prison For COVID Outbreak In Rural Southeast Georgia

US - Shoddy masks — some made from socks — leave Central Florida jail inmates exposed to COVID-19, attorneys say


UN rights experts call for Iran prisoner furlough

Lebanon - Coronavirus outbreak in Roumieh Prison, over 250 cases detected


Belgium - Coronavirus en prison : 33 détenus et 77 membres du personnel contaminés

France - Covid-19 en prison dans l’Ain et le Rhône. Le directeur régional annonce un dépistage élargi

England and Wales - Government admits to not knowing extent of excessive pre-trial detention post Lockdown


Australia - Children should never be subjected to solitary confinement

Australia - New prisoners decreased by 17% for June Quarter 2020


News 16 September


More than 50 in overcrowded DRC prison starve to death

Senegal - Les Plats Provenant De L’extérieur Encore Admis Dans Les Prisons, Les Week-Ends

How South African prisons are managing Covid-19


Guyana - Coronavirus at Lusignan Prison; containment efforts intensify

US - Leavenworth tops all federal prisons in COVID-19 cases

US (Florida) - 24% of local COVID-19 cases reported in long-term care and correctional facilities

US (Oklahoma) - Another Prison COVID Outbreak; Hundreds Of Inmates Test Positive At Vinita Facility

US - Two More Oklahoma Prisoners Dead After COVID Infection

US (Hawaii) - Mass COVID Testing to Take Place at Jails, Prisons Statewide


India - 351 jails infected with COVID-19, infections in prisons rising fast: National Campaign Against Torture

India - Proactive approach can ease congestion in jails

India - Emergency parole of prisoners in Maharashtra will be automatically extended: Bombay HC

Maharashtra: Families of Prison Inmates with Co-morbidities and Age Issues Worried, Only Those Without Serious Offences Released

Philippines - 38 inmates, 2 jail personnel contract COVID


England and Wales - Severe overcrowding at HMP Preston making social distancing 'all but impossible'

France - Covid-19. 24 cas en zone pénitentiaire dans le Rhône et l’Ain


Australia - Tasmanian Custodial Inspector releases report on rehabilitation in state's prison system

Australia - Some prisoners spending 22 hours a day in solitary confinement due to Queensland Covid lockdown


News 15 September


DRC - Butembo : 2 détenus atteints de Covid-19 à la prison de Kakwangura refusent le traitement “suite au manque de nourriture”

Uganda: Ministry of Health and WHO Respond to a Spike of Covid-19 Infection in Amuru Prison


US - Ethical or exploitative—should prisoners participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials?

US - Protesters Chant 'Orange Lives Matter' at Oklahoma Prison Facing Coronavirus Outbreak

US - Iowa prison population falls from 22% to 7% over capacity

US - Hundreds Of Colorado Inmates Have Been Released Early Because Of Coronavirus. This Is One Man’s Story


Kazakh Prisoners Packed In Cells, Endure 'Degrading' Conditions In Coronavirus Lockdown

Lebanon lawyer warns coronavirus-hit prison 'humanitarian time bomb'

Lebanon - Riots in Roumieh prison after COVID-19 cases detected


Belgium - Préavis de grève dans les prisons: une réunion mercredi entre syndicats et autorités

England and Wales - HMP Hewell 'cannot be considered safe', inspectors say in damning report

France - Lyon : La prison pour mineurs sérieusement touchée par le Covid-19. Des mesures fortes viennent d’être prises


New Zealand - Covid-19: Two Auckland Prison inmates and 20 Corrections staff in isolation


News 4 – 14 September

The pandemic is boosting efforts to get the old out of prison


Morocco Suspends All Family Visits to Prisons as COVID-19 Threat Grows

‘Staggering’ Number of Women in Sierra Leone’s Overcrowded Prisons Yet to Be Convicted

South Africa - Covid-19: SA prisons report 93% recovery rate, with 299 active cases left out of 6 944 infections

Uganda - Kitgum taskforce to regulate movement of prison staff due to Covid-19

Uganda - Moroto prison sealed off as 30 inmates test positive to Covid-19

Zimbabwe - Zim Covid-19+ prisoners given ‘hot water’ as treatment, says Chin’ono


COVID-19 spreads in Brazil’s prisons, reformatories

Tattooed gangsters in coronavirus masks crammed into packed cells amid pandemic in hellhole El Salvador prison

Abuse and fear: Trans women speak out about life in Nicaragua’s prisons during COVID-19

US - Act now or coronavirus will sentence more prisoners to death, say experts

US - Prison inmates are twice as likely to die of Covid-19 than those on the outside, new report finds

US - Report: Only 7% of Inmates' Loved Ones Say Prisoners Have Soap and Other Basic Necessities to Stop the Spread of Covid-19

US - ‘Don’t let me die’: Inside the Alabama prison system’s COVID-19 quarantine ward

US - COVID-19 Inmate Death Toll Tops 100 In Florida

US - Cumulative number of infected Missouri prisoners nears 1,000

US - California’s federal prisons to lift COVID-19 visitor restriction — and workers are worried

US - Oregon fires: evacuated prisoners sleep on floor in packed Covid-19 hotspot

Deaths Inside Venezuelan Prisons Doubled During Pandemic


Hong Kong inmates who refused COVID-19 test locked in solitary confinement, denied water: Report

India - Maharashtra: High caseload among jail inmates, prison dept ramps up testing

India - Aware Covid spreading in prisons, take immediate steps, Bombay HC tells govt

Iran - Women in Sepidar Prison Held in Unbearable Conditions Amid the Pandemic

Twelve Detainees In Ofer Israeli Prison Are Covid-19 Positive

Lebanon’s overcrowded prison may be courting COVID-19 health disaster

Malaysia - Six New Covid-19 Cases Detected At Tawau Prison From Benteng LD Cluster

Nepal - Supreme Court once again orders authorities to release or reduce jail terms of inmates in view of Covid-19 pandemic

Nepal - 231 inmates across country infected with COVID-19

Fighting the Pandemic in Pakistan’s Prisons

Pakistan Prepares to Free Female Prisoners Amid Calls for Jail Reforms

How Singapore’s prisons are taking precautions against COVID-19

Thailand - Jail In Lockdown After Prisoner Found With Coronavirus


England and Wales - People can now be held in prison for eight months while awaiting trial as Government extends time limit

England and Wales - Use of segregation post-lockdown at HMP Whitemoor ‘excessive’

Coronavirus Ireland: Covid-19 outbreak fear at Dublin Prison as new prisoner struck with virus

Northern Ireland - First inmate tests positive for Covid-19 at Maghaberry Prison

Scotland - More than one in four prisoners now on remand due to covid-19 court backlog


Australia - Drug use drops sharply in Victorian prisons during COVID-19 visitor ban


News 29 August – 3 September


Ghana - We’re building robust health systems in prisons against Covid-19 outbreaks – Bawumia

South Africa - Prisoner with chronic illnesses loses bid to be released on 'Covid-19 parole'

South Africa - Kgosi Mampuru prison allegedly flouting Covid-19 rules


COVID-19 spreads in Brazil's prisons, reformatories

Canada - “Worse than lockdown”: prisoners at the Burnside Jail are being held in solitary confinement conditions for COVID lockdowns

Guyana - Prison service gets IMPACS boost to keep COVID-19 out

In Mexico women inmates find education chance amid pandemic

US - Bureau of Prisons resumes in-person visits as inmates, staff continue to die from COVID-19

The U.S. Prison System Has Reached 1,000 COVID-19 Deaths

US - Prison inmates are twice as likely to die of Covid-19 than those on the outside, new report finds

US - Massive Coronavirus Outbreak At CoreCivic Prison In Middle Tennessee Raises Questions

US - Latest coronavirus outbreak behind bars is at Louisiana prison that holds dialysis patients


India - Inmates Released From Overcrowded Prisons Due to COVID-19 Are Struggling

India - Stretched beyond capacity, coronavirus fears lurk in Andhra Pradesh’s central prisons

India - 1,400 released in bid to decongest Amritsar Central Jail

Iran failing to control coronavirus spread in prisons: rights group

Malaysia - Covid-19: 14 new cases, outbreak spreads from lockup to prison

Maldives - Covid-19: five more convicts test positive from Hulhumalé jail

Officials fear things for the worse in Nepal’s overcrowded prisons as four inmates die in central jail

Pakistan’s PM orders release of sick, older female prisoners


19 prisoners, 5 workers infected with coronavirus in Azerbaijani prison

England and Wales - Homelessness among prison leavers ‘will rise as Covid support ends’

England and Wales - Prisoners being released into rough sleeping in a pandemic is a clear marker of institutional failure

England and Wales - Inmates ‘unable to shower’ due to prison staffing crisis

England and Wales - Mother sues MoJ over child's lack of access to father in jails lockdown

Second Covid-19 case confirmed in Irish prison system

Over 600 Swabs Carried Out In Malta’s Prison With No Inmates Testing Positive For COVID-19

Northern Ireland - Prisons to resume offender management programmes and face-to-face learning

Scotland - Barlinnie prison visits suspended following new Glasgow coronavirus restrictions


Australia prisoners set fire in cells as virus lockdown sparks unrest

Australia (Queensland) - Advocates demand an end to solitary confinement for at-risk prisoners


News 28 August


Ethiopia - COVID-19 State Of Emergency Inquiry Board Recommends Releasing Prisoners Who Qualify For Pardon, Probation To Reduce Virus Spread

Kenya - Panic as 27 Embu prisoners test Covid-19 positive

Madagascar’s justice ministry blames deadly prison breakout on coronavirus

COVID-19: Several Moroccan Prisons Suspend Family Visits


In Brazil’s prisons, inequality isn’t just a condition. It’s the law.

Covid-19 : 20 cas de contaminations détectés à la prison de Baie-Mahault en Guadeloupe

Maldives - Six detainees in Hulhumalé test positive for Covid-19

US - COVID Prison Disaster Prompts Reform Bills: Legislative Watch

US (Wyoming) - WDOC: Containment efforts slowing COVID-19 transmission in prison

US (Alaska) - Anchorage juvenile justice facility reports 16 cases of COVID-19

US - 14th S. Carolina inmate dies after contracting COVID-19

US - Two Oregon inmates died on the same day after contracting COVID-19 at eastern Oregon prison


India - Covid prisoners in Barmer jail upload videos of pathetic conditions inside

India - 42 prisoners, Deputy jailer of Jabalpur jail test positive for coronavirus

India - Over 1300 prisoners in AP jails have contracted COVID-19 so far:Director General of Prisons


Australia - Calls for reduced sentences, early releases due to Qld prison lockdown


News 27 August


Zimbabwe - Chikurubi Maximum Prisoner Dies From COVID-19


Canada - Panel overseeing prison segregation says they were blocked from doing their work

Canada - Lack of jail space is creating backlog in courts, says judge

Trinidad & Tobago - 231 prison officers in COVID quarantine, recruits fill void

US - Federal Bureau of Prisons guilty of deliberate indifference in failing to protect healthy prisoners from COVID-19

US - 4th Oregon prison inmate dies of COVID-19

US (North Carolina) - Outbreak rages at NC women’s prison ahead of new court hearing

US (Hawaii) - 30 HCCC Pretrial Misdemeanor Inmates to be Released

US - AG Won’t Release Information On COVID-19 Outbreak At Hawaii Jail


India - COVID-19: NHRC Writes To States, UTs Seeking Information On Medical Infrastructure, Practices

Prisoners infected with coronavirus in Israeli prison

Nepal - National rights watchdog asks government to ensure health and safety in prisons


England and Wales - The other prison pandemic

Northern Ireland - Long welcomes next phase of prisons’ Covid recovery plan


Australia - Queensland prisons in lockdown after officer tests positive to coronavirus

Australia (Queensland) - Prison lockdowns cannot be solution to preventing COVID-19 outbreak


News 26 August


South Africa - Fears monthly prison visits could increase likelihood of inmates getting Covid-19

Zimbabwe - Bulawayo prisons write major success story. . . record 100 percent Covid-19 recoveries, eliminate new infections

Zimbabwe - Magistrate orders for the immidiate sanitisation of Chikurubi Maximum Prison Cells


US - The Growing Litigation Battle Over COVID-19 in the Nation’s Prisons and Jails

US (Washington State) - Voices from Solitary: Fighting the Coronavirus in Prison with Transfers, Isolation, Threats, and Game Boys

US - Florida Prison Coronavirus Toll Keeps Climbing

US - Michigan inmates fear punitive responses to COVID-19 in state prisons

US - 646 more Kentucky inmates released from prison to prevent COVID-19 spread

US (North Carolina) - Prisoners continued being sent to laundry job after co-workers tested positive for COVID-19

US - Oregon governor considers releasing 400 prisoners as coronavirus precaution: report

US - Colorado officials reach settlement over inmates at risk for severe COVID-19 infections


India - Thane: Behind prison walls, Covid spawns new freedom and a humane touch

India - 1,690 inmates test positive for Covid-19


Belgium - Visites limitées dans les prisons : quatre associations demandent des mesures pour les détenus et leurs proches


Australia - 50 Vic inmates, staff contract COVID-19

News 25 August


Imprisoned rights defenders in Egypt at ‘grave risk’ of COVID-19, warn UN experts

Kenya - Lamu cops free petty offenders to decongest cells in Covid-19 fight

Uganda’s rising prison COVID-19 infections

Uganda - Prison Authorities Asks MOH to Test all Inmates, Staff for COVID-19


Canada - Lawyer questions province's audit of pandemic protocols at Edmonton Remand Centre

Trinidad - Two prisoners, several prison officers test positive for COVID-19

US - Prisoners and guards agree about federal coronavirus response: ‘We do not feel safe’

US - An Imprisoned Mom’s Experience With Virtual Parenting

US - COVID-19 Inmate Deaths Exceed 2001-2020 Executions

US - Care or punishment? Michigan prisoners placed in solitary as COVID surges

US - New Mexico ACLU sues over inmate treatment amid pandemic

US (California) - ‘Disgusting policy’: Prisoners’ families must pay for remains after COVID-19 deaths

US (California) - COVID-19 brings change in federal prosecutors’ handling of compassionate-release requests


India - 59 inmates +ve for virus in Beed jail

Iran’s Adelabad Prison: COVID-19 Risk High, Fostered By Population Density And Government Policies – Interview


England and Wales - Three prisoners test positive for coronavirus as Teesside jail block goes into lockdown

Malta - 5 prison employees test positive for coronavirus


News 22-24 August


DRC - Covid-19 : L’OMS RDC fait un don à la prison de Goma dans le cadre de la lutte contre la pandémie

Kenya - CJ Maraga says Judiciary will help decongest prisons

South Africa - Covid-19 in prisons: 89% of those infected have recovered, says correctional services dept

South Africa - DCS considering prison visits under Level 2 - but it will come with strict conditions

Ugandan prison closed after more than 150 inmates test positive for COVID-19


Brazil's squalid jails get even worse as COVID-19 spreads

Guyana - Benn concerned at `unsatisfactory’ conditions at Lusignan Prison

US - Coronavirus cases in prisons are exploding. More people need to be let out.

US - 'Severe inhumanity': California prisons overwhelmed by Covid outbreaks and approaching fires

US (California) - Inmate becomes 21st at Chino prison to die from COVID-19

US - Paroled Inmates Still in Texas Prisons — and in Danger

US (North Carolina) - Dozens of inmates barricaded themselves in housing area at NC prison Sunday

US (Florida) - Mock-Graveyard At Capitol Created To Demonstrate Inmate Deaths From COVID-19

US - Coronavirus numbers spike in Missouri prisons


India - After two deaths, no more COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi prisons

India - Uttar Pradesh: Two dozen prisoners in Mathura district jail test positive for Covid-19

India - In the time of Covid-19, Tihar allows virtual meetings between prisoners, families

Sri Lanka - Govt. to release children currently with mothers in prison


Belgium - Les prisons, compliquées d’accès pour les avocats

England and Wales - Ban On Prison Visits Is A Breach Of Children's Rights, Lawyers Argue

Woman becomes first confirmed Covid-19 case in Irish prison system

Malta - Coronavirus victim died three months after leaving prison while battling cancer

Scots prisoners ordered to wear face masks in latest coronavirus' legislation


Australia - Children in Covid-hit Brisbane youth prison must be released immediately, advocates say

News 21 August

Pandemic slows aid ops, boosts prison access: Red Cross


COVID-19 Spreads Inside Ethiopian Detention Centers

Kenya - Panic grips Kericho GK Prison after 48 inmates, staff test positive for COVID-19

Malawi - 11 pardoned prisoners test positive for Covid-19

South Africa - Westville Prison warder stabbings linked to request for Covid-19 test


Guadeloupe - Covid-19 : un détenu du centre pénitentiaire de Baie-Mahault testé positif.

Peru's prison system enduring the pandemic

CDC: Mass coronavirus testing in US prisons finds 12 times more cases than with symptom-based testing

US - Washington families, attorneys ask state to further reduce prison population

US - Inmates Are Released As COVID-19 Spreads Inside Hawaii’s Largest Jail

US - W.Va Jails Still Overcrowded During Pandemic, Despite New Law For Pretrial Release

US (New York State) - Auburn Prison COVID-fighting Policies Inconsistent, Deficient, Inmates Say

US - I-Team: Parole for hundreds of Michigan prisoners held up by classes delayed by COVID-19


As Covid-19 Hits India’s Prisons, Expert Explains Why Decongestion Is Not Enough

India - 27 Maharashtra jails record 1,478 COVID-19 cases; six deaths


Australia - Young inmates locked in cells as authorities brace for a potential coronavirus outbreak at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre


News 20 August


Cabo Verde: 68 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours including 25 at Praia jail

Nigeria: Covid-19 - Prisons Reopen in 28 States, FCT, Admits 9,900 Inmates

South Africa: Foreign Nationals Are Being Held in Prison Past Their Release Dates

South Africa - Popcru calls for increase in danger allowance


Inmates in Peru's Largest Prison Help Authorities Identify Others Infected by Coronavirus

Coronavirus Death Toll from U.S. Prisons and Jails Tops 1,000

US - Nine States Are Allowing Some Family Prison Visits

US - As Covid-19 cases in prisons climb, data on race remain largely obscured

US - 'Who is going to man the prison if everyone tests positive?' Corrections officer union warns of dual threat facing federal prisons

US - Prison visitation ban extended in Florida

US - Folsom Prison COVID-19 cases double, now California’s largest active inmate outbreak

US - COVID-19 testing approach in Mississippi prisons ‘inadequate and dangerous,’ lawyer says

US - Mass testing revealed mass outbreaks in North Carolina prisons

US - Temporary halt to transfers into Iowa prison system due to Covid

US Virgin Islands - Department of Justice Facilities Remain Closed to the Public


India - Covid breaks prison’s earnings

India - COVID-19: 928 prison inmates, 167 staff have tested positive in Andhra's prisons

Japan - Pandemic payout has jail inmates raising Hokkaido town population


Early-release scheme for prisoners in England and Wales to end

France - Coronavirus à Marseille : Quatre cas confirmés à la prison des Baumettes


Australia - No visits, two-week isolation for new inmates: Qld jails in Stage 2 COVID restrictions

News 19 August


Nigeria - FG opts for non-custodial sentencing to decongest prisons

Senegal - Prison de Mbour : Une enquête menée à la maison carcérale


COVID May Be Killing Hundreds of Prisoners in Mexico

US - Pennsylvania Prisons To Implement Modified Virtual Visits Sept. 1

US (Texas) - Fifth woman dies from COVID-19 at Fort Worth prison; women say cases have not gone down

US - Oregon attorneys say a new phone policy is limiting confidential calls with clients in prison

US - Field Notes from the Inside: Women in Florida prisons share glimpses of COVID-19 lockdowns

US - Inmate video gives peek inside Alabama prison during quarantine

US - 76 Active Covid-19 Cases Reported Among Wyoming’s Prison Staff And Inmate Populations

US (Arizona) - 'We are not animals': Letter details how Tucson prison became COVID-19 hot spot


England and Wales - Inmates climb on prison roof and refuse to come down for six hours

Scotland - Justice secretary talks of “worrying rise” in prison population during pandemic,justice-secretary-talks-of-worrying-rise-in-prison-population-during-pandemic


News 18 August



Coronavirus banishes female inmates to far-flung jails in Malawi


Qatar provides medical equipment for El Salvador prison workers

Sint Maarten - Lawyers concerned about inmate health, safety after prison workers test positive

US (California) - Faulty thermometers, untrained screeners may have let COVID-19 into prisons, watchdog says

US (California) - Court considers releasing inmates vulnerable to COVID-19 from San Quentin

US (Kentucky) - Despite ‘substantial risk of serious harm,’ judge tosses KY inmates’ COVID-19 lawsuit


India - Prisons become breeding grounds for the coronavirus

India - 1,043 inmates, 302 jail staff test COVID-19 positive in Maharashtra prisons

Indonesia - 119,175 Inmates Get Remission on 75th Anniversary of Independence Day

Iran - Detained Activist Sheds Light on Evin Prison Conditions During the Pandemic

Nepal - Infection fears in overcrowded prisons and lockups after a man catches Covid-19 while in police detention in Kathmandu


Ireland - Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons

Scots prisoners to get mobiles, video calls and internet access thanks to virus rules


News 15 – 17 August


COVID-19: Malawi frees 499 inmates to reduce congestion

Zimbabwe - Covid-19 in prisons — urgent application filed


Canada - Half marathon raises money to help current, former prisoners stay safe during pandemic

Canada - Three staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Okanagan prison

US - Nebraska jails, prisons struggle to halt coronavirus spread

US (Hawaii) - Supreme Court orders OCCC jail inmate release due to COVID-19

US - Pennsylvania prisons to upgrade video visitation for inmates

US - Coronavirus cases in Florida prisons jump 165 percent over past month


India - Covid-19 boost: Delhi's Tihar Jail almost doubles wages of its inmates

India - Thiruvananthapuram central prison remains COVID-19 hotbed as 145 inmates test positive in a day

India - Maharashtra jail Covid case tally touches 1,000

India - 824 prisoners test Covid positive in Andhra jails

Iran Opens New Case on Prisoners over COVID-19 Pandemic Protests

72 Detained Iran Protesters Go on Hunger Strike Over Coronavirus Fears

Nepal - Four inmates test positive for COVID-19 in Jhumka Prison

Philippines - More than 58,000 prisoners released during pandemic


Belgium - Covid-19: New prison rule is ‘a breach of human rights’

Greece Restricts Jail and Prison Visitations to Limit Spread of Coronavirus


COVID-19: Over 6,650 detainees in the Pacific Region receive assistance


News 14 August


Kenya - Life in prison lonelier as corona stops visits, limits interaction

South Africa - Fear as 118 inmates test positive for Covid-19 at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria


Canada - COVID-19 update: 78 new cases in B.C., and another prison outbreak announced

Canada - Nova Scotia prisons released 41% of inmates during pandemic

Prisons as pandemic super-spreaders: Latin American church raises alarm

Trinidad - Third prison officer has covid19, 77 in quarantine

US - Coronavirus surges again in Michigan prisons, with biggest outbreak since spring

US - Indiana Prisons See August Spike In COVID-19 Cases

US - Connecticut inmate Daniel Ocasio hangs himself with prison-issued coronavirus face mask amid massive outbreak

US (California) - Bad design kills: Why COVID-19 spread like wildfire at one of America’s worst prisons


Bangladesh - 329 prisoners to be released

India - Maharashtra prisons COVID count stands at 1,000 for inmates, 292 for jail staff

India - 215 prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in Bihar's Araria jail

India - COVID infections on the rise in Odisha jails

1 in 5 at Kashmir jail tests positive as India COVID-19 cases soar

Iran - Crisis in Taybad Prison: Infection of Guards Wreaks Havoc Among Inmates

Nepal - Female inmates of Nepalgunj prison sent to Bardiya and Dailekh


News 13 August


South Africa - Deaths of prisoners spark fears of Covid-19 outbreak at Kgosi Mampuru

Zimbabwe - Prisoners get PPEs to combat Covid-19 spread


Canada - Provincial jails released thousands of inmates amid calls to slow the spread of COVID-19

Canada - COVID-19: B.C., Ontario, Quebec only provinces with federal prisoners tested positive for virus

US - ‘Con Air’ Is Spreading COVID-19 All Over the Federal Prison System

US (California) - Employee dies and over 100 inmates infected with coronavirus at Folsom State Prison

US (Texas) - Despite Calls To Lower Prison Populations Amid COVID-19, Some Freeze Early Release Programs

US - Colorado coronavirus outbreaks continue to grow in prisons, though more slowly

US - A COVID Outbreak Prompts Scrutiny of Vermont’s Private Prison Contract

US (Maryland) - Md. senators make 19 recommendations to protect prisoners from COVID-19

US Virgin Islands - Five Prison Officers on St. Croix Sent Home to Quarantine After Coming In Contact With Covid-19-Infected People, B.O.C. Says


India - Thiruvananthapuram prison on high alert after 59 inmates test positive for COVID-19

India - Bail, parole time of 450 inmates of Chandigarh’s Model Jail extended by 4-7 weeks

Sri Lanka - Prison visits allowed again from Saturday


FOI reveals PPE disagreement between Jersey Prison Governor and Home Affairs

Scotland - Second Low Moss prison staff member tests positive for covid-19


New Zealand - Coronavirus: Corrections halts visitors to Auckland prisons


News 12 August


In Mali's largest prison, coronavirus kept at bay


Belize - Central Prison suspends inmate visits due to COVID-19 spike

Trinidad - Prison officers asked to be careful after COVID-19 case

US - Lawmakers introduce bill to improve documentation of COVID-19 cases in prisons

US - Hawaii Corrections Workers Fear Infection As COVID-19 Outbreak Grows

US - San Quentin’s coronavirus outbreak shows why ‘herd immunity’ could mean disaster

US - Tenth Delaware prisoner dies from COVID-19, other complications

US - Faulty Cell Locks Are a Problem in Texas Prisons—Especially During COVID-19

US - Florida Inmate COVID-19 Death Toll Hits 70

US (California) - Hundreds stuck in SD jails awaiting trials that are on-hold amid COVID-19 crisis


India - As more cops & prison staff test positive, states come up with Plan B

India - Punjab to release over 3,500 prisoners

India - Boiled eggs, kadha for Covid-positive prisoners

Iran - Twelve inmates infected with Covid-19 from single Evin ward


France - Nancy : un détenu de la prison détecté positif au Covid-19, 120 prisonniers confinés

Scotland - Prison staff ‘not always following social distancing guidelines’

Spain - Prison modules "isolated" because of coronavirus cases


Australia - Protecting mental health in prisons during COVID

Red Cross steps up for Pacific prison detainees


News 11 August


NBCC, Nestlé Kenya, Rotary Club Partner To Clean Prisons

Malawi prison registers first Covid-19 death


Prison and the pandemic: The lethal cocktail used by the Nicaraguan government against those who criticize them

US - Jail, Prison Population Decline Slows in New Analysis

US (New York State) - DOCCS reports 25% increase in COVID-19 cases after facility-wide testing in 4 prisons

US - As coronavirus spreads in Washington’s prisons, here’s what a state watchdog says needs to change

US - 132 Oklahoma Prisoners Infected With COVID-19

US (Arizona) - Prisoners worry as COVID-19 spreads behind bars


Bangladesh - Covid-19: US assistance for prison authorities

India - Overcrowded prisons in Kashmir turn into COVID-19 epicentres: 35 fresh cases reported in Srinagar jail


Ireland - Prisons see huge increase in ‘hooch’ seizures during lockdown


News 8-10 August

COVID Has Reduced Prison Populations Around the World—Creating a Rare Chance to Fix the System


Guinea - Le Covid-19 s'étend à Labé : Un cas enregistré à la prison civile

Uganda's Prisoner Population Surges, Raising Fears of COVID-19 Outbreak

Zimbabwe - Govt decongests prisons, bans inmates’ visits


Canada - Coronavirus outbreaks declared over in federal prisons, staff prepare for ‘new normal’

Canada - Quarantine is 'hell': Edmonton Remand Centre COVID-19 guidelines poorly carried out, former inmate says

St Vincent & the Grenadines - Prison population records a decrease over last four months

Prison officers quarantined in Tobago after contact with COVID-19 case

US - As Bureau of Prisons Enters “Phase 9” Of COVID-19 Plan, BOP Staff Wonder If There Is A Real Plan

US (Texas) - Inside the federal prison where three out of every four inmates have tested positive for coronavirus

US - Just One Texas Prison Has Zero COVID Cases—and It's All Because of the Warden

US - Amid COVID-19, California releases some inmates doing time for murder. Advocates push to free more

US (Florida) - Nearly 11,000 Inmates Hit By COVID-19


India - COVID-19: Alarm as 248 out of 350 prisoners in Jharkhand jail test positive

India - Panel wants jails further decongested, suggests releasing another ‘4000-5000’

Malaysia - Prisons swell with 16,000 extra inmates

Pakistan - Dispatches from detention: What is it like to be imprisoned during a pandemic?

Sri Lanka - Prisons to allow visitors again


Germany pays a excessive worth for virus-free prisons – WELT

Malta - Prison Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Escorting Inmate To Hospital

Scotland - Coronavirus: About 40 prison staff isolating after outbreak

The loss of UK prisoners' rights is the forgotten injustice of the Covid-19 crisis


Australia - Coronavirus triggers drop in prisoner numbers and an opportunity to reinvent the criminal justice system, lawyers say

Australia (NSW) - Corrective Services take precautions to make Goulburn jail COVID safe


News 7 August


Kenya - Health officials worried over rising Covid-19 infections in prisons

South Africa - Freeing those jailed for substance offences ‘will resolve SA prison overcrowding’


U.S. Jail Population Decreased by 22% During COVID-19

US - As the coronavirus rages in prisons, ethical issues of crime and punishment become more compelling

US - Federal Bureau of Prisons Spent $3M on Unproven UV Coronavirus Sanitizing Portals

US - California prison workers file grievance accusing CDCR of failing to prevent coronavirus outbreaks

US - COVID cases climb in Ohio prisons, worrying families and those employed to serve prisoners

US - As New York Prisons Open to Visitors Again, Mixed Emotions Run High

As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases, Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates

US (Florida) - Medical oversight prison agency stops visits amid coronavirus

US - Florida inmate COVID-19 cases top 9,800

US (Arizona) - Prison visitations suspended again through September 13 due to COVID-19

US (Texas) - Geriatric inmates died waiting for state to address COVID concerns, lawyer says in trial closing


India - Andhra Pradesh’s biggest prison reports 247 coronavirus cases


Turkey - CHP deputy: COVID-19 statistics for prisons not announced for 48 days


COVID-19: Over 6,650 Detainees In The Pacific Region Receive Assistance

News 6 August


Malawi human rights groups warn of Covid deaths in packed prisons

Malawi to decongest prisons with Covid-19 cases rising fast among inmates


Canada - Remember the chatter about releasing inmates early to ease spread of COVID-19? It didn’t happen

Canada - Bordeaux jail not following COVID-19 public health guidelines

US - California Ups COVID-19 Early Inmate Release Estimate Amid Objections

US - After Prison Population Increase, the ACLU of Wisconsin Calls on Leadership to Reduce Incarcerated Population During Pandemic

US - Prisons Are The Public Health Crisis Connecticut Won’t Acknowledge

US - Prisoner turnover at one jail linked to 15% of Chicago covid cases

US (Michigan) - Coronavirus outbreak at Muskegon prison increases to more than 150 inmates

US - Ninth Delaware prisoner dies of COVID-19


India - Jharkhand govt to declare all jails as containment zones

India - Assam: 31 Jails Hit By Covid-19, 1300 Prisoners Infected

Thirty Hunger Striking Detainees Protest Poor Conditions in Israeli Jails


Australia - Tasmanian prisoner numbers stable through COVID-19 pandemic


News 5 August


Malawi: Govt Sets Aside Money for Malawi Prison Warders Risk Allowances Amid Covid-19

South Africa - Govt Not Doing Enough To Prevent Covid-19 Cases, Deaths In Prisons – Popcru

Uganda - Panic as Gulu inmates test positive for Covid-19


Canada - COVID-19 further complicates already-complex jailhouse beating case

US - COVID-19 should finally end the inhumane practice of solitary confinement

US - More than 500 inmates at Arizona prison test positive for COVID-19

US - Following a New Outbreak at an Eastern Oregon Prison, Active COVID-19 Cases Among Oregon Inmates Near 500

US - San Quentin faces California's deadliest prison outbreak after latest Covid fatalities

US - He had a ‘heart of gold’: Florida corrections officer is second to die of COVID-19


India - 40 inmates, 14 staffers test positive at Birsa Munda Central Prison

India - In 24 hours, over 100 inmates of Dibrugarh jail test Covid-19 positive

UAE - 1,145 Dubai prisoners fly home as cops sponsor tickets worth Dh1.47 million


News 4 August


South Africa - Correctional Services refutes allegations around Covid-19 parole

South Africa - Correctional Facilities Lose 74 Staff, Inmates To Coronavirus


Nicaragua's jailed activists face a coronavirus death sentence

As Coronavirus Deaths Spike in Prisons, Americans Want Offenders Moved Out

US - Jails can spread coronavirus to nearby communities, study finds

US - How California reduced its inmate population to a 30-year low

US (Georgia) - Inmates at Prison Plagued by COVID Live-Streamed Uprising on Smuggled Cell Phones

US (New York) - Brooklyn Families Upset With COVID-19 Restrictions During Prison Visitations

US - Inmates sent to Covid hot spot in central Washington to relieve overcrowding at their prison; others sleep on floor


India - COVID-19, Political Prisoners, and the Overcrowding of Prisons

India - 41 inmates, staff at Andhra Pradesh’s biggest jail Rajamahendravaram Central Prison contract COVID-19


England and Wales - Coronavirus: Ex-offenders' internships hit by pandemic


Australia - NSW prison population drops 11 per cent, youth detention down by 27 per cent


News 1-3 August


Uganda - Kitgum prison turned into Covid-19 quarantine center for inmates


Trinidad & Tobago - Prison officer tests positive for Covid

US - Frail inmates could be sent home to prevent the spread of covid-19. Instead, some are dying in federal prisons.

US - California prison population falls to 30-year low

US (Florida) - Prison population plummets amid pandemic

US - New Jersey Bill Ready for Governor’s Signature Will Release 3,000 More Prison Inmates

US - ‘It’s hell living there’: Texas inmates say they are battling COVID-19 in prisons with no A/C

US - NY prison visitations to resume next week

US - 23 Ohio death row inmates test positive for COVID-19

US - Alabama's prison system sees 200+ cases of COVID-19 among inmate population


India - After state directives, temporary prisons in Maharashtra double up as isolation, Covid care facilities

India - Over 70 inmates at Nellore Central Prison test COVID-19 positive

Iran’s prisons ‘catastrophically unequipped’ to deal with COVID-19: Amnesty

Covid-19: Singapore reports 226 new cases, including prison inmate

UAE - Coronavirus: Dubai prisoners tell of life behind bars during a pandemic


Ban on prison visits in England and Wales breaches children's rights, say lawyers

England and Wales - Remote prison visits for solicitors 'not available for weeks'

New statistics on deaths and self-harm 'expose perilous state of prisons' in England

Iceland - Swimming Pools to Remain Open; New Restrictions on Prison and Nursing Home Visits

Scots prisons allow visits from today but hugs are banned


Australia - Parklea inmate positive, 18 NSW cases


News 31 July


UNHCR donates COVID-19 materials to Malawi Prison Services

South Africa - Prisoners fear for their lives at Sun City as Covid-19 wave spreads


At least 735 COVID-19 deaths confirmed in US prison system

US - ‘Dozens of Prisons’ Targeted in COVID-19 Civil Rights Lawsuits

US (California) - Coronavirus: San Quentin prison facing 'volcano' of infections, disease expert warns

US (California) - An inmate tested positive for COVID-19. Prison staff housed him with uninfected inmates, he says

US - Nebraska prisons see success against COVID-19

US - Should N.Y. Be Jailing Parolees for Minor Lapses During a Pandemic?

US (New York State) - Only 14 Percent Of State Prison Inmates Have Been Tested For COVID-19, Raising Risks Of Large Outbreak

US - Hundreds sick with COVID-19 at George County Correctional Facility in Mississippi


Iran: Leaked official letters reveal state denial of COVID-19 crisis in prisons


England and Wales - Nearly 1,000 prisoners raise Covid risk after being released during pandemic without a home to go to

Ireland - Keeping COVID-19 out of prisons came at ‘significant cost’ to prisoners’ mental health and wellbeing


News 30 July


Cameroon: Bamenda prison receives FCFA One million to cushion COVID-19 effects

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI pardons more than 1,000 prisoners

60 Pardoned Nigerian Prisoners Stranded in Ethiopia

Zimbabwe urged to release more prisoners


Trinidad & Tobago - COVID-19: Prison visits suspended

US - Experts discuss how COVID-19 spreads through prisons to nearby communities

US (Missouri) - Families’ mistrust of prison system grows as virus spreads

US - California youth prison halts intakes amid COVID-19 outbreak

US - COVID-19 Spread In Arkansas Prisons Highest In U.S. As Corrections Cases Rise

US - Four of largest ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado are in prisons, jails

US - About 20% of N.J. Prisoners Could Be Freed to Avoid Virus


Bangladesh: Protection of detainees continues amid COVID-19

India - COVID-19: JK admin extends by 8 weeks parole given to prisoners


Ireland - Reform body fears return to prison overcrowding as inmate numbers fall during pandemic


Australia - Inmates charged over Cessnock prison riot, Sydney jail records state's first COVID-19 case

Australia - Grant bail for non-violent offences to help prevent COVID-19 prison outbreak


News 29 July


Lack Of Adequate Safety Materials Raises Concern over COVID-19 Prevention in Liberia’s Prison Facilities

South Africa - COVID-19: Correctional services encouraged by recovery rate

South Africa - Pietermaritzburg prisoners threaten hunger strike

Coronavirus - South Sudan: Female prisoners in Wau receive medicines, hygiene kits thanks to UNMISS peacekeepers from Bangladesh

Uganda - Pece prison placed under quarantine as inmate tests positive for COVID-19


Bahamas - Prison officer among COVID cases, facility remains virus-free

US (New York State) - Prison Visitation in the Era of COVID-19

US - NY prisons lag behind other states in COVID-19 testing, advocates say

US (Florida) - Infected prison inmates nearing 7,000

US - Testing reveals coronavirus cases in Alaska’s prisons and jails but no clusters yet, officials say

US (Vermont) - COVID-19 Reduced Incarceration To Levels Reformers Had Only Dreamed Of. Will It Last?


India - Data | Overcrowded jails and the COVID-19 contagion

India - Covid-19: Odisha Releases Over 16,000 Prisoners To Decongest Jails

India - Covid count in Delhi prisons stands at 221

Iran - Appalling conditions at the Great Tehran Penitentiary

Philippines - ‘Stop transfers of convicted persons to BuCor to prevent COVID-19 spread’ — SC


Ireland - Prison diaries give insight into bleak conditions during pandemic


Australia (Queensland) - Personal visits to SEQ prisons suspended


News 28 July


Malawi Government Under Pressure to Pardon COVID-19 Prisoners

Senegal - Covid-19 : 10 détenus et 2 gardiens infectés à la prison de Ziguinchor

South Africa - Prisons still overcrowded despite special parole for thousands to curb Covid-19 spread

South Africa - Nearly 5,000 Confirmed Covid-19 Cases At Correctional Facilities


Inmates at Bolivia Prison Stage Uprising Over Lack of Medical Services Amid Suspected Coronavirus Deaths

US prison population falls sharply as pandemic disrupts justice system

US - Federal prisons reach grim milestone: 100 inmate deaths from coronavirus

How COVID-19 Jail Releases Are Impacting US Crime Rate

US - Coronavirus: Can this California prison save itself from Covid-19?

US - Protesters chain themselves to fence at Newsom's home as California prison deaths mount

US - Florida prison COVID spike: ‘They are just issuing death sentences'

US - At Florida prisons without air conditioning, masks add discomfort to ‘unbearably hot’ summer

US (Utah) - As Prisons Cancel Visitation, The Phone Line Becomes A Life Line


India - Our country's prisons are a ticking coronavirus time bomb

India - Tihar Jail May Allow Virtual Visits by Families of Inmates Soon Amid COVID-19 Outbreak


England and Wales - Families can now visit Forest Bank prisoners for first time in four months - despite it remaining 'high risk'

Switzerland - Coronavirus: un détenu a été testé positif dans une prison du canton de Zoug


Australia (NSW) - Visitor Ban Means Drones Now Smuggling Drugs Into Prisons


News 25 – 27 July


Malawi: Chakwera Pardons Covid-19 Inmate - Malawi Prisons Made 'Area of Intervention'

Nigeria - COVID-19: Release minors from prisons now, HPWI tasks Buhari, Governors

South Africa - Number of awaiting-trial prisoners increases under lockdown

South Africa - SA prisoners drink from dustbins in hazardous Limpopo jail

South Africa - Nearly 400 COVID-19 cases recorded in KZN prisons


Canada - During the pandemic, one prison crisis was eased – but another one got worse

US - How COVID-19 Outbreaks in Prisons Are Making the Pandemic Worse for Everyone

US (North Carolina) - 2 more N.C. prison inmates die from COVID-19 complications

US - ‘Egregious:’ Officials say California prison transfers, testing may be fueling COVID-19 outbreak

US - Active COVID-19 cases in Michigan prisons are down, but experts say threat isn't over

US - Growing Inmate Numbers Fuel COVID-19 Concerns In Montana's Already Crowded Jails

US - Florida Inmate COVID-19 Cases Top 5,000

US - With 1,100 COVID-19 cases in Maryland prisons, critics say state is not doing enough

US - Why NYS is releasing so few inmates during the pandemic


Bangladesh - First prisons officer dies of COVID-19

India - Jails racing against time in fight against coronavirus

India - Virus spread in UP jails: 228 test positive in Ballia

Israeli Supreme Court: Prisons not mandated to enforce social distancing

Mass COVID-19 screenings begin in Pakistan provincial prisons

Pakistan - Lahore: 101-year-old inmate files bail plea over health concerns

Philippines - CHR investigating reported deaths inside prisons


England and Wales - Prisoners effectively held in solitary confinement during coronavirus pandemic, MPs told

England and Wales - Fewer riots during lockdown

Northern Ireland - Jailhouse shock: Coronavirus fears over karaoke party at Belfast's Hydebank

Scots prison visits to start up again next week four months after being banned over coronavirus fears

Fears of overcrowding in Scottish prisons as justice system recovers after Covid-19 crisis


Australia - WA prison union fears more major riots

Papua New Guinea – Jails Mull Covid-19 Guidelines


News 24 July


Congo-Kinshasa: Kasaï - Monusco Facilitates the Holding of Mobile Court Hearings to Decongest Prisons in Tshikapa

Malawi: 13 Inmates Test Positive for Covid-19 At Nkhata Bay Prison


US - Incarcerated people look to Senate to cap prison phone rates

US - Watchdog chastises federal prison in California for its handling of COVID-19

US - California prisons must set aside space for COVID-19 patients, judge orders

US - The coronavirus is keeping Texas prisoners who've been approved for parole behind bars

US - COVID-19 inmate toll nears 1,000 at North Florida prison

US - Some Michigan prisons will soon offer video calls with loved ones

US - Prison population in N.J. dropping amid coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what the data shows.

US - Visitation Suspended At All Oklahoma Prisons Due To COVID-19 Outbreak


India - UP: 120 inmates at Jhansi prison test COVID-19 positive

India - Growing Covid cases put jails in Odisha under scanner

India - COVID-19: Assam to release 376 prisoners to decongest jails

India - Interim bails, paroles extended to prevent COVID-19 spread in jails, says HC

Malaysia - Covid-19 tests conducted on Tawau Prison Dept staff following positive case

Philippines - 18 COVID-19-infected Bulacan inmates in isolation


British Prisoners And Their Families—The Forgotten Victims Of COVID-19


Australia - Government in talks about releasing low-risk inmates due to coronavirus in Victorian prisons


News 23 July


Prisoners in the DR Congo: Forgotten and at risk in the pandemic

HRW: 14 Egyptians Have Died of COVID-19 in Overcrowded Prison

Nigeria - COVID-19: Kogi judiciary reviews strategy for prison decongestion

Zimbabwe - Covid-19 in prisons: A disaster


Canada - Prisoners go on hunger strike at Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre

Coronavirus Unrest Sparks Surge in Riots in Latin America’s Prisons

US - Pandemic lawsuits from voters, worshipers, prisoners meet roadblock at Supreme Court

US (California) - Judge orders release of vulnerable inmates at Lompoc prisons hit by virus

US - Judge Approves COVID-19 Connecticut Prison Lawsuit Settlement Over Inmate Objections

US - Surge in Florida inmate COVID-19 cases spurs calls for help

US - Advocates raise alarms as COVID-19 cases rise inside Colorado’s juvenile prisons

US - Coronavirus emptied Michigan’s jails without crime surge. Time for reform?


India - Meghalaya State Legal Service Authority reviews measures to stop COVID19 spread in jails

Iran - Shocking Conditions Inside Overcrowded Women’s Ward of Sepidar Prison

Philippines - DOJ: 476 inmates died in first half of 2020 Senators want BuCor chief out


England and Wales - Coronavirus: Children denied contact with parents in prison


Australia - Lockdown lifted at four Victorian prisons as inmates return negative test results for coronavirus


News 22 July


COVID-19 rampant in Madagascar's prisons: official

South Africa - Western Cape prison without water for over a week


Covid-19: Prisons exposed in Brazil’s crisis

Canada - Prisons should consider safe release as a pandemic health measure: advocate

US - COVID-19 sweeps through another Kentucky prison, killing 3 and infecting 182

US - 81 incarcerated people have been moved from New Orleans jail to other jails throughout the state, despite suspension of routine transfers

US - America's 3 Largest Coronavirus Prison Outbreaks, Located In Texas, Have Infected Over 2,100 Inmates

US - Covid-19 erupted in Detroit jails. It killed two doctors caring for inmates


India - Prisoners to interact with family online

India - MP: No new entrants in jails without clearing coronavirus test

Nepal - Lamjung jail crammed

Philippines frees nearly 22,000 inmates to prevent COVID-19 infections in crowded jails


Ireland - High praise for prison staff and inmates for Covid-19 fight delivered at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise


Australia - No COVID-induced freedom for Vic prisoners


News 21 July


Zimbabwe: 66 Test Positive At Byo Prison


Bahamas - Prison medical ward shut down

US - Why Prisoners Are More Likely to Die of COVID-19

US - San Quentin coronavirus outbreak apparently result of missed steps by prison overseer

US - Indiana Women’s Prison Called “Ticking Time Bomb” As COVID Lockdown Continues

US - Private Prison Firm GEO Group Faces Investor Lawsuit Over 'Blundering' Coronavirus Response

US - Hundreds denied parole as Alabama’s COVID-19 crisis worsens

US - Oregon's Prisons Struggle With COVID-19 And Its Impact On People Behind Bars

US (Texas) - 500 women at Fort Worth federal prison test positive for coronavirus, second most in U.S.


Shortage of medical staff puts Indian prisoners at high risk of covid-19

India - Covid-19 in conflict zones: Nearly half the inmates of two prisons in Kashmir and Assam infected

India - Covid-19: Over 11,500 prisoners released in Punjab

Philippines - Senate to investigate deaths at national jail

At least 21 inmates died from COVID-19 in Philippines


England and Wales - ‘It’s just too long’: children in detention may face Covid-19 restrictions until 2022

Ireland - Families urged not to smuggle drugs into prison as visits resume


Australia - Coronavirus case in prison officer plunges six Victorian correctional facilities into lockdown


News 18-20 July


DRC - Ituri : une centaine de détenus de la prison centrale de Bunia libérés par grâce présidentielle

Egypt: Apparent Covid-19 Outbreaks in Prisons

Kenya: Meru Records 4 Coronavirus Cases at Kangeta and GK Prisons

Kenya - 3 prisons staff test positive for Covid-19

Covid-19: South Africa releases 7,000 inmates to decongest prisons

Zimbabwe - Covid-19 Hits Chikurubi Prison

Zimbabwe - Bulawayo prisons contain COVID-19 outbreak


Canada - Alberta jails breaching pandemic protocols, lawyers warn province

US - The coronavirus brought federal prison transfers to a halt. Now people are stuck in limbo.

US - 1,000 federal inmates at Texas prison test positive for COVID-19

US - About half of California prison inmates killed by COVID-19 were disabled, advocates say

US - The Pandemic Hits New York’s “Prison Nursing Home”

US - COVID-19 Cases Top 1,000 Among Florida Corrections Workers

US - Indiana Left It To County Courts To Release Prisoners During The COVID Crisis. Most Of Them Haven’t.


India - Overcrowded prisons in Kashmir are 'incubators' for Covid-19 as inmates are refused release

India - Random testing of inmates hit by stretched health machinery: Maharashtra Prison dept

India - Three pronged strategy to effectively combat covid situation in Punjab prisons

Nepal - Two test positive for COVID-19 in Nepalgunj jail

Philippines - BuCor says 19 Bilibid inmates have died of COVID-19

Philippines - Sotto wants to probe deaths of Bilibid inmates


England and Wales - Inspectors call for easing of ‘severe regime restrictions’ in women’s prisons as inmates’ physical and mental health deteriorating

England and Wales - More than 140 offenders released from prison housed in hotels during lockdown

Tiny fraction of prison staff in Ireland caught Covid-19 but prisoners escaped infection

Northern Ireland - Drug seizures inside NI prison fall to record low during pandemic

Northern Ireland - Virtual visits to prisoners in NI set to continue after pandemic


Australia - Concerns about positive COVID-19 cases in Victorian prison system


News 17 July

Rise in women prisoners and COVID measures, ‘making sentences worse’


Senegal - Des ex-détenus et des familles de détenus interpellent les autorités

South Africa - COVID-19: Correctional Services eases prison overcrowding

South Africa - Midlands jails release 281 of 449 qualifying former offenders


British Virgin Islands - Appointment only! Her Majesty’s Prison resumes visitations

Canada - COVID-19 taking a toll in prisons, with high infection rates, CBC News analysis shows

Canada - Federal prisoners allowed visitors after four-month COVID-19 ban

Canada - Ontario Court of Appeal rejects application for COVID-19 bail from inmate with diabetes

US - Prison Populations Drop by 100,000 During Pandemic

US - Bureau Of Prisons Using Solitary Confinement As A Means To Curb Covid-19 Contagion

US - Hundreds of inmates test positive at North Florida prison

US - Kansas Prisons Prepare For Possible Second Coronavirus Outbreak Behind Bars

US - Ohio moves forward on plan to reopen some prisons for visitation, despite a rise in coronavirus cases statewide

US - 2 Arkansas prison inmates died at hospitals after COVID-19 related symptoms

US - Prison health needs greater priority in Indiana


Cambodia - Keeping COVID-19 ‘locked out’: Overcrowding a major concern

India - Kashmir: 96 Prisoners Test Covid Positive In Anantnag Jail

India - Petition filed in HC against panel’s decision on release of prisoners


Guernsey - My partner is in prison and the pandemic is taking its toll on his mental health


Australia - Coronavirus enters Victorian prison system for first time, results in demands for some inmates' release

Fiji - Inmates reconnect with families online

News 16 July


Madagascar - Prison d’Arivonimamo : Six détenus déclarés positifs au coronavirus

Malawi prison register first Covid-19 case: Release some inmates or risk 'death sentence' for many

Over 6,000 prisoners released in S.Africa amid Covid-19 pandemic

Uganda - Minor offenders to stand trial in remand homes


Canada - Expert worries stress is mounting as isolation continues in Saskatchewan jails

Canada - Edmonton Remand Centre inmate tests positive for COVID-19

Canada - Some B.C. prisoners will get art supplies to help them cope with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly 70,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in US prisons

US - Oklahoma’s Prison Population Is Dropping Amid the Pandemic. Will the Trend Continue?

US - More than 900 COVID-19 cases at Ohio federal prison, health officials say

US - Five months after outbreak, California to publish COVID-19 data on local jails

US - New Mexico inmates riot amid demands for more virus testing

US (North Carolina) - A Year Without Visits: COVID-19’s Impact on Children with Incarcerated Parents


India - Only 14 out of 41,500 jail inmates found +ve in Bihar

India - Yerawada Central Jail inmates can now video call their relatives and lawyers

The Coronavirus at the Service of Torture and Crime in Iran’s Prisons

Pakistan - Adiala Jail allows visitors


News 15 July


Zimbabwe - Gweru remand prisoners face transport challenges


Guyana - Around 350 prisoners released to ease overcrowding in response to COVID-19

US - Unlocking the Potential of Prison Education

US (California) - 18th man at Chino men’s prison dies of coronavirus

US - Thousands of Texas prisoners still have the coronavirus. More than 25% of inmates at four units are infected.

US - Florida prisons grapple with COVID-19 hitting workers

US - As COVID-19 Permeates Prisons And Jails, Baltimore Defendants Continue To Be Held Without Bail


Afghanistan - She Went to Prison for Killing Her Husband. The Pandemic Set Her Free.

India - COVID-19 enters Anantnag prison; 47 prisoners test positive

India - Covid-19: Video calling facility between lawyers and inmates in Maharashtra jails

India - AP: Special jails soon for Covid-19 positive inmates

Fak Kurbah initiative secures release of nearly 800 from Oman prisons

Philippines - SC tosses plea of 22 high-risk detainees to lower courts


Ireland - Visitors to Portlaoise and other prisons warned they face ejection over new Covid-19 visiting rules


News 14 July


South Africa - St Albans inmates on prolonged hunger strike over alleged beatings and growing Covid-19 concerns


US - Leaving Prison In The COVID-19 Economy

US - A third of Sussex prison inmates have coronavirus; worst outbreak in Delaware

US - Inmates claim conditions at Wash. state prison are 'disgusting'

US (Connecticut) - Protesters demand ‘decarceration’ of state prisons

US - Texas geriatric inmates being deprived of protection from COVID, lawyers argue in hearing

US - Missouri prisoners raise concerns about guards without masks

US - Nevada federal prisoner alleges pandemic mishandled behind bars


India - HC extends interim orders till Aug 31

Judiciary Announces New Prison Furlough Plan in Iran amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Israel - Health Ministry raises flag over suspected virus spread in prisons

Sri Lanka - Producing prison inmates at courts temporarily suspended

11 prisoners die from pneumonia in Tajikistan


England and Wales - 16 years old and stuck in solitary confinement 23 hours a day because of coronavirus


News 11-13 July


Cameroon - Lutte contre le coronavirus : Laurent Esso suspend les corvées faites par les détenus à l’extérieur de la prison

South Africa - Riots erupt in prisons as Covid-19 infections rise

South Africa - Outcry over number of prisoners released since parole announcement

South Africa - EC prisons have highest number of Covid19 cases


Barbados - Ban on prison visits remains for now

US - Researchers, Physicians Caution Against Use of Solitary Confinement to Prevent COVID-19 Spread in Prisons

US - California to release up to 8,000 prisoners to curb spread of coronavirus

US (California) - Two more San Quentin prisoners die from COVID-19

U.S. Prison Employee Preparing for Executions Tests Positive for Coronavirus

US (North Carolina) - Judge: NC prisons out of compliance with court orders

US (Indiana) - Lawmakers Say Coronavirus Measures At Women's Prison Put Inmates At Risk

US - Rights group sues New Mexico Corrections Department, private prison operators

US - North Texas Federal Prison Has Largest Number of COVID-19 Cases Among Inmates in the Nation

US - With 28 Florida inmates dead, reform group wants at-risk inmates released


India - 30 more undertrials test positive at central prison

India - 10K prisoners released as Covid tally in Maharashtra jails reaches 599

India - 30 inmates, 9 cops test Covid-positive as Bengaluru jail reports second outbreak in 11 days

Rights commission warns COVID-19 spreading in Iraqi prisons

La COVID-19 et les prisons en Israël

Sri Lanka - Transfer of prison inmates suspended


England and Wales - Prison population starts rising again

England and Wales - 'Winchester Prison inmates frustrated by Covid measures'


News 10 July


Democratic Republic of the Congo - Covid-19 au Nord-Kivu : 8 cas testés positifs à la prison centrale de Goma

Zimbabwe - Covid-19 hits Bulawayo Prison – Four inmates, officer found with virus


US - Pandemic forces executions and death penalty sentences to historic lows

US - Stanford research team studies spread of COVID-19 in prisons

US - 'Make things right': criminal justice officials urge California to release prisoners amid Covid-19 surge

US - California's San Quentin prison using tents, warehouse to treat inmates infected with COVID-19

US (Delaware) - Coronavirus outbreak at Sussex prison on track to be state's largest

US - Former D.C. inmates use virtual meetings for support, encouragement as they adjust to life outside prison


India - COVID-19 cases rise in Maharashtra's prisons

India - HC suggests jail authorities consider video conferencing facility for prisoners, families

Pakistan - 1,363 inmates infected with Covid-19 in Sindh prisons

Philippines - BuCor releases 79 amid efforts vs COVID-19

Thailand - Model prisoners may be tagged, released from crowded jails


Eradicating prison overcrowding: CPT urges intensifying temporary measures introduced to prevent COVID-19

Ireland - Gardaí and Prison Service expect coronavirus pandemic costs of at least €22.5 million

Ireland - IPRT calls for 'more eyes on prisons' as 24 serious complaints lodged in the first half of 2019


News 9 July


Coronavirus stalks cells of Cameroon's crowded prisons

South Africa - Riots erupt in prisons as inmates say they fear getting Covid-19

South Africa - Prisoners being ‘denied access’ to court

Tunisia - Un cas de contamination au coronavirus enregistré à la prison de Gabès


Canada - Personal visits resume at Hamilton's Barton Jail as COVID-19 restrictions loosen

Coronavirus deaths and infection rates higher in US prisons than general population, analysis finds

US - Releasing People From Prison Is Easier Said Than Done

US (New York State) - Instead of Freeing Elderly Prisoners in Response to Coronavirus, Cuomo Created a Prison Nursing Home Way Upstate

US (Ohio) - Inside The Prison Where 8 In 10 Of The Incarcerated Have Gotten Coronavirus

US - Wyoming to Test All Inmates, Staff at Prisons for COVID-19

US - 'Outbreak at Central Mississippi Correctional drives COVID-19 growth in Mississippi prisons


India - 1,730 prisoners to be tested for Covid: Collector

Iran - How the Coronavirus Has Affected the Women’s Ward at Evin Prison

Sri Lanka - New COVID 19 Cluster may be emerging at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre in Polonnaruwa


COVID-19: CPT issues follow-up statement


New Zealand - Amnesty concerned at prisoners missing minimum daily time outside cell during lockdown


News 8 July


Morocco - Local Prison in Tangier Records 20 COVID-19 Cases Among Inmates

Nigeria - FG frees 3,789 prison inmates to curb COVID-19 spread

COVID-19 : Le ministre de la Justice réceptionne du matériel de protection destiné aux prisons du Togo


COVID-19 in Brazilian prisons: Pandemic or a necropolitical project?

Canada - Coalition pushes Ontario for information on coronavirus in jails

US - Prison Healthcare So Bad It’s A Death Sentence

US - California’s Firefighter Prison Camps go on Lockdown as Coronavirus Rages

US - Just before a massive outbreak, a California prison declined free coronavirus tests and urgent advice

US - Some Ohio prisons will allow visitors for the first time in months

US - Group advocates for release of elderly NY prisoners


Israel - Six wardens at Jerusalem prison contract virus, 60 prisoners evacuated


England and Wales - Locked-up and locked-down: how prison education has fared during Covid-19

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Violence fears over longer lockdowns in prisons


News 7 July


US - Officials: Testing, fewer inmates help limit COVID-19 at lnd. jails

US (Louisiana) - Baton Rouge jail inmates' request for release amid coronavirus has been denied by federal judge

US (California) - Pressure rises for Newsom to release more people from San Quentin, other prisons

US - Florida prisons see hundreds of additional coronavirus cases


Covid-19 in prison: Is India doing enough?

India - Inform prisoner’s family, lawyers within 24 hours of +ve test

India - Jail staffers go on ‘mass leave’ after Covid blast

India - Covid-19: Daily check must for elderly inmates in Delhi's Tihar jail

Sri Lanka scrambles counter Coronavirus measures after prison inmate tests positive


England and Wales - Are “squalid” prison conditions and the response to the Covid-19 pandemic breaching human rights?

Northern Ireland - Prison visiting restrictions to be lifted


News 4-6 July


South Africa - Inmates accuse officials of bringing Covid-19 to prison and infecting them

South Africa - Deaths of three prison warders spark health fears


New Outbreaks Push U.S. Inmate Coronavirus Cases Past 50,000

US prisons in a hole as pandemic slows inmate flow

US - 63 Louisiana state prison inmates to be released through furlough programme

US - Tennessee prisons were 'ticking time bomb' ahead of COVID-19

US - Thousands Of Inmates Quarantined In Eastern Oregon Prison In COVID-19 Outbreak

US - Fifth San Quentin Death Row Inmate Dies During Prison COVID-19 Outbreak

US - 'Historic health screw-up': what you need to know about the Covid-19 crisis in California prisons


India - No Covid distancing in crammed prison worries inmates, kin

India - COVID-19 count in Delhi prisons stands at 141

India - COVID-19: 11,000 Maha jail inmates released temporarily so far

31 inmates contract COVID-19 at Iraqi prison

Pakistan - 1,196 prisoners infected with coronavirus in Sindh jails


England and Wales - First online service broadcast for prisoners and families

England and Wales - Inmates at HMP Maidstone not received any contact since lockdown

England and Wales - Open prisons suffer from suspension of ROTL

Turkey - Disabled prisoners ‘left to die’ in Istanbul jail, says lawyer


New Zealand - Parole Hearings Return To Prisons


News 3 July


Ghana pardons 794 prisoners to curb spread of COVID-19

Ghana - Review Amnesty criteria to decongest prisons - POS foundation to President

South Africa - Less than quarter of the 19 000 inmates eligible for Covid-19 parole released so far


Canada - Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of charter rights

Canada - COVID-19 and the difficulties for Ontario inmates | Sarina Nezhadian

US - New York’s Pandemic Rolls On, and Prison Testing is Still an Issue

US - Prison Officials In Kansas Ignored The Pandemic. Then People Started Dying.

US - As Massachusetts reopens, prisoners remain isolated

US (Arkansas) - State's prison system below capacity

US (Florida) - DeSantis cuts money for prison updates, hepatitis C treatment


India - Bombay High Court directs Maharashtra govt to conduct random COVID-19 tests in jails             


End Covid-19 jail visiting ban for children in England and Wales, MPs urge

England and Wales - Prisons inspectors concerned at prolonged pandemic restrictions on inmates at HMP Onley


News 2 July


South Africa - Pietermaritzburg prisoners fear Covid-19

Uganda - Prisons secures equipment worth UGX 1.2 Bn to boost COVID-19 response


Coronavirus: Mexican inmates die after drinking anti-bacterial gel

US - Coronavirus infections in prisons to surpass 50,000 within days

US - As an inmate, I had to educate an entire prison about coronavirus

US (California) - San Quentin Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike Amid Massive COVID-19 Outbreak

US - About 220 Officers and Inmates at a Washington State Prison Have Tested Positive for COVID-19


India - Agra Prison Installs 'Panic Button' For Timely Medical Assistance For Detainees

India - Covid-19 outbreak in Karnataka's central jail

India - Provide basic necessities to convicts’ families: Gujarat high court

Nepal - Suicide by youth in police custody raises concern over mental health of inmates

Philippines - Over 15,000 prisoners freed to decongest BJMP jails amid pandemic—DILG

News 27 June – 1 July


Cote d'Ivoire - Covid-19 : 60 prisonniers atteints du Coronavirus/ La MACA au bord d’une catastrophe sanitaire

Nigeria - COVID-19: 74 in prison despite qualifying for amnesty – Falana

Senegal - Covid-19 à la prison de Diourbel : Le major de l’infirmerie et 8 détenus testés positifs

South Africa - Correctional Services unions, organisations worried over prison Covid-19 infections

South Africa - Thousands of prisoners released on parole but only 329 in EC

South Africa - Prisoners tested positive for Covid-19 say they are not getting proper medication

Police storm prison in eastern Sudan after Covid-19 protest


COMMENTARY || Canadian prisons in the time of COVID-19: Recommendations for the pandemic and beyond

Canada - Alberta prisoner populations down 35 per cent since start of COVID-19 pandemic

US - How COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons Threatens Nearby Communities

US - 'Nowhere to go': U.S. pandemic prison releases prompt housing concerns

US - San Quentin: Covid-19 cases at California prison surge to 1,000

US - Nebraska to declare state of emergency for prison overcrowding

US - Panel meant to reduce Louisiana prison population during pandemic has negligible impact — 0.2%

US - Connecticut prisons announce coronavirus test results, brace for second wave


Why India’s jails remain overcrowded during the pandemic, even as prisoners are released on parole

India - As Covid cases rise in jails, experts say health should have been primary criteria for interim bail

Locked down in lockdown: Harsh restrictions keep COVID-19 out of Israel prisons

Malaysia - 18 new Covid-19 infections including prison case

Pakistan - Jail authorities lift ban on family visits

Philippines - President grants parole to sick, elderly prisoners


We need far more coronavirus tests in British prisons

England and Wales - Government to bring prisons out of lockdown with ‘Nightingale cells’ and 30,000 coronavirus tests

England and Wales - Just 175 out of 4,000 prisoners released early to stop spread of coronavirus

England and Wales - 23-hour Wandsworth prison lockdown damages mental health, say families

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Jail criticised for 'indefensible' restrictions

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Zoom calls reunite prisoners with families

Scotland - Hundreds of Scotland's prisoners - including 21 convicted of serious assault - released early to stop spread of Covid-19

Turkey - CİSST: Along with Covid-19, other outbreaks have also started in prisons


Australia (Queensland) - Personal visits to prisons begin from 10 July

Australia (Queensland) - Twenty assaults in 10 days: Prison officers bear brunt of COVID-19 tensions


News 26 June

Outbreak or breakout? How to protect prison populations from COVID-19   


Nigeria: The Increasing Prevalence Of Infectious Diseases And The Call For Use Of Non-Custodial Sentencing

South Africa is rethinking jail time as a punishment for low-risk crimes

South Africa - Cases getting postponed as prison warders fail to take suspects to court


Canada - Mass incarceration of Indigenous people betrays Ottawa’s reconciliation efforts

Haïti - Justice : Critères de libération pour désengorger les prisons en Haïti

US - The Coronavirus Crisis Inside Prisons Won’t Stay Behind Bars

US - States engaged in 'gross negligence' in Covid-19 response in jails and prisons, new report finds

US - Covid-19 outbreaks at jails and prisons should make us rethink incarceration

US - Black inmates in Kansas prisons suffer disproportionately from COVID-19, data shows

US (Illinois) - State COVID-19 Orders Keep Mentally Ill Inmates In Jail

US - Oregon governor to commute 57 prison sentences due to COVID-19


India - Prison un-break: Video-calling can become lifeline for jailbirds deprived of family visits

Israel - Dozens enter quarantine after prison guard tests positive for coronavirus

Yémen : de nouvelles mesures nécessaires pour lutter contre la propagation du COVID-19 dans les prisons (ONU)


New Zealand - Rimutaka Prison: Inmates still can't hug family and children in 'mind-boggling' rule


News 25 June


DGAPR: Morocco to Allow Family Prison Visits Starting July 13

Sierra Leone - Water Shortage, Coronavirus Hit Pademba Road Prisons

South Africa - Awaiting-trial prisoners hogging jail space: Lamola

South Africa - Correctional Services revises COVID-19 safety measures


Canada - Inuit over-represented in federal prisons’ COVID-19 cases

How U.S. Prisons Became Ground Zero for Covid-19

Thousands of US inmates got virus relief checks; the IRS wants them back

US - 'I don’t deserve to die in here': women in an Ohio prison fear Covid-19 will kill them

Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.

US (California) - Courts Try To Fast Track Release Of 1000s Of Low-Risk Prison Inmates Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

US (Massachusetts) - With prison populations halved, it’s time for a reinvestment strategy

US - Some New Mexico prisoners sentences cut short due to COVID-19

US - Nevada prisons have one of the lowest coronavirus positivity rates in nation


Cambodia - Covid-19 postpones expansion of prisons

India - Maharashtra: Month on, only 10,000 inmates released on temporary bail, emergency parole; prisons still overcrowded

Philippines - Human rights group asks SC to act on petition for prisoners’ release


Australia - Drug use at WA prisons declines after suspension of social visits during COVID-19 pandemic


News 24 June


Namibia - Covid-19: Prisons try to keep virus out

Nigeria - COVID-19: Again Delta Grants Amnesty to 125 Prison Inmates        


Brazil - Denúncia na ONU: Pandemia aprofunda política genocida do governo em prisões

Canadian prisons in the time of COVID-19: Recommendations for the pandemic and beyond

Haiti's president pardons more than 400 prisoners

US - New Senate Legislation Expands Early Prison Release

US - Pretrial Detention in a Pandemic

US - Despite Harsh Lockdowns, Nearly Half of Women in Massachusetts Prisons Caught the Coronavirus

US - Stanford works with California prisons to test and prevent COVID-19


India - Kin to be Informed Within 48 Hours if Prisoner Tests Positive For Coronavirus

India - Jails testing video call facility for inmates

Iran Prison Staff Refuse to Work as COVID19 Cases Rise

Iran: Second Coronavirus Wave in Isfahan Prison, Golestan Province

Pakistan - All prisoners being screened for coronavirus, court told

Philippines - How COVID-19 cases exploded in prisons: A timeline


First Covid-19 infection confirmed in Greek prison

Ireland - Family prison visits to resume after three months for 15 minutes slots


News 23 June


Ghana: Curbing COVID-19 in Prisons - Grant Amnesty to Inmates Convicted of Minor Crimes

Kenya - Footbaths in Kisumu prison in anti-virus war


Canada - Inmates at Barton jail hold weekend hunger strike over declining quality of food

US (North Carolina) - Judge denies state request to withhold some information about COVID-19 prison precautions

US (Pennsylvania) - PA prison populations reduced by record-setting 3,471 since mid-March, Gov. Wolf says

US (Pennsylvania) - Hunger strikers want PA prisoners released

US - Illinois Released White Inmates at Higher Rates in Coronavirus Pandemic


India - Days after first COVID casualty, 17 inmates test positive at Delhi''s Mandoli Jail

India - Maharashtra prison inmates can now email to communicate with lawyers: State to HC

Philippines - 'Too many are sick and dying': Supreme Court defers deciding on prisoner release

Philippines - The Old and New Bilibid Prisons in the Time of Pandemics

Covid-19 continues to spread in UAE prisons


News 18 – 22 June


‘It would spread quickly in those cells’: Covid-19 imperils packed Egypt prison

Uganda - Court orders Prisons to compensate Covid-19 suspects


Canada - Pandemic-related early release halted for B.C. prisoners

US - “I Begged Them To Let Me Die”: How Federal Prisons Became Coronavirus Death Traps.

US - College Programs in Prisons Go Remote

US - ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Addresses Alarming Coronavirus Spikes In Prisons And Jails, Urges Depopulating Facilities To Avoid Spread Of COVID-19

US - ‘We don’t have a health system:’ Expert on prisons, race, and COVID-19

US - San Quentin: outcry after Covid-19 cases at California prison triple in two weeks

US - COVID-19 death toll rises at Indiana prisons

US (Alabama) - Overcrowded prison accounts for nearly quarter of all prison COVID-19 cases

US - Judge demands plan for inmate reductions at D.C. jail, finds ‘deliberate indifference’ to prisoners’ health in pandemic


India - Covid-19 spread in jails lays bare systemic flaws

India - Delhi prison reports first COVID-19 death

India - High-risk inmates to be quarantined in 'temporary prisons'; inmates over 60 years to be kept separate inside jail: New draft guidelines in Maharashtra

India - Separated by Covid, Delhi prisoners and families demand e-meetings

India - COVID-19: HC extends by 45 days interim bail of 2,961 under-trial prisoners

Maldives - Jail officers, inmates being tested for COVID-19

Pakistan - Virus strikes Karachi Central Jail leaving a quarter of inmates infected


England and Wales - Sick prisoners forced to wait in hospital cupboards before getting treatment, report finds

England and Wales - Coronavirus lockdown: Thousands of children unable to see relatives in prison due to ban on jail visits

England and Wales - Prisoners won’t be consulted on lifting lockdown

England and Wales - New lockers at Staffordshire prison allow inmates access to medicine without seeing a doctor

England and Wales - Claims HMP Durham prisoners 'ripping up' bed sheets to make face masks over Covid-19 fears

England and Wales - Prison took effective action against pandemic - but prisoners were left frustrated with extreme restrictions

Coronavirus in Ireland: Nearly 500 prisoners released under Covid-19 precautions

Scotland - Early release scheme ‘helps reduce prison population’

Slovenia among countries with highest Covid-19 prison release rates


Australia (Victoria) - Shrinking prison population prompts call to rethink bail laws

New Zealand - Coronavirus: Corrections' fight against Covid-19 at expense of some prisoners' rights - Ombudsman


News 17 June


Fourth wing of Egypt’s Scorpion Prison to become quarantine centre for infected prisoners

Ghana - Group advocates amnesty for convicted non-violent drug users

Ghana - Kumasi Central Prison Records Its First Covid19 Case By Inmate

Kenya - Panic as 2 inmates contract Covid-19

Sierra Leone - Acute water shortage at Pademba Road prisons as number of covid-19 cases rises


US - 'This Is Mass Murder': Covid-19 Deaths in US Prisons Have Risen by 73% the Past Month

US (California) - Death toll from coronavirus at Chino prison rises to 15 after two more inmates die

Some inmates at California state prisons eligible for early release to stem coronavirus spread

US - Coronavirus cases set off rowdy demonstration at Washington prison

US (Vermont) - Black inmates make up a disproportionate share of Covid-19 cases in prison

US - Incarcerated, Infected, and Ignored: Inside an Arkansas Prison Outbreak

US - Pregnant NC prisoners hopes of release fading


India - SC says COVID-19 situation worse with each passing day

India - Covid hits 10 prisons in Maharashtra, nearly 300 inmates infected

India - Thane central prison grossly overcrowded: ADGP tells HC


Belgium - Les détenus en "congé Covid" rentrent en prison ce mercredi

England and Wales - Trans and in prison during a pandemic: A rare glimpse behind bars

Scotland - Prison service to roll out virtual visits at north-east jail

Coronavirus Scotland: Female prisoners at Cornton Vale given mobile phones to stay in touch with families


New Zealand - NZ's high number of remand prisoners 'unacceptable' - Chief Justice


News 16 June


Egypt: Third detainee dies of suspected coronavirus

Ghana - Overcrowding in Akuse Prisons hindering social distancing protocol - Authorities


In Brazil's overcrowded jails, COVID-19 breeds fear and calls for change

Canada - About 100 inmates to stage hunger strike at Lindsay jail over inhumane conditions

US - Coronavirus Cases Rise Sharply in Prisons Even as They Plateau Nationwide

Report: Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons Spiked by 500 Percent When Coronavirus Hit

US - Fourth Alabama inmate dies with COVID-19, 13 others from same prison test positive

US (Georgia) - Coastal State Prison reports highest number of inmate deaths related to COVID-19

US - Oregon governor to release some inmates to slow virus spread


India - 269 inmates, 73 jail staffers across state prisons Covid positive: Report

India - HC Seeks Delhi Govt Reply On Plea Challenging Suspension Of Inmates’ Legal Consultation

Philippines - SC starts deliberation of petition to free sick and elderly inmates


England and Wales - Over 1,000 prison leavers left homeless amid pandemic, MoJ figures show

England and Wales - Government ‘considering alternative uses’ for £4m tags bought for early-release scheme

Ireland - 'Outstanding' response in jails to Covid-19 with visiting back on the table

Halya Coynash: COVID-19 outbreak in Russian prison holding Ukrainian prisoners of conscience


News 13 – 15 June


Ghana Prison Service commended over coronavirus measures

Kenya - Inmate in Taita Taveta prison tests positive for coronavirus

Madagascar: les autorités reconnaissent les premiers cas de Covid-19 dans les prisons

South Africa - 1 452 confirmed Covid-19 cases recorded in prisons across SA

South Africa - Dept Fast-Tracking Inmate Releases As Prison Covid-19 Cases Rise

South Africa - Covid-19: Over 2 000 prisoners released: 19 000 more awaiting parole

South Africa - Inmates resort to desperate measures to force social distancing in crowded prisons


Human Rights Rapporteur: “Jails are a COVID-19 Time Bomb”

Barbados - Prison chief assures meals meet health standards

Peru frees 1,500 inmates out of fear of COVID-19

There are more Covid-19 cases in some US prisons than in entire countries

US - Some California prison transfers halted after inmates bring coronavirus to San Quentin

US - Over 100 COVID-19 cases reported at Washington state prison

US - Four Florida inmates on ventilators, 12 others hospitalized due to COVID-19

US - Attorneys Seek Release Of Oregon Inmates Kept Beyond Expected Sentences


Bangladesh - HC refuses to intervene regarding Covid-19 situation in jails

Hong Kong inmates to get tablets in prison trial opening up new world of e-books, movies and skills

India - HC seeks details of bails, paroles from lower courts since jail decongestion order

India - Virus: Separate area, diet for elderly Aurangabad jail inmates

India - Maharashtra: Prisoners can now make videocalls

268 prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in Kuwait

Pakistan - Infected inmates’ count climbs to 894

Pakistan - Court summons report on COVID-19 positive prisoners in Islamabad

Chinese inmates in Philippines fear the worst as coronavirus deaths rise


Colony 13: Coronavirus in an Azerbaijani prison

England and Wales - Rise in lockdown violence at major jail as prisoners kept in cells for 23 hours a day

Coronavirus in Ireland – Prisons to re-introduce physical visits after reporting zero cases of Covid since crisis began

Alarm at prison sickness rate in Scotland's jails


News 12 June


Ghana - ‘Lack of balanced diet poses threat to prisoners’ - Expert

Nigeria - Rights groups blame Bauchi police for COVID-19 spread among Inmates

South Africa - More than 100 more prisoners test positive for Covid-19


Sint Maarten - Criminal lawyers on strike in protest of prison disinfectant

US - Vermont’s prisons appear to be Covid-free

US (Arizona) - Virus cases in jails in Phoenix exceed state prison total


COVID-19: India's packed prisons may be courting disaster

Kyoto Prison holds Japan's 1st drill in event of virus outbreak

Philippines - SC admits delay in release of sick, elderly detainees


Australia (Western Australia) - Prison social visits set to resume within weeks


News 11 June


Kenya - Inmates, prison officers are safe, Government assures

Uganda - 200 inmates, warders quarantined as prisons confirms first Covid-19 case


Canada - Manitoba Justice moves to end direct lock-up permanently

US - Appeals Court Overturns Order To Release Vulnerable Inmates From Hard-Hit Ohio Prison

US (New Jersey) - As 47th inmate dies, Assembly hearing looks at COVID in prisons

US (Arizona) - COVID-19 spiking in county jails, prison cases also rise

US - COVID-19 cases jump inside Florida's juvenile justice system


Malaysia - Prison visits to resume June 15

745 prisoners, 125 personnel in Philippine jails test positive for coronavirus

Philippines - Stranded justice delays resolution of petition to free vulnerable prisoners

Thailand - Inmate boon as courts go high-tech

Thailand - Pattaya prison visitors face new health restrictions


Scotland - Coronavirus: Virtual visits to be rolled out at north-east jail


News 10 June

How are children in detention affected by Covid-19?


US - Pandemic has exacerbated longstanding problems with the prison system

US - Mass Decarceration and COVID-19

US - Michigan prison population sees record drop during coronavirus pandemic


Prisoners protest over Pakistan's jail COVID-19 infections

HRW Says Coronavirus ‘Additional Serious Threat’ to Prisoners in UAE


England and Wales - Prison officials fear easing restrictions could lead to second wave of Covid-19

England and Wales - Inmate at HMP Usk died of coronavirus, inquest hears

England and Wales - North Staffordshire youth jail stays coronavirus-free as governor opens up about what life's really like for prisoners during lockdown

CoE supporting Georgian prison system to combat Covid-19 pandemic

Ireland - Prison Service submits best practice paper to WHO after no inmate tests Covid-19 positive


News 9 June


Coronavirus spreads in Egypt’s Al-Qanater Prison

South Africa - Prison infection rates climbing as calls for release of mothers grow

Uganda - Prisons ready to release violators of COVID-19 regulations


Canada - Quebec Prisons Failing to Protect Inmates

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons receive donation of 10 sanitising stations

US - Nearly 1,000 infected at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in worst coronavirus outbreak to hit prison system

US - Three inmates dead of coronavirus at federal Mississippi prison in Yazoo City

US (Virginia) - Pace of early prison release frustrates inmates' loved ones

US - Thousands were freed from Kentucky jails to avoid COVID-19. Few have re-offended.

US (Maine) - Judge defers action in lawsuit seeking safeguards for at-risk inmates during pandemic


Armenia prison system benefits from CoE support to prevent COVID-19

England and Wales - COVID-19 cases, prison by prison

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Woman in Surrey jail petitions UN over 'horrific' lockdown treatment

COVID-19 has reached Ukraine's prisons


Australia - Long Bay Jail prison riot caused by authorities 'cutting off drug supply chains'


News 6-8 June


Ghana - Pardon Convicted Drug Users – POS Foundation To Govt

DGAPR: 75 Moroccan Prisons Are Coronavirus-Free

South Africa - Covid-19 outbreak: ‘Put moms in prison under house arrest’

South Africa - Covid-19 cases spike in Sada prison


Canada - COVID-19: Prisoners, guards worry about prison violence after lockdowns lifted

Chile confirms first inmate death from COVID-19

A third of Chile’s inmates released from prison over coronavirus

Another prisoner infected with coronavirus dies in Ecuador

Health supplies for Haiti as prison records cases of COVID-19

Coronavirus Pandemic Exacerbates Prison Crisis in Latin America

Inmates tell how the pandemic is lived in Nicaraguan prisons

St Lucia - Strict COVID-19 Protocols In Place At Bordelais Correctional Facility

US - Prosecutorial Discretion: The Prosecutor’s Role in Curbing Infections in Prisons

US - 523 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Ohio federal prison

US - Murphy’s coronavirus prison release program denies inmates’ rights, N.J. Supreme Court rules

US - Fla. Jail Inmates Sue Sheriff Over Failure To Stop Virus Spread

US - Inmates report dangerous practices inside the Texas prison with the most coronavirus deaths

US (Connecticut) - Federal Settlement Reached On Reducing Prison Population To Prevent COVID Spread


India - Covid-19: Ensure prisons do not turn into a fertile ground for the virus

India - Coronavirus: Maharashtra to Release 11000 More Prisoners on Emergency Parole to Decongest Jails

India - 16 Rohini jail inmates, 12 staff of Delhi Prison dept tested COVID-19 positive so far

India - Sub-jails in Tamil Nadu fill up fast as lockdown restrictions ease

Nepal - Rise in Covid-19 cases across the country prompts concern over already crowded prisons

Pakistan - Court orders medical facilities for Covid-19 positive prisoner

Pakistan - 560 COVID-19 patients in Karachi jail: officials

Saudi Arabia - 11,000 remote trial sessions held for prisoners


Self-harm increases among female prisoners in England during pandemic

Three Scottish jails offer virtual visits after weeks of isolation


Australia (NSW) - Prison visitation ban stirs tension


News 5 June


Ghana - Give us isolation center, free minor offenders – Prisoners plead

South Africa - First Covid-19 case at Qalakabusha Prison in Empangeni


Coronavirus hits Colombian prison population hard

Panama- 702 prisoners with coronavirus

US - COVID-19 races through prison facilities in New Mexico

US - Incarceration And Its Disseminations: COVID-19 Pandemic Lessons From Chicago’s Cook County Jail

US (Texas) - COVID-19 cases spike to highest level due to outbreak at El Paso correctional facility

US (Arkansas) - Active covid-19 prison cases fall


India - By taking proactive steps, Karnataka makes prisons Covid-free

India - 60 Including Eight Staff Contract Coronavirus At Solapur Jail

Philippines - PDLs with Covid-19 now 222

Philippines - Davao Region jails still Covid-19-free


England and Wales - COVID restrictions affect vulnerable women prisoners and mothers had not seen children for two months

England and Wales - Fears after Covid-19 positive prisoner is moved to HMP Usk

England and Wales - Coronavirus is rife in Welsh prisons despite prisoners being locked in cells for 23 hours a day

Turkey - 'Daily Food Allowance for Prisoners Not Enough for Healthy Nutrition'

Slow response to coronavirus led to unnecessary deaths in UK prisons, says expert


Australia - QCS launch prisoner voicemail system to increase connections


News 4 June


Zimbabwe - Prisons coronavirus infections probed


CARICOM IMPACS Come Bearing Sanitary Supplies for Belize Central Prison

Canada - Spiritual needs of vulnerable federal inmates unmet during pandemic: chaplains

COVID-19: CARICOM IMPACS and United Kingdom partner to support Dominica prison

COVID-19 and Narco Trafficking: South American countries keen to repatriate prisoners to serve balance sentence in jails back home

US - Sentenced to life as teens, they fear getting coronavirus before getting a second chance

US (Connecticut) - As CT prison population nears 30-year low, fewer intakes drive declines

US - Coronavirus testing increases in West Virginia jails and prisons

US - ACLU lawsuit claims 'cruel and unusual' punishment of Colorado prisoners during COVID-19 pandemic

US - Justice Served? Vermont Considers Corrections Reform to Shrink Its Prison Population

US (North Carolina) - Butner federal prison begins mass COVID testing after six inmates die in eight days

US (Louisiana) - DOC to suspend prisoner release program as state enters phase two of reopening


India - Madras HC Expressed Grave Concern Over Spreading Of COVID-19 In Jail, Seek Report From Govt

New COVID-19 Outbreak in Iran’s Prisons, Regime’s Inaction, and a Looming Catastrophe

Malaysia - Skype links Kelantan Prison inmates with loved ones during MCO


England and Wales - Dozens of staff and prisoners at HMP Berwyn have contracted coronavirus

Scots prisons release 350 cons early in bid to protect inmates from coronavirus


News 3 June

In prisons, COVID-19 is harming mental health


Kenya - Prisons Department Designates 20 Regional Quarantine Facilities For Inmates


Canada - Too few video visitation terminals available at prison, inmate's partner says

Cayman Islands - Prison: Three inmates on hunger strike

Trinidad & Tobago - T&T prisons to get more sanitisation equipment

US - Two-thirds of COVID-19 cases in federal prisons limited to 7 facilities, official says

US - Give Incarcerated ‘Basic Human Rights’ During Pandemic, Say Families

US - 'Governor, let me see my kids before I die': pressure mounts to release elderly women from prisons

US - Mass. High Court Refuses To Release Convicted Prisoners Because Of COVID-19

US (Maryland) - Inmate details poor COVID-19 prison conditions in striking video

US (Florida) - Juvenile Justice System Sees More COVID-19 Cases


Bangladesh - HC wants report on how prisons are handling the coronavirus crisis

Cambodia's Proposed Criminal Justice Reforms Should Go Further

India's long lockdown led to breakdown of criminal justice system

India - Puzhal prison cluster: 39 prisoners test positive for COVID-19 across TN, source of infection unknown

UNODC and EU strengthen resilience of Sri Lankan prisons to COVID-19

Yemen rights group says detainees face ‘slow death’ in prison


COVID19: Prisoner, student among Cyprus cases

Prison visits could resume in July in England and Wales

Malta - Covid-19: Prison visits to resume on Friday


News 2 June


Egypt- Interior Ministry continues prison disinfection to curb COVID-19 spread

Mayotte - Covid-19 : 63 nouveaux cas, dont 45 à la prison

Zimbabwe - Coronavirus Hits Prisons, Four Prisoners And Two Officers Test Positive.


Canada - No early release for provincial inmates in past two weeks

US - COVID-19 shows us that prison healthcare is in dire need of reform

US - Lawmakers question federal prisons' home confinement rules

US - Virus outbreak at West Virginia prison infects more than 100

US - 10th inmate dies of COVID-19 at California prison

US (California) - Severely crowded Avenal State Prison home to CDCR's worst COVID-19 outbreak: 596 cases


India - ‘Bail protocol, standardisation needed to ease undertrial burden in prisons’

India - ‘Jail isn’t for detaining undertrials so as to send message to society’

Malaysia - Covid-19: 800 inmates, 700 employees of Sungai Buloh prison to be tested

Oman citizen tests positive for COVID-19 in UAE jail


Cyprus - Tersephanou rehabilitation centre becomes part-prison for inmates testing positive to Covid-19

Ireland - Prison population falls by 11% during coronavirus pandemic



News 30 May – 1 June


Coronavirus in Egypt: Death of prison official prompts calls to test, release inmates

Coronavirus breaches Kenyan prison walls, 31 taken ill

Liberia - LNBA Advocates Release of Hundreds of Pre-Trial Detainees From Overcrowded Prisons


Canada’s elder-care crisis grinds away in our jails, too

Prison with Canada’s worst COVID-19 outbreak houses Inuit inmates

Nicaragua: Political Prisoners Start Hunger Strike, 37 with Covid-19 Symptoms

US - Editorial: Coronavirus shows us the danger and inanity of our prison state

US - The Case Against Solitary Confinement During Pandemic

US - First COVID-19 Case Confirmed In Utah State Prison

US - Special master defends early release of Hawaii inmates, says recidivism rate low


Afghanistan: Life inside Kabul's women's prison during Covid-19

India - 30 jail inmates test positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu

India - 29 temporary prisons earmarked across Maharashtra

Pakistan - Two inmates succumb to coronavirus in Karachi

Philippines - UN agencies call for closure of drug detention centers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Singapore - 3 new inmates and nurse at Changi Prison tested positive for virus in past 2 months


England and Wales - Fewer than 80 prisoners have been released early to combat the spread of coronavirus

England and Wales - Prison release schemes almost impossible to deliver, says watchdog

England and Wales - Covid causes child detention crisis, and a ‘timebomb’ in adult prisons

Ireland - Locked up in lockdown: How prisons are coping with Covid-19

Ireland - Coronavirus: All new prisoners to be tested for Covid-19

Scotland - Prisoners not routinely tested for Covid-19 before early release, MSPs told


News 29 May



Ghana - GHS partners correctional facilities to fortify prisons against Covid-19

Liberia - UNDP Representative Wants Prison Facilities Decongested

Malawi Red Cross Targets Nsanje Prison With Coronavirus Preventive Messages


Canada - 9 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in B.C. as major prison outbreak declared over

US - Is COVID-19 Falling Harder on Black Prisoners? Officials Won’t Tell Us.

US - In Prison, Even Social Distancing Rules Get Weaponized

US - Formerly Incarcerated People Talk About Life In Coronavirus-Stricken Prisons

US - Colorado released 290 inmates under governor’s executive order — less than 2% of prison population

US - Virginia begins releasing new data about COVID-19 in prisons

US (Texas) - 10,000 TX Inmates Granted Parole, Can’t Leave Prison

US - Medically vulnerable prisoners sue Colorado prison system over coronavirus threat, lack of care

US - ACLU-NJ: Lifesaving Bill Would Slow Coronavirus Spread by Lowering Prison Population in NJ, Which Has Country’s Highest Death Rate from COVID-19


India - Emergency parole of 900 convicts extended by 8 weeks

India - Two inmates each of Madurai, Tirunelveli prisons test positive

Lebanese MPs fail to reach agreement on draft amnesty law

Yemen - Human rights organisation: 10,000 detainees in Houthi prisons at risk of coronavirus infection


England and Wales - Criminology students send ‘distraction packs’ to inmates at 25 prisons


News 28 May 


Eighth death from medical negligence reported in Egypt's prisons


COVID-19 Has Reached Haiti’s Overcrowded Prisons. Some Fear A Human Rights Disaster

More people are dying in American prisons – here’s how they face the end of their lives

US - Jay-Z-Backed Suit Says Company Downplayed Prison Virus Risks

US - Designing for Decarceration in a Pandemic

US - Inmates: 'inhumane conditions' at California prison amid COVID-19


Cambodia - Crowded prisons will set free 10,000 inmates

How the pandemic has affected India’s overcrowded prisons


Alarm over five suicides in six days at prisons in England and Wales

Experience of health professionals, police staff and prisoners in Italy informs WHO COVID-19 guidelines for prisons,-police-staff-and-prisoners-in-italy-informs-who-covid-19-guidelines-for-prisons


News 27 May

Covid-19 Prisoner Releases Too Few, Too Slow


Kenya - Measures Put In Place To Combat The Spread Of Covid-19 In Prisons

Zambia - President Edgar Lungu Pardons 2,984 Prisoners


Canada - BC Corrections looks at extending early release to inmates serving no more than 60 days

US - No Photo ID, No Services: Coronavirus Poses Steep Hurdles After Prison

US - In blow to DOJ, Supreme Court won't block order to move prisoners over coronavirus concerns

'She is worried': Pandemic raises fears for pregnant U.S. inmates

US (North Carolina) - Inside A Federal Prison With A Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak, Compromised Men Beg For Help

US - Confirmed COVID-19 cases increased 540% at Texas prison

US (California) - More Testing Reveals Surging Virus Outbreaks At CA Prisons, With More Likely To Follow


Cambodia - Thai embassy helps prisons prevent coronavirus spread

India - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Over 18,000 inmates to be released to ensure social distancing

Philippines - COVID-19 cases in prisons jump to 194; 161 are inmates


England and Wales - Dramatic leap in prison staff reported with Covid after MoJ change reporting method

Turkey - 'Who Talks Wears the Mask': Eight Prisoners Given One Mask at Bayburt Prison, Says HDP MP


Australia - Aboriginal people in prison and out-of-home care suffering under 'punitive' Covid-19 restrictions


23 – 26 May


Morocco prisoners make masks for fellow inmates

South Africa - Coronavirus: Another inmate dies at East London prison

South Africa - Correctional services department records 709 Covid-19 cases

South Africa - Covid-19: Lockdown makes access to justice for prisoners even more difficult


Deaths in Brazilian prisons increased by 33 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic but only four were tied to the deadly virus as prisoner advocacy group calls for investigation

Canada - Confinement within confinement: It’s time to end medical isolation in prisons

Thirty six inmates test positive for coronavirus in Salvadoran prisons

US - Ohio's prison system has the most virus deaths, starts reopening anyways

US - Pennsylvania prisons to begin lifting lock downs without universal testing

US - As COVID-19 Cuts Deadly Path Through Indiana Prisons, Inmates Say Symptoms Ignored

US - Alabama prisons releasing some inmates early amid COVID-19 outbreak

US - Colorado corrections facilities see high rates of COVID infections; hundreds of prisoner deaths predicted

US - As North Dakota slashes its prison population amid pandemic, other states lag behind


Bangladesh - 4 more jail guards, an inmate test Covid-19 positive

India - Convicts aged above 60 to get emergency parole: Delhi Prisons officials

India - COVID-19: At Least Three Die in Maharashtra Prisons

India - Covid-19: Yerawada Central Prison releases 1,000 inmates

Indonesia - COVID-19: ICRC expands material support to prisons in West Java and Banten

Indonesia's unconscionable prisoner policy

Nepal - Inmates at risk of contracting coronavirus in Kathmandu valley

Covid-19 infections surpass 300 in Pakistan prison

Pakistan - Authorities understating corona infections in prisons: JPP

Group calls for transparency in jail reports as coronavirus hits Philippine prisons

Philippines - 517 prisoners in BJMP facilities positive for coronavirus

UAE - Coronavirus: Dubai's main prison frees hundreds to reduce population


England and Wales - MPs, peers and bishops call on government to release more women from prison

England and Wales - Recovery from prison lockdown will take up to 18 months

Nearly 1,000 Russian federal prison authority’s staff, over 200 inmates contract COVID-19

Spain - Tensions over coronavirus boil over in violent weekend in Andalucia prison

Contagion risk in Turkish prisons feared


News 22 May


Morocco Unveils Plan to Counter COVID-19 in Prisons, Support Inmates


Canada - COVID-19 case confirmed at federal prison in Agassiz, B.C.

Canada - Advocates say Montreal inmate’s COVID-19 death highlights need for action

Rival deadly gangs share the same prison cell: A look at El Salvador's controversial move

Coronavirus detected in Haiti's largest prison

US - Letting prisoners use cellphones makes sense – now more than ever

Pregnant inmates languish in US prisons despite promises of release amid pandemic

US (Florida) - A COVID-19-positive inmate died after being transferred back to prison from the hospital. His daughter wants answers.

US (Texas) - Inmates Being Granted ‘Compassionate Release’ From Federal Prison Hospital in Fort Worth

US (Michigan) - Judge orders release of medically vulnerable Oakland County Jail inmates; sheriff pledges appeal


Pakistan - ‘Covid-19 tests of prisoners being conducted’

UAE - Dubai prison: Virtual visits and court hearing amid virus crisis


Australia - The people keeping COVID-19 out of prison


News 21 May


Nearly 3,600 convicts granted conditional release in Rwanda: official


Canada - Civil rights groups call for action after Bordeaux jail inmate dies from COVID-19

US - What’s driving COVID-19 in prisons and jails—and how to fix it

US - Covid-19 cases concerning prisoners' rights hit the Supreme Court

US - Federal Judges Are Relying On Bureau Of Prisons COVID-19 Numbers To Make Rulings

US (Alabama) - COVID-19 cases among prison workers reach 36

US (Texas) - She walked out of jail into a pandemic. Now she can't find the help she needs to get back on her feet.

US - Federal judge issues order regarding inmate releases at federal prison in Ohio

US - California prisons to begin accepting inmates as coronavirus deaths mount in Chino

US - I Was in a D.C. Jail as Coronavirus Hit. Anytime Someone Coughed, You Were Concerned

US - Fewer people being released from Philly jails as pool of eligible cases shrinks


Bangladesh - Covid-19: 38 prisoners, guards infected so far

India - Why freed prisoners are not jumping with joy

India - Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and International Society of Criminology appeal to Government for release of Undertrials and Petty Offenders to avoid overcrowding during COVID 19

India - Delhi's Mandoli Prison Reports First Covid-19 Case Days After 17 People in Rohini Jail Found Positive

Malaysia - Raya greetings go virtual at prisons as Covid-19 measures continue

Philippines - Outbreak hits Laguna jail; tests start near Zambo prison

Thailand - Prison visits set to resume from June 1


England and Wales - Mother appeals for prisoner's temporary release on health grounds


The push for prisoners in Australia to be released in case of second Covid-19 wave


News 20 May


Nigeria - Group trains prison officers on sanctions for offenders amid pandemic

South Africa - Thousands of parolees eligible for social relief grant

South Africa - Eastern Cape prison records 34 new Covid-19 infections, taking number of cases in SA prisons to 654


Coronavirus: Packed Brazilian jails lead to fears of calamity

Cayman Islands - 2 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the prison

US - More than 600 new coronavirus cases reported at Michigan prison

US - Maine inmates say their rights were violated when state didn’t release them from prison

US (Connecticut) - Prison inmates with coronavirus told to shower outside

US - COVID-19 death toll in Texas prisons rises to nearly 40

US - COVID-19 numbers quickly rising in Arizona prisons

US - 'They are setting us up for death': thousands of California prisoners battle Covid-19


Red Cross Concerned About Risk Of COVID-19 Spreading In Bangladeshi Prisons

Singapore sentences man to death via Zoom call


Prisons in England and Wales hit by nearly 1,000 coronavirus cases

England and Wales - Dozens of coronavirus cases confirmed at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, figures show

France - risons : « Si rien n’est fait, on risque de remonter très vite à un taux d’occupation inacceptable »

Over 150 Scots prisoners freed early to help contain spread of coronavirus

Turkey stops testing prisoners for Covid-19 in notorious Silivri prison


News 19 May


Nigeria - COVID-19: Inmates Awaiting Trial Languish In Ondo Prisons As Courts Remain Closed

South Africa - Why the release of 19,000 prisoners is a good thing

South Africa - Justice Department could scrap criminal records after lockdown


El Salvador - Notorious rival gang members find a way to coexist inside overpopulated jail cells after Salvadoran president's crackdown on violence

Special Report: 'Death Sentence' - the hidden coronavirus toll in U.S. jails and prisons

US - Will the Coronavirus Make Us Rethink Mass Incarceration?

US (Texas) - Ninth inmate dies from coronavirus at FMC Fort Worth prison

US - Fourth inmate dies of COVID-19 at Kansas' largest prison


Cambodia - Justice Ministry: ‘Reforms’ Will Hasten Court Procedures to Reduce Prison Overcrowding

India - Mumbai Central jail: ‘We didn’t sleep, sat in barracks to ensure we didn’t end up sleeping near an infected inmate’

Qatar confirms coronavirus in jail but denies widespread outbreak


England and Wales - Prisoners with coronavirus symptoms could not shower for two weeks – report

Ireland - Addict lost rehab place over Covid-19

Scots prisons breach human rights during lockdown


News 16 – 18 May


South Africa - Almost 600 coronavirus infections in SA’s prisons


Bahamas - COVID-19 testing underway at prison underway

Bolivia COVID-19 update, Outbreak at Palmasola prison

COVID-19 highlights the inhumanity of Canada's prisons

'We're all on death row now': Latin America's prisons reel from Covid-19

Mexico - Juárez reports virus death for 6th day in a row, 15 new cases including a prison outbreak

US - California’s prisons and jails have emptied thousands into a world changed by coronavirus

US (Ohio) - Lawsuit alleges cruel and unusual punishment, seeks release of 15,000 inmates amid outbreak

US - Texas Inmates Sue Over Coronavirus Concerns at Prisons

US - NJ prisons report more than 150 COVID-19 cases in 3 days


Afghanistan - 50 Prisoners, Prison Workers Test Positive for COVID-19: Doctors

India - Over 42,000 undertrials released to unclog prisons: NALSA report

Indian inmates released from crowded jails to limit Covid-19 spread

India - 125 prisoners, jail superintendent test corona positive in Rajasthan

India - Punjab allows release of prisoners beyond 16 weeks a year

India - COVID-19: 3,000 inmates released from West Bengal jails

India - Parole, bail of 30% prisoners in Chandigarh’s Model Jail extended

India - Prisoners could soon be housed in private and govt buildings

India - COVID-19 Pandemic: 7,200 Inmates Released From Odisha Jails

Maldives - COVID-19: Inmates, guards at Himmafushi prison being tested

Over 140 prisoners infected with COVID-19 in Pakistan

Philippines - 18,355 PDLs released from PNP lockup cells, BJMP jails nationwide

Philippines - CHR seeks better conditions for persons deprived of liberty


Covid-19 in Europe's prisons - and the response

England and Wales - Almost 2,000 tags bought for UK Covid-19 prisoner releases remain unused

England and Wales - Covid-19 update: More than a thousand prisoners share cells at Welsh ‘super prison’

28 inmates in Irish prisons in isolation with coronavirus symptoms

Isle of Man minister says inmates were detained 24 hours a day

Two coronavirus deaths in 24 hours at one of Scotland's maximum security prisons

Sixth prisoner death in Scotland linked to coronavirus

Scotland - Twelve prisoners released early from Perth Prison to try and tackle the spread of the coronavirus


News 15 May


Nigeria - CJN Orders Speedy Trial Of Cases, Decongestion Of Custodial Centres

South Africa - Prisons ‘breeding grounds’ for communicable and infectious diseases, including Covid-19

South Africa - Where, when and how - Correctional Services outlines plans for release of 19 000 inmates

Zimbabwe Death Row Prisoners Benefit From Covid-Amnesty


Across the Americas, prisons are hothousing the coronavirus

Cut off by coronavirus: Hondurans in packed prison suffer mental toll

U.S. Prison Population Remained Stable as Pandemic Grew

US - As coronavirus spreads behind bars, prisons release very few people

US - Another 100 Florida prison inmates test positive for COVID-19

US (New Jersey) - Despite promise of release, N.J. has highest COVID-19 prison death rate in the nation

US - The largest prison in Kansas reports 750 positive tests for COVID-19


India - Explained: Freeing prisoners in emergency

India - After 12 Agra Prison Inmates Test Covid-19 Positive, UP Govt Starts Random Testing In All 71 Jails In State

South Korea - Seoul courts close after prison officer catches coronavirus


England and Wales - Secure video calls to help prisoners maintain family ties

Italy - 498 high-security prisoners out

Scotland - Death of sixth inmate linked to coronavirus


Australia - Prison outbreak: Prisoners released to protect them from COVID-19


News 14 May

UNODC, WHO, UNAIDS and OHCHR joint statement on COVID-19 in prisons and other closed settings


Nigeria - COVID-19: Niger State Releases 118 Prison Inmates

South Africa - KZN prison official latest to contract Covid-19 as virus soars in prisons across country

South Africa - Edwin Cameron | A visit to 'Sun City' prison: Nightmare to manage the virus in confined spaces


Nicaragua releases more than 2,800 inmates amid pandemic

US - ‘Come on, we’re human beings’: Judges question response to coronavirus pandemic in federal prisons

US - The Deadly Spread Of Coronavirus Is Hitting Women's Prisons

US - Envisioning the New Normal After the Coronavirus Prison Crisis

US - Mississippi has tested fewer than 1% of state prisoners and staff for COVID-19

Venezuelan prison director and five soldiers charged in prison massacre case


Australia - 'Negotiations' with inmates end Darwin prison siege


News 13 May


South Africa - Western Cape warders strike, demand mass testing at prison

South Africa - Riot breaks out at Eastern Cape prison after ‘gross violation of rights’


Moments cops storm Bolivia's most dangerous prison during mass rebellion where inmates chanted 'we want to live' after riot broke out when 'three inmates died from suspected COVID-19 in three days'

Canada - Convicted murderer sues feds over prison conditions during COVID-19

Coronavirus: The Colombian jail with 859 cases

Coronavirus cases spike in second Colombian prison

US - More than 240 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Arkansas prison

US - Eight Florida prisons are hot spots for COVID-19

US (Virginia) - DOC reaches settlement in lawsuit over prison conditions

US (Ohio) - Despite staggering case counts and 50 deaths, prisons halt mass COVID-19 testing

Venezuela Prison Implodes Under Additional Strain From Coronavirus


Bangladesh - Prisoner dies in Sylhet hospital of Covid-19

Inmates Protest Over the Spread of COVID-19 in Northwest Iran Prison


Coronavirus: only 55 prisoners freed early in England and Wales


News 12 May


Benin - Covid-19: émeute ce matin à la prison civile de Lomé

Kenya - 42 Inmates At Industrial Area Remand Prison Isolated After Contact With 2 COVID-19 Cases


US - Twitter CEO gives $10M to help prisons battle coronavirus

US - Solitary, Brawls, No Teachers: Coronavirus Makes Juvenile Jails Look Like Adult Prisons

US - COVID-19 positive tests in Texas prison system tops 2,000

US - 12th Georgia prison inmate dies from the coronavirus

US - Coronavirus outbreak revealed at private Colorado prison; second inmate death reported

US - ‘Deeply disturbing’: LA prisoners filmed trying to catch coronavirus in hope of early release


India - 1,700 women undertrials released since lockdown began: NCW

India - High power panel decides to release 17,000 prisoners from Maharashtra jails

Indonesia - Prisons less overcrowded thanks to early release of inmates over COVID-19

Rouhani’s Acknowledgement That 100 out of 120 Prisoners Are Infected With COVID-19 Shows How Deplorable Iran’s Prisons Are

Covid-19: We're clean, says Prisons Department in Malaysia


Cyprus - Special committee to suggest solution to prison overcrowding

Over 500 prison staff in Scotland currently off sick due to coronavirus

Covid-19 Spreading Fast in Turkey's Prisons, Rights Defenders Warn


News 8 - 11 May

WHO launches checklist to support prison administrators and policy-makers for rapid and effective response to COVID-19


Prisons in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Africa

Coronavirus infections at Moroccan prisons jump to 397

South Africa - Covid-19: Correctional services records 15 new cases in prison system

South Africa - 19,000 more prisoners will be paroled to ease jail overcrowding

Sudan: Riot in Darfur prison amid pandemic

Uganda Prisons to Release Civil Debtors to Ease on Congestion


‘Disaster waiting to happen’: Inside the biggest prison coronavirus outbreak in Canada

Coronavirus outbreak in Colombia prison sparks fear among officials, families

US - Why Did It Take the Feds Weeks to Report COVID-19 Cases In Privately Run Prisons?

US - 3 California prison inmates die from COVID-19 complications

US - Ninth inmate dies of coronavirus at Elkton federal prison in Ohio

US - Colorado’s prison population is dropping, but not fast enough, advocates say

US - 3 Michigan inmates with coronavirus sent to virus-free prison after lab mix-up, corrections official says

US (Wisconsin) - Corrections: Nearly 1,600 inmates released due to COVID-19


Bangladesh- 2,329 prisoners to be released from jail amid Covid-19 crisis

Cambodia - Prison overcrowding on table

India - 103 test positive at Arthur Road prison

Indonesia - Jakarta prison warden reveals risks of working in overcrowded jail amid COVID-19 pandemic

Lebanon’s biggest prison now has a Covid-19 isolation ward

Pakistan - 47 prisoners in Punjab infected with Covid-19: SC told

Philippines - Videoconference hearings lead to release of 4,683 prisoners in a week

Thai inmates meet loved ones via video call amid ban on visits


England and Wales - Plans for early prisoner release shelved by government

Coronavirus: New Isle of Man inmates confined to cells for two weeks

Italy tightens rules coronavirus prison releases for mafia members

Ireland - Drop in numbers being jailed helps Covid-19 battle among prisoners

Ireland - Number of prison inmates in Cork plummets due to coronavirus

Coronavirus in Ireland – Five prison staff contract Covid-19 but Irish Prison Service say no inmates test positive

Activists call for amnesty as COVID-19 spreads in Russian jails

Scotland - Calls for publication of plans to stop prisoners becoming homeless after early release


Australia (Victoria) - COVID-19 testing rolled out to prisoners and prison staff

New Zealand - Coronavirus: Prison 'timebomb' fears as frustration and boredom build


News 7 May


Coronavirus: Nigeria's death penalty by Zoom 'inhumane'


Coronavirus Turns House Arrest Into Hot Button Issue in Argentina

Canada - Laval inmate dies after contracting COVID-19 as Quebec prisons deal with outbreaks

Canada - Number of inmates in Manitoba jails drops by almost 30% in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

US prison COVID-19 infections hit 30,000: university

CDC report details extent of coronavirus outbreaks in U.S. jails and prisons

America’s Crowded Prisons Are About To Create A Coronavirus Crisis In Rural America

US - Other Countries’ Courts Are Treating the Prison Pandemic as A Real Emergency

US (Delaware) - Corrections reports 10% drop in inmate headcount during coronavirus crisis

US (New Mexico) - State to begin widespread COVID-19 testing in prisons


The Risk Of Coronavirus In Afghanistan's Prisons Is Complicating Peace Efforts

Bangladesh - Coronavirus: Visits from relatives suspended as prisoners, prison guards infected

India - Delhi: Convicts among 3,500 prisoners let off to decongest jails

India - Delhi High Powered Committee Recommends 45 Days Extension of Interim Bail to Under Trial Prisoners

India - COVID-19: Parole of 4,000 inmates of Haryana jails extended by 6 weeks

Pakistan: Authorities Must Be Transparent About COVID-19 Cases in Prisons

Uncertain future for Philippines' freed child prisoners


England and Wales - Prison reform bodies urge ministers not to ditch early release scheme

England and Wales - Ministers Were Warned 3,500 Could Die Of Coronavirus In Prisons

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Young offenders out of cells for 40 minutes a day

Isle of Man - Prison governor refutes claims over poor treatment of inmates

Italy's government looks to reverse flood of mafiosi leaving jail over coronavirus


News 6 May

COVID-19: UN teams step up efforts to protect rights in prisons, as revolts intensify worldwide


Angola’s Prisons Ill-Equipped to Curb Covid-19 Spread

Coronavirus au Bénin : libération conditionnelle de plus de 400 prisonniers

DR Congo - RDC : des libérations de détenus envisagées face aux craintes de propagation du coronavirus en prison

Nigeria - NCWS decries alleged gender inequality in prison decongestion

South Africa - Covid-19 | Two East London prison inmates die amid 'significant increase' in recoveries

South Africa - Frustrated inmates at St Albans set fire to parts of the building

Zimbabwe - 2 528 more prisoners released


Prison Contagion in Americas 'Deeply Worrying', U.N. Says

Latin America’s Prison Gangs Draw Strength From the Pandemic

A second inmate in a Canadian federal prison has died of COVID-19

US - Over 5,000 corrections officers have contracted COVID-19

US - A Dangerous Limbo: Probation and Parole in the Time of COVID-19

US - States Are Halting Executions Because of the Pandemic—But Not Missouri

US - At Louisiana prison, 192 out of 195 inmates test positive for COVID-19

US - Almost 1,000 Prisoners Released In Mass. Amid Pandemic


Coronavirus fears in south east Asia's overcrowded prisons as Covid-19 rapidly spreads among inmates

Saudi Arabia - SR1m fine and 5 years jail for violating coronavirus measures


England and Wales - Coronavirus: Defendants more likely to be jailed in video hearings, research warns amid rise of remote justice

Challenges abound for prisoners released early from French prisons due to Covid-19

Northern Ireland - Man with Covid-19 remanded into custody in NI

Scotland - Regulations to allow release of short-term prisoners laid at Holyrood

Coronavirus is exposing the health crisis within UK prisons


Australia - Prison advocates call on Government to take more action to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in jails


News 5 May


DR Congo prison COVID-19 cases double in 48 hours

South Africa - Lamola ducks questions on release of 19,000 prisoners to counter Covid-19


Mexico warns states against prison terms to enforce lockdown

US - As virus spreads in jails and prisons, correctional officers fear for themselves and their loved ones

US - Covid-19 Continues Its Toll on Jails and Prisons

US (California) - 6th inmate with coronavirus dies at Terminal Island prison in San Pedro

US - COVID-19 deaths and cases continue to rise at Indiana prisons

US - Kentucky gov: Prison virus figures will be ‘pretty tough’

US - From Inmates To Officers: Texas Prisons Are Becoming A Coronavirus Hotbed

US - Over 75% of people tested in Philly jails are positive for COVID-19

US (New Jersey) - Lawsuit calls for immediate release of vulnerable inmates at Fort Dix federal prison

US - New Mexico Court Denies Mass Prisoner Release During Virus


Bangladesh - Jail authorities start to release 2,884 inmates

India - Bihar: Few new prisoners amid lockdown 3.0

50 Women Infected With Coronavirus in Southwest Iran Prison

Philippines - Health Dept. to give 10,000 COVID-19 test kits for inmates

Overcrowded prisons and camps in northeast Syria raise fears of COVID-19 outbreak


Fears over drugs drought in Northern Ireland jails as Covid-19 visits ban hits substances supply

Coronavirus in Scotland: Prison governors to have final say over early releases

Scotland - Coronavirus: Ex-inmate warning over Barlinnie 'tensions'

Turkey - Rights Groups Call for Prison Release Amid Pandemic


News 2-4 May


Coronavirus cases at Moroccan prisons jump to 341

Nigeria - COVID-19: 101 prison inmates set free in Kwara

South Africa - Correctional services not considering mass release of prisoners

Europe to Uganda: Don’t shut courts and leave prisoners stranded


Argentina - Protest against release of prisoners ups pressure on Fernández

Inmates Riot at Brazil Prison Over No Visits Amid Pandemic

Cuba releases thousands of prison inmates amid coronavirus fears

US - A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

US - 1,299 inmates test positive for virus at Tennessee prison

US - Death row inmates sue Texas prison system over health conditions during COVID-19 pandemic

US - 70% of Texas prisoners tested have the coronavirus. Experts say it's time for more testing and fewer inmates.

US - Hawai‘i Judiciary Frees 37% of Prison Population in Two Months


Bangladesh set to release another 385 inmates early to combat virus risks

India - Prison authorities told to allow video calls between jail inmates, their kin

Rise in coronavirus cases in crowded Indian jails prompts concerns

Philippines: Nearly 10,000 prisoners released over virus fears

Philippines - COVID-19, curfew arrests magnify jail system’s ills

Thai relatives can meet inmates using Line app


England and Wales - How coronavirus is spreading through UK prisons

England and Wales - Nearly 350 prisoners test positive for coronavirus across 73 jails, officials say as Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett urges judges and magistrates to consider Covid crisis gripping prisons when deciding whether to jail offenders

England and Wales - Devon prisoner who tested positive for coronavirus has died

Coronavirus: Phones in cells for affected inmates from Tuesday, Irish Prison Service confirm

Turkey extends coronavirus measures in prisons until May 15


News 1 May

Prisons are “in no way equipped” to deal with COVID-19


COVID-19: Afghanistan pardons over 12,000 prisoners

Overcrowded DRC prisons 'ticking time-bomb' for COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus cases confirmed in DR Congo prison

Seven killed in Sierra Leone prison riot on Wednesday - police

South Africa - Covid-19: Prisons, overcrowding and preventing transmission

Coronavirus: Reports of outbreak in Sudan prison holding Bashir cause uproar

Zimbabwe - Clemency Order Extended To Clear Prisons Of All Bedridden Prisoners


Mission Institution: Voices from inside Canada’s worst COVID-19 prison outbreak

Canada - Thirty-eight per cent of Her Majesty's Penitentiary inmates released; St. John's crime rate lower than this time last year

Coronavirus: Colombia foils jail break attempt amid contagion fears

US - 31 dead, thousands infected in Ohio prisons; counts climb at five facilities

US (Michigan) - Inmates sue state over COVID-19 prison conditions

US - New York Prisons Scramble To Fill Medical Jobs As Covid Cases Rise

US - Kansas Prisons Are Fighting A Lawsuit To Release Prisoners To Reduce COVID-19 Spread

US - How COVID-19 is shrinking Connecticut’s prison population

US - Judges have released more than 500 Hawaii inmates during pandemic


Cambodia - ICRC donates over 7,000 surgical gowns to prisons

India - Maharashtra: Nagpur central prison locked down to halt COVID-19 spread

Philippines - 1 dead, 17 catch virus in Cebu provincial jail

Philippines - DOJ: New rules on pardon, parole to wait 15 days more


Albania – Prison hospital to treat coronavirus infected inmates

England and Wales - ‘Worrying’ rise of prison staff contracting coronavirus

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Mother slams PPE supply after prison officer death

England and Wales - Pregnant women are being kept in jail despite the risk to their lives – and their babies

West Midlands prisons suffer most coronavirus cases in England

Five Northern Ireland prison officers diagnosed with Coronavirus, says Justice Minister

Russian Supreme Court advises against jailing people accused of minor offenses due to COVID-19 pandemic

West Lothian jail has 'vast majority' of Scottish prison coronavirus cases


Australia - Human rights lawyers laud decision on prisoner rights amid coronavirus fears

Australia - Former detention centre to house ex-prisoners during COVID-19 pandemic

New Zealand - Women at Auckland prison confined to cells for up to 29 hours, diary shows


News 30 April


Sierra Leone - Rioting and shooting at Pademba road prison in Freetown – one prison officer dead


Dominican Republic - COVID-19 infects 255 inmates at notorious prison

‘Time is running out’: Alarming number of positive coronavirus tests point to crisis in US prisons

US - Over 70% of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19

US - California prisons report 194 coronavirus cases, plan to bunk inmates in groups of eight

US - Three more inmates at Indiana prisons have died from COVID-19

US - Colorado's largest prison has state's biggest outbreak


Bangladesh - Coronavirus: Prisoners expected to be released in May

India - Prisons in DK, Udupi set up quarantine facilities for inmates

India - Overcrowded Jails: Maharashtra Government Yet To Decide On A Supreme Court's Recommendation's-recommendation-48869

Philippines - DOH issues guidelines amid coronavirus infections in prisons, jails

Philippines - SC allows reduced bail, release on recognizance for poor detainees during COVID-19 crisis

Thailand - Prison visit ban extended


Coronavirus: 14 inmates test positive in Belgium

COVID-19: Belgium's overcrowded prisons a 'powder keg' for infections

Cyprus - Coronavirus: Released inmates ask to go back to prison

Coronavirus crisis exit strategy launched in Estonian prisons

Malta - Court dismisses claim of poor conditions at Valletta lock-up

Turkey - CİSST Association Report on Violations of Rights in Prisons Amid Covid-19 Pandemic


New Zealand - Coronavirus: Deportees are sitting in prison cells after police cancel escort duties


News 29 April


Coronavirus reaches prisons in Guinea and Sierra Leone

More than 300 virus cases in Morocco prisons

Nigeria - COVID-19: Lawyers Alert to drag govt to court over poor, slow pace of prison decongestion

South Africa - Five new Covid-19 cases at Pretoria prison

Uganda - Museveni pardons 833 prisoners countrywide


More than 1,000 inmates are released in Argentina after president calls on government to consider house arrest as fears over the spread of coronavirus sparks riots at prisons

Canada - What it’s like in—and once you’re out of—jail during COVID-19

Canada - Rights groups demand COVID-19 prisoner death inquest

El Salvador Authorizes Lethal Force Against Suspected Gang Members as Prisons Go on Full Lockdown

Nine inmates killed in coronavirus prison riot in Peru

US - Federal Prisons Told Inmates They Were Coming Home Because of COVID-19. Then They Took It Back.

US - This Crisis Demands an End to Mass Incarceration

US - In New Jersey Prisons, 29 Coronavirus Deaths And Only 184 Tests

US - Mass outbreak of COVID-19 infections erupts at second Tennessee prison

US - Second inmate from Arizona prisons reported dead from coronavirus

US - Oregon jails see decline in number of inmates

U.S. federal inmate dies of COVID-19 after giving birth while on ventilator


Bangladesh - 13 prison guards contract COVID-19

Fear and illness stalk Indonesia's packed jails as prisoners hope for early release    

Philippines - Jail mass tests planned as infections near 8,000

Philippines: Prison Deaths Unreported Amid Pandemic

Philippines - TIMELINE: The bid to release low-risk, sick, elderly prisoners in PH

Philippines - Gov’t expediting probation, parole of convicts to decongest jails


Nearly 1,800 'possible' coronavirus cases in English and Welsh prisons

England and Wales - Update on COVID-19 in prisons

England and Wales - Further expansion of prison estate to protect NHS

England and Wales - Prisons may have to remain in lockdown for a year to prevent 'explosion' of coronavirus

Portugal releases 1,867 inmates under coronavirus scheme

Turkey - 120 Prisoners in 4 Prisons Diagnosed with Covid-19, Says Justice Minister


Australia - Virus fears prompt court fight to free Victorian prisoner


News 28 April


Cameroon: Agbor Balla urges Gov’t to address COVID-19 situation in prisons

How Rwanda Is Delivering Justice During Lockdown

South Africa - Covid-19 infections continue to rise behind bars, prisons record 129 cases

Sudan: Helping prison authorities keep COVID-19 at bay


Virus Spreads Fear Through Latin America's Unruly Prisons

El Salvador lines up semi-naked gang members for grim prison photos

US - 'A Ticking Time Bomb': Advocates Warn COVID-19 Is Spreading Rapidly Behind Bars

US - People freed from prison during coronavirus may face big risks on the outside

US - More Than 800 Inmates, Nearly 300 Staffers Positive for COVID-19 in Texas Prisons: TDCJ

US - Michigan prison hot spot says 12th inmate has died of virus


Nepal - NHRC draws attention toward overcrowded central prison

Philippines - Elderly prisoners qualified for early release identified


Armenia deputy justice minister on release of prisoners based on grave disease

Belgian Inmates Make 42,000 Reusable Masks Against COVID-19

England and Wales - Five members of prison staff have been killed by coronavirus as well as 15 prisoners, Justice Secretary confirms

England and Wales - Coronavirus: More than 2,000 prisoners may have been infected, says PHE

England and Wales - Only 33 prisoners in England and Wales released under anti-coronavirus measures

As France releases thousands, can Covid-19 end chronic prison overcrowding?


News 25-27 April

As Coronavirus Strikes Prisons, Hundreds of Thousands Are Released


Egypt releases over 4,000 prisoners amid talk it has bowed to pressure over COVID-19 concerns

Malawi army, police clash with defiant prison warders on strike

Morocco Launches Mass Testing for COVID-19 in Prisons

Morocco - DGAPR Suspends Transfer of Detainees to Courts, Inmates to Hospitals

COVID-19: UNODC supports Nigeria prison to check spread among inmates

South Africa - Justice Edwin Cameron calls for release of prisoners due to Covid-19 fears

South Africa - Happy Freedom Day: Thousands Of Prisoners To Be Released Today


Argentine prison riot over coronavirus ends with promise of talks

Canada's prison watchdog calls out federal corrections for 'extreme' confinement as COVID-19 cases surge

El Salvador's jails: Where social distancing is impossible

El Salvador imposes prisons lockdown after 22 murders in a day

US - 17 Ohio prisoners now dead of coronavirus; 4 at Marion Correctional

US - 138 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Colorado prison

In four U.S. state prisons, nearly 3,300 inmates test positive for coronavirus -- 96% without symptoms

US - Few Federal Prisoners Released Under COVID-19 Emergency Policies

US - Juvenile Justice Centers And Vulnerable Youth Latest Victims Of COVID-19


Pandemic: Fate Of ASEAN’s Prisoners In The Balance

Bahraini prisoners in an involuntary game of Russian roulette with Covid-19

India - Jail starts ‘e-meetings’ for prisoners, relatives

India - HC seeks report from prison authorities on steps taken to prevent COVID-19 spread in jail

Covid-19 Cases on the Rise in Northwest Iran Prison

Philippines - BuCor records two new COVID-19 cases in women's prison

Philippines - OSG: Congestion in prisons not a ground to release inmates

Syrian opposition warns of ‘catastrophe’ if coronavirus infects detainees after death of prison guards


Several Italian mafia bosses released from prison over coronavirus fears

Inside Russia’s Secretive Prisons as Coronavirus Takes Hold


News 24 April


Cameroon releases about 1,000 prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

Algerians linked to protests ‘forgotten’ in pre-trial detention

Ghana - Covid-19: Prisons boss pushes for non-custodial sentencing regime to facilitate physical distancing of inmates

Malawi prison warders go on strike demanding money

Moroccan prison reports sharp jump in virus cases

Somalia: Places of detention overlooked during Covid-19 crisis


Canada - Federal prison tensions rise amid COVID lockdowns; activists want releases

Canada - Ontario government and jail guards' union reach deal allowing officers to wear masks

Colombia denounces lack of measures to prevent infection in prisons

Cuban prisons without Covid-19 cases

US - New Jersey announced a coronavirus prison release plan. Two weeks later, not one inmate has been let out.

US - Colorado Corrections Agrees To Release Some Inmates Early To Reduce Prison Populations

US - Ohio Began Mass Testing Incarcerated People for COVID-19. The Results Paint a Bleak Picture for the U.S. Prison System

US - 2 more Georgia inmates die from COVID-19

US - Texas Counties Cut Jail Population By 10,000 In March

US - Correctional Model Predicts 99% COVID-19 Infection Rate In Arizona Prisons

US (Virginia) - Lawmakers approve plan to release 2,000 inmates to stop spread of COVID-19

US - Tennessee’s coronavirus cases surge as prison outbreak grows

US - Juvenile Detention Population Plummeted as the Pandemic Spread, Survey Suggests


India - Coronavirus: Uttar Pradesh creates 34 temporary jails for coronavirus lockdown defaulters

Philippines - Cebu City jail reports 20 more COVID-19 cases


England and Wales - 'Much-loved' prison officer at HMP Usk dies of coronavirus

England and Wales - Only 30 of 4,000 prisoners released early as jails step up to combat spread of coronavirus

Ireland - Coronavirus: State’s prison population falls by 248

Ireland - Cork Prison inmates get access to Netflix to compensate for coronavirus measures

Ireland - Inmates with Covid-19 symptoms kept in 24-hour lock-up


New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Ombudsman 'discouraged' from accessing prisons amidst pandemic lockdown concerns


News 23 April


Canada - Test more correctional officers to ease burden in federal prisons, union says

Jamaica - Prison inmates trained as medical orderlies

Jamaica - Prison visits further suspended — DCS;_DCS?profile=1754

Mass incarceration could add 100,000 deaths to US coronavirus toll, study finds

US - As COVID-19 cases climb statewide, so do cases inside Florida’s prisons

US - Cases of COVID-19 in Iowa's prison system triples; union leader issues warning

US - Bureau Of Prisons Removes Webpage On COVID-19 FAQ Home Confinement

US (Indiana) - 92% of Westville inmates tested are positive for COVID-19, group says; Lake County officials report three more coronavirus deaths

Us - Ohio Judge Orders Removal Of 'Vulnerable' Inmates From Federal Prison With Second-Highest Coronavirus Death Toll


India - NCW issues directives for female inmates amid COVID-19 lockdown

Philippines - DOH commits 10,000 COVID-19 test kits for inmates — DOJ exec


England and Wales - Ministers under renewed pressure to recommence prisoner releases

Coronavirus: Low-risk prisoners in Jersey permitted early release

First prison officer dies of coronavirus in Scotland


News 22 April


Fear of coronavirus haunts Egypt's cramped jails

Moroccan prison becomes coronavirus hotspot

Nigeria - President Writes CJN on Speedy Trials, Prison Decongestion

South Africa - Concerns mount over plans to protect prisoners from Covid-19

Zimbabwe - Ziyambi Ziyambi Wants To Implement Social Distancing At Highly Overcrowded Zim Prisons


Brazil - Ministry of Justice wants prisoners with covid symptoms in containers during pandemic

Inside the Canadian Prison Hardest Hit by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Canada - A pandemic in prisons forces a rethink of why so many are behind bars

Canada - Quebec inmates file COVID-19 lawsuit

US - Bureau of Prisons Reverses Coronavirus Home Confinement Policy

US (Maryland) - Gov. Hogan signs executive order expediting release of hundreds of prisoners

US - 38 percent of Arkansas COVID-19 cases concentrated in state prison


Bangladesh reports first prison coronavirus case

Iran Temporarily Releases 1,000 Foreign Prisoners Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Field Hospital Inside Notorious Lebanese Prison

Philippines - DOJ streamlines process for parole, pardon to ease jail congestion

Coronavirus outbreak in Philippines jail sees 123 inmates infected

Pandemic Hotbeds in Syria's Prisons


England and Wales - Thousands of older prisoners are sharing cells during pandemic

Jersey prisoners could be released early to manage coronavirus

Penitentiaries in the pandemic: Russian officials say coronavirus hasn’t infected a single inmate, but COVID-19 has undeniably changed life behind bars in big ways

Coronavirus in Scotland: Early release for 'limited number' of prisoners

Turkey - ‘A Mask is Sold for 17 Lira in Prison’


New Zealand - Concerns prisons will turn into Covid-19 ‘quarantine facilities’


News 21 April


Morocco Announces COVID-19 Cases Among Staff at 2 More Prisons

South Africa: COVID-19 - Prison Inmates Are in Immediate Danger

South Africa - Two inmates injured during protest at Pretoria prison


Canada - COVID-19 outbreak leads to Ontario jail being closed after 60 inmates, eight staff test positive

Cayman Islands - Prisoners released to ease jail crowding

Riot leaves one inmate dead and 13 more injured at a Colombian prison where detainees fear new detainees will spark a coronavirus outbreak

US - California reports first prison inmate death caused by coronavirus

US - First COVID-19 Death Reported in an Alabama Prison

US - 25 Kids Confirmed to Have Coronavirus at Virginia Juvenile Detention Center


Asian prisons at bursting point become COVID-19 breeding grounds

Southeast Asia Speeds Up Prison Releases to Stave Off Coronavirus

Spread of COVID-19 in Japanese prisons spurs calls for releases

Philippines - 18 inmates, one jail worker in Women's Correctional contract COVID-19

Philippines - SC orders urgent release of inmates with lapsed jail time, shelved cases


Almost 300 prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus in prisons in England and Wales - 13 have died

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Buckland on deaths in prisons [video]

England and Wales - Second prisoner dies with coronavirus in Liverpool jail

Coronavirus in Ireland: Prison officers want all new inmates tested

Luxembourg - Inmate tests positive for coronavirus in first prison case

11 inmates at Scots prisons test positive for coronavirus with 85 self-isolating

Terrified’ Prisoners In Spain’s Mallorca Demand To Be Set Free After ‘Degrading’ Response To Covid-19 That ‘Violates Their Human Rights’


News 18 – 20 April


Kenya - Covid-19: 4,500 prisoners released in decongestion bid

South Africa - SA prisons scramble to isolate Covid-19 cases as infections spread

South Africa - Prisoners threaten hunger strike if Covid-19 fears are not addressed

Sub-Saharan Africa: Protect detainees at risk of COVID-19, unclog prisons and release prisoners of conscience


Barbados - HMP Dodds following health protocols during COVID-19

Brazil – Without Visitors or Access to Attorneys, Prisoners Fear Coronavirus; First Fatality in Rio Jail

Coronavirus confirmed in one of Colombia’s largest prison

US - Federal prisons confirm first staff death linked to coronavirus

US (Arkansas) - Prison virus outbreak is massive; governor considering early releases to create prison space

US - Coronavirus cases rising at Chicago’s federal high-rise jail

US - More than 1,800 inmates, 100 staff test positive for coronavirus at Ohio prison


Bangladesh to release selective prisoners in late April

Cambodia - Prison authorities to learn disinfection methods

India - Violent protests by Jalpaiguri jail inmates demanding that they be released on bail due to coronavirus outbreak

Iran Extends Prisoner Furloughs amid COVID Threat

Prisoners in Japan produce masks and protective gear amid virus crisis

Malaysia - Prison academies risk becoming new Covid-19 clusters, warns rights group

Coronavirus: Philippines acts to avert public health crisis in jails

Singapore - Crime-fighting during COVID-19: Precautions taken in prisons, police stations and courts

Thailand - Time to let non-violent drug offenders out of jail


Cyprus - Coronavirus: Nicosia prisons lays out measures taken since March 10

England and Wales - UK coronavirus prison plan on hold after six inmates freed in error

No COVID-19 infection cases found in Latvian prisons so far

Scottish inmates to be allowed mobile phones in prison


News 17 April


Cameroonian President Orders De-Crowding of Prisons to Combat COVID-19

DR Congo: Prisons Face Covid-19 Catastrophe

Ivory Coast races to protect jails from coronavirus

South Africa - Prison officials fear for their families' lives amid Covid-19 outbreak


Bahamas - “It’s gonna wipe us out”: Prisoners relay COVID-19 fears

Bermuda - Virus arrests stretch prisons

Canada - Coronavirus: First federal inmate death reported at B.C. prison as case count climbs

Mexico - AMLO urges passage of amnesty law to reduce contagion in prisons

US - Why families of dying prisoners are unable to say last goodbyes

Over 16K US inmates have been released as coronavirus crisis has progressed

U.S. Correctional Facilities Report Steep Rise In Coronavirus Infection Rate

'It's horrible': how the US deep south's prisons exacerbate the pandemic

US - Fears of prison rioting escalate as coronavirus causes staff shortages


Myanmar to free almost 25,000 prisoners in largest amnesty in years

Virus outbreak at Philippine jail fuels calls for prisoner releases

Thailand - Paroled inmates 'have health checks'


England and Wales - More than HALF of UK prisons are now infected with coronavirus after 232 inmates and 103 staff test positive for Covid-19

England and Wales - Campaigners threaten legal action unless prisoners are released during pandemic

Ireland - Calls to cut prison numbers more to protect from Covid-19

Jail deaths bring renewed attention to Romanian prison conditions

Coronavirus in Scotland: Home curfew extended to gangsters to help jails


News 16 April


Distribution de kits sanitaires dans les prisons de Côte d'Ivoire


Canada - COVID-19 spurs prison reform from provinces but federal government slow to act

Canada - B.C. prison outbreak worsens, 48 now infected with COVID-19

Colombia orders mass release of inmates after coronavirus deaths trigger prison protests

Guyana - Prison service introduces video calls for inmates

Panama - Sixth prisoner found with coronavirus in Colon jail

U.S. Justice Department watchdog to inspect federal prisons' handling of coronavirus

US - 2 inmates at Florida prison die of COVID-19

US (Connecticut) - Coronavirus cases triple in prisons, prompting new outrage


India - This is the time to ensure systemic legal reform

India - 1,112 prisoners released on bail, parole from Karnataka prisons due to COVID-19

Iran - Water shut down on Central Prison of Zahedan despite the pandemic

Nepal - SC seeks govt explanation over its delay to release detainees involved in petty crimes

Philippines - Prison facilities Covid-free – BuCor


England and Wales - Total of 218 inmates and 82 staff have tested positive for coronavirus in 57 jails with ten prisoners dead, latest figures show

Iceland - Drug Use in Prisons Less than Ever

Ireland - Practice at Cork Prison of putting new prisoners in isolation 'bordering on unconstitutional' – judge

Turkey releases 1st batch of prisoners amid coronavirus


New Zealand - Recommendations to push back release of virus-risk prisoners condemned


News 15 April


Liberia - ‘Give Inmates Special Attention During COVID-19’ – CSOs Demand

Local Jail Reports 5 COVID-19 Infections, First Cases in a Moroccan Prison

South Africa - Police officers, prison officials and inmates in isolation as Covid-19 hits correctional services

South Africa - Call for inmates to be released after Covid-19 outbreak in Eastern Cape prisons


US - Federal prisons make inmate calling, video visits free during pandemic

US - Coronavirus Seen as Factor Spurring Compassionate Release From Prison

US - Coronavirus: Outbreaks ignite at two California prisons; inmates feel like ‘sitting ducks’


Philippines - BuCor processing release papers of eligible, vulnerable prisoners amid quarantine -officia

Thailand - Over 8,000 prison terms suspended


Albania - Parliamentary law committee rejects gov’t proposal on harsh prison sentences for violators of quarantine

England and Wales - 2,000 extra temporary prison cells to be built to avert early release of more offenders into the community

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Fewer criminals to face prison due to outbreak

France - Coronavirus. Dans les prisons françaises, près de 10 000 détenus de moins en un mois

Ireland - Prisoner loses action over being put into isolation due to Covid-19 fears in prison

Montenegro Warned about Poor Conditions in Remand Prisons

Virtual prison visits rolled out in Northern Ireland

Coronavirus: Activists call for amnesty amid signs Covid-19 is beginning to hit Russian jails

Scotland - Government publishes prison rule changes during Covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus in Scotland: Prisoners face 28-day lockdown in jail cells


Australia - Coronavirus lockdown measures lead to more disturbances in NSW prisons


News 10 – 14 April


Nigeria - COVID -19: Ekiti, Kwara to release prison inmates

South Africa - Correctional Services says committed to safe Covid-19 practices in prisons


Canada - More than 2,000 inmates released, 6 COVID-19 cases confirmed inside Ontario jails

Outcry as Chile seeks to include Pinochet human rights abusers in jail release

Inmates set mattresses on fire and hurl objects at guards and cops as they're hit with rubber bullets during riot at notorious Dominican Republic prison where fury mounts after four people die of coronavirus

US - Virus-wracked federal prisons again expand release criteria

US - Inmates At Kansas Prison Take Over Cell Block, Destroy Property In Disturbance Over COVID-19 Frustrations

US - Nearly 200 inmates rioted after officials announced coronavirus cases in a Washington state facility

US (North Carolina) - NC considering early release of 500 inmates based on certain criteria amid coronavirus

US - Racing against a coronavirus clock, Philly courts release 200+ jail inmates in the first week of fast-track emergency hearings

US (California) - State Sets Bail to Zero for Misdemeanors and Some Felonies


1,800 inmates freed from jail in Bahrain

Bangladesh - Coronavirus: Release of prisoners delayed by general holiday

Coronavirus measures trigger prison riot in Indonesia

Iran - More prisoners die of COVID19, prisons lack coronavirus protections

Pakistan - Govt says measures tightened to prevent coronavirus in prisons

Philippines - House Justice Committee recommends temporary release on bail of ‘vulnerable’ prisoners


England and Wales - 100 prisoners to be dispersed from jail after coronavirus outbreak linked to death of a member of staff

England and Wales - Prison estate expanded to protect NHS from coronavirus risk

Netherlands - Pepper Spray Used To End Covid-19 Related Protest In Lelystad Prison: Report

Russian Jail on Coronavirus Lockdown After Inspector’s Death – Reports

First inmate at Scottish prison dies from Covid-19

Coronavirus Scotland: Second Scots prisoner dies of suspected Covid-19 as ’30 inmates self-isolate’

Turkish Parliament agrees to free thousands from prison as anti-coronavirus safety measure

Three Turkish prisoners die of coronavirus


Coronavirus Australia: Queensland prisons taking drastic measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks


News 9 April


Ghana - Coronavirus: Sekondi Central Prison appeals for fumigation materials

Malawi - Concerns over coronavirus at overcrowded at Zomba prison

Nigeria - COVID-19: Buhari flags off release of qualified prison inmates

South Africa - EC prison to undergo mass testing after official tests positive

Uganda: COVID-19 - Prisons Identify 2,000 Inmates for Release


Canada - Judges release growing number accused of violent crimes due to COVID-19 fears

Canada - 11 inmates at federal prison in B.C. test positive for COVID-19

US - Coronavirus cases in California prisons multiplied in days and inmates fear further spread

US (N. Carolina) - Coronavirus outbreak hits Eastern NC prison. 15 state inmates now infected.

US (Texas) - First state prison inmate dies of COVID-19, lockdown expands                   

US - Colorado reaches 193 coronavirus deaths; first prison inmate tests positive

US - 401 people infected with COVID-19 in Chicago prison

US - Michigan Prisons Are One Of The Fastest Growing COVID-19 Hot Spots

US (New Jersey) - COVID-19 Spreads Among NJ Jail, Prison Staff and Inmates

US (Virginia) - Inmates sue state over conditions in prisons during pandemic

US - The Emergency in Florida Jails

US - As Coronavirus Spreads Among Juvenile Justice Facilities, Activists Are Calling For Their Release

US (Illinois) - Medically Vulnerable to be Furloughed From Prison


In overcrowded cells, Bahrain's political prisoners fear coronavirus threat

Cambodia - Prisoners Won’t Be Released Amid Outbreak Fears, Justice Ministry Says

India - Panel dissatisfied with delay in prison decongestion

India - Covid-19: Chhattisgarh releases 1,478 prisoners after SC order

Amid coronavirus scare, Myanmar court releases scores of detained Rohingya Muslims

Coronavirus: Dozens of Prisoners Test Positive in Pakistan

Philippines - SC urged to release sick, elderly political prisoners amid COVID-19

Philippines - BJMP builds coronavirus isolation facility


England and Wales - Care homes and prisons are next to receive coronavirus test kits

England and Wales - Prison fears as death toll rises

Estonia - Justice chancellor hits out at prisons coronavirus fresh air breaks ban

Greece - Riot in women’s prison in Thiva after detainee dies

Greece and COVID-19, in prisons isolation is not enough

Portugal - Plan to free up to 2700 prisoners trashed by Opposition

Scotland - Former justice secretary calls for prisoner releases to fight virus

Scotland - New rules could ‘prevent prisoners from keeping themselves clean’

Scots prison officers given emergency pay fund to cover staffing crisis during coronavirus pandemic


News 8 April

England and Wales - Ten prisoners have died after contracting coronavirus

England and Wales - 15,000 prisoners need to be curb spread of coronavirus, officials told ministers

England and Wales - Discharged UK prisoners with Covid-19 symptoms given travel warrants

England and Wales - First six pregnant prisoners freed after coronavirus rule change, Robert Buckland tells MPs

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: NZ prisoners kept in solitary during outbreak, says prison reform group

Lebanon prisons hit by unrest amid coronavirus fears

Overcrowded prison populations worry about impending ‘disaster’

Haiti's crowded prisons a coronavirus catastrophe waiting to happen

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends prison sentences for debtors

Indonesia - Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowding

US - Coronavirus has led to thousands of early releases from prisons and jails. Not in Arizona

US - 'They're All Really Afraid': Coronavirus Spreads In Federal Prisons

Australia – COVID-19 prison changes include isolation of new inmates, temperature checks

Europe’s Prisons Reel Under Virus Assault; A Warning to U.S.?

DR Congo frees 1,200 inmates amid coronavirus outbreak

Release or isolate: The debate on how to help people inside Canada’s prisons and jails during COVID-19

Covid-19: More than sixty prisoners released from prison in La Réunion

Pakistan - District jail declines to accept new prisoners

Nepal’s prisons need to be depopulated

India - Coronavirus: Over 2000 prisoners granted bail in Karnataka, some choose to remain in jail

Ukraine's justice minister names possible ways of infection with COVID-19 among prisoners

Coronavirus Could Worsen Grave Health Crisis in Venezuela Prisons

Malta - Corradino prison staff start week-long shifts to reduce COVID-19 risks

Canada - Ontario Is Releasing Nearly 2,000 Inmates To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19


News 7 April

England and Wales - Two more prisoners die after testing positive for coronavirus

Asia: Reduce Prison Populations Facing COVID-19

Coronavirus spreads across Belgium’s prisons

Report Into Coronavirus in Iran Prisons

Prevention plan to protect prison population in Cuba

Uganda - COVID-19 CRISIS: Prisons Management recommend release of 2000 prisoners

Dominica - COVID-19: Visits at state prison suspended indefinitely

Australia - Policy backflip in lead-up to Queensland election puts youth in detention centres at risk of coronavirus

Syria slow to free prisoners despite coronavirus risk in crowded jails - rights groups

Unclog the jails: Covid-19 lends urgency to ending overcrowding of India’s prisons by undertrials

Guyana - Early release among measures being taken to safeguard prisons from coronavirus

Almost 50 inmates contract coronavirus in Pakistan prison


News 4 – 6 April

England and Wales - Two workers at London's Pentonville prison die from Covid-19

England and Wales - Measures announced to protect NHS from coronavirus risk in prisons

Up to 4,000 prisoners in England and Wales to be temporarily released from jail to control coronavirus

Estonia - Prison guards to switch to five-day schedules during emergency situation

US - Barr expands early release for inmates at prisons hard hit by coronavirus

US - Judges reject sweeping California inmate release

Cambodia: Prisons Potential COVID-19 Epicenters

Virus prompts Sri Lanka prison release

Iran: Situation in Prisons Becomes Increasingly Tense

Overcrowding and the risk of unmitigated spread of COVID-19 in Madagascar's prisons

Singapore - Parliament: Prisons to suspend all family visits from April 7 to May 4 amid Covid-19 outbreak

Turkey - Riot erupts in southeast penitentiary, after parliamentary committee approves prisoner release bill

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Prisoners in cells up to 23 hours a day

Bangladesh - Efforts underway to prevent Covid-19 spread in prisons: Red Cross

COVID-19 pandemic: urgent steps are needed to protect the rights of prisoners in Europe

Malaysia - Consider danger of Covid-19 spreading in prisons, says CJ

At least 200,000 prisoners to be released worldwide due to Coronavirus outbreak

Calls grow to release Myanmar prisoners to tackle Covid-19

Northern Ireland - Justice minister Naomi Long says she will consider further prisoner releases due to Covid-19

Morocco to free over 5,000 prisoners over virus fears

“No Prison in Colombia Can Deal with Coronavirus, if They Leave Us Here We are Facing the Death Penalty”

Trinidad & Tobago - State takes first step to early prison release

Guyana - GHRA calls for hundreds of prisoners to be released

Kenya – Government suspends prison visits by another 30 days

Canada - Old people in prisons are facing a COVID-19 “death sentence”

REPORT: Nigerian inmates live in danger amid Coronavirus pandemic

Pakistan - Safety of mentally ill prisoners during pandemic outbreak should be ensured


News 3 April

US - Death toll from COVID-19 at Oakdale prison in Louisiana continues to climb

Australia - Coronavirus restrictions spark unrest in prisons as cell fires confirmed in NSW

Northern Ireland - Almost 200 prison staff off in NI due to Covid-19

Indonesia - Dozens released from Wamena prison in Papua

US - Nearly 1,000 Kentucky prison sentences to be commuted, Beshear says

Kenya Has Freed Nearly 5000 Inmates Via Skype Court Sessions

UK's leading prison charities warn of unprecedented deaths in jails if low-risk inmates are not released early

England and Wales - Prison officers 'forgotten service' of coronavirus

England and Wales - Fears Leeds prison is on brink of 'boiling point' as inmates locked up for 23 hours a day

England and Wales - HMP Peterborough defends single cells being used by two inmates after concerns of coronavirus raised

Malaysia - New prison inmates to be quarantined first

Egypt sanitizes prisons to curb spread of coronavirus

Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

Libya does the right thing: it releases prisoners in pretrial detention amid Covid-19

Russia’s Penitentiary Authority seals off pretrial detention facilities

Trinidad: 388 low-risk prisoners targeted for release

UN expert urges Eritrea to reduce risk of COVID-19 spreading by releasing prisoners

Ill-prepared for Covid-19, Mexico City prisons continue to allow visitors

Turkey: COVID-19 Puts Sick Prisoners at Grave Risk

France - Coronavirus. Prison : 6 266 détenus libérés en quinze jours


News 2 April

Inmates at Scottish jails not following social distancing, warn prison officers

Coronavirus: Almost a quarter of Scottish prison staff absent from work

Authorities In Chile Must Guarantee The Health Of The Prison Population Against Covid-19

Australia - Coronavirus causing anxiety in Vic prisons

Trinidad & Tobago - COVID 19: Gov't looks at reducing prison population

Rwanda: COVID-19 - Prisons Service Reassures on Inmates' Safety

Canada - Consider Releasing Some Inmates Early Due To COVID-19, Bill Blair Asks Federal Officials

Third British prisoner with coronavirus dies after contracting Covid-19 in custody

US - Federal prisons are fighting coronavirus with home release and a quarantine, but that may not be enough

US - Rikers Island Prisoners Are Being Offered Ppe And $6 An Hour To Dig Mass Graves

Coronavirus Restrictions Stoke Tensions in Lock-ups Across U.S.

Bangladesh - Jail authorities recommend release of 4,450 inmates

Canada - Guards at Ottawa jail refuse to work over lack of COVID-19 screening protocols

Portugal - Judges call on government to release 1400 prisoners

Liberia: RAL Wants Protection for Detainees

Guyane : mutinerie dans une prison

Égypte : le Covid-19 atteint les prisons


News 1 April

Prison riots break out around the world as coronavirus spreads

US - Coronavirus: California to release 3,500 non-violent prison inmates

Scottish criminals to be released early if prisons overwhelmed with coronavirus

England and Wales - 70 pregnant women and mothers to be released from prison early to combat coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus: Tunisia releases 1,420 inmates to reduce prison population

Ireland - Prisons introduce temperature screening at entrances to stop Covid-19 spread

Prisoners Killed In Major Disturbances At Two Prisons In Iran

US - Federal prisons will confine inmates to cells for 2 weeks due to coronavirus

Jamaica - Prison COVID Worries - Opposition ­Senator Calls For Release Of Low-Risk Detainees

Coronavirus prompts calls to free inmates from overcrowded Belgian prisons

Tensions Grow in Latin America’s Prisons as COVID-19 Spreads

Nigeria - Coronavirus: Two injured as riot rocks Kaduna prison

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons Service temporarily suspends visits amid COVID-19 concerns

Luxembourg - 30 inmates embark on hunger strike following protests

COVID-19: Indonesia releases more than 5,500 inmates, plans to free 50,000

'The whole system is broken': Lebanon’s prison riots stretch deeper than coronavirus fears

Bangladesh - 40 prisoners quarantined, 6 isolation units at jails


News 31 March

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Prisoners to be temporarily freed in response to pandemic

Coronavirus: Total of 55 prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in England and Wales

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Pregnant prisoners 'set to be released early' over fears of Covid-19 spreading through jails

UK prisoners with flu symptoms forced to share cells with those with Covid-19

We need to decongest Africa’s prisons urgently. For everyone’s sake.

Turkey - Prison staff to be isolated after shifts

Russia: Authorities urged to protect half a million prison population in face of COVID-19

Spain – Region’s prisons ready to explode

Cyprus - Coronavirus: Cabinet to approve measures to mitigate prison overcrowding

Irish Prison Service contacts retired staff in a bid to get them temporarily back to work

COVID-19 Threatens Indonesia’s Overcrowded Prisons

Indonesia to release 30,000 prisoners early amid coronavirus concerns

Singapore's prisons remain Covid-free due to precautionary measures

Human Rights Watch warns of Coronavirus outbreak in Libyan prisons

Colombian government is set to release almost 11,000 prisoners and place them under house arrest in bid to control spread of coronavirus one week after riot left 23 inmates dead

Coronavirus: Congested prisons across India to release prisoners on parole

In Canada’s courts, accused criminals are asking for release due to COVID-19

Australia - Plan to quarantine prisoners infected with coronavirus in private hospitals

COVID-19: Pakistan's top court halts prisoner release

Violent protest in Sudan prison

Release inmates in Yemen to avert nationwide coronavirus outbreak, experts urge


News 28 – 30 March

England and Wales - 27 inmates test positive for Covid-19 in 14 different prisons

Scotland - Fires started and wardens injured during ‘Coronavirus prison riot’, but prison service plays down the damage

Thailand - Virus rumour sparks riot, prison break

Spread of coronavirus accelerates in U.S. jails and prisons

US - An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana

US - Federal prisons mark first virus death

If US prisons don't release some inmates, coronavirus will be a death sentence for the incarcerated

Cameroon Should Protect Prison Population from COVID-19

Inmates riot at Iran prison over coronavirus fears

Iran extends prison furloughs as coronavirus death toll rises

In Italy’s overcrowded prisons, fear of coronavirus

Malaysia - Suspension of prison visitations continues

Lebanese Judicial Measures to Ease Pressure on Overcrowded Prisons

Canada - Trudeau ‘very concerned’ that COVID-19 could spread in federal prisons

UAE - Abu Dhabi Police launch distance prison visits

Jamaica - Prisons Beef Up COVID-19 Security - Correctional Services Say No Need For Inmates And Relatives To Worry

India - Maharashtra to release 11,000 undertrials on bail over COVID fears

India - 5,000 prisoners likely to released from UP jails

India - New jail inmates to be in separate barracks for 10 days

Pakistan - Move to release 4,000 convicts from Sindh prisons to stop spread of Covid-19

Bangladesh - Steps taken to prevent virus spread in jails: Addl IG

The Coronavirus Is Prompting Middle East Regimes to Release Prisoners. But Journalists and Activists Remain Behind Bars

Sri Lanka’s overcrowded jails tense over COVID 19

Cyprus - Coronavirus: around 50 prisoners to be released – reports

Coronavirus: Buhari approves decongestion of Nigeria Prisons, those to be freed revealed

Myanmar limits inmates’ visitors


News 27 March

Covid-19: UK prisoners with health issues 'face death sentences'

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak 'causing chaos' in Merseyside prisons

Afghanistan to release nearly 10,000 prisoners to curb coronavirus spread

Justice Ministry: 200 prisoners released early in Azerbaijan

Israel to release hundreds of prisoners to curb spread of coronavirus

Greece - Plan for early release of inmates to curb virus risk

US - Photos Show Some Prison Beds Are Only Three Feet Apart

US - Coronavirus: New York prison infections surging as mayor moves to release more inmates

US - Colorado places a moratorium on new prison intakes during pandemic

US (California) Gov. Gavin Newsom halts state prison intake for 30 days

Coronavirus Fatalities on the Rise in Iran’s Prisons

Iran - Riot in Tabriz Prison: Guards Open Fire, Wound Prisoners

Ghana - COVID-19 Infections In Our Prisons: Release More Petty Offenders, The Sick, The Aged And Others

Malta - PN suggests temporary prisons to ease overcrowding and virus risk at Corradino

Coronavirus: Inmates in France hit out over prison hygiene amid COVID-19 fears

Liberia: ‘Coronavirus Outbreak in Prisons Would Be A Disaster’ – Bureau of Corrections Chief

Inmate advocates warn of COVID-19 spread in Canada’s correctional facilities

What Will Happen If Coronavirus Hits Indian Prisons?

Cambodia: overcrowded prisons are 'ticking time bomb'

Ireland - Prisoners offered 'virtual visits' from loved ones after all in-person visits suspended

Coronavirus in Africa: pandemic feared in overcrowded prisons on the continent (in French)

Belgium - Coronavirus: 323 prisoners on extended prison leave (in French)


News 26 March

Coronavirus: First UK prison Covid-19 death confirmed

HMP Manchester inmate becomes second British prisoner to die from coronavirus

England and Wales - Release inmates or face jail pandemic, say prison governors

England and Wales - The reality of life in prison during the coronavirus pandemic

England and Wales - ‘No Masks, No Showers, No Soap’: Prisoners Say Coronavirus Is ‘Spreading Unchecked’ In Women’s Jails

England and Wales - 19 inmates across UK test positive for coronavirus in 10 prisons

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Call to lower prison population to combat spread of virus

Prison riots break out across Argentina sparked by anger over conditions and coronavirus fears

How the coronavirus is igniting riots, releases and crackdowns in world’s prisons

UN rights chief urges quick action by governments to prevent devastating impact of COVID-19 in places of detention

Coronavirus is a ticking time bomb for the Australian prison system

Calls for some prisoners to be released from Australia's jails due to coronavirus

Australia - We need to consider granting bail to unsentenced prisoners to stop the spread of coronavirus

Ireland - Prison visits and times restricted as part of Covid-19 measures

Northern Ireland – Call for prisoner releases to be considered as more than 160 officers self-isolate

COVID-19: Moroccan Prisons Adopt 2-Week Shifts for Correctional Officers

Lock 'em up or let 'em out? Coronavirus prompts wave of prisoner releases

US - UCLA Law Builds Databases on Prisons and COVID-19

Ethiopia ፡ over 4000 prisoners walk free as part of COVID 19 prevention


News 25 March

England and Wales - Coronavirus: Inmates could be freed to ease virus pressure on jails

England and Wales - Call to suspend face-to-face prison education as staff don’t even have basic handwashing facilities

Australia - Explainer: how will the emergency release of NSW prisoners due to coronavirus work?

US - Bureau of Prisons Imposes 14-Day Quarantine to Contain Coronavirus

US - 14 inmates escape from Washington jail amid COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

Russia’s Pretrial Prisons Vulnerable as COVID-19 Spreads

South Africa - Sonke Gender Justice: Reduce prison population to curb coronavirus

New Zealand - Coronavirus: More prison phone calls for inmates during lockdown

First Coronavirus Death in Madrid Prison in and 38 Correctional Officers Test Positive for Coronavirus in Spain

Bermuda - Prison sets up sanitisation stations

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Convicts of Zenica Prison sewed over 2,000 Protective Masks in only Two Days

Coronavirus hits Turkish prisons with first inmate case reported

Albania to Free 600 Prisoners as Pandemic Precaution

Nepal - Govt doing its bit to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in prisons

Bangladesh - Coronavirus gives prisoners the right to phone call

All prison visits in Scotland suspended as justice system reacts to coronoavirus lock-down

German state release some 1,000 prisoners due to coronavirus - report


News 24 March

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Prisoners to be released early

Confirmed coronavirus case at HMP Oakwood as virus reaches Britain's biggest prison

England and Wales - Three prisoners test positive for coronavirus in three different jails

Coronavirus: Prison visits cancelled across England and Wales

Scotland - Coronavirus: Fears as prison inmates start 'riot' over restrictions inside jail

Indonesia - Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infection

Australia - Some NSW prisoners could be released early under Covid-19 emergency powers

Coronavirus: US prison inmates to make hospital gowns and masks amid critical shortage

WHO recommends tightening prison rules to prevent ‘outbreak’

New Zealand - Justice system: How prisons and courts are responding to Covid-19

India - Coronavirus: Tihar Jail to release 3,000 prisoners to ease congestion in prison

Colombia may release some prisoners after deadly riots over coronavirus

Portugal - Prisoners ‘of all kinds’ to be released as courts fail to meet judicial deadlines


News 21-23 March

Colombia says at least 23 killed, 91 injured in mass prison riots

Ban on Visitors Amid Coronavirus Triggers Riot in Sri Lanka Prison, 2 Inmates Killed

Coronavirus: Turkey to pass law to release 100,000 prisoners

US - Prisons And Jails Change Policies To Address Coronavirus Threat Behind Bars

US - Trump is considering releasing elderly, 'totally nonviolent' offenders from federal prisons amid coronavirus outbreak

US - California releases more jail inmates amid coronavirus crisis

India - Coronavirus curbs trigger prison riot in Kolkata; one shot, eight hurt

India - Coronavirus: Supreme Court orders release of prisoners to decongest jails

Northern Ireland - Prison visits suspended due to coronavirus crisis

England and Wales - Prisons ‘could see 800 deaths’ from coronavirus without protective measures

Kenya Prisons suspends visits over coronavirus fears

Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns

Israel to send some 500 prisoners to house arrest to reduce jail virus threat

Coronavirus: Syrian regime to release prisoners

Bangladesh - Overcrowded prisons not equipped to deal with Covid-19 cases

'Everyone will be contaminated': prisons face strict coronavirus controls

Poland wants to let some prisoners go home due to coronavirus


News 20 March

Two inmates at Scottish prison test positive for coronavirus

US jails begin releasing prisoners to stem Covid-19 infections

Cayman Islands - Prison visits suspended

Coronavirus: 75 HMP Berwyn officers off sick or isolating

South Africa - Prisons to undergo deep cleaning to limit the spread of coronavirus

Uganda Prisons Service suspends visits to inmates

Canada - Convicts serving intermittent sentences granted leave from prison during COVID-19

Malta - Corradino prison takes early Covid-19 steps to protect inmates

Belgium - Coronavirus: some prison sentences may be postponed

Nepal - Convicts sentenced to less than year to be freed on bail or without bail


News 19 March

Italy must release inmates to fight coronavirus in prison: Rights group

France Urged to Free Prisoners to Thwart Virus in Crowded Jails

First Dutch Prison Inmate Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Overcrowded and unsanitary, Venezuela's prisons brace for coronavirus

Australia's overcrowded prisons could struggle to control coronavirus, expert says

Three dead after riot at prison in northwestern Romania amid Covid-19 restrictions

US - Inmates in a prison with a coronavirus case say they're not allowed basic cleaning supplies and are worried about elderly inmates

New coronavirus cases in US jails heighten concerns about an unprepared system

First UK prisoner with coronavirus confirmed at HMP Manchester

Reassurances from HMIP as prison inspections suspended in England and Wales

Belize - Prison disallows visits as of Saturday in preparation for COVID-19

British Virgin Islands - Gov’t restricts visits to prison and residential establishments

COVID-19: New Preventive Measures for Moroccan Prisons

New Zealand - Coronavirus: 'Real concerns' over Covid-19's impact on prisons


News 13-18 March


Coronavirus: Emergency plan for prisons in England and Wales

England & Wales - Low-risk inmates could be released temporarily to ease pressure during coronavirus outbreak, head of prison officers union suggests

Irish prisons seek to release 200 prisoners in response to coronavirus recommendations

The 'doomsday' plan if coronavirus hits Northern Ireland's prisons

Luxembourg - Schrassig detention centre reduces visits to minimum

Turkey - Prison Visits, Court Hearings Suspended over Coronavirus

France - Coronavirus : Les Mesures Prises Dans Les Prisons



US - Federal and most state prisons are banning visits to protect inmates from coronavirus

US - How Prisons and Jails Can Respond to the Coronavirus

US - Bureau Of Prisons Announces Guidance On Coronavirus

US - LA sheriff releases hundreds of inmates to protect them from coronavirus

Canada - Jails and prisons ban visitors, allow weekend inmates to stay home as coronavirus fears grow

Trinidad - Prisons lock down over COVID-19

Guyana - Prison service to curb visits as part of COVID-19 response

'Come back Monday, OK?' Hundreds of prisoners escape in Brazil amid Covid-19 anger


Middle East

Jordan says 2 dead in prison riot after visits banned over coronavirus

Bahrain pardons hundreds of prisoners as coronavirus fears spread

Israel - Prisons locked down over coronavirus fears

Riots rock overcrowded Lebanon prisons over coronavirus fears

Coronavirus: Iran frees 85,000 prisoners to combat spread of infection



India - Supreme Court takes suo moto cognisance of overcrowded prisons in wake of coronavirus

Maldives - COVID-19: Govt commences work to clean, disinfect Maafushi Prison

Thailand - All prisons closed to visitors March 18-31

Philippines - BuCor, BJMP ramp up efforts to protect inmates vs. Covid-19



South Africa - SA prisons suspend visits for 30 days due to Covid-19 outbreak