News on COVID-19 and prisons

18 Mar 2020

We are compiling a list of news articles from around the world on COVID-19 and prisons which will be updated regularly.

WEPHREN are collating guidance 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 

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

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

The European Prison Observatory has a webpage collating information on what is happening in European prisons 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

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

 

News 27 March

Covid-19: UK prisoners with health issues 'face death sentences'

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/26/covid-19-uk-prisoners-with-health-issues-face-death-sentences

England and Wales - Coronavirus outbreak 'causing chaos' in Merseyside prisons

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/coronavirus-outbreak-causing-chaos-merseyside-17985738

Afghanistan to release nearly 10,000 prisoners to curb coronavirus spread

https://www.geo.tv/latest/279369-afghanistan-to-release-nearly-10000-prisoners-to-curb-coronavirus-spread

Justice Ministry: 200 prisoners released early in Azerbaijan

https://menafn.com/1099921561/Justice-Ministry-200-prisoners-released-early-in-Azerbaijan

Israel to release hundreds of prisoners to curb spread of coronavirus

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-to-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-to-curb-spread-of-coronavirus-622611

Greece - Plan for early release of inmates to curb virus risk

http://www.ekathimerini.com/251010/article/ekathimerini/news/plan-for-early-release-of-inmates-to-curb-virus-risk

US - Photos Show Some Prison Beds Are Only Three Feet Apart

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/03/27/photos-show-some-prison-beds-are-only-three-feet-apart

US - Coronavirus: New York prison infections surging as mayor moves to release more inmates

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-new-york-prison-cases-infection-rate-rikers-island-nyc-a9427411.html

US - Colorado places a moratorium on new prison intakes during pandemic

https://www.coloradoindependent.com/2020/03/26/colorado-moratorium-prisons-inmates-covid-19-cspii/

US (California) Gov. Gavin Newsom halts state prison intake for 30 days

https://www.correctionsone.com/jail-management/articles/gov-gavin-newsom-halts-state-prison-intake-for-30-days-UX4S8VmHH7g7prT6/

Coronavirus Fatalities on the Rise in Iran’s Prisons

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2020/03/26/coronavirus-fatalities-on-the-rise-in-irans-prisons/

Iran - Riot in Tabriz Prison: Guards Open Fire, Wound Prisoners

https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/ncri-statements/statement-iran-protest/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

https://www.modernghana.com/news/991913/covid-19-infections-in-our-prisons-release-more.html

Malta - PN suggests temporary prisons to ease overcrowding and virus risk at Corradino

 https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/pn-suggests-temporary-prisons-to-ease-overcrowding-and-virus-risk-at.781073

Coronavirus: Inmates in France hit out over prison hygiene amid COVID-19 fears

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/26/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

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/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

https://globalnews.ca/news/6738316/prisoner-advocates-jails-covid-19-coronavirus-canada/

What Will Happen If Coronavirus Hits Indian Prisons?

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/coronavirus-india-prisons_in_5e7c4c82c5b6cb9dc19a6b2c

Cambodia: overcrowded prisons are 'ticking time bomb'

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/cambodia-overcrowded-prisons-are-ticking-time-bomb

Ireland - Prisoners offered 'virtual visits' from loved ones after all in-person visits suspended

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/coronavirus/prisoners-offered-virtual-visits-from-loved-ones-after-all-in-person-visits-suspended-39081343.html

Coronavirus in Africa: pandemic feared in overcrowded prisons on the continent (in French)

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/afrique/societe-africaine/coronavirus-en-afrique-la-pandemie-est-tres-redoutee-dans-les-prisons-surpeuplees-du-continent_3885847.html

Belgium - Coronavirus: 323 prisoners on extended prison leave (in French)

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_coronavirus-323-detenus-en-conge-penitentiaire-prolonge?id=10469058

 

News 26 March

Coronavirus: First UK prison Covid-19 death confirmed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-52047003#

HMP Manchester inmate becomes second British prisoner to die from coronavirus

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/hmp-manchester-inmate-becomes-second-17985185

England and Wales - Release inmates or face jail pandemic, say prison governors

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/25/release-prisoners-or-face-jail-pandemic-says-chief

England and Wales - The reality of life in prison during the coronavirus pandemic

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/coronavirus-prisons-prisoners-manchester-court-17976671

England and Wales - ‘No Masks, No Showers, No Soap’: Prisoners Say Coronavirus Is ‘Spreading Unchecked’ In Women’s Jails

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-womens-prisons_uk_5e7a4974c5b62f90bc5253a1

England and Wales - 19 inmates across UK test positive for coronavirus in 10 prisons

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/19-inmates-across-uk-test-17982265

New Zealand - Covid 19 coronavirus: Call to lower prison population to combat spread of virus

 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12319392

Prison riots break out across Argentina sparked by anger over conditions and coronavirus fears

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8150623/Prison-riots-break-Argentina-sparked-anger-conditions-coronavirus-fears.html

How the coronavirus is igniting riots, releases and crackdowns in world’s prisons

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/how-coronavirus-is-igniting-riots-releases-and-crackdowns-in-the-worlds-prisons/2020/03/25/6ca94494-6aba-11ea-b199-3a9799c54512_story.html

UN rights chief urges quick action by governments to prevent devastating impact of COVID-19 in places of detention

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1060252

Coronavirus is a ticking time bomb for the Australian prison system

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/26/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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-20/calls-for-australian-prisoners-to-be-released-due-to-coronavirus/12074182

Australia - We need to consider granting bail to unsentenced prisoners to stop the spread of coronavirus

https://theconversation.com/we-need-to-consider-granting-bail-to-unsentenced-prisoners-to-stop-the-spread-of-coronavirus-134526

Ireland - Prison visits and times restricted as part of Covid-19 measures

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0325/1126319-prison-release/

Northern Ireland – Call for prisoner releases to be considered as more than 160 officers self-isolate

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/call-for-prisoner-releases-to-be-considered-as-more-than-160-officers-self-isolate-39075768.html

COVID-19: Moroccan Prisons Adopt 2-Week Shifts for Correctional Officers

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/297583/covid-19-moroccan-prisons-adopt-2-week-shifts-for-correctional-officers/

Lock 'em up or let 'em out? Coronavirus prompts wave of prisoner releases

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-prisoners-released/lock-em-up-or-let-em-out-coronavirus-prompts-wave-of-prisoner-releases-idUKKBN21C38R

US - UCLA Law Builds Databases on Prisons and COVID-19

https://law.ucla.edu/news-and-events/in-the-news/2020/03/ucla-law-builds-databases-on-prisons-and-covid19/?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news

Ethiopia ፡ over 4000 prisoners walk free as part of COVID 19 prevention

https://borkena.com/2020/03/25/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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52029581#

England and Wales - Call to suspend face-to-face prison education as staff don’t even have basic handwashing facilities

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/44334-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?

https://theconversation.com/explainer-how-will-the-emergency-release-of-nsw-prisoners-due-to-coronavirus-work-134523

US - Bureau of Prisons Imposes 14-Day Quarantine to Contain Coronavirus

https://www.wsj.com/articles/bureau-of-prisons-imposes-14-day-quarantine-to-contain-coronavirus-11585093075

US - 14 inmates escape from Washington jail amid COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

https://abcnews.go.com/US/14-inmates-escape-washington-jail-amid-covid-19/story?id=69767853

Russia’s Pretrial Prisons Vulnerable as COVID-19 Spreads

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/03/24/russias-pretrial-prisons-vulnerable-covid-19-spreads

South Africa - Sonke Gender Justice: Reduce prison population to curb coronavirus

https://www.jacarandafm.com/news/news/sonke-gender-justice-reduce-prison-population-curb-coronavirus/

New Zealand - Coronavirus: More prison phone calls for inmates during lockdown

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120549161/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

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/25/first-coronavirus-death-in-madrid-prison-in-and-38-correctional-officers-test-positive-for-coronavirus-in-spain/#.Xns7kIj7TIU

Bermuda - Prison sets up sanitisation stations

http://www.royalgazette.com/health/article/20200324/prison-sets-up-sanitisation-stations

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Convicts of Zenica Prison sewed over 2,000 Protective Masks in only Two Days

https://www.sarajevotimes.com/convicts-of-zenica-prison-sewed-over-2000-protective-masks-in-only-two-days/

Coronavirus hits Turkish prisons with first inmate case reported

https://turkeypurge.com/coronavirus-hits-turkish-prisons-with-first-inmate-case-reported

Albania to Free 600 Prisoners as Pandemic Precaution

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/03/24/albania-to-free-600-prisoners-as-pandemic-precaution/

Nepal - Govt doing its bit to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in prisons

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/govt-doing-its-bit-to-prevent-covid-19-outbreak-in-prisons/

Bangladesh - Coronavirus gives prisoners the right to phone call

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/dhaka/2020/03/25/coronavirus-gives-prisoners-the-right-to-phone-call

All prison visits in Scotland suspended as justice system reacts to coronoavirus lock-down

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/all-prison-visits-scotland-suspended-justice-system-reacts-coronoavirus-lock-down-2516619

German state release some 1,000 prisoners due to coronavirus - report

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-germany-prisons/german-state-release-some-1000-prisoners-due-to-coronavirus-report-idUKKBN21C1RB

 

News 24 March

Northern Ireland - Coronavirus: Prisoners to be released early

http://www.irishnews.com/coronavirus/2020/03/24/news/prisoners-to-be-released-early-in-northern-ireland-1876325/?param=ds441rif44T

Confirmed coronavirus case at HMP Oakwood as virus reaches Britain's biggest prison

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/confirmed-coronavirus-case-hmp-oakwood-17966604

England and Wales - Three prisoners test positive for coronavirus in three different jails

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/23/three-prisoners-test-positive-coronavirus-three-different-jails-12445049/

Coronavirus: Prison visits cancelled across England and Wales

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-prison-lockdown-england-wales-latest-a9420606.html

Scotland - Coronavirus: Fears as prison inmates start 'riot' over restrictions inside jail

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coronavirus-hostage-fears-prison-inmates-21743141

Indonesia - Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infection

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/24/overcrowded-and-understaffed-prisons-scramble-to-protect-inmates-from-infection.html

Australia - Some NSW prisoners could be released early under Covid-19 emergency powers

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/24/hundreds-of-nsw-prisoners-could-be-released-early-under-covid-19-emergency-powers

Coronavirus: US prison inmates to make hospital gowns and masks amid critical shortage

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-masks-hospital-gowns-ventilators-shortage-prison-inmates-make-a9419206.html

WHO recommends tightening prison rules to prevent ‘outbreak’

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/633493-who-recommends-tightening-prison-rules-to-prevent-outbreak

New Zealand - Justice system: How prisons and courts are responding to Covid-19

 https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/covid-19/412517/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

 https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/coronavirus-tihar-jail-to-release-3-000-prisoners-to-ease-congestion-in-prison-60070

Colombia may release some prisoners after deadly riots over coronavirus

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-23/in-colombia-critics-cite-overcrowding-in-coronavirus-linked-prison-riot

Portugal - Prisoners ‘of all kinds’ to be released as courts fail to meet judicial deadlines

https://www.portugalresident.com/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

https://colombiareports.com/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

https://www.news18.com/news/world/ban-on-visitors-amid-coronavirus-triggers-riot-in-sri-lanka-prison-2-inmates-killed-2546169.html

Coronavirus: Turkey to pass law to release 100,000 prisoners

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-turkey-law-release-inmates-prisons

US - Prisons And Jails Change Policies To Address Coronavirus Threat Behind Bars

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/23/818581064/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

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-consider-coronavirus-executive-order-federal-prisons2020-3?r=US&IR=T

US - California releases more jail inmates amid coronavirus crisis

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-20/california-releases-more-jail-inmates-amid-coronavirus-crisis

India - Coronavirus curbs trigger prison riot in Kolkata; one shot, eight hurt

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/riot-erupts-in-dum-dum-jail-undertrial-killed-in-firing/articleshow/74753923.cms

India - Coronavirus: Supreme Court orders release of prisoners to decongest jails

 https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/coronavirus-supreme-court-orders-release-of-prisoners-to-decongest-jails/story/398982.html

Northern Ireland - Prison visits suspended due to coronavirus crisis

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus/prison-visits-suspended-due-to-coronavirus-crisis-39062736.html

England and Wales - Prisons ‘could see 800 deaths’ from coronavirus without protective measures

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/21/prisons-could-see-800-deaths-from-coronavirus-without-protective-measures

Kenya Prisons suspends visits over coronavirus fears

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Coronavirus-Kenya-Prisons-suspends-visits/1056-5499588-a3cspxz/index.html

Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns

https://www.france24.com/en/20200320-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

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-send-some-500-prisoners-to-house-arrest-to-reduce-jail-virus-threat/

Coronavirus: Syrian regime to release prisoners

https://www.thenational.ae/world/coronavirus-syrian-regime-to-release-prisoners-1.995909

Bangladesh - Overcrowded prisons not equipped to deal with Covid-19 cases

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/overcrowded-prisons-not-equipped-deal-covid-19-cases-1884628

'Everyone will be contaminated': prisons face strict coronavirus controls

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/23/everyone-will-be-contaminated-prisons-face-strict-coronavirus-controls

Poland wants to let some prisoners go home due to coronavirus

https://kfgo.com/2020/03/23/poland-wants-to-let-some-prisoners-go-home-due-to-coronavirus/

 

News 20 March

Two inmates at Scottish prison test positive for coronavirus

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/19/two-inmates-scottish-prison-test-positive-coronavirus-12424908/

US jails begin releasing prisoners to stem Covid-19 infections

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51947802#

Cayman Islands - Prison visits suspended

https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/03/19/prison-visits-suspended/

Coronavirus: 75 HMP Berwyn officers off sick or isolating

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51966387#

South Africa - Prisons to undergo deep cleaning to limit the spread of coronavirus

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/prisons-undergo-deep-cleaning-limit-coronavirus/

Uganda Prisons Service suspends visits to inmates

https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Uganda-Prisons-Service-suspends-inmates-Orik-Mapenduzi/688334-5497640-13vdonwz/index.html

Canada - Convicts serving intermittent sentences granted leave from prison during COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6703990/convicts-serving-intermittent-sentences-granted-leave-from-prison-during-covid-19/

Malta - Corradino prison takes early Covid-19 steps to protect inmates

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/101105/corradino_prison_takes_early_covid19_steps_to_protect_inmates#.XnS4coj7TIU

Belgium - Coronavirus: some prison sentences may be postponed

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/101432/coronavirus-some-prison-sentences-may-be-postponed/

Nepal - Convicts sentenced to less than year to be freed on bail or without bail

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/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

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/italy-release-inmates-fight-coronavirus-prison-rights-group-12553514

France Urged to Free Prisoners to Thwart Virus in Crowded Jails

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/france-urged-to-free-prisoners-to-thwart-virus-in-crowded-jails

First Dutch Prison Inmate Diagnosed With Coronavirus

https://nltimes.nl/2020/03/19/first-dutch-prison-inmate-diagnosed-coronavirus

Overcrowded and unsanitary, Venezuela's prisons brace for coronavirus

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-venezuela-prisons/overcrowded-and-unsanitary-venezuelas-prisons-brace-for-coronavirus-idUKKBN215323

Australia's overcrowded prisons could struggle to control coronavirus, expert says

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/19/australias-overcrowded-prisons-could-struggle-to-control-coronavirus-expert-says

Three dead after riot at prison in northwestern Romania amid Covid-19 restrictions

https://www.romania-insider.com/riot-prison-romania

US - Inmates in a prison with a coronavirus case say they're not allowed basic cleaning supplies and are worried about elderly inmates

https://www.insider.com/washington-prisoners-coronavirus-outbreak-cleaning-supplies-2020-3

New coronavirus cases in US jails heighten concerns about an unprepared system

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/18/politics/coronavirus-in-us-jails-heighten-concerns/index.html

First UK prisoner with coronavirus confirmed at HMP Manchester

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/uk-prison-coronavirus-case-confirmed-hmp-manchester-a4390981.html

Reassurances from HMIP as prison inspections suspended in England and Wales

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/29434

Belize - Prison disallows visits as of Saturday in preparation for COVID-19

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2020/03/18/prison-disallows-visits-as-of-saturday-in-preparation-for-covid-19/

British Virgin Islands - Gov’t restricts visits to prison and residential establishments

https://bvinews.com/govt-restricts-visits-to-prison-and-residential-establishments/

COVID-19: New Preventive Measures for Moroccan Prisons

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/296631/covid-19-new-preventive-measures-for-moroccan-prisons/

New Zealand - Coronavirus: 'Real concerns' over Covid-19's impact on prisons

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120383374/coronavirus-real-concerns-over-covid19s-impact-on-prisons

 

News 13-18 March

Europe

Coronavirus: Emergency plan for prisons in England and Wales

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51879952

England & Wales - Low-risk inmates could be released temporarily to ease pressure during coronavirus outbreak, head of prison officers union suggests

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/15/low-risk-inmates-could-released-temporarily-ease-pressure-coronavirus/

Irish prisons seek to release 200 prisoners in response to coronavirus recommendations

https://www.longfordleader.ie/news/national/525710/irish-prisons-seek-to-release-200-prisoners-in-response-to-coronavirus-recommendations.html

The 'doomsday' plan if coronavirus hits Northern Ireland's prisons

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/the-doomsday-plan-if-coronavirus-hits-northern-irelands-prisons-39045004.html

Luxembourg - Schrassig detention centre reduces visits to minimum

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1483295.html

Turkey - Prison Visits, Court Hearings Suspended over Coronavirus

http://bianet.org/english/health/221429-prison-visits-court-hearings-suspended-over-coronavirus

France - Coronavirus : Les Mesures Prises Dans Les Prisons

https://www.cnews.fr/france/2020-03-14/coronavirus-les-mesures-prises-dans-les-prisons-936125

 

Americas

US - Federal and most state prisons are banning visits to protect inmates from coronavirus

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/14/health/prisons-coronavirus-visitations-banned/index.html

US - How Prisons and Jails Can Respond to the Coronavirus

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/how-prisons-and-jails-can-respond-to-the-coronavirus

US - Bureau Of Prisons Announces Guidance On Coronavirus

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2020/03/13/bureau-of-prisons-announces-guidance-on-coronavirus/

US - LA sheriff releases hundreds of inmates to protect them from coronavirus

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/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

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/03/14/jails-and-prisons-ban-visitors-allow-weekend-inmates-to-stay-home-as-coronavirus-fears-grow.html

Trinidad - Prisons lock down over COVID-19

https://trinidadexpress.com/newsextra/prisons-lock-down-over-covid/article_8ec5c80a-679e-11ea-941d-cfd28e6c7b02.html

Guyana - Prison service to curb visits as part of COVID-19 response

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/03/17/news/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

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/17/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

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/jordan-says-2-dead-in-prison-riot-after-visits-banned-over-coronavirus-1.1584317753578

Bahrain pardons hundreds of prisoners as coronavirus fears spread

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/03/bahrain-pardon-prisoners-coronavirus-formula-one.html

Israel - Prisons locked down over coronavirus fears

https://www.timesofisrael.com/prisons-locked-down-over-coronavirus-fears/

Riots rock overcrowded Lebanon prisons over coronavirus fears

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/riots-rock-overcrowded-lebanon-prisons-coronavirus-fears-200317164301234.html

Coronavirus: Iran frees 85,000 prisoners to combat spread of infection

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-iran-frees-85-000-prisoners-to-combat-spread-of-covid-19-11958783

 

Asia

India - Supreme Court takes suo moto cognisance of overcrowded prisons in wake of coronavirus

https://theprint.in/health/supreme-court-takes-suo-moto-cognisance-of-overcrowded-prisons-in-wake-of-coronavirus/381810/

Maldives - COVID-19: Govt commences work to clean, disinfect Maafushi Prison

https://avas.mv/en/79630

Thailand - All prisons closed to visitors March 18-31

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1881255/all-prisons-closed-to-visitors-march-18-31

Philippines - BuCor, BJMP ramp up efforts to protect inmates vs. Covid-19

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1096991

 

Africa

South Africa - SA prisons suspend visits for 30 days due to Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/sa-prisons-suspend-visits-for-30-days-due-to-covid-19-outbreak-45119045