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๐Ÿ”— https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-population-management-strategy-for-prisons


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Impact of COVID-19 on Prisons

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/7/21167807/coronavirus-prison-jail-health-outbreak-covid-19-flu-soap
Prisons and jails are vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks

๐Ÿ”—https://twitter.com/HansardSociety/status/1246797668376023041?s=20

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.forbes.com/sites/morgansimon/2020/03/17/want-to-slow-covid-19-legalize-marijuana-and-release-inmates/#667962e17cc0
COVID-19 Social Distancing Guidelines Are Incompatible With Overpopulated U.S. Prisons

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/11/coronavirus-outbreak-us-immigration-centers
Coronavirus inevitable in prison-like US immigration centers, doctors say

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/03/06/when-purell-is-contraband-how-do-you-contain-coronavirus
Handwashing and sanitizers may make people on the outside safer. But in prison it can be impossible to follow public health advice.

Recommendations

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-coronavirus-could-affect-us-jails-and-prisons
How Coronavirus Could Affect U.S. Jails and Prisons By Brennan Center for Justice.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://thejusticecollaborative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TJCVulnerabilityofPrisonsandJailstoCOVID19Explainer.pdf
Explainer: Prisons and Jails are Particularly Vulnerable to COVID-19 Outbreaks by the Justice Collaborative.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://thejusticecollaborative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TJC-Decarceral-Guidelines-Sheet.pdf
Decarceral Guidelines- These guidelines are intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 both within jails and prisons and the communities where they are located by providing mechanisms for release and stopping the flow of new admissions to either facility. By the Justice Collaborative.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://thejusticecollaborative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TJC_CoronavirusDefenseCourts_Onesheet_02.pdf
How Practitioners Can Address COVID-19 in Asking for Release By the Justice Collaborative.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://reform.uk/research/reducing-prison-population-extending-home-detention-curfew-and-scrapping-short-sentences
REDUCING THE PRISON POPULATION: EXTENDING HOME DETENTION CURFEW AND SCRAPPING SHORT SENTENCES

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://reform.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Reform%20perspectives%20-%20reducing%20the%20prison%20population_0.pdf
In the context of the present COVID-19 threat, the challenges facing the prison estate pose new and unprecedented problems.The Government must look at the steps they can immediately take to reduce the prison population without compromising public safety.ย By Aidan Shilson-Thomas #reformjusticeย 

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://youtu.be/ZQ7CMKwB-Ng
National Emergency Webinar on COVID-19 and Criminal Legal and Immigrant Detention System- Experts talk about the potential interventions for mitigating the harm of Coronavirus spread on those impacted by the criminal legal and immigration detention systems

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://thejusticecollaborative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TJC-Fact-Sheet-COVID19-Practices-for-Jails-and-Prisons.pdf
Practices for jails and prisons factsheet by the Justice Collaborative.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://thejusticecollaborative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TJC-Fact-Sheet-Jails-and-Prisons.pdf
Practices to avoid in jails and prisons by the Justice Collaborative

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e1f966c45f53f254011b45a/t/5e6a7163013d6607f4829b92/1584034147254/NBFN+COVID-19+Response.pdfhttps://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e1f966c45f53f254011b45a/t/5e6a7163013d6607f4829b92/1584034147254/NBFN+COVID-19+Response.pdf
Recommendations from The National Bail Fund Network working to free people from the criminal legal and immigration detention systems during the COVID-19 crisis.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2020/03/06/pandemic/
No need to wait for pandemics: The public health case for criminal justice reform by Prison Policy Initiative.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://medium.com/@JustSolutions/covid-19-and-justice-c7c7ab127e3a
COVID-19 and Justice

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.aclum.org/en/news/aclu-massachusetts-issues-covid-19-response-recommendations?ms_aff=MA&initms_aff=MA&ms_chan=tw&initms_chan=tw
The ACLU of Massachusetts Recommendations

Demands

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/france-urged-to-free-prisoners-to-thwart-virus-in-crowded-jails
France urged to released inmates.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”—https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/italy-release-inmates-fight-coronavirus-prison-rights-group-12553514
Italy urged to release inmates

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—http://sfpublicdefender.org/news/2020/03/public-defender-seeks-immediate-release-for-people-in-jail-with-short-sentences-and-heightened-risk-of-coronavirus/
San Francisco- Public Defender Seeks Immediate Release for People in Jail with Short Sentences and Heightened Risk of Coronavirus

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/pith-in-the-wind/article/21121800/nashville-public-defender-release-vulnerable-defendants-without-bail
Nashville, Nashville Public Defender: Release Vulnerable Defendants Without Bail

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://thelensnola.org/2020/03/12/public-defenders-request-the-release-of-all-non-violent-offenders-in-jail-due-to-coronavirus/
Orlens Parish, Public defenders request the release of all non-violent offenders in jail due to Coronavirus

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/groups-release-immigrant-detainees-high-coronavirus-risk-69514557
Seattle- Groups: Release immigrant detainees at high Coronavirus risk

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://transformativespaces.org/2020/03/04/demands-from-grassroots-organizers-concerning-covid-19/
Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 by Transformatives Spaces

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_fxXxfvaI0_SM-T6G9h81BwzRY3yu4Hn/view
ACLA- Release of incarcerated people, court operations and limiting arrests during the outbreak

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://theappeal.org/indiana-advocates-call-on-governor-to-release-elderly-and-infirm-prisoners-as-coronavirus-spreads/
Indiana- Call to release elderly and infirm prisoners

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/3/12/21177045/coronavirus-covid-19-prisons-illinois-pritzker-clemency-italy-iran
Chicago- Call to release elderly and infirm prisoners. There are nearly 7,800 incarcerated people in state prisons age 50 or older. Advocates say many, if not most, of them could be safely released to the public.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://thejusticecollaborative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Letter-to-Governor-Newsom_CDCR_COVID_19-1.pdf
California-ย Call to release elderly and infirm prisoners

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://legalaidnyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-Response-Plan-Letter-0309.pdf
New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) has called on ICE to release detainees to control the spread of COVID-19

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.aclusocal.org/en/aclu-hrw-letter-adelanto-re-covid-19
California- We are writing to urge you to immediately develop evidence-based and proactive plans for the prevention and management of COVID-19 at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center.ย 

Institutional Responses

The source for many of the news items from Prison Studies Org.

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซAfghanistan

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ”—https://www.democracynow.org/2020/3/31/headlines/afghanistan_releases_hundreds_of_prisoners_to_limit_coronavirus_outbreaks
Afghanistan Releases Hundreds of Prisoners to Limit Coronavirus Outbreaks


๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ชBelgium

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ”—https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/101432/coronavirus-some-prison-sentences-may-be-postponed/
Sentences to be postponed.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟBelize

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ”—https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2020/03/18/prison-disallows-visits-as-of-saturday-in-preparation-for-covid-19/
Visitors disallowedย 

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌBritish Virgin Islands

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ”—https://bvinews.com/govt-restricts-visits-to-prison-and-residential-establishments/
Restricts visits to prisons

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆCanada

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://globalnews.ca/news/6703990/convicts-serving-intermittent-sentences-granted-leave-from-prison-during-covid-19/
Convicts serving intermittent sentences to be released

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—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
Ban visitors and allow weekend inmates to stay home

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พCayman Islands

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ”—https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/03/19/prison-visits-suspended/
Cayman Islands suspends prison visits. 19 March 2020.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญBahrain

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ”—https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/03/bahrain-pardon-prisoners-coronavirus-formula-one.html
Bahrain to pardon hundreds of prisoners

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ทIran

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-51723398
Coronavirus: Iran temporarily frees 54,000 prisoners to combat spread

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-iran-frees-85-000-prisoners-to-combat-spread-of-covid-19-11958783
Iran to release 85,000 prisoners

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑIsrael

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ”—https://www.timesofisrael.com/prisons-locked-down-over-coronavirus-fears/
Prison lock down

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชIreland

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ”—https://www.longfordleader.ie/news/national/525710/irish-prisons-seek-to-release-200-prisoners-in-response-to-coronavirus-recommendations.html
Ireland to release 200 prisoners

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พGuyana

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ”—https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/03/17/news/guyana/prison-service-to-curb-visits-as-part-of-covid-19-response/
Curb visits

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บLuxembourg

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1483295.html
Reduces visits to minimum

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ปMaldives

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ”—https://avas.mv/en/79630
Deep clean of prisons

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡นMalta

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”—https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/101105/corradino_prison_takes_early_covid19_steps_to_protect_inmates#.XnS4coj7TIU
New steps to protect inmates

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆMorocco

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/296631/covid-19-new-preventive-measures-for-moroccan-prisons/
New preventative measures in prisons

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ตNepal

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ”—https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/convicts-sentenced-to-less-than-year-to-be-freed-on-bail-or-without-bail/
Prisons with less than a year go free.

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญPhilippines

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ”—https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1096991
Ramps up efforts to protect inmates

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆSouth Africa

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/prisons-undergo-deep-cleaning-limit-coronavirus/
Prisons to be deep cleaned in South Africa

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญThailand

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ”—https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1881255/all-prisons-closed-to-visitors-march-18-31
Prisons closed to visitors

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡นTrinidad

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”—https://trinidadexpress.com/newsextra/prisons-lock-down-over-covid/article_8ec5c80a-679e-11ea-941d-cfd28e6c7b02.html
Prison lock down

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ทTurkey

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—http://bianet.org/english/health/221429-prison-visits-court-hearings-suspended-over-coronavirus
Prison visits and court hearings suspended

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งUnited Kingdom

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-and-prisons
Main info - Prisons

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/29434
Reassurance from HMIPย 

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/15/low-risk-inmates-could-released-temporarily-ease-pressure-coronavirus/
Low risk prisoners might be released

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://twitter.com/DannyShawBBC/status/1245046448623964160
The Ministry of Justice is releasing 35 pregnant prisoners and 34 women in mother and baby units from jails in England and Wales due to the outbreak

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/14/health/prisons-coronavirus-visitations-banned/index.html
Federal and most state prisons banning visitors

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธUnited States of America

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.bop.gov/resources/news/20200313_covid-19.jsp
Federal Bureau of Prisons COVID-19 Action Plan

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://worthrises.org/pressreleases/coronavirusdemands
https://gothamist.com/news/where-hand-sanitizer-contraband-are-ny-prisons-ready-coronavirus
NEW YORK, NY โ€“ On Monday, national headlines picked up New York Governor Andrew Cuomoโ€™s outrageous plan to use prison labor to mass produce hand sanitizer to combat the spread of coronavirus for $0.26 per hour. Worth Rises urges elected officials to protect incarcerated people from harm and exploitation.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51947802
Jains begin releasing prisoner. 19 March 2020

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌUganda

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ”—https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Uganda-Prisons-Service-suspends-inmates-Orik-Mapenduzi/688334-5497640-13vdonwz/index.html
Suspends visits to inmates