What happens to prisoners in a pandemic?

HM Inspectorate of Prisons thematic review explores the effects of the restrictions introduced in prisons during 2020 in response to COVID-19.

They interviewed men, women and children living on standard residential units who had not been able to attend work or education and had typically spent more than 22 hours a day in their cells since March 2020.

It was found that the most disturbing effect of the restrictions was the decline in prisoners’ emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

What prisoners told the report calls into question whether the right balance had been achieved between managing the risk posed by COVID-19 and providing them with enough meaningful activity, engagement and time out of cell.

Full Report – HM Inspectorate of Prisons

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