Prisons: 19 inmates test positive for coronavirus in 10 jails

Henrietta Strickland
March 26, 2020

In England and Wales, 13 prisoners have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Some 3,500 prison staff - about 10% of the workforce - were off work on Tuesday because they were ill or self-isolating, a committee of MPs was told.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has hinted he may have to consider some forms of early release for prisoners in a bid to ease pressure on jails during the crisis.

He stated that he could have to contemplate the choice of releasing a number of prisoners early to "alleviate pressures".

Yesterday the Ministry of Justice confirmed that visitors would no longer be allowed to enter the establishments in an effort to keep staff, inmates and families safe and protect the NHS's ability to cope with the surge in coronavirus cases.

"We found that the BOP had not monitored or only partially monitored thousands of communications of high-risk inmates ... did not review thousands of inmate emails, some of which contained potentially concerning language; and permitted terrorist inmates to communicate with unknown or un-vetted contacts", Mr.

All visits have been cancelled to jails in England and Wales as the outbreak worsens.

This lockdown in prisons implies that inmates are locked up of their cell for over 23 hours a day.

Prisoners who perform kitchen, cleansing and laundry work can proceed.

No social visits will probably be allowed.

Staff at a federal prison in NY did not monitor terrorists' conversations with visitors because poor sound quality left guards unable to hear what was said, according to the report.

The Prison Officer Association said they have "praised the decision of the Secretary of State for Justice and the Director of Public Sector Prisons for their decision to place Prisons in England and Wales on immediate lockdown".

The Ministry added, "This is while we ensure safe and secure functioning of our prisons while enforcing social distancing".

"When you have a go to booked at present, please don't attend".

According to the latest Department of Health figures, there are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom - although the actual number cases is likely to be far higher.

The virus has caused the deaths of 18,931 people.

National chair of the POA, Mark Fairhurst, confirmed that the new plans were approved on Monday night after talks with the government brought to light that more prisoners were showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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