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Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

Penal Reform International. “Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison.” Penal Reform International, March 16, 2020.

In this briefing, Penal Reform International assesses the current situation of COVID-19 outbreaks and prevention measures in prisons and other detention facilities as well as broader impacts of government responses on people in criminal justice systems. It includes a section discussing quarantine, isolation, and limitation on movements within facilities—calling for rational placement in these units and cautioning agencies to avoid making these areas de facto segregation units. This briefing note argues for action to be taken now and immediately, given the risk people in prison are exposed to, including prison staff.

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Keywords: health, hygiene, contact, quarantine, isolation, fair trial, right to counsel, legal counsel, treatment, staff, correctional officers, coronavirus, public health, healthcare.