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Short Update: Canadian prisoners' spiritual and religious needs are another casualty of COVID-19

FT Admin - June 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions, Prison monitoring

Canadian prison chaplains have said prisoners’ spiritual and religious needs have become another casualty of COVID-19, as chaplains are prevented from visiting prisoners. Only emergency visits are allowed in Canada by the Correctional Service. Chaplains have said they are ensuring prisoners have access to spiritual guidance from chaplains via telephone or other technology as a temporary alternative. However, few inmates are aware of these options, and not all have the opportunity to use them, while in some cases, technological hurdles are preventing prisoners from connecting with chaplains. 

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