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Short Update: Coronavirus cases spike in women's detention centres in Guatemala

FairTrialsAdmin - August 21, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions, Prison monitoring

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up from seven, a week ago, to 28 confirmed cases this week. Monitoring bodies have not been allowed to visit and supervise the situation. Women deprived of liberty in Guatemala only receive visits from their lawyers. Since early March family and monitoring bodies visitations have been suspended as part of a group of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

By late August, the prison population in Guatemala amounted to 25,952 inmates, of which 13,364 are serving sentences and 12,588 are in pre-trial detention. Women population represents the 11.1% of the total prision populaton, from those, 1365 are serving sentences and 545 are in pre-trial detention.

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