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Short Update: COVID-19 measures delay release of UK prisoners by blocking rehabilitation activities

FairTrialsAdmin - October 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases, Prison conditions

COVID-19 measures in England and Wales have blocked the chance for inmates to take part in rehabilitation activities to progress their sentences, in effect delaying the release of potentially thousands of prisoners.  

Nearly 11,000 prisoners serving indeterminate sentences and approximately 5,815 serving  determinate sentences must demonstrate to the Parole Board that they have taken part in certain activities to reduce their risk and allow release. Support to reduce the risk of reoffending has stopped, as argued in a report by the Prison Reform Trust, who have been exploring the experiences of prisoners during the pandemic as part of its Capptive project. 

Prisoners were placed in a severely restrictive regime in March which reduced the time spent out of cells to 30 minutes per day, and measures have yet to be fully reversed. 

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