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Short Update: French Prisons Move to Restrict Visiting Room Hours

FairTrialsAdmin - March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions

 

In Metz, France, a plan to suspend visitation rights incited a protest by inmates. Authorities decided to suspend visits until at least 31 March, as a way of reducing the risk of coronavirus infections by limiting interactions with the outside world. This will mean prisoners will not be able to see their families..

Even before it was implemented, more than a hundred detainees refused to return to their cells in protest. The comotion was loud enough to be heard by the surrounding neighborhood.

As of yet, there have been few cases of coronavirus detected in French prisons, mostly among staff. The protesters also expressed concern about losing “canteen” privileges.

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