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Short Update: Latvia prohibits prison visits and extends phone privileges

FairTrialsAdmin - April 14, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Latvian prison administration has set a number of restrictions on prisoner’s contact with the outside world. The restrictions include all visits, including family members and other persons, granting of passes, marriage registrations in prisons and collective resocialization and education programs involving non-prison staff. Persons serving time in an open prison are not allowed to leave the prison or to receive guests. On 27th of March the Prison Administration added a ban on receiving personal deliveries to other restrictions, advising to use the postal services instead. 

To compensate for the restrictions, the Prison Administration has authorised the heads of prisons to extend phone and video call privileges beyond those currently set by law.  

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