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Short Update: NGO Pastoral Carceraria discloses questionnaire data on prison conditions and COVID-19 in Brazil

FairTrialsAdmin - April 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions, Prison monitoring

On April 3rd, Pastoral launched a questionnaire with the purpose of obtaining more information about the prison situation in the country in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In just three days, Pastoral obtained 1213 responses from all states in the country. In addition to the information, the responses also provided a series of reports, denouncing the precarious conditions of the prisons. Among the respondents are family members, prison officers, prison system technicians, lawyers and judges, public defenders and members of human rights organisations.

The overwhelming majority of responses confirmed that visits to prisons are prohibited in virtually the entire country, 1189, or 98.4% of people said that they cannot access prisons. Another question asked by Pastoral was whether food and hygiene and sanitary products sent by family members were being delivered in prisons. 793 (65.9 %%) said no, while 304 responses (25.2%) said yes.

Regarding the existence of COVID-19 cases in prison, the Minister of Justice, Sergio Moro, said on 8 April, that the first case of a prisoner with the virus was registered in a prison, in Belém. However, it is impossible to know whether there are more cases since there is no official information being disclosed, and monitoring bodies are not accessing prisons due to the pandemic.

Read more here. (in Portuguese)

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