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Short Update: Not enough prisoners being released despite COVID-19 pandemic

FairTrialsAdmin - May 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions, Prisoner releases

Human Rights Watch has reported that far fewer prisoners are being released than hoped during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the risk to prisoners, staff, and the wider public, several countries had announced plans to ease overcrowding in prisons, but these have not, for the most part, been implemented effectively. In the US, for example, over 20,000 detainees have tested positive for the coronavirus, and in one women’s facility in Canada, over 60% have tested positive. Across the world, prisons have continued to operate far beyond capacity, and in some countries, including El Salvador and Malaysia, COVID-19 has resulted in more people being incarcerated, for violations of public health laws.  

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