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Short Update: Pregnant prisoners are to be temporarily released from custody in England and Wales

FairTrialsAdmin - April 7, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases

On 31st March, HM Prison and Probation Service announced that pregnant inmates who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public will be temporarily released from prisons across England and Wales "within days", to protect them and their children from coronavirus.  

Prison governors will be able to grant their release on a temporary license, once the women pass a risk assessment and suitable accommodation has been identified.  

The released inmates will also be subject to licence conditions, including a requirement to stay at home, and to wear an electronic tag where appropriate. They can be immediately recalled to prison for breaching these conditions or committing further offences. 

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