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Short Update: Release of UK prisoners to address challenges of social distancing in prisons

FairTrialsAdmin - April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions, Prisoner releases

As of 7 April, 116 inmates were tested positive to COVID19 within 43 UK prisons. The UK Government is envisaging the release of up to 4,000 low-risk prisoners. The releases would be made on licence conditions under orders to stay at home, and with electronic tags to monitor them so that they can be returned to prison if they breach the terms of release. So far, only a few prisoners (including pregnant women and mothers with babies) have been released. The Chief Executive of the Prison Service, Dr Jo Farrar, said that the prison population would have to be cut by between 10,000 and 15,000, from a current total of just under 83,000 in England and Wales, to allow all prisoners to live in a single cell. 

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