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Short Update: UK Joint Committee on Human Rights report suggests that ban on prison visits during the pandemic poses risk on right to family life

FairTrialsAdmin - July 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions, Prisoner releases

report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights has found that the right to family life of approximately 17,000 children who have mothers in prison is endangered by the ban on prison visits during the pandemic. The report further set out that the early release programme implemented by the government at the beginning of the pandemic has failed to reunite imprisoned mothers with their children. Consequently, the Joint Committee has called for the ban on children visiting imprisoned mothers to be lifted and for further government consideration of the temporary release of pregnant women and low-risk mothers with children.  

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