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Short Update: UK Ministry of Justice further expands prison estate to reduce the spread of Coronavirus

FairTrialsAdmin - April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

On 29 April 2020, the Ministry of Justice announced that the Prison Service has reopened a recently closed custody site in Kent to hold up to 70 prisoners. 300 temporary cells have also been installed in nine prisons. These measures followed the Ministry's recent press release on 15 April that the prison estate would be expanded to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The Prison service has taken other measures, including limiting prisoner movement, releasing some prisoners early, and quarantining new arrivals, to combat coronavirus outbreaks in prison.

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