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Covid-19 in custody: Responding to pandemics in prisons in England and Wales

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posted on 13.07.2020, 10:49 by Chris KayChris Kay

COVID-19 was first detected in the prison estate in England and Wales in March 2020 and spread rapidly amongst prisoners and staff. A range of policy initiatives were introduced in an attempt to improve the ability for social distancing within the prison estate, reduce the transmission of the disease within prisons and to manage cases as they arose. Policies which involved the temporary release of prisoners, increasing accommodation levels within the estate and cohorting of prisoners presenting with symptoms were all introduced in an attempt to mitigate against the impact of the disease. These policies were neither effective nor implemented in a timely manner and the delay risked increasing the spread of the disease throughout the prison estate. Drawing upon evidence from both public health and social policy research, the following commentary discusses the impact of COVID-19 within the prison estate, along with the impact of a policy approach which was lacking in both timeliness and action on the effective management of pandemics in prison.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

British Journal of Community Justice

Volume

16

Issue

1

Publisher

Manchester Metropolitan University

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Manchester Metropolitan University

Publisher statement

Reproduced with permission of the publisher

Publication date

2020-05-21

ISSN

1475-0279

Depositor

Dr Chris Kay. Deposit date: 8 July 2020

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