COVID-19: Deprivation of Liberty Information Corner

This section of the website has been specifically created to place into the public domain rapidly emerging information about deprivation of liberty in the context of the seemingly ever worsening global health situation resulting from the COVID-19 virus. In doing so, we have attempted to compile in one spot information from both Canada and abroad.

After the presentation of a list of useful resources, you will find Canadian news items and statements on COVID-19 and deprivation of liberty. Please click here to locate the international articles, of which there are many more.

The overall aim of this section of the website is to make readily available a range of opinions about the implications of being deprived of one’s liberty at a time of global health emergency and to highlight the obligations on the part of the state (Canadian or other) to ensure that those persons in their custody remain safe and healthy and that their human rights and dignity are fully respected in practice.

Emergency – Marcin Wichary (2008)

The COVID-19: Deprivation of Liberty Information Corner will be updated as information emerges. Thus, please come back soon.

Do contact us please if you have any suggested materials or articles for inclusion below.


Useful resources

United Nations

UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture, Advice of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to States Parties and National Preventive Mechanisms relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic (25 March 2020).

Advice of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to the National Preventive Mechanism of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland regarding compulsory quarantine for Coronavirus, adopted at its 40th session (10 to 14 February 2020).

OHCHR, ‘Urgent action needed to prevent COVID-19 “rampaging through places of detention” – Bachelet’ (OHCHR, 25 March 2020) with a related video.

Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme, ‘Une action urgente s’impose pour éviter que le COVID-19 ne cause « des ravages dans les lieux de détention » – Bachelet’ (OHCHR, le 25 mars 2020).

WHO Europe, Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention (2020) – overview and report.

UN Office on Drugs & Crime, Position Paper COVID-19 preparedness and responses in prisons (31 March 2020).

UNHCR Canada, Seeking asylum in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic (20 March 2020).

Council of Europe

European Committee on the Prevention of Torture, Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (20 March 2020) in English and French. See also the related press statement in English and French.

Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights, Commissioner calls for release of immigration detainees while Covid-19 crisis continues (26 March 2020).

Others

Association for the Prevention of Torture, COVID-19 AND PERSONS DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY  INFORMATION HUB, with press release (26 March 2020)

Penal Reform International, Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison (16 March 2020).

Dignity – The Danish Institute Against Torture, Synthesis of Global Guidance and Recommendations: How to Prevent and Manage COVID-19 in Prisons (26 March 2020).

Prison Insider – ‘The Information Site on Prisons throughout the World’ (for prison COVID-19 news updates) in English and French and Coronavirus : la fièvre des prisons (for an overview of the the global situation).

Observatoire International de Prisons, Coronavirus en prison – L’essentiel (updates en francais-in French).

World Prison Brief news on COVID-19 and prisons.

Fair Trials International COVID-19 Justice Project.

International Corrections and Prisons Association, COVID-19 Information Page (with webinar).

Electronic Frontier Foundation, ‘Phishing in the Time of COVID-19: How to Recognize Malicious Coronavirus Phishing Scams’ (EFF, 19 March 2020).

quarantine covid19 – gabriel solorzano (2020).


Canada – news articles & public statements (by date)

3 April 2020

Austin Davis, ‘COVID-19 live updates: Sask. groups call for release of inmates during pandemic’ (Regina Leader Post).

Joe Fries, ‘Inmate at Okanagan jail has COVID-19’ (Prince George Citizen).

Marsha Mcleod, ‘Human-rights complaint filed against Kingston prison requiring sick, disabled inmates to wait outdoors for medication’ (The Globe & Mail).

Kimberley Molina, ‘Ottawa woman hits snag trying to remove mother from nursing home’ (CBC News).

Mark Pare, ‘Three more Grand Valley inmates test positive for COVID-19 (update)’ (Kitchener Today).

Sam Pazzano, ‘COVID-19 trims Ontario’s inmate populations by 24%’ (Canada.com).

Jim Rankin, ‘Four inmates test positive for COVID-19 in outbreak at southern Ontario women’s prison’ (The Star).


2 April 2020

CBC News, ‘Federal Ministers on the state of COVID-19 in Canada’s prisons’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Voices from inside: COVID-19 in Canada’s prisons’ (CBC News).

Kelly Cryderman, ‘Calgary’s Chief Medical Officer tightens rules for staff at congregate-care facilities’ (The Globe & Mail).

Global News, ‘COVID-19: Preventing prison outbreaks in Canada’ (MSN).

Jordan Gold, ‘Bail, COVID-19, and the release of inmates detained on the “tertiary ground”’ (Robichaud’s Criminal Defence Litigation).

Kelly Grant & Laura Stone, ‘Care homes across Canada desperate for staff amid COVID-19 outbreak turn to librarians, museum workers’ (The Globe & Mail).

El Jones, ‘Releasing some prison inmates is key to reducing COVID-19 spread, say advocates’ (CBC).

Ariane Krol, ‘Le nombre de cas grimpe à 17 au pénitencier de Port-Cartier’ (La Presse).

Kevin Martin, ‘Common-sense approach to incarceration’ (The London Free Press).

Muskoka Region, ‘COVID-19 case in Beaver Creek, Muskoka prison suspends visits to inmates’ (MR).

Emilie Nicolas, ‘Pas faits pour vivre en cage’ (Le Devoir).

Kevnin Nielsen, ‘3 inmates at women’s prison in Kitchener test positive for coronavirus’ (Global News).

Sam Pazzano, ‘COVID-19 trims Ontario’s jail-house ranks by 24%’ (Simcoe Reformer).

Felix Seguin, ‘Les détenus de Bordeaux lancent un cri d’alarme’ (TVA Nouvelles).

Shelby Thom, ‘Mother of inmate fears for son’s safety after COVID-19 confirmed at Okanagan jail’ (Global News).

Richard Watts, ‘B.C. jails to examine COVID-19 risks’ (Vancouver Courier).

Andrew Weichel, ‘COVID-19 outbreak at high-security jail in B.C.’s Okanagan’ (CTV News).

Dan Zakreski, ‘Disinfectant fogging, medical screening used to combat COVID-19 at Saskatoon jail’ (CBC News).


1 April 2020

AFP, ‘COVID-19: tous les détenus des prisons fédérales à l’isolement’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Jim Bronskill, ‘Consider Releasing Some Inmates Early Due To COVID-19, Bill Blair Asks Federal Officials’ (Huff Post).

Bernise Carolino, ‘Legal Aid Ontario introduces temporary procedural changes to help lawyers during the COVID-19 crisis‘ (Law Times).

Liam Casey, ‘Guards at Ottawa jail refuse to work over lack of COVID-19 screening protocols’ (Global News).

CBC News, ”It’s going to spread’: Springhill inmate pleads for early release amid COVID-19′ (Yahoo Canada).

Mike Crawley, ’29 dead from COVID-19 in Ontario nursing and retirement homes’ (CBC News).

Meagan Fitzpatrick, ‘Long-term care homes are worrisome COVID-19 hotspots’ (CBC News).

Jushua Freeman, ‘Police in Ontario clarify whether they’re issuing tickets to cars with multiple passengers‘ (CTV News).

Terry Haig, ‘Ottawa may be ready to move on non-violent prisoner releases’ (Radio Canada International).

Phil Heidenreich, ‘Some Alberta convicts move to house arrest to mitigate COVID-19 risk: official’ (Global News).

Isabel Inclan, ‘Migrant Detainees Launch Hunger Strikes to Protest Government Inaction on COVID-19’ (New Canadian Media).

Kathryne LaMontagne, ‘COVID-19: dix agents correctionnels infectés à Port-Cartier, six autres à la prison de Joliette’ (Le Journal de Quebec).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘Inmate says CSC not doing enough to battle COVID-19 spread’ (The Kingston Whig Standard).

Nicole O’Reilly, ‘Who is getting released from the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre amid the COVID-19 pandemic?’ (Hamilton Spectator).

Cristin Schmitz, ‘Bar calls for limited release of prison inmates, immigration detainees to stop spread of COVID-19’ (The Lawyer’s Daily).

Stephen Hoff, ‘Jail guards want COVID-19 screening at Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre’ (CBC News).

Thomas Rohner, ‘Prisoner worried for fellow inmates’ lives at Baffin Correctional Centre amidst COVID-19′ (CBC News).

Dr. A.L. Smith & Dr. N. de Laplante, ‘Pressures of COVID-19 could be catastrophic for mental health system’ (CBC News).

Various, ‘‘It is a very dire situation’: At least 600 nursing, retirement homes in Canada have coronavirus cases’ (The Globe & Mail).


31 March 2020

Canadian Press, ‘Consider releasing some inmates to stem COVID-19 in prisons, minister requests’ (Times Colonist).

Liam Casey, ‘Absence de contrôle pour le virus: des gardiens de prison refusent de travailler’ (L’actualite).

Liam Casey, ‘Guards refuse to work in Ottawa jail over lack of COVID-19 screening protocols’ (National Post).

Gary Dimmock, ‘Ottawa jail guards refuse work over lack of COVID-19 screening’ (Ottawa Citizen).

Ben Eppel, ‘Inmate at Grand Valley Institution for Women tests positive for COVID-19’ (Kitchener Today).

Terry Haig, ‘First federal prisoners test positive for COVID-19’ (Radio Canada International).

Avery Haines, ‘Whistleblower says workers at nursing homes aren’t being given protective gear’ (CTV).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Bill Blair asks prison, parole heads to consider releasing some inmates to stop spread of COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Bryce Hoye & Dan Hatherly, ‘Nunavut government imposes 24-hour security quarantine on northerners holed up in Winnipeg hotel’ (CBC News).

Internewscast, ‘Prisoner advocates urge release strategy to prevent spread of COVID-19 behind bars’ (CBC).

John Ivison, ‘John Ivison: COVID-19 could be a get out of jail card for Canada’s low-risk prisoners’ (National Post).

Janice Johnston, ”He didn’t get a death sentence’: Living in fear of COVID-19 behind bars’ (CBC News).

Ariana Kelland, ‘He went to prison for a murder his friend committed. Now Greg Parsons feels cheated again’ (CBC News).

Yesmine Mehdi, ‘COVID-19 : le système judiciaire « en pause », que faire de l’arrêt Jordan?’ (Radio Canada International).

Debra Parkes, ‘Debra Parkes: COVID-19 and the crisis in corrections’ (Vancouver Sun).

Jane Philpot & Kim Pate, ‘Time running out to protect prisoners and prison staff from calamity’ (Policy Options).

Presse Gauche, ‘Personnes en détention et COVID-19 ; L’urgence est de plus en plus grande’ (Presse Gauche).

Radio Canada International, ‘COVID-19 : le ministre Blair invite les prisons à libérer certains détenus’ (RCI).

Olivia Stefanovich, ‘Courts scramble to modernize to keep the system working in a pandemic’ (CBC News).

Jean St. Pierre, ‘Le syndicat demande des tests de dépistage pour tous les agents du Pen de Port-Cartier’ (Cote Nord).


30 March 2020

Stewart Bell, ‘In Canada’s courts, accused criminals are asking for release due to COVID-19’ (Global News).

Émilie Bergeron, ‘COVID-19 | Deux détenus de Port-Cartier infectés’ (TVA Nouvelles).

Kim Bolan, ‘COVID-19: Tensions rising in crowded B.C. jails’ (Vancouver Sun).

Canadian Press, ‘Two inmates, nine employees at Quebec prison test positive for COVID-19’ (CP).

Bernise Carolino, ‘Refugee lawyers lament decision to suspend asylum at Canada-U.S. border for COVID-19 containment’ (Law Times).

Kate Dubinski, ‘London courthouse to reopen today after two week COVID-19 closure’ (CBC News).

Tebasum Durrani, ‘Why immigration holding centres could become COVID-19 hot spots’ (TVO).

Sean Fine, ‘Calls to release some prisoners intensify as first known coronavirus outbreak announced in Canadian prison’ (The Globe & Mail).

Alan S. Hale, ‘Recommendation to treat prisoners at CFB Kingston not being considered’ (The Sudbury Star).

Alyshah Hasham & Jim Rankin, ‘‘We don’t have the death sentence in Canada’: Inmates’ loved ones fear worst-case scenario as COVID-19 hits federal prison system’ (The Star).

NUPGE, ‘NUPGE STATEMENT: Fighting COVID-19 in Adult and Youth Correctional Facilities’ (NUPGE).

James O’Connor, ‘Covid-19 jail threat prompts bail request in high-profile NWT cases’ (CABINRADIO).

Jamie Pashagumskum, ‘Ontario has vowed to protect the spread of COVID-19 in jails, but what are they really doing?’ (APTN News).

Jason Proctor, ‘COVID-19 ‘tipping the balance’ as judges ponder bail for accused criminals’ (CBC News).

Alix-Anne Turcotti, ‘Deux détenus du pénitencier de Port-Cartier atteints de la COVID-19’ (Radio Canada International).

Jon Yazer, ‘Coronavirus in the prison system: Avoiding a worst-case scenario’ (Now Toronto).

Don’t Give Up sign, St. Paul, Minnesota – Lorie Shaull (2020).

Week: 23 – 29 March 2020

Alex Boutilier, ‘Trudeau ‘very concerned’ that COVID-19 could spread in federal prisons’ (The Star, 29 March 2020).

Editorial Board, ‘Editorial: Full jails are a health hazard’ (NNSL, 29 March 2020).

Daniela Germano, ‘’Do something now:’ Inmate’s wife calls for release of non-violent offenders’ (The Globe & Mail, 29 March 2020).

El Jones, ‘Nova Scotia’s Director of Correctional Services suggests that being in jail is safer than being in the broader community. That’s just false‘ (Halifax Examiner, 29 March 2020).

The Loop, ‘Some Canadian inmates are being released to prevent the spread of COVID-19’ (The Loop, 29 March 2020).

Daniel Renaud, ‘Neuf agents et employés de Port-Cartier ont contracté la COVID-19’ (La Presse, le 29 mars 2020).

Agence QMI, ‘COVID-19: appel à la libération des migrants détenus’ (CTV News, 28 March 2020).

Canadian Press, ‘Drumheller Institution in Alberta locked down, two inmates tested for COVID-19’ (Calgary Herald, 28 March 2020).

Canadian Press, ‘4 immigrants in Quebec immigration holding centre go on hunger strike amid COVID-19 outbreak’ (CTV, 28 March 2020).

Gary Dimmock, ‘Ottawa courthouse factors in COVID-19: Fentanyl dealer set free, fentanyl addict kept in jail’ (Ottawa Citizen, 28 March 2020).

Kate Dubinski, ‘Lawyers, Crown attorneys working to reduce London’s jail population’ (CBC news, 28 March 2020).

Craig Krause, ‘Coronavirus: Canadian Senator calls for immediate release of inmates to curb COVID-19’ (Global News, 28 March 2020).

La Presse Canadienne, ‘Quatre immigrants dans un centre de surveillance en grève de la faim à Laval’ (Huff Post, 28 March 2020).

The Nova Scotia Advocate, ‘Coast to coast support for migrant detainees on hunger strike in Quebec due to risks of COVID-19‘ (NSA, 28 March 2020).

Jonny Wakefield, ‘COVID-19: What it’s like to be in Alberta jails during a pandemic’ (Edmonton Journal, 28 March 2020).

Teresa Wright, ‘Canada could face legal trouble over refugee deportations: advocates’ (The Globe & Mail, 28 March 2020).

Yannick Bergeron, ‘Isolement obligatoire pour les nouveaux détenus au Québec‘ (Radio Canada International, le 27 mars 2020).

Canadian Press, ‘Two correctional officers in Saskatchewan test positive for COVID-19: union’ (The Times Colonist, 27 March 2020).

Canadian Press, ‘Another Alberta prison locked down after inmates show flu like symptoms‘ (660 City News, 27 March 2020).

Joanna Frketich, ‘UPDATE: Employee at Barton Street Jail has COVID-19’ (The Hamilton Spectator, 27 March 2020).

Thia James, ‘Two Saskatoon Correctional Centre staff test positive for COVID-19’ (The Saskatoon Phoenix Star, 27 March 2020).

Vincent Lambert, ‘COVID-19: pas de cas à la prison de Cowansville’ (Journal Le Guide, 27 March 2020).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘Wife of federal offender concerned about COVID-19 behind prison walls’ (The Kingston Whig Standard, 27 March 2020).

Ken Mann, ‘Hamilton COVID-19 cases reach 50, one of the latest involves a Barton St. jail employee’ (Global News, 27 March 2020).

Sam Pazzano, ‘Accused drunk driver isolated in Toronto jail with suspected COVID-19′ (Toronto Sun, 27 March 2020).

The Province, ‘Today’s letters: In era of COVID-19, don’t forget Indigenous people in our jails’ (The Province, 27 March 2020).

Radio Canada International, ‘Votre opinion sur la prison à domicile va-t-elle changer?’ (RCI, 27 March 2020).

Justin Ling, ‘Canada’s Prisons Are a Coronavirus Time Bomb, Say Guards and Inmates’ (Vice, 27 March 2020).

Dan Taekema, ‘Employee at Barton jail has tested positive for COVID-19’ (CBC News, 27 March 2020).

Stephanie Waddell, ‘Lawyers call for temporary accesses passes to be considered for inmates during pandemic’ (Yukon News, 27 March 2020).

Alexandre Cantin, ‘Un agent carcéral atteint par la COVID-19’ (TVA Nouvelles, 26 March 2020).

Daniela Germano, ‘A death sentence:’ Advocates warn of COVID-19 spread in jails, prisons’ (The National Post, 26 March 2020).

Daniela Germano, ‘Inmate advocates warn of COVID-19 spread in Canada’s correctional facilities’ (Global News, 26 March 2020).

Kelly Grant, ‘At least 16 Ontario nursing homes have COVID-19 cases, yet families left in the dark’ (The Globe & Mail, 26 March 2020).

Thia James, ‘COVID-19: Two units at Saskatoon jail under quarantine, concerns mount over ability to distance’ (Saskatoon Star Phoenix, 26 March 2020).

Kendall Latimer, ‘Advocates calls for inmate release, Legal Aid CEO warns against ‘get out of jail card’ attitude’ (CBC News, 26 March 2020).

Kevin Martin, ‘Calgary Remand Centre inmates terrified about potential COVID-19 outbreak in jail, say lawyers‘ (Calgary Herald, 26 March 2020).

Sam McGriskin, ‘Inmate in Toronto South Detention Centre tests positive for coronavirus’ (The Post Millenial, 26 March 2020).

Radio Canada International, ‘Un premier cas de COVID-19 à la prison de Sherbrooke‘ (Radio Canada International, 26 March 2020).

Isabelle Richer, ‘En prison, à l’heure de la pandémie’ (Radio Canada International, 26 March 2020).

The Loop, ‘Some Canadian inmates are being released to prevent the spread of COVID-19’ (The Loop, 26 March 2020).

Stephanie Waddell, ‘Yukon RCMP and courts cut non-essential services, jail taking extra precautions due to COVID-19’ (Yukon News, 26 March 2020).

Ashley Wadhwani & Kendra Crighton, ‘Should non-violent offenders be released from prison to avoid COVID-19 spread?’ (The Free Press, 26 March 2020).

Samantha Wright Allen, ‘Release low-risk prisoners to prevent COVID-19 outbreak, say advocates calling for ‘immediate action’’ (The Hill, 25 March 2020).

Amnesty International Canada, Putting human rights at the heart of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (25 March 2020) with related press release.

Paul Cowley, ‘Reduce prison populations to fend against COVID-19 disaster: defence lawyers’ (Red Deer Advocate, 25 March 2020).

Gary Dimmock, ‘First Ontario inmate with COVID-19 was put in province’s biggest jail after he was identified as a possible case’ (Ottawa Citizen, 25 March 2020).

David Lao, ‘Inmate at Toronto South Detention Centre tests positive for COVID-19’ (Global News, 25 March 2020).

Karen McColl, ‘Whitehorse jail suspends visits, cuts some programming to reduce risk of COVID-19’ (CBC News, 25 March 2020).

Marsha Mcleod, ‘Thunder Bay inmates, union leaders question institution’s safety after lack of coronavirus information’ (The Globe & Mail, 25 March 2020).

Jean-Philippe Nadeau, ‘Deuxième cas de COVID-19 dans une prison torontoise’ (Radio Canada International, 25 March 2020).

Rachel Ward, ‘Senator calls for inmate release to prevent potential prison COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (CBC News, 25 March 2020).

Ollie Williams, ‘Under pressure, NWT jails start to explain how they’ll protect inmates’ (Cab In Radio, 25 March 2020).

Samantha Beattie, ‘Coronavirus ‘Will Tear Like Wildfire’ Through Canada’s Prisons: Activists’ (Huff Post, 24 March 2020).

Allison Bench, ‘Alberta lawyers’ groups call for changes to prison system, early releases amid COVID-19’ (Global News, 24 March 2020).

Jeremy Hainsworth, ‘Ensure prisoners health, rights, civil liberties group urges’ (New Westminster Record, 24 March 2020).

Kamploops This Week, ‘Inmate, employee at Kamloops prison concerned about conditions under COVID-19’ (Kamploops This Week, 24 March 2020).

John McFadden, ‘NWT defence lawyers call for temporary release of prisoners during COVID-19 outbreak’ (CKLB Radio, 24 March 2020).

Office of the Correctional Investigator, COVID-19 Update and Impact on Service and Operations – Message from the Correctional Investigator of Canada (24 March 2020).

Bureau de l’enquêteur correctionnel, Le point sur la COVID-19 et ses répercussions sur le Service et les opérations – Message de l’enquêteur correctionnel du Canada (Le 24 mars 2020).

Jane Philpott & Kim Pate, ‘Prison population is highly vulnerable to COVID-19’ (The Star, 24 March 2020).

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, OPEN LETTER: UBCIC demands immediate release of all non-violent offenders as part of COVID-19 pandemic response and emergency state of Indigenous incarceration (24 March 2020).

Jonny Wakefield, ”It will be catastrophic’: Release non-violent inmates to curb COVID-19 threat in jails, lawyers say’ (The Edmonton Journal, 24 March 2020).

Avery Zingel, ‘COVID-19 outbreak in N.W.T. jails would be ‘catastrophic,’ say defence lawyers’ (CBC News, 24 March 2020).

Aedan Helmer, ‘Physicians warn inmates like ‘sitting ducks’ in call to depopulate jails‘ (Ottawa Citizen, 23 March 2020).

Citizens for Public Justice, ‘Canada Should Maintain Commitment to Refugee Rights Amid COVID-19’ (23 March 2020).

Travis Dhanraj, ‘Ontario correctional worker raises concerns about COVID-19 spreading in province’s jails’ (Global News, 23 March 2020).

Hanna Gros & Samer Muscati, ‘Canada’s immigration detainees at higher risk in pandemic’ (Ottawa Citizen, 23 March 2020).

Adrian Humphreys, ‘H1N1 outbreak in 2013 inside Canada’s largest correctional facility offers lessons on COVID-19: report’ (The National Post, 23 March 2020).

Pam Palmater, ‘COVID-19 pandemic plan needed for Canada’s jails and prisons’ (APTN News, 23 March 2020).

Stephane Parent, ‘COVID-19 : Faut-il emprisonner ceux qui désobéissent à la quarantaine?’ (Radio Canada International, 23 March 2020).


Week: 16 – 22 March 2020

Falzah Ali, ‘‘Potentially very deadly’: Advocates phone for launch of vulnerable gals from Canada’s prisons amid COVID-19’ (Mashviral, 22 March 2020).

Robert Benzie, ‘Canadian Civil Liberties Association urges release of ‘releasable’ prisoners to curb COVID-19 spread’ (The Star, 22 March 2020).

Sean Fine, ‘Federal, local governments consider fines, prison to enforce social distancing’ (The Globe & Mail, 22 March 2020).

Bill Graveland, ”No new anything:’ Guards union says prison needle exchange expansion on hold’ (The Canadian Press, 22 March 2020).

Lisa Steacy, ”Potentially very deadly’: Advocates call for release of vulnerable women from Canada’s prisons amid COVID-19′ (News 1130, 21 March 2020).

Jorge Barrera, ‘Tension, fear rising inside Dorm 3 of Ottawa jail over COVID-19’ (CBC News, 20 March 2020).

Tom Cardoso, ‘Ontario to release some inmates nearing end of their sentence’ (The Globe & Mail, 20 March 2020).

Robert Devet, ‘Government should do much more to protect institutionalized people with disabilities during the pandemic’ (The Nova Scotia Advocate, 20 March 2020).

Terry Haig, ‘COVID-19 enters the Canadian prison system’ (Radio Canada International, 20 March 2020).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Canada to turn back asylum seekers, close border at midnight to stop spread of COVID-19’ (CBC News, 20 March 2020).

Justin Ling, ‘The dark side of Canada’s coronavirus response: When it comes to protecting some of the most vulnerable—prisoners and asylum seekers—Canada is not taking any extraordinary measures’ (Macleans, 20 March 2020).

Covid-19 radio – Muffinn (2020).

Isaac Olson, ‘Quebec City police arrest COVID-19 patient for defying quarantine’ (CBC News, 20 March 2020).

Levon Sevunts, ‘Canada to turn back all irregular migrants crossing from U.S., says Trudeau’ (Radio Canada International, 20 March 2020).

Mike Vlasveld, ‘Low-risk prisoners released to reduce COVID-19 toll on Ontario jails’ (OttawaMatters, 20 March 2020).

Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Protecting the Forgotten During Canada’s Response To Coronavirus: The Jailed (19 March 2020).

John McPhee, ‘COVID-19: Curb jail populations in Nova Scotia, advocates urge’ (The Chronicle Herald, 19 March 2020).

Josh Lynn, ‘Sask. union calls for release of ‘low risk’ inmates to fight COVID-19′ (CTV News Saskatoon, 19 March 2020).

Various authors, ‘Advocates push to have scores of inmates released amid coronavirus pandemic’ (The Globe & Mail, 19 March 2020).

CBC Newfoundland & Labrador, ‘Some prisoners could be released due to COVID-19 concerns in N.L. jails’ (CBC News, 18 March 2020).

Taryn Grant, ‘Nova Scotia to grant temporary release to some inmates amid COVID-19 pandemic’ (CBC News, 18 March 2020).

Martha Paynter, ‘Why some Canadian prisoners should be released during the coronavirus pandemic’ (The Guardian, 18 March 2020).

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, HALCO & PASAN, OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT: COVID-19 – PROTECTING PRISONER HEALTH (17 March 2020).

Commission des droits de la personne et des doigts de la jeunesse Québec, Droits de la personne et COVID-19 (17 March 2020).

Justin Ling, ‘Opinion: During a pandemic, prisons pose a special risk. We need to release non-violent offenders’ (The Globe & Mail, 17 March 2020).

East Coast Prison Justice Society, ‘Open Letter on the Urgency of Reducing Incarceration During COVID-19 Pandemic’ (The Nova Scotia Advocate, 16 March 2020).

Taryn Grant, ‘Advocates call for temporary release of some inmates amid COVID-19 pandemic’ (CBC News, 16 March 2020).


Earlier dates

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, ‘CAEFS calls for release of prisoners at risk due to COVID-19’ (15 March 2020).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Canada’s prison system suspends visits to prevent COVID-19 behind bars’ (CBC News, 15 March 2020).

Ontario Human Rights Commission, OHRC policy statement on the COVID-19 pandemic (13 March 2020).



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