International – COVID-19 News & Views

Better days are coming, dear readers.

But for now, you will find below a selection of international coronavirus (COVID-19) related news articles and statements listed by weeks – the more recent first. Our aim is not to list everything (a mountain of information emerges everyday), just the more interesting items.

Canadian news materials can be found here.

As soon as we can, we hope to delete this section of the website for good. Until then, stay safe.

Everyone Is In – Edmonton Public Schools (2012).

Dear Readers,

After posting daily COVID-19-related prison updates for the first full year of the pandemic, we are taking a short break for a few weeks. Please join us again after Easter for more updates.

Hanging out during the pandemic – Lee Wooten (2020).

Week 8-14 March 2021

20 Minutes, ‘Pourquoi les troubles psychiatriques à l’entrée en prison sont un enjeu de santé publique’ (20 Minutes).

20 Minutes, ‘Coronavirus en Haute-Garonne : Un cluster à la prison de Muret, 41 cas du variant britannique déjà détectés’ (20 Minutes).


John Baker, ‘Two die after Covid outbreak at HMP Erlestoke’ (Swindon Advertiser).

Bangor Daily News, ‘Prisoners need COVID vaccine, now’ (BDN).

BBC News, ‘Rainsbrook: ‘Unacceptable failure’ at youth jail, minister says’ (BBC News).

BBC News, ‘Covid: Derbyshire Dales spike ‘linked to outbreak at HMP Sudbury” (BBC News).

Reuven Blau, ‘How the City Failed Three Men Who Died of COVID-19 in Jail: Watchdog’ (The City).

Jill Castellano & Mary Plummer, ‘County jail workers prioritized for vaccines while inmates have to wait’ (inewssource).

Nadia Chahed, ‘Les personnes incarcérées sont touchées de manière disproportionnée par la Covid-19 (expert de l’ONU)’ (AA).

Kemo Cham, ‘Sierra Leone bans watchdog over damning report on deadly prison riot’ (The East African).

Troy Closson & Jonah E. Bromwich, ‘‘A Ticking Time Bomb’: City Jails Are Crowded Again, Stoking Covid Fears’ (New York Times).

Luis Cordeiro‐Rodrigues, Injustice for the sake of public health: Freeing prisoners in Portugal during the COVID‐19 pandemic (Bioethics).

France Info, ‘Covid-19 : “Il devient impossible d’appliquer les mesures minimales de prévention”, alerte la contrôleuse générale des prisons’ (FI).

France Info, ‘Covid-19 : un cluster s’est déclaré à la prison de Muret’ (FI).

Connor Gallagher, ‘Prisoners to be vaccinated as one cohort in group 9 of rollout’ (The Irish Times).

Grantham Journal, ‘Covid-19 outbreak reported at Whatton prison near Grantham’ (GJ).

Covid fashion – Pascal Rey (2020).

Eli Hager, ‘Racial inequality in US youth detention wider than ever, experts say’ (The Guardian).

Eli Hager, ‘Many Juvenile Jails Are Now Almost Entirely Filled With Young People of Color’ (The Marshall Project).

Harry Howard, ‘Care homes resume indoor visits: Residents are able to hold hands with their loved ones from today – but visitors must wear PPE and hugging and kissing is still banned’ (The Daily Mail).

Jerry Iannelli, ‘Advocates Demand Miami-Dade Empty Jails During COVID-19 Outbreak’ (Miami New Times).

Saafa Kasraoui, ‘COVID-19: Morocco Launches Vaccination Campaign in Prison Near Rabat’ (MWN).

Hudson Kuteesa, ‘Inmates grateful as Covid-19 vaccination exercise is taken to prisons’ (The New Times).

Trevor Laffan, ‘Now we all know what jail is like, as we crave for freedom’ (Echo Live).

L’avenir, ‘Six nouveaux détenus positifs à la prison de Saint-Gilles’ (L’avenir).

LCI, ‘Cluster à la prison de la Santé : des familles de détenus en colère après de nouvelles mesures’ (LCI).

Making Contact, Part 1 of The Pandemic Inside: Covid 19 and Prisons (Podcast).

Jolie McCullough, ‘Texas lifts yearlong ban on prison visitation beginning March 15’ (The Texas Tribune).

NBC Philadelphia, ‘Delaware Prisons Allowing Visitors Again’ (NBC).

NYOOOZ, ‘Over 85% staff of Delhi prisons received COVID-19 vaccine shots: Officials’ (NYOOOZ).

Wear a mask – Adafruit Industries (2020).

ONU Info, Les personnes incarcérées sont touchées de manière disproportionnée par la pandémie de Covid-19 (expert).

Betsy Piette, ‘Mumia has COVID-19 – the only treatment is his freedom!’ (Workers World).

Rachel Polansky & Phil Trexler, ‘3News Investigates Exclusive: Emails reveal no existing plans to fight COVID-19 inside jails, prisons’ (WKYC).

Reuters, ‘U.S. jail population plunged as COVID-19 spread, Justice Department says’ (Reuters).

RT, ‘Prisoners not prioritised for Covid-19 jabs, says justice secretary, despite series of dangerous outbreaks in UK prisons’ (RT).

Abby Sewell, ‘‘What is this place?’ Syrians recall life and death in prison’ (Aljazeera).

UN news, Impact of COVID-19 ‘heavily felt’ by prisoners globally: UN expert.

US Department of Justice, Media Advisory: BJS TO RELEASE REPORTS ON JAIL INMATES; COVID-19.

Wes Venteicher & Jason Pohl, ‘1 in 4 California prison employees got COVID-19. Inmates have herd immunity at 7 sites’ (Herald Mail Media).

Vera Institute, Unseen and Unheard: Art and Writing from Inside Prison Walls during COVID-19.

World Justice Project, Making Justice: Judiciary Response for COVID-19.

WVTM13, ‘Alabama’s prison system sees 1,500+ cases of COVID-19 among inmate population’ (WVTM13).

Week 1-7 March 2021

3-hauts-de-france, ‘Covid-19 : la prison de Lille Sequedin déclarée cluster suite à plusieurs cas positifs parmi les agents pénitentiaires’ (3hdf).

20Minutes, ‘Coronavirus en Belgique : La prison de Namur placée en quarantaine, les détenus confinés dans leur cellule’ (20Minutes).

AFP, ‘La population carcérale en hausse avec 63.802 détenus au 1er février’ (La Croix).

American Friends Select Committee, Tell public officials: Protect people in prisons, jails, and detention centers from COVID-19!

AP, ‘Alaska Black Caucus fights visitation ban at prisons’ (AP – Madison).

AP, ‘Tennessee panel deemed vaccinating inmates a ‘PR nightmare’’ (Welland Tribune).

Baltimore Sun, ‘COVID-19 crisis in jails underscores issues with mass incarceration | COMMENTARY’ (BS).

BBC News, ‘Covid: Two HMP Risley inmates die after outbreak’ (BBC News).

BBC News, ‘Covid-19: HMP Lowdham Grange praised for handling of outbreak’ (BBC News).

Belga, ‘Coronavirus: la police en renfort à la prison de Namur’ (Belga – Le Soir).

Belga, ‘La pandémie de Covid-19 a provoqué une année de crise des droits humains’ (Belga – L’avenir).

Belga, ‘La flambée des cas de Covid-19 se poursuit à la prison de Hasselt: 45 nouvelles contaminations’ (Belga – DH Sports).

Sam Blanchard, ‘Eight out of 10 Covid hotspots in England are areas with PRISON outbreaks, data shows as experts warn ‘close confines’ make the coronavirus near impossible to control’ (Daily Mail).

Pandemic signs – Lee Wooten (2020).

Capradio, ‘How COVID-19 Has Impacted California Corrections / The Push To Stop Deportations, Prison Transfers To ICE / CDCR Reforms And Status Of State Private Prisons’ (Insight – Capradio).

Kevin Dayton, ‘Death Behind Bars: In Hawaii, The Death Of A Prisoner Is Often A Closely Held Secret’ (Civil Beat).

Gordon Deegan, ‘Irish Prison Service spends almost €100,000 on Sky and Netflix subscriptions for inmates’ (Irish Independent).

Defender Services Office, Prisoners Face Severe COVID Risks Without Federal Vaccine Priority.

Adam Everett, ‘Two prisoners dead after Covid-19 outbreak at HMP Risley’ (Bury Times).

Marisa Fernandez, ‘Most states aren’t prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines’ (Axios).

Thomas Fovet & Pierre Thomas, ‘Troubles psychiatriques à l’entrée en prison : un enjeu de santé publique’ (The Conversation).

Kenneth Fox, ‘Drop of 8% in Irish prison population since Covid pandemic hit’ (Breaking news).

Cedric Gout, ‘La prison de Sequedin classée cluster avec dix cas de Covid chez le personnel’ (La Voix du Nord).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Scrutiny visits – March Update.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HMP Lowdham Grange – well led and dealt with serious COVID-19 outbreak.

HRW, Future Choices – Charting an Equitable Exit from the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Cognitive Dissonance – Sharon Brogan (2020).

Sumeyya Ilanbey, ‘‘Inhuman’: Mandatory quarantine for prisoners to be extended into next year’ (The Sydney Morning Herald).

Inside Time, ‘Prisoners’ COVID deaths ‘failings’: PPO report’ (IT).

Noah Lanard, ‘“You’re Doing Nothing”: Judge Slams ICE for Failing to Vaccinate Detainees’ (Mother Jones).

Nicole Lewis, ‘How Prisoners Feel About Getting Vaccinated’ (Slate).

Dave Lindorff, ‘Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now in His 40th Year as an Incarcerated Prisoner, Has Covid-19’ (Counterpunch).

Aaron Moselle, ‘Mumia Abu-Jamal supporters say he has COVID, call on Pa. to release all vulnerable incarcerated people’ (WHYY).

Nadine Naber, ‘Vaccines Aren’t Enough to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Prisons’ (Ms. Magazine).

NDTV, ‘Over 85% Staff Of Delhi Prisons Received COVID-19 Vaccine Shots: Officials’ (NDTV).

Arron Nyamayaro, ‘Six prison officers succumb to Covid-19’ (Nehanda Radio).

 Griffin Ondo Nzuey, ‘Gabon : les prisonniers privés de visites depuis près d’un an à cause du Covid-19’ (Gabon Review).

Emily Rasmussen, ‘More than 40% of California prisoners, employees vaccinated for COVID-19’ (LA Daily News).

Sofia Schmidt, ‘In-person visits in Delaware prisons to restart amid low case counts’ (DPM).

SF Chronicle, ‘Vermont has its largest prison outbreak; 100 inmate, 8 staff’ (SFC).

Swansea University, The impact of lockdown when you’re already locked up (SU- Eureka Alert).

Please shop alone – duncan c (2020).

The Crime Report, ‘Vaccination Plans for Inmates Stalled by Distrust, Red Tape’ (TCR).

Abraham Thomas, ‘Supreme Court ends bail of over 2,000 prisoners given on Covid-19 ground’ (Hindustan Times).

James Thompson, ‘City jails deliberately misdiagnosing COVID-19: suit’ (Report Door).

Olivia Tobin, ‘Walton inmate ‘hasn’t showered in days’ as jail remains in lockdown after covid outbreak’ (Liverpool Echo).


UN News, ‘Bangladesh: UN rights chief urges transparent probe into writer’s death, review of law under which he was charged’ (UN News).

Various, Vaccination plus Decarceration — Stopping Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons (New England Journal of Medicine).

Various, COVID-19: back to healthcare basics in Philippine prisons (Journal of Public Health).

Tony Winterburn, ‘Care Home Visits In Scotland Resume Today After Families Waited For Months’ (Euroweekly).

WVTM13, ‘Alabama’s prison system sees 1,500+ cases of COVID-19 among inmate population’ (WVTM13).

Zunana Zalif, ‘Covid-19 inoculation drive to begin in prisons’ (Raajje).

Zimeye, ‘How Safe Are Prisoners When Prison Guards Are Dying From COVID-19?’ (ZE).

Week 22-28 February 2021

Laszlo Arato, ‘Pandemic has opened prisons across Europe’ (European Journalism Data Network).

BBC News, ‘Covid: HMP Manchester sees virus outbreak as cases in area rise’ (BBC News).

BBC News, ‘HMP Peterborough: Covid outbreak confirmed at privately-run prison’ (BBC News).

BBC News, ‘Covid outbreak at Dorset prison affects more than 120 inmates’ (BBC News).

BBC News, ‘Covid-19: Belgium prisoners quarantined after virus outbreak’ (BBC News).

Chris Beyrer, ‘Proactve COVID-19 testing of Maryland inmates protects us all’ (The Baltimore Sun).

Robin Blades, ‘Solitary confinement may worsen COVID-19 transmission in prisons’ (Salon).

Eli M. Cahan, ‘America’s Immigration System Is a COVID Superspreader’ (Scientific American).

Hannah Critchfield, ‘Only 35% of NC prison staff willing to take vaccine’ (North Carolina Health News).

Nyamekye Daniel, ‘North Carolina agrees to release 3,500 prisoners as part of COVID-19 lawsuit settlement’ (The Daily Courier).

Deccan Herald, ‘HC seeks AAP govt stand on pleas to vaccinate prisoners before they surrender’ (DH).

Maghen Downey, ‘Compassionate Release During COVID-19’ (The Regulatory Review).

Olive Enokido-Lineham, ‘It’s not too late to prevent more COVID deaths say prison campaigners’ (SW Londoner).

GoErie, ‘COVID lays bare our treatment of inmates’ (GE).

Pandemic reading – Robert Couse-Baker (2020).

Health Europa, ‘Controlled visits for UK care home residents’ (HE).

Conor Ganly, ‘Irish prisons face ‘unprecedented’ Covid-19 challenged after virus detected in Dublin and Laois jails’ (Leinster Express).

Jamaica Gleaner, ‘Authorities in Barbados say prison now COVID-19 free’ (JG).

Virginine Guennec, ‘Les cas de Covid-19 à la prison de Laon inquiètent les familles de détenus’ (L’Union).

Madeline Guth, ‘Key Issues to Watch for Justice-Involved Populations: COVID-19, Vaccines, & Medicaid’ (KFF).

Arthur Hall, ‘Female prisoner dies from COVID-19’ (Jamaica Observer).

Ku’uwehi Hiraishi, ‘Prison Oversight Commission Requests Analysis of Inmate Deaths’ (Hawaii Public Radio).

Inside Time, ‘More than 100 prisoners have died with coronavirus’ (IT).

Inside Time, ‘One in four prison staff has caught coronavirus’ (IT).

Dara Kam, ‘‘System in crisis’: Florida struggles to retain prison guards’ (Tampa Bay Times).

Neal Keeling, ‘Three Greater Manchester prisons are now dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks’ (Manchester Evening News).

Neal Keeling & Steve Robson, ‘Coronavirus outbreak hits Strangeways Prison as cases in the area increase by more than 100 per cent’ (Manchester Evening News).

Neal Keeling & Sophie Halle-Richards, ‘Strangeways prison hit with major Covid-19 outbreak as 200 new cases confirmed among staff and inmates’ (Manchester Evening News).

2021 – Vancouver – Gone – Ted McGarth (2021).

Conor Lally, ‘Covid-19 tests for prisoners and officers at Midlands Prison’ (The Irish Times).

Prawesh Larna, ’80 prisoners out on emergency parole fail to surrender back’ (Hindustan times).

Justice Madan Lokur, ‘What Covid-19 taught us about state of our prisons’ (The Hindustan Times).

Claire Loughnam & Sara Dehm, ‘A COVID ‘vaccine passport’ may further disadvantage refugees and asylum seekers’ (The Conversation).

Kelan Lyons, ‘Three weeks into COVID-19 vaccinations, DOC has vaccinated 10% of inmates, 40% of staff’ (CT Mirror).

Leila Miller, ‘40% of inmates in California’s corrections system have been vaccinated for COVID-19’ (LA Times).

ONO Info, Covid-19 : « Envoyer les voix critiques en prison ne mettra pas fin à la pandémie ».

Bill Parry, ‘Queens electeds tour prisons ravaged by COVID-19 pandemic’ (QNS).

Joe Piette, ‘Mental health effects of COVID lockdown in prison: Interview from inside SCI Albion’ (Workers World).

Jason Pohl, ‘Egypt detainees languish in jail with ‘no end in sight” (The Sac Bee).


Corey Robinson, ‘‘We are living like dogs’ – Inmates enraged as female prison leads COVID-19 caseload; Government says no need for alarm’ (The Gleaner).

Josh Rovner, ‘COVID-19 in Juvenile Facilities’ (The Sentencing Project).

SCF, ‘Man with stage 4 cancer not released despite medical report citing imminent health risk’ (SCF).

Lay Samean, ‘Prisons bar visits as courts adjourn trials amid Covid’ (The Phnom Penh Post).

Seychelles Nation, ‘Inmates rally to contribute their allowance to Covid-19 relief fund’ (SN).

Ruins of Hayes Valley – Todd Lappin (2020).

The Independent, ‘Seven inmates at Busesa prison test positive for Covid-19’ (TI).

Various, ‘The Case for Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines in Prisons and Jails‘ (The Appeal).

Various, COVID-19 Cases Among Employees of U.S. Federal and State Prisons (The American Journal of Preventive Medicine).

Various, ‘States Across The U.S. Are Taking Different Approaches Toward Vaccinating Inmates’ (NPR).

Various, ‘After an Insider investigation, ICE reverses its claim that it asked states to vaccinate detained immigrants’ (Insider).

Various, Association between county jail incarceration and cause-specific county mortality in the USA, 1987–2017: a retrospective, longitudinal study (The Lancet).

Various, ‘Vaccine Hesitancy Is Fueling the Pandemic in Jails, Prisons, and Communities’ (Vera Institute of Justice).

Theo Wayt, ‘Putting more people in jail linked to more deaths outside prison walls’ (Academic Times).

Andrew Wilks, ‘Turkish prisons overcrowded under Erdogan’s rule’ (National Observer).

Eva Wiseman, ‘Prison reform is slow, but could the will to change be growing?’ (The Guardian).

WVTM13, ‘Alabama’s prison system sees 1,500+ cases of COVID-19 among inmate population’ (WVTM13).

Week 15-21 February 2021

Afro News, ‘Lesotho: Prisons’ Covid-19 Nightmare’ (AN).

ANI, ‘Delhi HC sends plea seeking COVID-19 vaccine for jail staff, prisoners to division bench’ (ANI).

Imran Ariff, ‘Reduce overcrowding in prisons to curb Covid-19, PM told’ (FMT).

BBC News, ‘Covid in Scotland: Prison cases ‘almost double’ in a week’ (BBC News).

Riley Beggin, ‘Coronavirus emptied Michigan’s jails without crime surge. Time for reform?’ (Bridge Michigan).

Belga, ‘La prison de Namur est placée en confinement strict !’ (Belga – DH News).

Mounir Bennour, ‘Gaza: un rassemblement de solidarité avec les détenus dans les prisons israéliennes’ (AA).

Karen Bertail, ‘Covid-19. “On s’adapte au jour le jour” : un cluster à la prison de Mont-de-Marsan’ (Sud Ouest).

Robin Blades, ‘Solitary Confinement May Worsen Covid-19 Transmission in Prisons’ (Undark).

Mollie Breen, ‘A different insight into life in Irish prisons‘ (University Observer).

bollards_port_a_R5-0124 – Steve Miller (2021).


Jolene Campbell, ‘Spike in Covid-19 cases at West Lothian prison’ (Edinburgh Evening news).

Carolina Public Press, ‘Prisons contribute to racial imbalance in COVID-19 impact in NC’ (CPP – North Carolina Health News).

Laura Cassels, ‘County jails in FL not inspected during pandemic; lawmaker demands to know what’s going on’ (Florida Phoenix).


John-Paul Clark, ‘Almost 100 prisoners return positive Covid-19 tests at outbreak in HMP Addiewell’ (The Daily Record).

Joel Cossardeaux, ‘Dupond-Moretti cherche à éviter le retour de la surpopulation carcérale’ (Les Echos).

Arvind Dilawar, ‘More Than Half of All Inmates in Wisconsin Prisons Have Tested Positive for Covid’ (The Nation).

Thomas d’Istria, ‘Le Covid-19 entre désinformation et répression en Biélorussie’ (Le Monde).

Dundalk Democrat, ‘Huge testing Covid-19 operation as Covid-19 prisoner outbreak confirmed in jail complex’ (DD).

Untitled – Janet Crum (2020).

FARS, ‘Judiciary Chief: Iran Ready to Open Doors of Jails to Inspectors’ (FARS).

FLAPOL, ‘Omari Hardy calls for in-person inspections amid COVID-19 outbreaks at jails’ (FLAPOL).

France Info, ‘Carcassonne : un détenu positif à la Covid-19 à la maison d’arrêt, les surveillants craignent l’apparition d’un cluster’ (FI).

France Info, ‘Toulouse : des détenus de la prison de Seysses engagent un recours contre les parois anti-covid installées au parloir’ (FI).

Phillipa Greer, ‘Dismantling Prisons: Abolitionist Feminism, Women, Incarceration and #MeToo’ (LSE Blogs).

Arthur Hall, ‘COVID concern in prisons’ (Jamaica Observer).

Health Europa, ‘Prisons and COVID-19: benefits of employing microbiological laboratories’ (HE).

John Hebditch, ‘Coronavirus outbreak declared at Scots prisons as lags locked down’ (The Daily Record).

Anesta Henry, ‘COVID-19 outbreak at Dodds declared over at Dodds’ (Barbados Today).

Ralph Hewitt, ‘Non-vulnerable jail staff and prisoners ‘must also get jabs” (The Belfast Telegraph).

P5103342 – R4vi (2020).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HMP Birmingham – calmer with improved living conditions.

Daniel Hoe, ‘Huge Covid-19 outbreak confirmed at Doncaster’s HMP Moorland as 80 test positive for coronavirus’ (The Examiner Live).

Nausheen Hussain, ‘Despite federal and state guidance to reduce jail populations, few inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes have been released early’ (Chicago Tribune).

Inside Time, ‘CAPPTIVE report shows lockdown impact on mental health’ (IT).

Irish Penal Reform Trust, UK: What Happens to Prisoners in a Pandemic.

Jean-Baptiste Jacquin, ‘Surpopulation en prison : l’impossible équation d’Eric Dupond-Moretti’ (Le Monde).

Melissa Jeltsen, ‘He Got COVID In Prison. The Government Said He Was ‘Recovered.’ Then He Died’ (The Huff Post).

Aybuke Inal Kamaci, ‘Turkey begins vaccinating convicts, detainees’ (AA).

Naimat Khan, ‘Virus strikes Karachi Central Jail leaving a quarter of inmates infected’ (Arab News).

Victoria Law, ‘Unprepared for COVID, Texas Women’s Prison Was Equally Unprepared for Uri’ (Truth Out).

Pascale Le Garrec, ‘ENTRETIEN. Il faut « alléger les prisons face à la crise sanitaire »’ (Sud Ouest).

Le Nouvelliste, ‘Coronavirus: en prison pour avoir toussé sur des policiers en criant “corona”‘ (LN).

Howard Lloyd, ‘Inmates’ families blast ‘inhumane conditions’ at Exeter Prison’ (Devon Live).

Howard Lloyd, ‘New figures highlight scale of Exeter Prison Covid outbreak’ (Devon Live).

Charlotte Lynch, ‘Prison officers ‘lambs to slaughter’ as prison Covid infections quadruple’ (LBC).

Covid-19 – R4vi (2020).

MarkeyWatch, ‘Correctional Facilities Security Market With Impact of COVID-19, Top Companies, Emerging Trends, Demand Analysis, Future Opportunity Outlook 2025’ (MW).

Jessica Mauzo, ‘Coronavirus outbreaks in Spain’s care homes fall by half thanks to vaccination drive’ (El Pais).

Sylvain Mionnet, ‘Covid-19 : un nouveau cluster à la prison de Longuenesse’ (Nord Littoral).

Nation, ‘Prison COVID-19 cluster shrinks to 99 inmates’ (Nation).

News First, ‘Prison Officials to be given the COVID-19 Vaccine from tomorrow’ (NF).

Outlook India, ‘Haryana: Prisoners released on parole in wake of COVID-19 to be sent back to jail’ (OI).

Petitions Parliament UK, Make prison staff top priority as key workers to recieve the covid 19 vaccine.

G. Prakash, ‘Putrajaya urged to free minor offenders early to mitigate Covid-19 risks in crowded prisons’ (Malay Mail).

Press TV, ‘Scottish prison network hit by major Covid-19 outbreak’ (Press TV).

Hannah Riley, ‘Just Let People Have Cellphones in Prison’ (Slate).

Campbell Robb, ‘Vaccinate prisoners and prison officers as soon as possible’ (The Times).

Calum Ross, ‘Exclusive: Scottish inmates not coronavirus tested before prison transfers’ (The Press and Journal).

Untitled – Janet Crum (2020).

Jim Salter, ‘St. Louis jail tensions ‘boiled over’ amid COVID-19 worries’ (OA Now).

Rich Schapiro, ”Animals at the zoo get better treatment’: Inside Texas’ frigid jails’ (NBC News).

SCF, ‘Inmates suffer from overcrowding and gross rights violations, says parliamentary committee’ (SCF).

SCF, ‘Vaccine rollout in Turkish prisons begins amid criticism’ (SCF).

STV News, ‘Hundreds catch coronavirus in major prison outbreak’ (STV News).

Ciaran Sunderland, ‘Covid outbreak confirmed in Midlands Prison as 10 prisoners test positive’ (Irish Examiner).

Vanesa Swales, ‘‘He shouldn’t have had to die’: COVID-19 infects half of Wisconsin inmates, five times the overall state rate’ (Madison 365).

The Jerusalem Post, ’36 Israeli prisoners test positive for COVID-19′ (TJP).

The Manc, ‘Manchester’s prisoners reveal what life is like behind bars during a pandemic’ (The Manc).

Don Thompson, ‘Reviews find poor oversight of California prisons, jails’ (AP – The Hour).

UNICEF, Release of Children Deprived of Liberty in Iraq in Response to COVID-19.

Ray Levy Uyeda, ‘A brief guide to who gets to decide which prisoners are released early’ (Mic).

Various, Immigrant Detention and COVID-19: A Tragic Call to Action for Federal and State Officials (Immigration Initiative – Harvard University).

Various, ‘MAb for symptomatic COVID-19 in correctional facilities: an important opportunity’ (The Lancet).

WPXI, ‘State prison inmates paid to get COVID-19 vaccine’ (WPXI).

Week 8-14 February 2021

ACLU, How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Devastating Incarcerated People and their Communities.

Ruth Aguantia, ‘Fear, Anxiety Among Prisoners High As COVID Restrictions Prevent Volunteer Ministers From Reaching Out To Them’ (Christianity Daily).

Aljazeera, ‘St Louis jail riot prompts calls for better prison COVID measures‘ (A).

Aljazeera, ‘UK quarantine violators face heavy fines, up to 10 years in jail’ (A).

Eric Allison & Niamh McIntyre, ‘Number of prisoners in England and Wales on suicide watch rises steeply’ (The Guardian).

Nurul Izzah Anwar, ‘Solving The COVID-19 Prison Dilemma’ (The ASEAN Post).

Arab News, ‘Saudi Arabia suspends prison sentences in debt cases’ (AN).

BBC News, ‘Covid: HMP Stocken outbreak ‘behind Rutland’s surge” (BBC News).

BBC News, ‘Covid: HMP Bullingdon inmate dies following virus outbreak’ (BBC News).

BBC News, ‘Covid-19: HMP Littlehey ‘missed opportunities’ in first reported inmate virus death’ (BBC News).

Gabrielle Beaudry & Daniel Whiting, COVID-19 AND PRISON POPULATIONS: THE CASE FOR PRIORITY VACCINE ALLOCATION (Oxford Politics blog).

Belga, ‘Coronavirus en Belgique : la campagne de vaccination pourra bientôt débuter dans les prisons de Bruges et Merksplas’ (Belga – RTBF).

Chandra Bozelko, ‘Blame for coronavirus spread in prisons belongs to guards who don’t wear masks’ (CT Mirror).

Lee Brown, ‘Pedophile pop star Gary Glitter gets COVID-19 vaccine in prison’ (NY Post).

Laura Castañón, ‘Incarcerated People Have Questions—and Concerns—About the COVID-19 Vaccine. These Doctors Are Listening’ (Tufts Now).

Terry-Ann Craigie & Ames Grawert, ‘Covid-19 Has Made Reentry and Life After Prison Even Harder’ (Brennan Centre for Justice).

Hannah Critchfield & Arabella Saunders, ‘North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn’t Die of COVID’ (VICE).

Not Funeral Flowers – Sharon Brogan (2020).

Joe Davidson, ‘U.S. Marshals Service’s lax covid-19 oversight of some inmates reflects a larger problem’ (The Washington Post).

Maite De Rue, Prisons and Jails Should be Prioritized for the Coronavirus Vaccine (Open Society Justice Initiative).

Ross Dunn, ‘Kilmarnock prison wing locked down after major Covid outbreak sees 38 people test positive for deadly virus’ (Daily Record).

EN24 News, ‘There are 353 active cases of covid-19 in Portuguese prisons’ (EN24 News).

Michael Finch II & Jason Pohl, ‘How COVID-19 invaded Sacramento jail, triggering major outbreak among inmates’ (The Sacramento Bee).

Melissa Gira Grant, ‘A Covid Uprising in America’s Jails’ (New Republic).

Jamie Grierson, ‘One in eight prisoners in England and Wales have had Covid’ (The Guardian).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Prison COVID-19 restrictions – virus suppressed but a heavy toll on prisoners’ well-being and rehabilitation.

Human Rights Watch, Covid-19 Triggers Wave of Free Speech Abuse.

Charles Hymas, ‘Locking down prisoners is likely to lead to more crime, warns the chief inspector of prisons’ (The Telgraph).

Inside Time, ‘Coronavirus: Decline in prison outbreaks and deaths’ (IT).

Italy 24 News, ‘Outbreak of Covid 19 in the Chieti prison, Voices from inside asks for alternative measures to avoid infections’ (Italy 24 News).

Erin Jordan, ‘Iowa parole board releases fewer offenders in fiscal 2020, despite COVID-19’ (The Gazette).

Nisa Khan, ‘Michigan prisons looking for new variants of COVID-19’ (Michigan Radio).

Aparna Komarla, ‘COVID-19 Patients Made to Clean Feces, Vomit, Urine in Quarantine Cells At Santa Clara Main Jail During January Outbreak’ (The Davis Vanguard).

Eric Lach, ‘Andrew Cuomo’s Refusal to Vaccinate Inmates Is Indefensible’ (The New Yorker).

Peter Lazenby, ‘Prisoners bearing a ‘heavy cost’ from Covid-19 lockdown restrictions’ (The Morning Star).

A Warning Signal – Rene van Haeften (2020).

Miriam Mangwaya, ‘Mnangagwa petitioned to decongest prisons’ (News Day).

Danny McKay, ‘Coronavirus: 40 prisoners self isolating after HMP Grampian wing locked down’ (Evening Express).

Jenifer B. McKinm, ‘More Than Half Of Mass. Corrections Workers Have Refused COVID Vaccine’ (GBH).

Kiran Misra, ”A death sentence’: US prisons could receive Covid vaccines last despite being hotspots’ (The Guardian).

Sadaf Modak, ‘Mumbai: Jail visits for prisoners’ kin, lawyers resume after almost a year’ (Hindu Express).

Kayla Moore, ‘What happens when asylum seekers face deportation without a lawyer?’ (International Rescue Committee).

Edwin Naidu, ‘Prisoners call on watchdog to exercise stronger oversight of their treatment by warders’ (IOL).

Nation, ‘Over 4,500 recoveries from prison Covid-19 cluster so far’ (Nation).

Harlin Pierce, ‘When The Prison Banned Board Games, We Played Chess In Our Minds’ (The Marshall Project).

Gaetan Portal, ‘Covid: Prisoners like ‘caged animals’ in lockdown jails’ (BBC News).

Leah Rorvig & Brie Williams, Providing Ethical and Humane Care to Hospitalized, Incarcerated Patients With COVID-19 (American Journal of Hospital Palliative Care).

Zhao Ruixue, ‘Five ex-prison officers sentenced for virus failings’ (China Daily).

Jim Salter, ‘Study: Jail populations dropped, rose slightly in pandemic’ (The Journal Times).

Kevin Sawyer, ‘“They Want to Do Me In”: The Prisoner Who Fought COVID Overcrowding’ (Filter).

Neil Shaw, ‘What it is like in prison during the coronavirus pandemic’ (Belfast Live).

Speak Out Now, ‘Being in Prison Can Itself Be a Death Sentence during COVID’ (SON).

The Crime Report, ‘Prisoners Released Under Trump May Have to Go Back to Prison’ (TCR).

The Guardian, ‘Migrants speak of ‘inhumane’ conditions at Ice detention centers during Covid – video’ (TG).

The Lancet, Improving prisoner health for stronger public health.

The Tribune India, ‘Covid: Prisoners released on parole in Punjab to be sent back to jail’ (TTI).

Time 24 News, ‘There are 252 inmates with Covid-19 in Portuguese prisons’ (Time 24 News).

Rory Tingle, ‘Prisoners have been locked in their cells for almost 23 hours A DAY every day of the week during pandemic, watchdog report reveals after 71 inmates died of Covid’ (The Daily Mail).

Eric Townsend, Elon Law scholar discusses COVID-19 in prisons for N.C. podcast (Elon University).

The Tribune India, ‘COVID-19: Plea in HC to extend emergency parole of aged and ailing prisoners’ (TTI).

COVID-19 – Peter Addor (2020).

UNODC, UNODC & Tunisia Build Partnership to Curtail the Spread of COVID-19 in Prisons.

Various, Remote consultations in prison mental healthcare in England: impacts of COVID-19 (BJPsyche Open).

Various, ‘ICE has no plan to vaccinate 13,860 immigrants in its custody against COVID-19’ (Business Insider).

Vera Institute of Justice, Statement from Vera President Nicholas Turner on the COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act.

Verdict, ‘Covid-19 : les prisons dans la crainte de devenir des clusters’ (Verdict).

Conrad Wilson, ‘Oregon prisons get 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine’ (OPB).

WISN, ‘2 former prisoners run to raise awareness for COVID-19 inmate care’ (WISN).

WVTM13, ‘Alabama’s prison system sees 1,400+ cases of COVID-19 among inmate population’ (WVTM13).

Samihah Zaman, ‘Two men detained in Abu Dhabi for violating COVID-19 precautionary measures’ (Gulf News).

Week 1-7 February 2021

ACCA, ‘Uzbekistan: 2,000 prisoners were down with COVID-19’ (ACCA).

AFP, ‘Prison : La population carcérale stable avec 62.673 détenus au 1er janvier’ (AFP – 20 Minutes).

AFP, ‘Covid-19 : 43 détenus vaccinés dans les prisons françaises’ (Le Figaro).

AFP, ‘Covid-19. 43 détenus de plus de 75 ans ont été vaccinés en prison’ (Ouest-France).

AFPS, ‘200 prisonniers infectés par le Coronavirus depuis le début de cette année’ (AFPS).

Tameem Akhgar, ‘UN report: Widespread torture of detainees in Afghan prisons’ (The Hour).

AP, ‘Immigration detainee with COVID-19 dies in Georgia hospital’ (Toronto Star).

Barbados Today, ‘Only seven active COVID-19 cases at HMP Dodds’ (BT).

Eric Bataillon, ‘Égypte: situation dramatique dans les prisons, selon Amnesty France’ (RFI).

Francoise Berlaimont, ‘Coronavirus en Belgique: la tension monte dans les prisons après un an de restrictions’ (RTBF).

Sam Blanchard & Jack Wright, ‘Has every care home resident REALLY been offered a Covid jab?’ (The Daily Mail).

Breaking Belize News, ‘Recaptured inmate accuses prison CEO of intentionally exposing prisoners to COVID-19, Prison CEO refutes claim’ (BBN).

Eduardo Campos Lima, ‘A church survey reveals how mothers in Brazil are struggling to care for newborns in prison’ (American Magazine).

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, COVID-19 in prisons: strategies for preventing infection and death (Webinar).

Adamu Chan, ‘Trapped in the Dungeon’ (Slate).

Nicole Chavez & Sarah Moon, ‘San Quentin prison fined more than $400,000 after deadly Covid-19 outbreak’ (CNN).

Niem Cheng, ‘Covid-19 measures implemented in prisons, UN special rapporteurs told’ (The Phnom Penh Post).


CGTN, ‘Detained Aung San Suu Kyi receives COVID-19 vaccine’ (CGTN).

CJAA, ‘No Covid in prisons: officials respond to UN concerns’ (CJAA).

Abene Clayton, ‘California prison transfer led to dozens of deaths and endangered thousands – state watchdog’ (The Guardian).

Corrections, Prisons & Parole Victoria, Our response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Courrier picard, ‘Prison: plus de 600 détenus contraints de dormir sur un matelas au sol à cause de la surpopulation’ (CP).

Covid-19 – Ricardo Hunis (2020).

Daily Legal News, ‘Inmates File Class-Action Lawsuit Over Handling Of COVID-19 At Downtown Jail’ (DLN).

Anne-Sophie Doulet, ‘« La lutte contre le Covid-19 en prison est une question de santé publique »’ (Sud Ouest).

Toms Dumpis, ‘Report: Moroccan Prisons Are Overcrowded, Short of Basic Facilities’ (Moroccan World News).

Jackson Elliott, ‘Prisoners live with fear and anxiety as prisons keep volunteer ministers out during COVID-19’ (The Christian Post).

Euromed Human Rights Monitor, Malta’s brutality against asylum seekers necessitate EU commission intervention (EHRM).

Jacques Follorou, ‘Selon l’ONU, les tortures continuent dans les prisons afghanes’ (Le Monde).

France Info, ‘Covid-19 : face aux chiffres “affolants”, la contrôleure générale des prisons réclame des “mesures de protection spécifique” pour les détenus (FI).

Nate Gartrell, ‘COVID-19 scandal: Prison, state health services caused health ‘disaster’ at San Quentin, oversight agency finds’ (Mercury News).

Cynthia Grant Bowman, ‘Incarcerated and at COVID’s mercy: New York must do more for elderly imprisoned people’ (NY Daily News).

Catherine Haguenau-Moizard, ‘The French Habeas Corpus and Covid-19’ (Verfassungsblog).

Steven Hale, ‘COVID-19 Is Turning Prison Stints Into Death Sentences’ (Nashville Scene).

Jason Hoffman, ‘Plan to vaccinate Guantanamo Bay detainees against Covid-19 has been paused’ (KCTV5 News).

Corin Hoggard, ‘Fresno County jail has had most COVID cases of any jail or prison in U.S.’ (ABC30).

Bill Hutchinson, ‘Plan called off to shorten sentences of Massachusetts prisoners who get COVID vaccine’ (ABC News).

Covid-19 – P.L. Tandon (2020).


KameraOne, ’70 % des détenus d’une prison espagnole testés positifs à la COVID-19′ (KO-MSN).

Le Figaro, ‘Covid-19 : pour des refus de test PCR dans des centres de rétention, des réfugiés placés en garde à vue’ (LF).

Viviane Le Guen, ‘Covid-19 : la contrôleure générale des prisons réclame des mesures, le ministère se dit “vigilant”‘ (France Bleu).

L’Info, ‘Vincent Pardoux : “Plusieurs agents pénitentiaires Covid+ maintenus dans leur travail”‘ (L’Info).

Jennifer Logan, ‘Coronavirus outbreak at Lewes Prison’ (Sussex Express).

Margaret Matibiri, ‘Prisons intensifies fight against Covid-19’ (ZBC News).

MEMO, ‘Egypt: 3 detainees die from coronavirus in 24 hours’ (MEMO).

Koh Jung Min, ‘Will Covid-19 relieve overcrowding of correctional facilities?’ (Korea Biomedical Review).

Maria Nielaczna, Coping with prisons? COVID-19 and the functioning of the Polish prison system (International Journal of Prisoner Health).

ONU Info, Afghanistan : l’ONU s’inquiète de la torture des détenus dans les prisons.

Sutirtho Patranobis, ‘Coronavirus reaches Chinese jails, sparks new fears of cluster cases’ (HindustanTimes).

Madison Pauly, ‘Watch How Quickly a COVID Outbreak Exploded Through a California Prison’ (Mother Jones).

Madison Pauly, ‘Letting People Out of Prison to Avoid COVID Isn’t That Controversial’ (Mother Jones).

PA, ‘Justice Secretary dismisses concerns over Covid-19 rates in prisons as a ‘myth’’ (PA – The Press).

Lahiru Pothmulla, ‘Visitations to prisons allowed again under health guidelines’ (The Morning).

Press TV, ‘456 Palestinians arrested by Israel in January amid pandemic: Prisoners’ advocacy groups’ (Press TV).

Prison Insider, ‘Italie : “l’action politique est impuissante”‘ (PI).

PTI, ‘UK marks first Covid-19 vaccine milestone with care home protection’ (The Hindustan Times).

Nina Pullano, ‘New York Under Fire for Vaccinating Prison Staff, Not Inmates’ (Courthouse News Service).

Jon Robins, ‘Asylum seekers held in barracks because better accommodation would ‘undermine public confidence’’ (The Justice Gap).

RTL, ‘Quelle stratégie de vaccination pour les personnes en prison?’ (RTL).

Tamar Sarai Davis, ‘How politics and punitive logic are warping the debate over COVID-19 vaccines in prisons’ (Prism).

Andrew Scheeler, ‘California prisons risked thousands of lives in rushed COVID-19 transfers, report says’ (The Sacramento Bee).

Erin Shaak, ‘Lawsuit Alleges Chicago Prison’s ‘Deplorable Handling’ of COVID-19 Caused Two Outbreaks’ (Class Action).

Andrew Silow-Carroll, ‘Jewish inmate’s COVID-19 death cited in effort to vaccinate NY prisoners‘ (The Jerusalem Post).

Coronavirus – Ronnie Pitman (2020).

Don Thompson, ‘Official: Inmate transfer caused health disaster at prison’ (AP – The Star).

Today 24, ‘Tension mounts in prisons after a year of restrictions’ (Today 24).

Phoebe Tollefson, ‘No clear path yet to vaccine for jail, prison inmates with health conditions’ (Billings Gazette).

Matt Trinder, ‘Justice Secretary Robert Buckland calls ‘out-of-control’ Covid cases in prisons a ‘myth’’ (The Morning Star).

University of Plymouth, Prisons and Penality – The Current Issues Symposium – Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (Webinar).

Various, ‘Why Guantánamo Detainees Should Have Access to COVID Vaccines: Law of Armed Conflict and Good Policy’ (Just Security).

Various, ‘U.S. federal executions likely a COVID-19 superspreader event‘ (CTV News).

WAFA, ‘Seventeen new Covid-19 cases recorded among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail – Prisoner’s Society’ (WAFA).

Conrad Wilson, ‘Judge orders Oregon to offer prison inmates COVID-19 vaccines immediately’ (OPB).

YONHAP, ‘Nine inmates at Seoul prison test positive for COVID-19’ (YONHAP).