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Prisoners at risk

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Inaction by government on Covid-19 in UK prisons is putting not just prisoners’ lives at risk but also prison staff, and the general public,” says Richard Garside, director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, which has just launched a Europe-wide project to collate and compare the measures taken by different governments and prison systems.

“If you set out to create an institution with the express intent of concentrating and transmitting Covid-19, it would probably look much like a prison,” he adds, especially one as overcrowded as many in the UK.Richard Coker, a leading epidemiologist and emeritus professor of public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, agrees. He describes prisons as “epidemiological pumps”.

For full article https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/21/richard-garside-uk-lagging-behind-europe-coronavirus-prisons?utm_source=gazette_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Virus+testing+for+court+staff+%7c+More+furloughs+and+freezes+%7c+Conveyancing+Q%26A_04%2f21%2f2020

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