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    Prison population rates before and during the pandemic: lessons from COVID-19 about over-incarceration and its consequences for health (In: The Impact of Covid-19 on Prison Conditions and Penal Policy)

    Heard, Catherine (2022) Prison population rates before and during the pandemic: lessons from COVID-19 about over-incarceration and its consequences for health (In: The Impact of Covid-19 on Prison Conditions and Penal Policy). In: Dunkel, F. and Harrendorf, S. and van Zyl Smit, D. (eds.) The Impact of COVID-19 on Prison Conditions and Penal Policy. Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice 1. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 607-633. ISBN 9780367769727.

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    Abstract

    'The Impact of COVID-19 on Prison Conditions and Penal Policy' presents the results of a worldwide exchange of information on the impact of COVID-19 in prisons. It also focuses on the human rights questions that have been raised during the pandemic, relating to the treatment of prisoners in institutions for both juveniles and adults worldwide. When COVID-19 first emerged, over two-thirds of countries worldwide had prison systems operating above official capacity, following decades of unchecked growth in pre-trial and sentenced prisoner populations. The resulting overcrowded prison conditions presented a high risk of infection. The greater prevalence of underlying health conditions among prisoners, and the possibility of outbreaks spreading to local communities, presented further challenges for disease control. Prisons responded with a range of measures, including severe and prolonged restrictions on prisoners’ interactions with family members and external organisations’ staff involved in providing work, training or rehabilitation in prisons. These restrictions and the additional time spent locked in cells have negatively impacted prisoners’ mental and physical health and will be detrimental to long-term outcomes.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Prisons, prisoners, prison population trends, prisoner health, prisoner healthcare, Covid-19 in prisons, Coronavirus in prisons, World Prison Brief, prisons data
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Catherine Heard
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 13:43
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 00:10
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/48549

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