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UK prisoners to be released from Prison amid the coronavirus crisis

by LLB Reporter
31st Mar 20 11:08 pm

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have confirmed that some prisoners are to be released from prison over the coronavirus pandemic.

The MoJ announced on Tuesday that pregnant prisoners that pose no risk to the public will be released on temporary licence (ROTL) from custody.

This move is to protect inmates as thus far 65 prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus across 23 UK prisons.

The British government said mother and baby units meet the same requirement risk assessments as vulnerable people.

Once a risk assessment on those prisoners has been conducted prison governors will release them on a temporary licence.

Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP said: “We have already taken extraordinary measures to protect prisoners and the public over the last few weeks.

“But it’s clear now that we must temporarily release pregnant woman and those with small babies with them inside prison.

“Governors can now temporarily release pregnant prisoners so that they can stay at home and reduce social contact like all other expectant mothers have been advised to do.”

The Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday that prisoners at HMP Wandsworth who have displayed symptoms of coronavirus are being placed in the same cell as those who have tested positive for coronavirus, which begs the question over the Human Rights Act.

However, prison governors don’t care for the Human Rights Act and will follow the direction of the British government.

A source at HMP Wandsworth sad that prisoners are sharing the “so-called isolation cells” to keep them away from other prisoners.

HMP Wandsworth which is a category B prison and has a diabolical reputation for being vermin infested, provides poor quality of food forcing many prisoners to throw away their dinner adding to the already filthy conditions.

HMP Wandsworth was built in 1851 and is one of the largest prisons in the UK and can hold a maximum of 1,628 prisoners.

With prison officers being able to leave the prison and come back there is an increased risk of this being passed over to prison staff members and prisons and members of the public.

Many prisons date back to the Victorian era so are very old, rat and cockroach infested presenting very poor health conditions so the “transmission” of coronavirus “will obviously be easier,” and then prisoners will become carriers when they are released.

Andrea Albutt, president of the Prison Governors Association said, many prisoners “will die” as coronavirus pandemic deepens.

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