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Briefing note | 16 March 2020

Coronavirus: Healthcare and
human rights of people in prison
Do no harm, equality, transparency, humanity: values should guide
the criminal justice sector’s response to coronavirus
At the time of publishing there were more than 164,000* confirmed cases of COVID19, the novel form of Coronavirus, affecting 110 countries with more than 6,470
deaths. In this briefing we assess the current situation of COVID-19 outbreaks and
prevention measures in prisons** and wider impacts of responses to governments on
people in criminal justice systems. This briefing note argues for action to be taken now
and immediately, given the risk people in prison are exposed to, including prison staff.

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