Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

Briefing note | 16 March 2020 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 COVID- 19, 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.