Latest Coronavirus news from within the prison system.
A second death attributed to Coronavirus at HMP Littlehey confirms that prisons with an older population are at significant risk.
The BBC news site today confirms a third prisoner death, with two of those three deaths at the same prison – HMP Littlehey in Cambridge.
Although the deaths are indicated as being in older inmates – described as having underlying health problems, it is clear that with figures from several days back showing 65 inmates had tested positive, that coronavirus can find its way pretty much everywhere.
Lawyer Simon Creighton, who has inmates among his clients, told BBC Newsnight that prison was a very unsafe environment:
“If you think about how cruise ships have been seen as Petri dishes, prisons are about 1,000 times worse,” he said on Wednesday.
“Some of the contact I’ve had with prisoners over the last week has been terrifying.”BBC : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-52137109
And Chair of the Prison Officers Association – Mark Fairhurst says that the virus :
“does not discriminate”.
And goes on to say:
“The two deaths at Littlehey demonstrate that an ageing prison population that have underlying health conditions are more at risk,”BBC : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-52137109
This is indeed a worrying situation – for inmates, their families and the prison system in general.
Here at Yellow Ribbon we are doing our best to accommodate referrals coming in from resettlement teams and the probation services. And we are working hard to maintain our levels of support for our clients in the community.
We pray for a speedy end to this dreadful pandemic, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of everyone in prison right now.