Statement regarding Covid-19

HMPPS, the responsible body for public prisons in England and Wales responded today to a letter from the Howard League CEO Francis Crook detailing the contingency plans they have laid out in response to the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

As Chair of Liberal Democrats for Penal Reform, I am relieved that HMPPS are recognising the potential for Prisons to act as inadvertent breeding grounds for the virus to spread.

I am however, concerned about the lack of reference regarding protection of prisoners’ civil liberties and the knock on impact on the welfare of wider society.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *