500 prisoners set to be released early to combat spread of coronavirus

Source: Yahoo News - View Original Article
Published: May 06, 2020
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77% Liberal


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Sentiments

94% "A much more generous early release scheme remains an essential part of what is needed to keep people safe.""
77% "And without government intervention, the prison population is bound to return to previous levels as courts come back into action.""
74% "In a letter to Robert Buckland, the Justice Secretary, the Prison Reform Trust and Howard League for Penal Reform say the current conditions that ..."
66% "Five hundred prisoners are set to be released early from jails in England and Wales to combat the spread of coronavirus, according to the ..."
65% "They urged the Government to publish advice promptly in future, to reveal its plans to ease restrictions in prisons, and to extend the temporary ..."
61% "It suggested that up to 16,000 prisoners could have to be released to reduce overcrowding by moving all inmates into single cells.""
60% "Story continues""
54% "Lawyers for the MoJ told prison reform charities that 200 have been approved for temporary release while a further 300 are being considered.""
-51% "Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:As things stand, the government strategy in prisons rests on levels of isolation ..."
-58% "However, updated advice suggests the measures introduced - a ban on family visits, shielding vulnerable prisoners, isolating new arrivals for 14 days and those ..."

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

94% : A much more generous early release scheme remains an essential part of what is needed to keep people safe."
77% : "And without government intervention, the prison population is bound to return to previous levels as courts come back into action.
74% : In a letter to Robert Buckland, the Justice Secretary, the Prison Reform Trust and Howard League for Penal Reform say the current conditions that are said to have been containing the virus so far are unsustainable in the medium to longer term.
66% : Five hundred prisoners are set to be released early from jails in England and Wales to combat the spread of coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
65% : They urged the Government to publish advice promptly in future, to reveal its plans to ease restrictions in prisons, and to extend the temporary release scheme. Peter Dawson, the director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: "Sticking to the current regime of almost universal bang-up simply isn't sustainable for the next 12 months.
61% : It suggested that up to 16,000 prisoners could have to be released to reduce overcrowding by moving all inmates into single cells.
60% : Story continues
54% : Lawyers for the MoJ told prison reform charities that 200 have been approved for temporary release while a further 300 are being considered.
49% : Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:"As things stand, the government strategy in prisons rests on levels of isolation that amount to prolonged solitary confinement.
42% : However, updated advice suggests the measures introduced - a ban on family visits, shielding vulnerable prisoners, isolating new arrivals for 14 days and those with symptoms for seven days - have been successful in substantially reducing the number that need to be early released to 5000.
39% : With up to 1,000 extra temporary cells being created, it means fewer than 1,000 may need to be released early.
36% : It came as documents revealed to the charities as part of their threatened legal action against the MoJ showed that the Government was warned in late March that as many as 3,500 people in prison could die in the pandemic.
29% : Positive steps to create space in prisons would make them more purposeful and save lives."
28% : It is neither sustainable nor humane. "
18% : Just over 30 prisoners have been released early out of the 4,000 originally proposed because of restrictions limiting it to low level offenders who have only two months left of their sentences, the safety checks required and a suspension of the scheme after the accidental release of six inmates.
11% : There has already been a reduction in the prison population by 3,000 due to fewer offenders coming through the courts.
6% : Last week it was confirmed just over 30 have been released so far.
4% : The modelling by the prison service and Public Health England (PHE) said the number of high-risk prisoners with underlying health conditions suggested there could be "circa 2,500-3,500 deaths "based on the reasonable worst-case scenario.

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