CALL FOR IN­MATE RE­LEASES BE­FORE COVID-19 SPREADS

Vancouver Sun - - PAN­DEMIC -

The num­ber of COVID-19 cases in pris­ons is ris­ing, spurring Canada’s crim­i­nal lawyers and an in­mate ad­vo­cacy group to ask fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple in the in­sti­tu­tions. Cases dou­bled to at least 42 at in­sti­tu­tions in Que­bec, On­tario and B.C. this week. At a pri­son in Mis­sion, B.C., the num­ber has in­creased to at least 14, and at the Grand Val­ley In­sti­tu­tion for Women in On­tario about eight in­mates are in­fected. Que­bec has out­breaks at the Joli­ette In­sti­tu­tion, where at least 10 pris­on­ers have the virus, and at the Port-cartier pri­son, where about nine are sick. The virus has also been di­ag­nosed in at least 49 pri­son guards at Port-cartier, Joli­ette and Dona­conna in­sti­tu­tions in Que­bec and in On­tario’s Grand Val­ley In­sti­tu­tion.

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