The outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus confront Prison Services daily with new challenges.
Prison Services are dealing with closed environments and this makes it especially difficult to provide for the right care for both, prisoners and staff working in prisons.
Prison Services are eager to hear from their colleagues in other European countries, how they are dealing with this situation, what approaches and measures they took to keep the situation as much as possible under control.
On this page we would like to gather and share all regulations/protocols/approaches European Prison Services or related organisations have drafted or taken in order to deal with the Covid-19 virus.
If you have information to add to this page, please mail [email protected]
This page will be updated every day.
Prison Services are under huge pressure to limit the impact of COVID-19 and keep it out of the closed prison environment. To that regard, EuroPris has collected information from its members and presented in the three reports below.
When the outbreak began, most prison services immediately suspended visits, to help protect prisoners and staff against outbreaks amongst the prison population. Most prison services have now started to implement measures and policies to facilitate either physical visits or alternatives means of contact. These fact sheets presents an overview of the measures for in person visits – not alternatives such as video conferencing or compensation measures.
EuroPris is managing a mailing group prison experts and provides since 30 March daily updates of all collected responses from the group. The daily updates are provided in pdf format; the responses in red are those received on this particular day.
Proud to participate in the #WeApplaud campaign to give recognition to the commitment and professionalism of our colleagues in prison and probation services around the world.
De Rode Antraciet (DRA) has developed [email protected] to promote sports and exercise in the cell again. Considering current situation in prisons regarding COVID-19 and limitations in movement and activities of the prisoners, [email protected] offers a great alternative for prisoners to exercise and stay healthy in their cells.
The French Ministry of Justice, Department of Prisons sent out a query about the approach on taking procedures issued by their national administration towards the emergency of the corona spread in prison, probation centers, etc.
Statement issued by the Council for Penological Co-operation Working Group (14 October 2020):
The French National Correctional Administration Academy (ENAP) sent out a query on staff training during the COVID-19 crisis to the European Penitentiary Training Academies Network (EPTA).
EPEA has created a special webpage dedicated to sharing how education from a safe distance can be made possible, click here to consult their page.
The ICPA is also providing information from their members regarding COVID-19 on their website. To consult their information please click here.
Click here to read SPACE I report – Prisons and Prisoners in Europe in Pandemic Times: An evaluation of the short-term impact of the COVID-19 on prison populations.
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union