This study looks at the efforts undertaken by Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands to prevent and control Covid-19 within their prison systems, including through the reduction of prison populations as one of the most effective and sustainable measures.
The research findings are based on questionnaire responses provided by authorities and on stakeholder interviews, and they draw on other available information, including other Covid-19 studies. The aim of the study was to learn how prison administrations, staff and prisoners themselves coped with the challenges of Covid-19, looking especially for examples of good practice and lessons learnt. Its findings can help stimulate discussion on how prisons can function better in the event of a pandemic in the future, and how international partners can best support prison administrations in these circumstances. It further includes a set of recommendations to national authorities and international stakeholders.
INTRODUCTION TERMINOLOGY AND ACRONYMS ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS RESEARCH FINDINGS CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS COUNTRY ANALYSES
APPENDIX 1 – QUESTIONNAIRES APPENDIX 2 – INTERVIEW GUIDE
APPENDIX 3 – LIST OF INTERVIEWEES