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The Impact of Covid-19 on Prison Conditions and Penal Policy

Edited by: Frieder Dunkel, Stefan Harrendorf, Dirk van Zyl Smit

ISBN13: 9780367769727
Published: April 2022
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Prison Conditions and Penal Policy presents the results of a worldwide exchange of information on the impact of COVID-19 in prisons, as well as focusing on the human rights questions that have been raised during the pandemic, relating to the treatment of prisoners in institutions for both juveniles and adults worldwide.

The first part brings together the findings and conclusions of leading prison academics and practitioners, presenting national reports with information on the prison system, prison population rates, how COVID-19 was and is managed in prisons, and its impact on living conditions inside prisons and on reintegration programmes. Forty-four countries are covered – many in Europe, but also Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Perú, Costa Rica, Canada, US, Kenya, South Africa, China, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In the second part, thematic chapters concentrate explicitly on the impact of the pandemic on the application of international human rights standards in prisons and on worldwide prison population rates. The book concludes by drawing out the commonalities and diverging practices between jurisdictions, discussing the impact of measures introduced, and reflecting on what could be learnt from policies that emerged during the pandemic. Particular attention is paid to whether "reductionist" strategies that emerged during the pandemic can be used to counteract mass incarceration and prison overcrowding in the future.

Revealing many notable and interesting changes in prison life and in release programmes, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of Penology, Criminology, Law, Sociology and Public Health. It will also appeal to Criminal Justice practitioners and policy makers.

Prison Law
1. Introduction
Frieder Dünkel, Stefan Harrendorf and Dirk van Zyl Smit
National chapters
2. Australia
Lorana Bartels, Thalia Anthony, Felicity Gerry, Andreea Lachsz and Steven Caruana
3. Austria
Walter Hammerschick and Karin Bruckmüller
4. Belgium
Olivia Nederlandt, An-Sofie Vanhouche and Kristel Beyens
5. Brazil
Ellen Rodrigues and Eduardo Khoury
6. Canada
Sandra Bucerius, Rosemary Ricciardelli and Luca Berardi
7. Chile
Alvaro Castro Morales, Guillermo Sanhueza, Julio Cortéz and Violeta Puran
8. China
Spencer Li
9. Colombia, Bolivia, Perú, Argentina
Cesar Valderrama and Juan Hernandez
10. Costa Rica
Carlos Tiffer-Sotomayor and Paola Tiffer Hangen
11. Croatia
Maja Munivrana Vajda and Elizabeta Ivičević Karas
12. Czech Republic
Helena Válková and Jana Hulmáková
13. Denmark
Anette Storgaard and Linda Kjaer Minke
14. England/Wales
Catherine Heard and Nicola Padfield
15. Estonia
Priit Kama and Anneli Soo
16. Finland
Tapio Lappi-Seppälä
17. France
Martine Herzog-Evans
18. Germany
Frieder Dünkel and Christine Morgenstern
19. Greece
Maria Anagnostaki
20. Hungary
Zsuzsanna Juhász
21. India
Madhurima Dhanuka
22. Ireland (including Northern Ireland)
Ciara O’Connell, Mary Rogan, Michelle Martyn and Shadd Maruna
23. Italy
Lorenzo Picotti and Luisa Ravagnani
24. Japan
Kenji Takeuchi and Akinori Otani
25. Kenya
Mercy Deche, Conrad Bosire and Sarah Kinyanjui
26. Latvia
Ilona Kronberga
27. Lithuania
Gintautas Sakalauskas
28. Netherlands
Jolande uit Beijerse and Miranda Boone
29. New Zealand
Alice Mills
30. North Macedonia
Gordana Lažetic and Elena Mujoska-Trpevska
31. Norway
Berit Johnsen
32. Poland
Barbara Stańdo-Kawecka
33. Portugal
Anabela Miranda Rodriguez and Inês Horta Pinto
34. Romania
Ioan Durnescu and Ioana Mihaela Morar
35. Russia
Sergey Ovchinnikov
36. Scotland
Hannah Graham and Katrina Morrison
37. Serbia
Milan Skulić
38. Slovakia
Miroslava Vráblová
39. Slovenia
Danijela Mrhar Prelić and Robert Friškovec
40. South Africa
Lukas Muntingh
41. Spain
Josep Cid, Laura Negredo López and Carles Soler
42. Sweden
Lars Håkan Nilsson and Jenny Kärrholm
43. Switzerland
Melanie Wegel and Jonas Weber
44. Turkey
Galma Akdeniz and İdil Aydınoğlu
45. USA
James Byrne, Don Hummer, Sabrina S. Rapisarda and Kimberly R. Kras
Comparative chapters
46. International prisoners and the pandemic – Seeking release, improved conditions and family contact before international criminal courts
Roisin Mulgrew
47. International Human Rights and COVID-19 in prisons: Medical isolation and independent oversight
Dirk van Zyl Smit, Roisin Mulgrew
48. Prison population rates before and during the pandemic: lessons from COVID-19 about over-incarceration and its consequences for health
Catherine Heard
49. Summary analysis of the situation in prisons and prison policy during and after the SARS-CoV-2 induced crisis
Frieder Dünkel, Stefan Harrendorf, Dirk van Zyl Smit
50. What could we learn from COVID-19? – a reductionist and penal moderation approach
Frieder Dünkel, Sonja Snacken