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Quebec works to contain jail outbreak as overall COVID-19 trends deemed ‘encouraging’ – Montreal

Quebec works to contain jail outbreak as overall COVID-19 trends deemed ‘encouraging’ - Montreal

A COVID-19 testing operation was underway at a jail north of Montreal on Sunday following an outbreak that has infected more than 60 people. A spokeswoman for the regional health board for the Laurentians said that, as of Saturday, 45 inmates and 17 workers had tested positive at the St-Jérôme detention …

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Quebec works to contain jail outbreak as overall COVID-19 trends deemed ‘encouraging’ – Montreal

Quebec works to contain jail outbreak as overall COVID-19 trends deemed ‘encouraging’ - Montreal

A COVID-19 testing operation was underway at a jail north of Montreal on Sunday following an outbreak that has infected more than 60 people. A spokeswoman for the regional health board for the Laurentians said that, as of Saturday, 45 inmates and 17 workers had tested positive at the St-Jérôme detention …

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Prison justice advocacy group calls for protection against COVID-19 in N.S. jails – Halifax

Prison justice advocacy group calls for protection against COVID-19 in N.S. jails - Halifax

In April, as COVID-19 cases spiked in Nova Scotia, the province took drastic measures to reduce the number of prisoners in custody, cutting the number of prisoners down by about half to 250 inmates. But now, more prisoners are again being funnelled back into jail, something the East Coast …

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Coronavirus outbreak declared at Sarnia Jail after 4 staff members test positive – London

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Lambton Public Health (LPH) has declared a coronavirus outbreak at Sarnia Jail. In a statement issued Saturday morning, LPH said they’re investigating after four staff members at the jail tested positive for COVID-19. Read more: London, Ont., jail poorly prepared for potential COVID-19 outbreak: inmate lawyer, employee rep “The …

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Saskatchewan’s jail population shrinks, most still remanded: provincial corrections ministry

The number of remanded and sentenced inmates on Jan. 11.

The number of people incarcerated in Saskatchewan jails has decreased significantly in recent months, according to the provincial corrections ministry. As of Monday, 1,670 people were jailed, down from 1,866 on Nov. 23, 2020. Most of the population is awaiting trial, with 974 people remanded and 694 sentenced. Two …

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Elderly and at-risk inmates to receive COVID-19 vaccine on Friday

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Canadian inmates will be near the front of the line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. On Wednesday, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced that as part of the first phase of the vaccine rollout plan, 600 older and medically vulnerable federal inmates will receive the shot, as recommended …

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Advocate says steps needed to avoid more COVID-19 outbreaks in Saskatchewan prisons

Advocate says steps needed to avoid more COVID-19 outbreaks in Saskatchewan prisons

An advocate for those in Saskatchewan’s criminal justice system is speaking out after the province released a detailed report on a significant COVID-19 outbreak at the Regina Provincial Correctional Centre last week. “I know at the John Howard Society we’ve heard from a lot of families that are concerned …

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Saskatchewan inmates to receive holiday gifts paid for by community

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New COVID-19 restrictions will make for a lonely holiday season for many, but it’ll be particularly isolating for people behind bars. Chantelle Reimer’s fiancé, Tyler Magnus, will spend Christmas in jail, listening over the phone while his kids open presents. Read more: Coronavirus: Holiday restrictions in Saskatchewan met with …

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Protesters call for release of Saskatoon jail inmates amid sweeping COVID-19 outbreak

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A few protesters gathered Tuesday in the fresh air outside of the Saskatoon Correctional Centre as their loved ones sat inside, in a hotbed of COVID-19. They’re calling for the release of remanded inmates, who have no way to escape the coronavirus after an outbreak infected nearly a quarter of the …

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COVID-19 cases at Calgary Correctional Centre more than double; numbers swell to 55 – Calgary

COVID-19 cases at Calgary Correctional Centre more than double; numbers swell to 55 - Calgary

Fifty inmates and five staff members at the Calgary Correctional Centre have tested positive for COVID-19. According to Alberta Health Services, the outbreak is linked to transmission of COVID-19 within the facility. The number of cases has more than doubled in a single day. Read more: Hinshaw warns young …

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