COVID-19 in prisons: strategies for preventing infection and death

Online event via Zoom
17 March 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, no environment looked riper for explosive outbreaks than prisons. 

Cramped, crowded, insanitary, full of people with conditions that make them more susceptible to developing severe COVID-19 symptoms, and with high levels of staff and prisoner churn, many feared for the worst.

In England and Wales, fewer prisoners died in the first wave than many had feared. It could have been a lot worse. But could it have been a lot better?

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • What have we learnt about how to manage pandemics in prisons here and abroad?
  • What went right?
  • What went wrong?
  • What could have been done differently?
  • What would an ideal strategy look like next time?

Speakers include

  • Professor Richard Coker, Emeritus Professor of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Alves da Costa, working for WHO EURO Health, Alcohol, Illicit Drugs and Prison Health Programme
  • Professor Nick Hardwick, Professor of Criminal Justice, Royal Holloway University, and former Chief Inspector of Prisons
  • Samson Nseko, Project Coordinator for Prison Reform International's Africa Programme in Kampala, Uganda

This event is part of the Centre's COVID-19 in prisons project, supported by the Hadley Trust.