COVID-19: Corporal punishment in the United Kingdom

22 Apr 2020

The Government must act to prevent COVID-19 becoming a medieval form of punishment, or a death sentence.

On 20th April 2020 there were 81,347 prisoners in England and Wales. On the same date the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland QC, told parliament’s Human Rights Committee that 13 prisoners had died with COVID-19 since the outbreak. He confirmed that 280 prisoners had tested positive, although he accepted some prisoners may not have been tested. Over half of prisons in England and Wales had confirmed cases of COVID-19iii.

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