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31 Mar 2021

Prison lockdown has damaged inmates’ mental health, says report

Home Affairs Correspondent

It has been described as a “public health emergency unfolding before our eyes”. Over 14,000 prisoners in England and Wales have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Ministry of Justice has introduced tough new lockdown measures to protect inmates and staff, but that has seen some prisoners locked up for 23 hours a day.

A new report conducted by the Zahid Mubarek Trust suggests the measures have had a damaging impact on the mental health of prisoners. We have this exclusive report.