Recovery Procedures and Monitoring
Many jurisdictions are now preparing their plans for re-opening access to programmes and allowing visits for inmates. Could members explain about their processes for monitoring infections, and the various thresholds for opening or locking down services in response?
Dear Fraser ,
We are opening the prison after the lock down with small steps .We are providing visits to inmates but with separation devices .Basically we are following the Ministry of Health orders related to the Covid management .The activities with inmates are held in small numbers respecting the rule of social distancing .We are providing the PPE for all the custodial population on daily basis. This measure help to manage the crisis with NO INFECTION within the prison population (21.000 inmates ) since March 2020 until now
The IPS is taking a step back approach to visits restoration, essentially moving back to our last visiting regime which was reduced from the normal, but we are designing suitable social distancing protocols, physical screens (to prevent droplet transmission) and screening for all visitors. We are limiting visits to 1 adult visitor per inmate initially and will require face coverings for visitors. We have been screening staff for many weeks and this will be initiated for visitors also. We are limiting visits to the maximum capacity of our visitor receptions (with social distancing) and facilitating at pre-arranged and specific times which allows for safe access and egress with a window for sanitising visiting areas between visits. Our approaches so far have prevented any Covid infection in our prisons, we remain infection free and continue to work with this principle in mind. We are examining proposals for restoration of all other pre-covid activities weekly and are guided by central public health advice in our decisions.
Governor. Wheatfield Prison
Covid19 Emergency Response Team
Irish Prison Service.
Thanks Dorin, John. We have received some interesting documents on recovery planning which can be seen here: https://icpa.org/covid-19-information/covid-resources/?_sft_covid_19_topics=recovery-demobilisation.
What's interesting is the notion that lockdowns will become 'smart', meaning that sections of the population are restricted where an infection occurs (and therefore services/programmes/visits) can continue. I wonder if any agencies have had any success with this level of monitoring and control on facilities...
Thank you for sharing. We will be making a decision on reopening of visits at the end of this month so the information that you have shared is helpful. We have already looked at the option of plexiglass but wanted to put other measures in place also.
Commissioner - Bermuda Dept. of Corrections