Let prisoners go while Covid 19 threatens, say lawyers

Australian prisons remain in lockdown raising concerns about indigenous inmates access to support Photo by Denis Oliveira on Unsplash

Governments in many countries around the world have agreed to let low risk prisoners out of gaol to avoid the ‘cruise ship’ type risks of the virus.  The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service is asking governments around Australia to do the same, warning that Aboriginal prisoners are particularly vulnerable should there be an outbreak. They are also concerned that the current ‘lockdown’ in prisons is denying indigenous inmates the right to see lawyers and family visitors

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