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NSW prisons have been forced into a sharp lockdown after positive test results from  were reported from several jail facilities. Parklea Correctional Centre has seen 31 inmates test positive to COVID and Bathurst Correctional Centre recorded eight cases, including 6 correctional officers.

The new cases are bad news for prisoners, as studies have shown that the rates of death inside prison is six times the rate of people in the general community. The latest lockdown has also put pressure on the system, with organisations such as Justice Action concerned about the mental health of prisoners.

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