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Prevent Covid-19 Outbreak in Prisons

National Cabinet also agreed to develop “safe travel plans” for newly-released Indigenous prisoners, which could include self-isolation accommodation and secure transport to designated communities.

“The language, when I read that, is more about window dressing and marketing for people out here in the community to think that people in prison will be protected,” Ms Kilroy said.

“When we have a prison that’s in lockdown, which all prisons are, and the prison officers and staff walking in and out are bringing the virus into the prison, it’ll be spread just like we’ve seen on those cruise ships.”

Ms Kilroy called for independent boards to be given the power to release some prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic.



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