Front Burner

Voices from inside: COVID-19 in Canada's prisons

On today’s Front Burner, host Jayme Poission talks to freelance journalist Justin Ling, about what the provinces and the federal government can do to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak that could not only endanger the lives of Canada’s prisoners, but the rest of society.
The Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. Photo taken during a media tour on Oct. 27, 2016. (Ashley Burke)

For weeks, inmates, correctional officers and penal reform advocates have been sounding the alarm that Canada's prisons are sorely underprepared for the arrival of COVID-19. Canada's chief public health officer, Dr Theresa Tam, has called correctional facilities a "high-risk setting" in which a mass infection could have grave consequences.

Three inmates and 18 employees in federal institutions have tested positive for the coronavirus, as have an inmate and a guard at the Toronto South Detention Centre. On today's Front Burner, freelance reporter Justin Ling walks us through how the government can stave off a prison outbreak, protecting both inmates and society at large.

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