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  • More than 9,100 COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions
    by Administrator on June 9, 2021

    * Updated 2 July 2021 at 5:25pm EDT *OVERALLPrisoners = 6,983 (9 deaths reported)Staff = 2,151 (1 death reported)Contractors = 6 Total = 9,140Canadian Jurisdictions with Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to their Carceral Institutions as of 30 June 2021  Federal | Correctional Service Canada = 2,189 (1,580 prisoners | 609 staff) Nova Scotia = 6 (5 prisoners | 1 staff)New Brunswick = 2 (0 prisoners | 2 staff)Prince Edward Island = 1 (1 prisoner | 0 staff)Quebec = 1,045 (640 prisoners | […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to British Columbia Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on June 9, 2021

    * Updated 16 June 2021 at 5:55am EDT *258 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to British Columbia Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 9 June 2021 *Prisoners = 209Staff =  49Total = 258* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are fewer or additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst provincial prisoners and prison staff in British Columbia that have not been […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Alberta Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on June 9, 2021

    * Updated 15 June 2021 10:50am EDT *1,697 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Alberta Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 9 June 2021 *Prisoners = 1,483Staff = 212Contractors = 2Total = 1,697* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are fewer or additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst provincial prisoners and prison staff in Alberta that have not been […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Saskatchewan Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on June 9, 2021

    * Updated 9 June 2021 at 7:00pm EDT *1,054 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Saskatchewan Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 3 June 2021 *Prisoners = 825 Staff = 229Total = 1,054* Data based on figures made publicly available through government and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are fewer or additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst provincial prisoners and prison staff in Saskatchewan that have not been publicly […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Manitoba Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on June 9, 2021

    * Updated: 29 June 2021 at 7:00pm EDT *634 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Manitoba Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 29 June 2021Prisoners = 498Staff = 136Total = 634INSTITUTIONS AND CASESAgassiz Youth CentrePrisoners = 13Staff = 5Total = 18Source: Data MB (29 June 2021)Brandon Correctional CentrePrisoners = 90Staff = 19Total = 109Source: Data MB (29 June 2021) Headingly Correctional CentrePrisoners = 214 Staff = 48 Total = 262Source: Data MB (29 June 2021)Manitoba Youth […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Ontario Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on June 9, 2021

    * Updated: 2 July 2021 at 5:55pm EDT *2,240 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Ontario Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 29 June 2021 *Prisoners = 1,728 (1 dead)Staff = 508Contractor = 4Total = 2,240* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are fewer or additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst provincial prisoners and prison staff in Ontario that have […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Federal Penitentiaries
    by Administrator on June 9, 2021

    * Updated: 29 June 2021 at 6:40pm EDT *2,189 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Federal Penitentiaries Operated by Correctional Correctional Service Canada | CSC as of 28 June 2021 *Prisoners = 1,580 (6 dead)Staff = 609Total = 2,189* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst federal penitentiary staff that have not […]

  • Vaccines Administered to Incarcerated People and Prison Staff in Canada
    by Administrator on June 5, 2021

     * Updated 16 June 2021 at 6:15am EDT *FEDERAL | CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADAVaccines administered to federal prisoners as of 7 June 2021Vaccines administered to federal penitentiary staff has not been disclosed and compiled* Source: Correctional Service Canada (2021) "Vaccines administered to inmates in the federal correctional system", Ottawa - June 10.  NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADORVaccines administered to provincial prisoners as of May-June 2021Vaccines administered to provincial jail and […]

  • Incarcerated people and advocates condemn negligence that contributed to COVID-19 outbreak and torturous conditions at the Ottawa jail as province moves to dismantle its community advisory board
    by Administrator on June 2, 2021

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE2 June 2020 (Algonquin Territory | Ottawa) – The Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) is currently facing the largest COVID-19 outbreak at the facility since the onset of the pandemic. Over the past year, at least 66 prisoners and 11 staff members at OCDC have been infected with the coronavirus. This recent outbreak, in which cases amongst 27 prisoners and 1 staff member have been detected to date, underscores the need for diversion, decarceration, and vaccination […]

  • 8,800 COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions by the End of May 2021
    by Administrator on May 10, 2021

    * Updated 2 June 2021 at 1:50pm EST *OVERALLPrisoners = 6,276 (9 deaths reported)Staff = 2,126 (1 death reported)Contractors = 6 Unspecified = 392Total = 8,800Canadian Jurisdictions with Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to their Carceral Institutions as of 31 May 2021  Federal | Correctional Service Canada = 2,188 (1,579 prisoners | 609 staff) Nova Scotia = 4 (2 + 1 prisoners | 1 staff)New Brunswick = 2 (0 prisoners | 2 staff)Prince Edward Island = 1 (1 prisoner | 0 staff)Quebec = […]