Petition update

More Cases of COVID-19 in Canadian Prisons

Rachel Fayter
Ottawa, Canada

Apr 6, 2020 — 

Thanks to everyone who has supported this petition so far. I wanted to reach out to let you know that in just 5 days we've just passed 400 signatures on our petition to depopulate Canadian prisons to give incarcerated people the chance to protect themselves and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you so much for your support!! There is still much to be done. Over the past week the number of women at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener testing positive for the virus has increased from 1 to 5 prisoners. This is despite all visits and programs being cancelled and the prisoners remaining on lockdown (confined to their cells and units 24/7) for several weeks now. According to the most recent numbers I have available, there are 112 federal prisoners across Canada who tested positive for COVID, along with 28 staff members. At the provincial level some progress has been made with depopulating jails, allowing people who serve weekend sentences to stay home, and using bail instead of pre-trial detention. There has been little movement at the federal level, despite calls for action. We need to depopulate as many prisoners as is safely possible so those remaining behind bars can practice safe distancing. This is a public health crisis that effects us all. Please continue to support this important cause by sharing this petition on your social networks. Thanks again everyone for your continued support!


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