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Prisons: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL5101, tabled on 2 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent each prison in England and Wales has implemented (1) the compartmentalisation strategy, (2) protective isolation units and shielding units, and (3) reverse cohorting units.

Answered on

16 June 2020

We continue to implement our compartmentalisation strategy: isolating the symptomatic, quarantining new arrivals and shielding the vulnerable. This strategy has shown early signs of success in reducing transmission in the prison estate.

As of 15 June, 96% of prisons have fully implemented compartmentalisation. Broken down by unit, 98% have fully implemented protective isolation units; 98% have fully implemented shielding units; and 98% have fully implemented reverse cohorting units.