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UNODC. POSITION PAPER: COVID-19 preparedness and responses in prisons 

Close to 11 million prisoners worldwide — as well as the officers who are charged with ensuring their safe, secure and humane custody — must not be forgotten during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries should recognize the particular risks which COVID-19 and the virus that causes it pose to confined populations for which physical distancing is not an option. This is all the more the case in light of the weaker health profile of prison populations. Evidence-based COVID-19 prevention and control measures in prisons are urgently needed and should be implemented in full compliance with United Nations Minimum Standards for the Treatment of Prisoners — in order to protect people in and outside of prison. (UNODC, 31.03.2020)