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'This will be a death penalty': Advocate warns about COVID-19 outbreak in jails

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'This will be a death penalty': Advocate warns about COVID-19 outbreak in jails

Prison er advocacy groups warn politicians aren't doing enough to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in jails — and say leaving inmates behind bars is like giving them the death penalty.

Key points:States and territories agree PPE should be distributed to prisons if there is enough to spare should an outbreak occurPrison advocates liken the presence of COVID-19 in jail to an outbreak on a cruise shipThe Government agrees to develop "safe travel plans" for newly-released Indigenous prisoners

Jails have been epicentres for the virus in the United States and some US states have begun to release prisoners to try to stop the spread.Prisoners' advocate Debbie Kilroy said an outbreak in an Australian jail was inevitable and would be devastating.

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Why do we care ? These people are criminals. They impacted the lives of many many innocent people and most get very lenient sentences. If they get infected I won't shed a single tear. Why do we care ? These people are criminals. They impacted the lives of many many innocent people and most get very lenient sentences. If they get infected I won't she'd a single tear.

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National Cabinet has agreed on guidelines for how to manage COVID-19 in Australia's jails, but prisoner advocacy groups say having inmates behind bars during the pandemic is like giving them the death penalty.NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner says lifting coronavirus restrictions has so far "gone without a hitch" in the Territory ahead of announcing what businesses must do before reopening on May 15.Source:Supplied Just days after term 2 began, Warragamba Public School will be “non-operational for on-site learning” on Monday, with all students undertaking at home learning.Victoria records 22 new COVID-19 cases 04/05/2020 | 7min Victoria has experienced its largest jump in COVID-19 cases in two weeks with 22 people testing positive to the disease from 13,000 tests.

Key points: States and territories agree PPE should be distributed to prisons if there is enough to spare should an outbreak occur Prison advocates liken the presence of COVID-19 in jail to an outbreak on a cruise ship The Government agrees to develop "safe travel plans" for newly-released Indigenous prisoners Jails have been epicentres for the virus in the United States and some US states have begun to release prisoners to try to stop the spread. Prisoners' advocate Debbie Kilroy said an outbreak in an Australian jail was inevitable and would be devastating. At noon next Friday, stage two activities, which include eating at restaurants, reading at the library and exercising at the gym for less than two hours, will be permissible in the Northern Territory. "We don't have a death penalty in this country, but this will be a death penalty once it's going viral inside a prison," she said.” Staff and students who are identified as a close contact will be contacted and advised they should self-isolate for the required period of time, with further advice provided on Tuesday about when the school would resume on-site learning, it said. Ms Kilroy is a former prisoner turned lawyer and the founder of female prisoners' advocacy group Sisters Inside. NT COVID-19 snapshot Cases detected in the NT: 30 Tests conducted: 4,643 Get the latest information from the SecureNT website. She said the inmates they've spoken with are distressed and don't even have enough soap to protect themselves from the virus.

On Tuesday, National Cabinet agreed to manage COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons in line with the "Communicable Diseases Network Australia National Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Correction and Detention Facilities in Australia". "Last Thursday, I announced the Territory's roadmap to a new normal … stage one is done, it's gone off without a hitch," Mr Gunner said. There are now 63 infections linked to the facility including 26 staff members and 37 residents. The states and territories agreed that providing Personal Protective Equipment should be a priority, once more supplies became available and if coronavirus cases were detected in facilities. Coronavirus update: Follow all the latest news in our daily wrap National Cabinet also agreed to develop "safe travel plans" for newly-released Indigenous prisoners, which could include self-isolation accommodation and secure transport to designated communities. "The language, when I read that, is more about window dressing and marketing for people out here in the community to think that people in prison will be protected," Ms Kilroy said. The source of the second case is under investigation. "When we have a prison that’s in lockdown, which all prisons are, and the prison officers and staff walking in and out are bringing the virus into the prison, it'll be spread just like we’ve seen on those cruise ships.

" Ms Kilroy called for independent boards to be given the power to release some prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic. Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreak . “The Family Support Program is designed to respond to the feedback from our families, ensuring they feel engaged and are in close contact with their loved ones,” Mr Millard said in a statement on Sunday.