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Minority Ethnic Prisoners and the COVID-19 Lockdown

Issues, Impacts and Implications

By Avril Brandon and Gavin Dingwall

Published

Jan 25, 2022

Page count

120 pages

ISBN

978-1529219555

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 25, 2022

Page count

120 pages

ISBN

978-1529219562

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Minority Ethnic Prisoners and the COVID-19 Lockdown

If prison regimes had continued as normal during the COVID-19 lockdown, social distancing would have been impossible. Therefore, sweeping restrictions were imposed confining prisoners to their cells, cancelling communal activity and prohibiting visits from family and friends.

This insightful book identifies the risks posed by prison lockdowns to minority ethnic prisoners, foreign national prisoners and prisoners from Traveller and Roma communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It documents the unequal impacts on their mental and physical health, feelings of isolation and fear, access to services and contact with visitors.

The legacy of the lockdown will be profound. This book exposes the long-term significance and impact on minority ethnic prisoners.

"Thoroughly researched and expertly written, this book makes a vital contribution to the battle for racial equity in criminal justice. Providing profound insights into the legacy of the pandemic, Brandon and Dingwall's work will have a lasting - and truly global - impact." Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

Avril Brandon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at Maynooth University.

Gavin Dingwall is Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at De Montfort University.

1. COVID-19 and the Lockdown

2. Issues and Impacts: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups

3. Issues and Impacts: Foreign National Prisoners

4. Issues and Impacts: The Irish Travelling and Roma Communities

5. Conclusion: Implications