Inmate populations decline across Canada amid coronavirus pandemic – Global News – 2020-08-16

There were roughly 6,000 fewer people in correctional institutions across the country in April, compared to February, according to a recent report by Statistics Canada.

It was all part of the response to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in jails.

“Correctional institutions face unique challenges when it comes to preventing COVID-19 infection and transmission among custodial populations, given the close-proximity living conditions and the lack of physical distancing options.”

The president of the Canadian Prison Law Association said fewer people in jails is good.

“When COVID-19 eventually passes, I certainly hope that governments will look at this and say, ‘Well, we’ve got way too many people in prison,’” Tom Engel said.

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