Nationwide ban on prison visits and inmate calls cut to curb the spread of Covid

A nationwide ban on prison visits and a restriction on inmate calls have been announced by Spain’s General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

JAILS in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are exempt from the new measures which will last three weeks.

A letter has been sent to all the centres dependent on the General State Administration outlining the new measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus among the prison population, considered a high-risk group, and prison workers.

As well as a suspension of visits and day exits, inmate telephone calls are restricted by 50 per cent, with a maximum of two calls per prisoner a week.

Prisons will be obliged to disinfect booths after each call.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
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