David Lammy has warned of a “damaging” and “dangerous” situation in English prisons after the government has continued with Covid restrictions that leave many prisoners stuck in their cells for 23 hours a day.
Reacting to the announcement of a number of new measures today aimed at reducing the spread of Covid in prisons, the Shadow Justice Secretary said that the rules were “inevitable” after Downing Street failed to curb the UK’s rising infections.
The restrictions include a ban on social visits for adult prisoners in England as well as a continuation of previous measures introduced in March, which saw many inmates confined to their cells for almost the whole day.
Commenting on the restrictions for prisons, the Labour justice spokesperson said: “The government’s failure to act fast enough or decisively enough to control this pandemic has made further restrictions in prisons inevitable.
“Locking prisoners in their cells for 23 hours per day for many months, without access to rehabilitation or family visits, is not only damaging for mental health, it is dangerous.”