CAIJ Researchers Release Government Records on COVID-19 in Canadian Prisons

The Prison Pandemic Papers, a project led by Dr. Kevin Walby, made previously unpublished government records available through access to information and freedom of information requests submitted to governments across Canada.

These records provide insights into the COVID-19 response of federal, provincial, and territorial prison authorities, along with the impact the pandemic has had on imprisoned people and those working in congregate settings of human caging.

This work was made possible through the Prison Pandemic Partnership (PPP), a cooperative between three organizations: CAIJ,  Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) and Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). The PPP examines the impact of COVID-19 on jails, prisons and penitentiaries across the country. The partnership is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Partnership Engage Grant 1008-2020-0238).

A Canadian Civil Liberties Association Press release concerning the documents can be found here.

A University of Winnipeg news article on the documents can be found here.

The documents themselves can be found here.