Coronavirus-caused Quarantine of Detainees Problematic in Midst of Prison Overcrowding

Originally published by Hankook Ilbo on 30/03/2020


The Jeju Province Correction Facility in South Korea has a capacity of 500 detainees. In 2019, it has held more than 132% of maximum capacity.  In light of the current circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, the Jeju Province has seen a large uptick in the issuance of probation for criminal defendants otherwise convicted and sentenced to prison time. The Jeju Province Correction Facility has recently implemented the protocol of quarantining any new inmate for a period of 14 days in solitary confinement.

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