Originally published by L’Echo on 28/03/2020


This article gives an account of measures undertaken in Belgian prisons to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within facilities, as well as some of the challenges, such as shortages of PPE and difficulties implementing social distancing practices in confinement. It also describes some of the mental health impacts on detainees and societal ramifications of restricting visitations. Finally, the article provides an overview of some of the measures taken by Government , such as the release of prisoners convicted for certain minor offences.