The main focus this week has been pressure on the government to release prisoners to protect them (and society) from COVID-19. The MoJ released (some) pregnant prisoners and those in mother and baby units earlier in the week and announced on Saturday that up to 4,000 low risk prisoners in the last two months of their sentence would be released.
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My sincere best wishes to all readers to keep well and stay safe through the pandemic.
The Week in Justice is kindly sponsored by specialist prison photographer Andy Aitchison.
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