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Covid-19 emergency in prison: Current management and forensic perspectives.

Authors
  • Caputo, Fiorella1
  • Gratteri, Santo1
  • Sacco, Matteo Antonio1
  • Scalise, Carmen1
  • Cacciatore, Giulia1
  • Bonetta, Filippo1
  • Zibetti, Angelica1
  • Aloe, Luigi De1
  • Sicilia, Francesco1
  • Cordasco, Fabrizio1
  • Ricci, Pietrantonio1
  • Aquila, Isabella1
  • 1 Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences, Institute of Legal Medicine, University "Magna Graecia" of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy. , (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medico-legal journal
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
88
Issue
4
Pages
185–186
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0025817220923693
PMID: 32437228
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic is currently a major worldwide public health problem. Contagion within prisons and in other custodial settings will need to be addressed promptly, but the management of preventive measures will be difficult due to overcrowding and inmates and officers' close physical contact. There may also be less access to care than in community settings. Accordingly, prisons are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of infection, and in addition to the likely greater risks of contagion attention must be paid to the psychological problems that the pandemic can have on the prison population. Riots and episodes of violence have already taken place in various prisons. With the inevitable restrictions on social contact and family meetings, prisoners who already are at increased risk of mental illness and suicide are more susceptible to adverse psychological repercussions. From a forensic point of view, therefore, we stress the need for the development of a strong support network by mental health workers for the prison population.

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