As a prison officer, I’m afraid of what Covid restrictions are doing to inmates | Anonymous

Prisoners have been spending 23 hours behind their cell doors. A second wave will only prolong their distress

I do love my job. It’s always been challenging and stressful, but coronavirus has made it five times worse. The restrictions on prisoners’ movement have been very difficult. The regime for prisoners has been stripped back: since March, each has had only 10 minutes to shower and 30 minutes to exercise every day.

At first, when the whole country was in lockdown, most prisoners seemed willing to accept this regime, as they could see what was happening in the world outside through their TVs. But as lockdown restrictions have lifted, the regime in prison has remained largely unchanged. We’ve had men locked up for more than 23 hours a day in hot, poorly ventilated cells.

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