Sunday, January 2, 2022

COVID-19 Cases Linked to Provincial Jails and Prisons in Atlantic Canada (end-December 2021)

* Updated 2 January 2022 at 9:55am ET *

87 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Provincial Jails and Prisons in Atlantic Canada as of the end of December 2021 *

Prisoners = 68
Staff =  9
Unknown = 10
Total = 87

* Data based on figures made publicly available through media reporting. Due a lack of proactive disclosure by provincial governments in Atlantic Canada and the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst provincial prisoners and prison staff in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick that have not been publicly reported. 

Newfoundland and Labrador
Prisoners = 0
Staff =  0
Total = 0

Prince Edward Island
Prisoners = 1
Staff =  0
Total = 1
Sources: CBC News (21 June 2020a | 21 June 2020b

Nova Scotia
Prisoners = 37
Staff =  1
Total = 38

Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

Prisoners = 5 + 1 + 31

Staff = 0 + 1 + "several"

Total = 38

Sources: Radio-Canada (16 June 2021) | CBC News (7 May 2021) | CBC News (31 December 2021)


New Brunswick
Prisoners = 30
Staff =  8
Unknown = 10
Total = 48

Dalhousie Regional Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 0

Staff = 2

Total = 2

Source: Telegraph Journal (2021)


Madawaska Regional Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 0

Staff = 2

Total = 2

Source: CTV News (31 January 2021)


Saint John Regional Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 2

Staff = 0

Total = 2

Source: Radio-Canada (30 December 2021)


Southeast Regional Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 28

Staff = 4

Unknown = 10

Total = 42

Source: CBC News (7 September 2021) | CBC News (15 December 2021)


RESEARCH PROJECT AND FUNDING 

The data above was compiled as part of the "COVID-19: Investigating Canada's Carceral Response to the Coronavirus through the Prison Pandemic Partnership" (principal investigator: Kevin Walby, PhD - uWinnipeg | co-investigator: Justin Pich√©, PhD - uOttawa | partner organization: Canadian Civil Liberties Association) project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The partnership project is housed within the Centre for Access to Information and Justice at the University of Winnipeg. 

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