Monday, January 3, 2022

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

* Updated 3 January 2022 at 9:35am ET *

22 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Territorial Jails and Prisons in Canada as of the end of December 2021 *

Prisoners = 21
Staff =  0
Unknown = 1
Total = 22

* Data based on figures made publicly available through media reporting. Due a lack of proactive disclosure by territorial governments in Canada and the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst territorial prisoners and prison staff in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon that have not been publicly reported. 

Nunavut
Prisoners = 14
Staff =  0
Total = 14

Baffin Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 14 (minus 3 transferred from the Makigiarvik Correctional Centre)

Staff = 0

Total = 11

Sources: Radio-Canada (16 June 2021)


Makigiarvik Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 3

Staff = 0

Total = 3

Sources: Nunatsiaq News (30 April 2021)


Northwest Territories
Prisoners = 0
Staff =  0
Unknown = 1
Total = 1

North Slave Correctional Complex

Prisoners = 0

Staff = 0

Unknown = 1

Total = 1

Sources: Cabin Radio (31 August 2021)


Yukon
Prisoners = 7
Staff =  0
Total = 7

Yukon Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 4 + 3

Staff = 0

Total = 7

Sources: CBC News (9 July 2021) | Radio-Canada (13 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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