Sunday, February 27, 2022

COVID-19 Cases Linked to Provincial Jails and Prisons in Atlantic Canada (end-February 2022)

* Updated 27 February 2022 at 10:25am ET *

530 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Provincial Jails and Prisons in Atlantic Canada as of the end of February 2022 *

Prisoners = 388 (1 dead)
Staff =  132
Unknown = 10
Total = 530

* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due a lack of proactive disclosure by some 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 = 22
Staff =  0
Total = 22

Her Majesty's Penitentiary

Prisoners = 18

Staff = 0 

Total = 18

Sources: NTV (11 February 2022)


St. John's Lock-up

Prisoners = 2

Staff = 0 

Total = 2

Sources: NTV (11 February 2022)


Labrador Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 2

Staff = 0

Total = 2

Sources: Saltwire (2 February 2022)


Prince Edward Island
Prisoners = 8 (at least and up to 11)
Staff =  15 (at least and up to 18)
Total = 23 (at least and up to 29)

Provincial Correctional Centre, Charlottetown
Prisoner = 1-4
Staff = 14
Total = 15-18
Source: PEI Health and Wellness (31 January 2022)

Prince County Correctional Centre, Summerside
Prisoner = 6
Staff = 1-4
Total = 7-10
Source: PEI Health and Wellness (17 February 2022)

Unspecified Institution
Prisoner = 1
Staff = 0 
Total = 1
Sources: CBC News (21 June 2020a | 21 June 2020b

Nova Scotia
Prisoners = 146
Staff =  1
Total = 147

Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

Prisoners = 5 + 1 + 140

Staff = 0 + 1 + "several"

Total = 38

Sources: Radio-Canada (16 June 2021) | CBC News (7 May 2021) | Halifax Examiner (21 January 2021)


New Brunswick
Prisoners = 212
Staff =  116
Unknown = 10
Total = 338

Dalhousie Regional Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 0 

Staff = 2 

Total = 2

Source: Telegraph Journal (2021)


Madawaska Regional Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 20

Staff = 2 + 16

Total = 38

Source: CTV News (31 January 2021 | Acadie Nouvelle (27 January 2022)


Saint John Regional Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 2 + 66 (1 dead in January 2022)

Staff = 54

Total = 122

Source: Radio-Canada (30 December 2021) | Telegraph-Journal (26 January 2022) | APTN (11 February 2022)


Southeast Regional Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 28

Staff = 4

Unknown = 10

Total = 42

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


New Brunswick Women's Correctional Centre

Prisoners = 5

Staff = 0

Total = 5

Source: Telegraph-Journal (25 February 2022)


New Brunswick Youth Centre

Prisoners = 1

Staff = 0

Total = 1

Source: Telegraph-Journal (25 February 2022)


Undisclosed Institutions 

Prisoners = 176 (minus 66 reported at the Saint John Regional Correctional Centre on 26 January 2022 + 20 reported at the Madawaska Regional Correctional Centre on 27 January 2022) 

Staff = 100 (minus 44 reported at the Saint John Regional Correctional Centre on 26 January 2022 + 16 reported at the Madawaska Regional Correctional Centre on 27 January 2022

Total = 130

Source: CBC News (27 January 2022)


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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