The report reveals the impact of the first six months of Covid-19 restrictions on ethnic minority prisoners and their families. These restrictions have effectively reduced the spread of Covid-19 and saved lives, but they have also had profoundly affected prisoners’ mental health. 

Covid-19 has also refocussed attention on longstanding challenges in the prison system, including under-resourcing, overcrowding and the unequal treatment of ethnic minority prisoners. The report indicates that prisoners’ and families’ experiences during the pandemic have reinforced existing feelings that rules and privileges are not applied fairly to ethnic minority individuals.