Published: 27th Jul 2020

‘It’s like going through the pandemic locked in your bathroom’ – the brutal reality of life in prison during lockdown and the charities determined to keep supporting those affected. Recent data from Public Health England has shown that 530 people have tested positive for coronavirus in prisons, with 23 deaths inside and 21 on probation. Although these figures are lower than anticipated, it is estimated that ‘possible cases’ may be as high as 1,385. But even for those who have managed to avoid the virus, the stark reality of life under coronavirus restrictions is a real threat to the wellbeing and mental health of many individuals. Vicki Cardwell, CEO of Spark Inside, a charity offering help for young people in prison, told NewStart: ‘Our trained life coaches work with young men in prison to help them change their mindset and achieve their potential. ‘The personal growth we see in normal … (To read the full article, subscribe below)