b"Prison oversightSupervisin independiente de prisionesappear before parliamentary committees. Our website is also visitedSigo preocupado por el carcter acumulativo y, en algunos casos, indefinido quite frequently. Our investigations are relied upon by academics, thedel confinamiento restrictivo y los periodos prolongados de cierres sobre courts, NGOs, stakeholders, and other advocates. Our findings are oftenla salud fsica y el bienestar mental de los reclusos. Las medidas que se cited in court decisions and have found their way into Supreme Court ofhan adoptado para controlar los brotesaislamiento casi total en la celda, Canada decisions.ejercicio al aire libre una vez cada dos o tres das, 20 minutos de tiempo fuera de la celda al da cada dos das para ducharse o usar el telfonoson excepcionales y difciles. JT: What conclusions do you draw from the Correctional Service'sHay que reconocer que la respuesta del CSC a la pandemia sigue management of the Covid-19 pandemic? evolucionando a medida que se aprende ms sobre la enfermedad y cmo se puede evitar o contener su propagacin en las prisiones. Hemos IZ: I have issued several status reports on the impacts of COVID-19 onvisto muchas ms pruebas masivas en prisiones durante la segunda ola. federal corrections. In the first wave of the pandemic, six penitentiariesEl CSC ha mejorado su capacidad de visitas por vdeo, permitiendo que experienced an outbreak, and a total of 360 inmates were infected with thelos reclusos permanezcan conectados con sus familiares y seres queridos virus. In the second wave, beginning in mid-November 2020, 13 differentcuando la mayora de las prisiones todava estn cerradas a visitas externas. federal institutions have experienced outbreaks. The second wave caseEl CSC tambin ha abierto sus puertas a la Cruz Roja Canadiense, que count is more than 2.5 times greater than in the first wave. Since the startles ayuda a gestionar brotes de mayor magnitud. La vacunacin de los of the pandemic, just over 10% of the total inmate population has had areclusos ha comenzado, y me parece alentador que el CSC siga los consejos positive COVID-19 diagnosis, a significantly higher infection rate thany las orientaciones del Comit Consultivo Nacional de Vacunacin. Sin in the general population. These demographics would suggest that, likeembargo, se podra hacer ms. Todava no tenemos un plan coordinado other congregate living settings, prisons are much more susceptible to theque permita trasladar a entornos comunitarios a los ancianos o a los que widespread transmission of COVID-19. The difference is that prisons aretienen una situacin mdica delicada, que no suponen un riesgo para la enforced congregate settings where people are held in close proximity withseguridad pblica. He pedido que se lleven a cabo ms programas en la one another, with little or no possibility of social distancing. For elderlycomunidad. Creo que ha llegado el momento de reasignar personal y and medically compromised inmates, the risk of contracting COVIDrecursos para apoyar mejor la reinsercin comunitaria segura, oportuna inside prison can be life-altering or even deadly.y saludable, y examinar el cierre gradual de algunas crceles viejas y I remain concerned by the cumulative and, in some cases, indefinite natureanticuadas, algunas de las cuales se han visto especialmente afectadas of restrictive confinement and extended periods of lockdowns on inmatepor la COVID-19.physical health and mental well-being. The measures adopted to control outbreaksnear-total cellular isolation, fresh air exercise once every twoor three days, 20 minutes of out of cell time every other day to shower orAhora estamos llevando a cabo visitas a travs use the telephoneare exceptional and difficult.de videollamadas con reclusos (.)Hemos cambiado To its credit, CSCs pandemic response continues to evolve as more ispor completo nuestro modelo, sin embargo estamos learned about the disease and how its spread can be avoided or contained indeseando volver a los centros penitenciarios. prisons. We have seen much more mass testing in prisons during the second wave. CSC has improved its video visitation capacity, allowing inmates to remain connected with family and loved ones when most prisons are still closed to outside visits. CSC has also opened its doors to the Canadian Red Cross, helping them manage bigger outbreaks. Inmate vaccination has begun, and I am encouraged that CSC is following the advice and guidance of the National Advisory Committee on Vaccination. More could be donewe still do not have a coordinated plan that would see the elderly or medically compromised who pose no risk to public safety transferred to community settings. I have called for more programs to be delivered in the community. I think the time has come to reallocate staff and resources to better support safe, timely and healthy community reintegration and examine the gradual closing of some ageing and antiquated prisons, some of which have been hit particularly hard by COVID. Exterior view of Matsqui Institution, a medium-security facility located in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada | Vista exterior de la Institucin Matsqui, una instalacin de seguridad media We are now doing visits virtually through videoubicada en Abbotsford, Columbia Britnica, Canadcalls with inmates (.) We have entirely changed our model, but we can't wait to go back to penitentiaries.JT: Cules han sido el impacto y los principales desafos de la pandemia en cuanto al servicio brindado por la OCI?JT: What is the impact and main challenges of the pandemic concerningIZ: Tuvimos que suspender nuestras visitas a las instituciones penitenciarias. the service provided by the OCI?En la primera ola, se cerraron a los visitantes, incluida mi oficina, a partir de mediados de marzo. Tuvimos que adaptarnos. La mayora del personal IZ: We had to suspend prison visits. In the first wave, penitentiaries werecontina trabajando de forma remota, pero hemos mantenido un nivel closed to visitors, including my Office, beginning mid-March. We hadesencial de servicios y operaciones. Mantenemos contactos regulares to adapt. Most staff continue to work remotely, but we have maintainedcon los comits de reclusos, la gerencia y los jefes de atencin mdica an essential level of services and operations. We hold regular contactssemanalmente. En junio y julio de 2020, recomenzamos a visitar prisiones with inmate committees, management and chiefs of healthcare weekly.en Ontario y Quebec, a las que se poda ir y volver en el mismo da. In June and July 2020, we started doing visits again to prisons in OntarioRealizamos una decena de estas visitas, y luego, en cuanto se produjeron and Quebec, which could be reached by same-day travel. We did aboutms casos y lleg la segunda ola, tuvimos que parar de hacerlas. Ahora ten of those visits, and then as soon as more cases and the second waveestamos llevando a cabo visitas a travs de videollamadas con reclusos. hit, we had to pull back.Por lo general, anunciaramos las visitas con dos semanas de antelacin, 1 2 2 JUSTICE TRENDS //Semester / Semestre 12021"