Response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Coronavirus Act two years on
“The Howard League for Penal Reform has serious concerns about the secondary legislation authorised under the Coronavirus Act which severely curtailed access to education, visits and exercise for people in prison.
“Prison is the harshest penalty the state can impose and access to these things has a hugely enhanced significance for people deprived of their liberty. These far-reaching changes were brought in with virtually no parliamentary scrutiny.
“It would therefore be useful for the Inquiry to consider the suite of secondary legislation that flowed from the Act to bring these restrictions into effect and was rushed through using the negative procedure.”