Prisoners could be released early if there is a coronavirus outbreak at La Moye

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Constable Len Norman made the comments in the States while responding to a question from Deputy Steve Ahier, and added that there had so far been no cases of the disease within the La Moye facility.

He said: ‘I will be signing an appropriate order today [21 April] to enable prisoners to be released on licence early to reduce the prison population if this becomes necessary.’

Later, following a question from Deputy Graham Truscott, Mr Norman said that a number of stringent measures had been taken to prevent coronavirus from getting into the prison.

‘The prison has taken very active steps from very early days to protect both the staff and prisoners at La Moye.

‘That included stopping all visits, having court dealt with over video link, isolating those prisoners who might be vulnerable because of their age or certain underlying health conditions and, so far, so good. No cases have been reported at the prison.’

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