Report – Protecting prison inmates during COVID-19 pandemic.

The Parliamentary Ombudsman has investigated the safeguarding of inmates in Norwegian prisons during the initial period following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The investigation is based on information obtained concerning the period between 12 March to 14 May 2020.

The purpose of this investigation is to contribute to a reduction in the risk of inhuman and degrading treatment in case of a new pandemic outbreak.

Based on the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s evaluation of the safeguarding of inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic, the report highlights some key point regarding the authorities’ further work with COVID-19 and other similar situations in the future.