If you think it’s been awkward coping with the lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, spare a thought for those held in Peterborough prison. Face to face contact with their families came to an end when all visits were suspended on 24th March, FOPP volunteering activities were suspended at roughly the same time and the normal education regime and access to the libraries also stopped. This meant that there were far fewer opportunities for residents to leave their wings or even their cells.
The strict lockdown remained in place until late July, but arrangements were made to allow restricted social visits to resume from Monday 27th July. Alongside these physical visits, a video calling scheme known as Purple Visits was introduced in August. Expand the items below for full details.