Summer Planning Toolkit modules

Module 2: Caring for vulnerable populations

People who are in contact with the criminal justice system

People who are in contact with the criminal justice system

Natural disasters and other emergencies can impact the health, wellbeing and safety of people who are in contact with the criminal justice system. People who are in contact with this system include those who:

  • are currently held within prisons
  • have been released from prison
  • are on bail
  • are currently on a suspended sentence
  • are currently on probation
  • currently work within prison populations.

Risks to this cohort include:

  • dependance on prison staff to ensure health and safety and an inability to make their own decisions regarding evacuation
  • building damage and the difficulties in temporarily re-housing people in prison
  • health concerns due to excessive heat, particularly if prisons do not have adequate cooling systems 15
  • higher risk of homelessness, unemployment, mental health conditions, chronic physical disease, tobacco smoking and high risk drug and alcohol consumption 16, which may impact their ability to access services and accommodation.

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