Campaigners say prisoners are being held in their cells for 22-24 hours a day. They say this is a human rights violation which could have long-term impacts on the mental health of inmates and could have a negative impact on rehabilitation and on society when prisoners are released.
The MoJ said: “Our decisive action has saved the lives of thousands in custody during the pandemic.”
*Maria (not her real name) has been voiced by an actor.
Report by Rob Osborne, planned by Ciara Cohen-Ennis.