COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in prisons across our communities. The largest outbreaks in the United States are occurring in these facilities, and widespread lockdowns and visitor prohibitions have cut off prisoners from most outside contact. Click the circles on the map to learn more about COVID-19 at each prison.
COVID-19 and the criminal justice system
One of the best resources for news and information on the COVID-19 outbreak on the inside, many from the prisoner's perspective, is Prison Legal News.
CDC's Resources for Correctional and Detention Facilities
On April 6, 2020, the Prison Law Office filed an emergency motion in federal court to force the Riverside County jails to institute physical distancing for all people living in the jails and provide appropriate hygiene supplies to disinfect and protect against the spread of COVID-19
Jails are local correctional institutions that are on the front-line of healthcare in the criminal justice system. They process 13 million admissions a year.
Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice, with a recent focus on COVID-19 on the inside. This is the best site for prison covid information--far superior to this one.
American Jail Association COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What You Need to Know in Corrections
For questions about COVID-19 or the state’s response generally:
Prisoner Support Guide For The Coronavirus Crisis
Impact of Covid-19 on our criminal legal and immigrant detention systems
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
To get a look at how the virus is spread nationally check out this map at: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/16/816707182/map-tracking-the-spread-of-the-coronavirus-in-the-u-s
Federal Government's Response to COVID-19:
Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
BOP's Response to COVID-19 on the inside
Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Prison COVID-19 Information Project - First Published April 11, 2020
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