COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge to the public health of our nation. People incarcerated in our nation’s 5,000 jails and prisons face particular threat, and their vulnerability may impact the success of our overall national response. To address this uncharted challenge, COCHS is dedicating this page to available resources and proposals of COCHS and partner organizations.

( COCHS is aware that stakeholders from the different backgrounds of corrections, healthcare, and policy may be unfamiliar with terminology from each other's area of expertise. In 2012 COCHS released a glossary, Speaking the Same Language: Criminal Justice, Health Care, and Information Technology, which might be helpful in clarifying technical terms.)

COCHS & VERA COVID-19 Guidance
In partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, COCHS and Vera have released five briefs that provide guidance to government actors on how they should respond to the Coronavirus to keep justice-involved people, system practitioners, and our communities healthy and safe.
Resources from COCHS & Partner Organizations

COCHS continuously tracks resources available and proposals advanced by partner organizations. Below are links to some of our partners' important contributions in confronting this pandemic.

Addressing the Justice-Involved Population in Coronavirus Response Efforts
Kaiser Family Foundation
This brief provides an overview of health risks for the justice-involved population, discusses the role Medicaid can play in response efforts for justice-involved individuals, and identifies other steps states and localities can take to mitigate risk and spread of coronavirus among this population to protect and promote public health.
Map of News Stories of COVID-19 Outbreaks Within Correctional Facilities
COCHS
COCHS now offers an interactive map which allows quick way to access current COVID-19 statistics posted by each state's departments of corrections. Many of these pages are being updated on a daily basis. At the moment 36 states are providing statistics about COVID-19 cases. The supplied data are in multiple formats: tables, PDFs, or a simple posting of confirmed cases.
Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
Prison Policy Initiative
Prison Policy Initiative is tracking examples of state and local agencies taking meaningful steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. This page contains multiple links to reports of jurisdictions that are releasing inmates, reducing jail and prison admissions, reducing incarceration and unnecessary face-to-face contact for people on parole and probation, eliminating medical co-pays, and reducing the cost of phone and video calls.
Map of News Stories of COVID-19 Outbreaks Within Correctional Facilities
COVID-19 Behind Bars
COVID-19 Behind Bars is an independent journalism project tracking jails, prisons, detention centers, and other facilities of incarceration impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. On this site you will find a world map with markers that link to news stories of COVID-19 reports in specific correctional institutions.
Study of COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities
NCCHC and Harvard Kennedy School
NCCHC and researchers from Harvard University are working together to gather information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting correctional facilities. NCCHC has a page on its website devoted to this where there are multiple links to PDFs that contain statistics about COVID-19 from a state and regional perspective. The data are presented in the following formats: graphs, tables, and maps.
Inmate COVID-19 testing in federal correctional institutions
Correctional Service of Canada
Our neighbor from the north, Canada, is providing detailed statistics from its multiple facilites in each providence. The tables are be updated on a regular basis and are presented in a concise, comprehensible format.
COVID–19 Incarceration Model
recidiviz
As COVID-19 spreads, state and local government leaders are on the front-lines of managing the response. recidiviz has created an on-line tool to help criminal justice decision makers understand how the incarcerated population is likely to interact with the public health system as the pandemic spreads.
COVID-19 Coronavirus: What You Need to Know in Corrections
NCCHC
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care's website is providing a list of resources for correctional institutions confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Should Prisons and Jails Prepare for COVID-19?
Urban Institute
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Urban Institute is advancing strategies as well as considerations and implications for policymakers and correctional leadership in local jurisdictions to keep in mind when developing plans for the health of incarcerated populations.