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 GuidanceIn 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.
CDC COVID-19 Guidance For Correctional Facilities and Detention CentersThe Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published on its website guidance on the management of COVID-19 for healthcare and non-healthcare administrators of correctional, detention facilities and law enforcement agencies that have custodial authority for detained populations. It should be noted, that in response to this guidance, more than 500 medical experts sent a letter to the CDC requesting that the guidance include recommendations for the depopulation of prisons, jails and immigration detention centers. Both the CDC's guidance and the letter from the medical experts are available below.
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.