Covid-19 Criminal Justice Response by Jurisdiction

Covid-19 Criminal Justice System Responses by State & Jurisdiction

The Deason Center is documenting how local criminal justice systems respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.  From county jails and prosecutors’ offices to the county courts and supervision services, criminal legal systems are profoundly local.  While state actors may control some aspects of criminal justice, local officials frequently have authority over system operations and enjoy broad discretion to enact their own policies or interpret statewide policies.

By tracking local responses, the Deason Center will build a pandemic policy data set for future research.  As we build this data set, we are publishing our data daily.  The data will help experts develop best practice recommendations for any future system-disrupting crises.  The data will serve as a resource for justice-involved individuals and their families.  It will also help the media to document important criminal justice trends and hold our public officials accountable.  The local policy data set is also the backdrop for our #SetThemFree campaign, which draws attention to the plight of people who are incarcerated during the Covid-19 pandemic.


This is an ongoing, crowd-sourced project that engages community members around the nation with Deason Center researchers.  We receive new contributions daily and update our data accordingly.  Not all reported policies have been confirmed by our research team.  Further, local policies are rapidly evolving – today’s policy may be overridden by tomorrow. Note that if a jurisdiction has greyed out boxes, that does not mean there is no policy in place. The grey boxes only signify that we are still in process of collecting the data. If you are involved in the criminal legal system or if you need up-to-date information about local operations, please contact local authorities to ensure that you have the most recent information. THIS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR TALKING TO YOUR ATTORNEY OR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

If you would like to contribute to this project or you have updated information about your local jurisdiction, please let us know by completing this form.

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