UCLA Law Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project

Jump directly to a list of court orders concerning Covid-19-related release requests and conditions challenges.

In March 2020, in the face of the increasing danger posed by Covid-19 to people held in jails and prisons, the UCLA Prison Law and Policy Program launched the UCLA Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project. The Project, spearheaded by Professor Sharon Dolovich, tracks Covid-19 conditions in jails and prisons and the efforts — both in and out of court — to decrease jail and prison populations and improve conditions to ensure the safety of residents and staff.

Use the following links to navigate to different portions of the project. 

Covid-19 Jail/Prison Confirmed Cases & Deaths 

Tracking viral spread, screening procedures, and testing
Content Moderators: Michael Everett, Neal Marquez, & Hope Johnson (Data Science Fellows)
 

Covid-19-Related Jail Releases 

Tracking number of residents released from jail population-reduction efforts 
Content Moderator: Maddy deLone (Former Executive Director of the Innocence Project)
 

Covid-19-Related Prison Releases 

Tracking number of residents released from prison population-reduction efforts 
Content Moderator: Maddy deLone (Former Executive Director of the Innocence Project)
 

Covid-19 Correctional Pop. Reduction Requests 

Requests for authoritative actions to reduce correctional population densities 
Content Moderator: Danielle Flores (Project Administrator)
 

Covid-19 Correctional Pop. Reduction Responses 

System responses and authoritative actions to reduce correctional population densities 
Content Moderator: Danielle Flores (Project Administrator)
 

Covid-19-Related Legal Filings & Court Orders 

Tracking specific legal requests and court orders 
Content Moderator: Rebecca Fordon (UCLA Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library) 
 

Covid-19 Related Immigration Filings

Cataloging immigration-related filings self-reported by attorneys
Content Moderator: Caitlin Lowell (Columbia Law '21)

 

Covid-19 Related Youth Filings & Court Orders

Tracking specific legal requests and court orders regarding youth facilities
Content Moderator: Yasmine Tager (East Bay Community Legal Clinic)

Covid-19 Immigration Detention Facilities

Confirmed cases, requests for decarceration, responses, and policy in immigration detention facilities
Content Moderators: Theresa Cheng (MD/JD) & Ishan V. Nagpal (JD)

Covid-19 Youth Correctional Facilities 

Confirmed cases, requests for decarceration, responses, and policy in youth correctional facilities 
Content Moderator: Yasmine Tager (East Bay Community Legal Clinic)
 

Covid-19 Visitation Policy by State (Prisons) 

Tracking visitation suspension policies and offerings of compensatory remote access 
Content Moderator: Danielle Flores (Project Administrator)
 

Covid-19 Jail/Prison Condition Policies 

Descriptive summaries of ongoing policies affecting carceral conditions 
Content Moderator: Danielle Flores (Project Administrator)
 

Covid-19 Fundraisers & Mutual Aid Efforts 

Links and descriptions of Covid-19 fundraising efforts 
Content Moderator: Jordan Palmer (UCLAW '21 & Jane Kahn Prison Law Fellow)
 

Grassroots and Other Organizing Efforts 

Other organizing efforts and grassroots campaigns 
Content Moderator: Jordan Palmer (UCLAW '21 & Jane Kahn Prison Law Fellow)
 

Additional Resources 

Collection of additional useful resources, recommendations, and databases 
Content Moderator: Danielle Flores (Project Administrator)

See also: “Statutory Release Powers,” created by Aaron Littman, which comprises a state-by-state survey of all sources of legal authority that allow officials including sheriffs, judges and governors to release people from custody in response to the pandemic.

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