UCLA Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project

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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  
Content Moderators: Grace DiLaura, UCLAW '12 & Kalind Parish, M.A. PoliSci UPenn

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: Hunter Nagai, UCLA '20 

Covid-19 Correctional Pop. Reduction Responses 
System responses and authoritative actions to reduce correctional population densities 
Content Moderator: Hunter Nagai, UCLA '20

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 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 Immigration Detention Facilities Confirmed cases, requests for decarceration, responses, and policy in immigration detention facilities
Content Moderators: Joanne Choi, Columbia Law '21 & Theresa Cheng, MD/JD

Covid-19 Visitation Policy by State (Prisons) 
Tracking visitation suspension policies and offerings of compensatory remote access 
Content Moderator: Hunter Nagai, UCLA '20

Covid-19 Jail/Prison Condition Policies 
Descriptive summaries of ongoing policies affecting carceral conditions 
Content Moderator: Hunter Nagai, UCLA '20 

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 
Additional useful resources, recommendations, and databases 
Content Moderator: Hunter Nagai, UCLA '20

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.