Criminal Justice and the COVID-19 Pandemic

People in jails, prisons, and detention centers are at extreme risk of infection from COVID-19. Now is the time for government leaders to be bold: release people from custody and divert others from entering detention. Vera has created guidance with best practices justice systems can follow to swiftly protect people, as well as tools to track government progress. Explore below to learn how policymakers can act now.

Tools to expedite release to reduce spread of COVID-19 and track local progress in leading U.S. cities
  • Roughly


    people enter and exit jails every week in the U.S.

  • COVID-19 could result in


    avoidable deaths in jails and surrounding communities.

  • Social distancing is impossible in jails and prisons.

    Local leaders must act fast.

A data tool to monitor jail populations across the country and hold local governments accountable during the pandemic
Without action, thousands of people living and working in corrections facilities, and in the communities surrounding them, will suffer debilitating disease and die avoidable deaths. - Nick Turner, Vera President & Director