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.

Guidance brief urging Attorney General Barr, governors, sheriffs, and corrections administrators to take immediate action to stem the explosion of COVID-19 cases in jails, prisons, and detention centers.
Tools to expedite release to reduce spread of COVID-19 and track local progress in leading U.S. cities
Recommendations and resources for leaders and staff in courts, police departments, prisons, jails, and detention centers
  • 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
Guidance brief to equip local leaders with practical actions and policy solutions to ensure access to justice for all amid the COVID-19 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