UCLA Law

COVID Behind Bars Data Project

We collect and report data on COVID-19 in prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers, as well as pandemic-related prison and jail releases, legal filings and court orders, and grassroots and community organizing efforts.

Showing in carceral facilities

Each spike represents the number of incarcerated people who have had COVID-19 within a facility

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This map displays COVID-19 cases and related deaths of people incarcerated in prisons and jails across the US. Click on a state to access more data.

This map displays reported COVID-19 cases and related deaths of people incarcerated in carceral facilities across the US. Click on a state to access more data.
Rates and active cases are not available for all facilities. Learn why.

Facilities with the highest

Cumulative CasesActive CasesCumulative DeathsTests
FacilityCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10k

Los Angeles Jails

California

5,9443,48144125814886,29150,533

Maricopa County Jail

Arizona

3,3956,398761430066,406125,153

Avenal State Prison

California

3,1347,45500819--0

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

California

3,0315,72912713--0

Charles E Egeler Reception And Guidance Center

Michigan

2,86426,2511211011101--0

COVID-19 Vaccines in State and Federal Prisons

This table reflects data publicly reported by state and federal correctional agencies about the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to incarcerated people and staff in their facilities. The data reported here generally refer to people who have received at least one dose of a vaccine. There are some exceptions, noted with a flag, when agencies report only the number of people who have completed their vaccination schedules, and not the number of people partially vaccinated. Staff are generally not required to report their vaccination status to their employers, so the total numbers of staff who are vaccinated may be higher.

View our data on Github
JurisdictionVaccination Rate for Incarcerated PeopleVaccination Rate for Staff Members
65%54%
66%23%
61%--
73%--
78%59%

September 24th, 2021

Testimony to Georgia House Democratic Caucus Committee on Crisis in Prisons

This week, we provided testimony to the Georgia House Democratic Caucus Committee on Crisis in Prisons on the state of COVID-19 in Georgia state prisons. Here's what we said.

September 10th, 2021

The Life or Death Stakes of Partisan Politics Behind Bars

A recent study reveals that federal judges appointed by Democrats were far more likely to grant compassionate release during the pandemic than those appointed by Republicans. But emergency release should be about public health, not partisan politics.

September 1st, 2021

The Vaccine Rollout Is Leaving Behind Incarcerated Children

Record numbers of children are being hospitalized for COVID-19 across the country. But still, children who are incarcerated or held in state custody are being left behind in the vaccine rollout.

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