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COVID-19 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. Our team is still in the process of adding all of our facility-level data to the national and state maps. Please check back regularly for updates.

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 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.

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

FacilityCumulative CasesCumulative Case RateActive CasesActive Case RateCumulative DeathsDeath RateTestsTest Rate

Los Angeles Jails

California

4,30925%14<1%13<1%58,121>100%

Avenal State Prison

California

3,10874%1<1%8<1%----

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

California

3,01157%00%7<1%----

Correctional Training Facility

California

2,71954%1<1%19<1%----

Maricopa County Jail

Arizona

2,69151%27<1%00%39,313>100%
  1. Testing and reporting practices vary widely by correctional agency. True case and mortality counts are likely higher and may be significantly higher than reported.

  2. Rates are calculated using a denominator of facility-level population as of February 2020. See our methodology to learn more about why we chose this approach.

COVID-19 Vaccines in Carceral Facilities

This table reflects data publicly reported by correctional agencies about the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to incarcerated people and staff in their facilities. Agencies differ in the number and definitions of variables they report about vaccination, but, to the best of our knowledge, the numbers reported below refer to the number of people who have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Some individuals may have also received a second dose, though it is not always clear from the data. We will add jurisdictions to this table as more data become available.

JurisdictionIncarcerated people: received at least one dose of vaccineStaff: received at least one dose of vaccine

Wisconsin

3,293--

West Virginia

1,9411,914

Washington

3,8153,551

Virginia

16,8606,416

Tennessee

8,7993,247

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