Federal Facilities in the United States
Nationwide among incarcerated people
Cases (Per 10k)
Nationwide among staff
Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution
Beaumont Federal Correctional Complex
Coleman Federal Correctional Complex
Victorville Federal Correctional Complex
Butner Federal Correctional Complex
Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard
Data Reporting & Quality GradeF*
This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Read more about our scoring methodology and to see how this jurisdiction compares to other state and federal systems.
Scores assessed as of June 14, 2021.*
It initially appeared that the BOP reported the cumulative number of incarcerated people who have ever tested positive for COVID-19. However, we learned in March 2021 that the agency instead reports the number of positive test results only for people still incarcerated in its facilities and removes from that number positive results for those who are no longer in custody. This practice obscures the true toll of the coronavirus in federal prisons, and we have reduced the agency’s grade accordingly.
Data reporting for incarcerated people
Data reporting for staff
Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID
number of courts
number of facilities
compassionate releases granted
filings coded by our team
Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.
In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.
For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.
Federal Prison Releases Related to COVID
We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.