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California

Map of California with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

1

2.2k

4.3k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

49,241

40%

Federal Facilities

4,083

28%

ICE Detention Centers

884

67%

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

15,878

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Los Angeles Jails

County Jails

4,3392,903

Avenal State Prison

State Facilities

3,107544

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

State Facilities

3,011654

Correctional Training Facility

State Facilities

2,719362

California Mens Colony

State Facilities

2,470551

Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard

Data Reporting
& Quality Grade
B

This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the state department of corrections in California. Read more about our scoring methodology and to see how this jurisdiction compares to other state and federal systems.

Scores assessed as of May 10, 2021. Scores will be reevaluated on a monthly basis.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsreported at the facility level

By facility

Active Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Tests Administerednot reported

None

Populationreported at the facility level

By facility

Vaccinationsreported at the facility level

By facility

Data reporting for staff
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsreported at the facility level

By facility

Active Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Tests Administerednot reported

None

Populationreported at the facility level

By facility

Vaccinationsreported at the facility level

By facility

Data quality
Machine ReadableNo

No

Regularly UpdatedYes

Yes

Clearly DefinedYes

Yes

Contextualized HistoricallyYes

Yes

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

5

number of courts

33

number of facilities

30

compassionate releases granted

49

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.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID-19

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.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)Date*Overall population reduction/total number of releases**Population prior to releases***Known facility capacity****Release detailsSource
AlamedaSanta Rita County JailCourt3/19/20202472500Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
Alameda3/29/2020500Short remaining sentence
CaliforniaStatewide prisonsCDCR4/13/203418114000Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
Los AngelesCounty-wide jailsGovernor3/24/202025017076Minor offenses
Los AngelesCounty-wide jails4/27/20205193
  1. 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.

  2. *date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.

  3. **total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.

  4. ***last reported inmate population before releases were realized

  5. ****capacity is often determined differently across jurisdictions and some facilities often report more than one capacity number. In these cases, we report the higher of the figures available.

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID-19

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal or externalEffort concernsSource
Adelanto ICE Processing CenterSan Bernardino County6/12/20ICE detainees at Adelanto ICE Processing CenterUprising/Protest–Internal, March/Protest–ExternalCoordinatedAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Adelanto ICE Processing CenterSan Bernardino County5/28/2020Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Detention Watch Network, Nikkei Progressive Little Tokyo, ACLU of Southern California, CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Never Again Action- Los Angeles, Freedom for Immigrants, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, National Lawyers Guild Los AngelesCar RallyInternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Adelanto ICE Processing CenterSan Bernardino County4/30/2020ICE detainees in the women's unit in the Adelanto ICE Processing CenterStrike/Work StoppageExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Adelanto ICE Processing CenterSan Bernardino County4/5/2020100-180 incarcerated folksHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Avenal State PrisonAvenal6/2/2020Families United to End LWOPMarch/Protest–ExternalInternalAccelerated releases
  1. You can find our full dataset here.