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

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2.1k

4.3k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

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number of courts

33

number of facilities

30

compassionate releases granted

49

filings coded by our team

Statewide among incarcerated people

State Facilities

49,115

Cases

40%

Cumulative Case Rate

Federal Facilities

4,507

Cases

33%

Cumulative Case Rate

ICE Detention Centers

576

Cases

50%

Cumulative Case Rate

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Testing practices vary widely by correctional agency. True case counts are likely higher and may be significantly higher than reported.

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.

We do not display total counts for jails because our jail data is not comprehensive for the entire state. See the table below to view jail data at the facility level.

Statewide among staff

State Facilities

15,220

Cases

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

Cases

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Cases

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Not all agencies report data on staff COVID-19 cases. Some jurisdictions leave it to staff members’ discretion whether to report positive test results they receive from community healthcare providers.

We do not have reliable data for staffing levels at all facilities. As a result, we are not currently providing rates for staff.

We do not display total counts for jails because our jail data is not comprehensive for the entire state. See the table below to view jail data at the facility level.

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Los Angeles Jails

County Jails

4,2592,900

Avenal State Prison

State Facilities

3,107522

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

State Facilities

3,011617

Correctional Training Facility

State Facilities

2,718348

California Mens Colony

State Facilities

2,470517

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

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.

JurisdictionFacilityAuthorizing agentDate release was issuedTotal Number of ReleasesPopulation prior to releasesReleases as percentage of populationKnown capacityRelease detailsSource
AlamedaSanta RitaCourt3/19/2020247250010%Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
Alameda3/29/2020500 Short remaining sentence
CaliforniaStatewideCDCR4/13/2034181140003%Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
Los AngelesCounty-wideGovernor3/24/2020250170761%Minor offenses
Los AngelesCounty-wide4/27/20205193
  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.


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
Statewide4/15/2020Dignity and Power Now, CURB: Californians United for a Responsible Budget, and Justice LAOnline ActionInternal
Adelanto Detention FacilitySan Bernardino County6/12/20ICE detainees at Adelanto ICE Processing CenterUprising/Protest–Internal, March/Protest–ExternalCoordinatedAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Adelanto Detention FacilitySan 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 Detention FacilitySan 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
  1. You can find our full dataset here.