California

The table below displays aggregate COVID-19 data for incarcerated people and staff in carceral facilities located in California. The State DOC Data Grade represents our assessment of the transparency and quality of those data reported by California's state department of corrections.

B

State DOC Data GradeView scorecard

Cumulative CasesActive CasesCumulative DeathsTests
Incarcerated PeopleCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10k
State Adult Prisons51,0714,2871891624120129,41511,001
Federal Prisons3,8882,843129231712,1108,855
ICE Detention Centers1,31111,0355546318----
State and Local Youth Facilities----------------
StaffCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10k
State Adult Prisons21,5633,39726141488----
Federal Prisons----42--1------
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Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Los Angeles Jails

County Jails

6,1263,298

Avenal State Prison

State Adult Prisons

3,134647

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

State Adult Prisons

3,034821

Correctional Training Facility

State Adult Prisons

2,735405

California Mens Colony

State Adult Prisons

2,494683
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Map of California with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

1

3.1k

6.1k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard

Data Reporting & Quality GradeB

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 August 18, 2021.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
  • Cumulative Cases

    By facility

  • Cumulative Deaths

    By facility

  • Active Cases

    By facility

  • Tests Administered

    Systemwide only

  • Population

    By facility

  • Vaccinations

    By facility

Data reporting for staff
  • Cumulative Cases

    By facility

  • Cumulative Deaths

    By facility

  • Active Cases

    By facility

  • Tests Administered

    None

  • Population

    By facility

  • Vaccinations

    By facility

Data quality
  • Machine Readable

    No

  • Regularly Updated

    Yes

  • Clearly Defined

    Yes

  • Contextualized Historically

    Yes

Prison and Jail 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.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)DateOverall population reduction/ total # of releasesPopulation prior to releasesKnown facility capacityRelease 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
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Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID

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/ externalEffort concernsSource
Adelanto ICE Processing CenterSan Bernardino6/12/20ICE detainees at Adelanto ICE Processing CenterUprising/Protest–Internal, March/Protest–ExternalCoordinatedAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Adelanto ICE Processing CenterSan Bernardino5/28/2020Inland 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 Bernardino4/30/2020ICE detainees in the women's unit in the Adelanto ICE Processing CenterStrike/Work StoppageExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Adelanto ICE Processing CenterSan Bernardino4/5/2020100-180 incarcerated folksHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Avenal State PrisonAvenal6/2/2020Families United to End LWOPMarch/Protest–ExternalInternalAccelerated releases