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

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Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

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number of courts

13

number of facilities

10

compassionate releases granted

24

filings coded by our team

Statewide among incarcerated people

State Facilities

4,556

Cases

32%

Cumulative Case Rate

Federal Facilities

2,320

Cases

47%

Cumulative Case Rate

ICE Detention Centers

101

Cases

18%

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

2,224

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

Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution

Federal Facilities

2,014N/A

South Woods State Prison

State Facilities

1,121251

Bayside State Prison

State Facilities

553129

Garden State Youth Correctional Facility

State Facilities

507188

Adult Diagnostic And Treatment Center

State Facilities

410150

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
New JerseyStatewideGovernor4/24/202054200000%Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence, Vulnerable populations
New JerseyStatewideNJ Legislature11/4/20202200 Short remaining sentence
State-wideState-wide4/15/20201361893315%
State-wideState-wideCourts4/15/2020697 Parole/probation violation, Minor offenses
  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
Essex County, Bergen County, Elizabeth, and Hudson County Correctional FacilitiesEssex, Bergen, Elizabeth, and Hudson3/20/2020Immigrants detained by ICE in Essex County, Bergen County, Elizabeth, and Hudson County Correctional FacilitiesHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Hudson County Correctional FacilityHudson County3/23/2020ICE DetaineesHunger Strike Sanitation improvements
Passaic County JailPaterson4/4/2020Incarcerated folks at Passaic County JailUprising/Protest–InternalExternal
Southern State Correctional FacilityCumberland County4/9/202063 incarcerated folks at Southern State Correctional FacilityUprising/Protest–InternalExternalTesting procedures, Sanitation improvements
  1. You can find our full dataset here.