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

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530

1.1k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

9

number of courts

38

number of facilities

39

compassionate releases granted

71

filings coded by our team

Statewide among incarcerated people

State Facilities

5,885

Cases

11%

Cumulative Case Rate

Federal Facilities

592

Cases

14%

Cumulative Case Rate

ICE Detention Centers

95

Cases

19%

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

4,701

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

New York City Jails

County Jails

1,059N/A

Elmira Correctional Facility

State Facilities

623N/A

Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center

Federal Facilities

343N/A

Clinton Correctional Facility

State Facilities

337N/A

Franklin Correctional Facility

State Facilities

319N/A

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
AlbanyAlbany County Correctional Facility1/20/2021 1043Minor offenses
ErieEire County Correctional Facility11/25/2020 638Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
MonroeMonroe County JailNYS Division of Parole3/28/202051
NYCCity-wideGovernor3/27/2020106 Parole/probation violation
NYCCity-wideCourts4/8/202028 Minor offenses, Other
  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
Statewide3/1/2020Vocal New YorkLetter/PetitionInternal
Statewide4/17/2020New Yorkers United for Justice; Release Aging People in Prison CampaignMarch/Protest–ExternalInternalAccelerated releases
Statewide3/25/2020Parole Preparation Project, WORTH Rises, Vocal New York, RAPP, Citizen Action, Color of ChangeLetter/PetitionInternalAccelerated releases
Bedford Hills Correctional, Otisville CorrectionalStatewide3/27/2020Parole Preparation Project and the Release Aging People in Prison CampaignOnline Action, Car Rally Accelerated releases, Testing procedures
Buffalo Federal Detention FacilityGenesee2/21/2021 - 2/28/2021ICE detainees at Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NYHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
  1. You can find our full dataset here.