Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people
Statewide among incarcerated people
Cumulative Case Rate
ICE Detention Centers
Statewide among staff
ICE Detention Centers
Philadelphia Dept Of Jails
Dallas Correctional Institution
Forest Correctional Institution
Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex
Smithfield Correctional Institution
Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard
& Quality GradeC*
This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the state department of corrections in Pennsylvania. 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.*
In the past, we have observed fluctuations in the total number of COVID-19 tests and deaths reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. In January, the agency took its dashboard offline while implementing improvements and reinstated it in mid-April, after several months of limited data reporting.
Data reporting for incarcerated people
Data reporting for staff
Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19
number of courts
number of facilities
compassionate releases granted
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.
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.
*date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.
**total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.
***last reported inmate population before releases were realized
****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.
You can find our full dataset here.