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Washington

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

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840

1.7k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

6,252

25%

Federal Facilities

173

25%

ICE Detention Centers

39

11%

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

1,292

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Airway Heights Corrections Center

State Facilities

1,675230

Stafford Creek Corrections Center

State Facilities

1,206122

Washington State Penitentiary

State Facilities

988191

Washington Corrections Center

State Facilities

983120

Monroe Correctional Complex

State Facilities

554156

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID

2

number of courts

11

number of facilities

8

compassionate releases granted

11

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

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)Date*Overall population reduction/ total # of releases**Population prior to releases***Known facility capacity****Release detailsSource
ClarkClark County Jail3/20/2020200601Minor offenses
SpokaneCounty-wide jailsCourts3/17/202048950Minor offenses
SpokaneCounty-wide jails3/27/2020350
  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.

  2. *date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.

  3. **total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.

  4. ***last reported inmate population before releases were realized

  5. ****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

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
Cedar Creek Corrections CenterLittle Rock4/9/202030 incarcerated folksUprising/Protest–InternalCoordinatedAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
ICE Northwest Detention CenterPierce County3/27/2020 - 4/15/2020ICE detainees in Tacoma, WA with the support of La ResistenciaHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases
ICE Northwest Detention CenterPierce County5/9/2020ICE detainees at Northwest Detention CenterStrike/Work StoppageExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Monroe Correctional ComplexSnohomish County4/8/2020People incarcerated at Monroe Correctional ComplexUprising/Protest–InternalExternalSanitation improvements
Pierce County JailPierce County4/15/2020I/C folks at Pierce County JailHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases, Testing procedures, Sanitation improvements
  1. You can find our full dataset here.