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Criminal Justice Responses To Covid-19 And Federal, State And Local Level

Below is a list of actions the federal government, states, and local jurisdictions took to combat the spread of COVID-19 within the criminal justice system. Although many of the measures each locality, state, and the federal government implemented are outlined below, this resource does not include every action taken due to the fluid responses of agencies and policymakers during the pandemic. AFP is tracking each state and the federal government’s testing numbers for those incarcerated and staff while the hyperlink on a state’s name directs you to the most up-to-date testing information for that specific jurisdiction. For more information on AFP’s recommendations for criminal justice reform actors during this pandemic, please see this letter signed by AFP Board Member Mark Holden.

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Federal

Department of Justice

  1. General Administration: $2 million for Justice Information Sharing Technology to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus…including impact of coronavirus on the work of the DOJ.”
  2. Office of the Inspector General: $2 million for investigations and audits related to funding made available in this act.
  3. United States Attorneys:$3 million “… to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus…”
  4. US Marshalls:$15 million “… to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus…”
  5. FBI:$20 million “… to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus…”
  6. DEA: $15 million “… to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus…”
  7. Federal Prison System: $100 million “… to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus…”
  8. State and Local Law Enforcement Activities: $850 million…” to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus…” Allocated under same formula as Byrne-JAG.

Bureau of Prisons

  1. Priority on Personal Protective Equipment and Test Kits: “Secretary shall appropriately consider, relative to other priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services for high-risk and high-need populations, the distribution of infectious disease personal protective equipment and COVID–19 test kits to the Bureau for use by incarcerated individuals and personnel of the Bureau.”
  2. Home Confinement Authority:“During the covered emergency period, if the Attorney General finds that emergency conditions will materially affect the functioning of the Bureau, the Director of the Bureau may lengthen the maximum amount of time for which the Director is authorized to place a incarcerated individual in home confinement under the first sentence of section 3624(c)(2) of title 18, United States Code, as the Director determines appropriate.”
    1. AG Barr Memo directing identification of certain incarcerated individuals that should be looked at for home confinement. March 26.
  3. Video Visitation:“…if the Attorney General finds that emergency conditions will materially affect the functioning of the Bureau, the Director of the Bureau shall promulgate rules regarding the ability of incarcerated individuals to conduct visitation through video teleconferencing and telephonically, free of charge to incarcerated individuals…”

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas:

Craighead County: Jail suspended visitation. Sheriff released 15 misdemeanants to free up 20 bed barracks for quarantines. March 23.

California

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Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

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Indiana

Iowa:

Kansas:  No centralized public information about testing volume as of May 1, but as of April 30, all residents at Lansing Correctional Facility, where the majority of cases are concentrated, will receive testing. Updated May 1st.

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Penobscot County Jail reduced their jail population by 50 by late March. March 25.

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New Hampshire:

New Jersey: Coming Soon

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Oregon

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South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas:

Utah0 confirmed cases among incarcerated individuals in state prisons, and 10 confirmed cases among individuals in halfway houses as of May 13. 4 confirmed cases among correctional staff. 115 tests performed so far out of roughly 6,800 individuals in custody. Updated May 13th.

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Wisconsin

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