The COVID Prison Project tracks data and policy across the country to monitor COVID-19 in correctional facilities

The site will offer analysis and resources to better understand how coronavirus is impacting justice-involved individuals. Currently, all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are reporting some data. Content on this site will focus on data collection and analysis using a public health-oriented framework

As of November 23, 2020 there have been:


COVID-19 cases among
people incarcerated in


Deaths of incarcerated individuals in prisons due to COVID-19


COVID-19 cases among staff
working in prisons


Deaths of staff working in prisons due to COVID-19

Justice-involved individuals in congregate living facilities are at a high risk of exposure to COVID-19. With recent outbreaks seen in prison facilities across the nation, there is a demonstrated need to examine national prison data on COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases, and policies and procedures. Here we examine national and statewide data on prevalence rates in federal and state prisons.

Hear firsthand about COVID-19 behind bars.

The Marshall Project’s “Life Inside” is a weekly series of first-person essays from people who live or work in the criminal justice system.

Other ways to listen and engage.

Check out Works of Justice: Temperature Check, COVID-19 Behind Bars from PEN America, a new series featuring original reporting by incarcerated writers, accompanied by podcast interviews with criminal justice reform experts.

Correctional Officers speak out about their experience.

Video from The Neighborhood Project brings Correctional Officers together to talk about working in prisons during COVID-19.

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