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. We track data from all 50 US states, Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Content will focus on data collection and analysis using a public health-oriented framework

As of May 14, 2021 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

Vaccination Data:


Incarcerated People who have received at least one vaccine dose


Staff who have received at least one vaccine dose

Only 20 systems are publicly reporting vaccination data at this time. For more insight into correctional system and media reporting of this data, click here.

People who live and work in correctional settings are at a high risk of exposure to COVID-19. In fact, a majority of the largest, single-site outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic have been in jails and prisons. Therefore, 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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