Hundreds dead. Thousands infected. Stories from the inside.
“I’ve lost family members since this pandemic has started. Haven’t got to see them. And, you know, it - it’s rough for us, too.
Incarcerated Person, State Prisons, 11.06.2020Hear more
COVID-19 has decimated California prisons and jails. PrisonPandemic is a digital archive of stories from people incarcerated, their family members and loved ones, and the staff who work in these facilities.browse the collections
There are 172 carceral facilities throughout the state, including county jails, state prisons, federal prisons, and immigration detention facilities.Browse the facilities
There are 35 prisons throughout California, housing a total of 96,000 people. An estimated 54% of incarcerated people have tested positive for COVID-19.Browse stories from state prisons
There are 12 federal prisons throughout California. An estimated 28% of incarcerated people in 10 of the 12 facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.Browse stories from federal prisons
Each of California's 58 counties administers their own jail system. It is impossible to know the cumulative toll of COVID-19. We do know Los Angeles County jails have the highest known infection rates in the country.Browse stories from county jails
ICE Detention Centers
There are 9 detention centers throughout California. A reported 1,379 incarcerated people in seven facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.Browse stories from ICE
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