Hundreds dead. Thousands infected. Stories from the inside.
Disregard of Safety
The impossibility of social distancing, the overall unsanitary conditions, a lack of PPE, and negligence on behalf of correctional officers are some of the many reasons safety was compromised in facilities.Explore stories
“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 34 prisons throughout California, housing approximately 96,000 people. An estimated 92% of incarcerated people have tested positive for COVID-19.Browse stories from state prisons
There are 12 federal prisons throughout California. An estimated 35% of incarcerated people in these 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 seven detention centers throughout California. A reported 2,602 incarcerated people in seven facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.Browse stories from ICE
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