- AG Barr Memo for Director of Bureau of Prisons: Increasing the Use of Home Confinement At Institutions Most Affected by COVID-19 (4/3/20) In the memo, the AG exercises his authority, under section 12003(b)(2) of the CARES Act, "to expand the cohort of inmates who can be considered for home release upon my finding that emergency conditions are materially affecting the functioning of the Bureau of Prisons." (emphasis added).
- BOP Updates, Open COVID-19 Tested Positive Cases (3/22/20 - 4/2/20)
- BOP's COVID-19 Webpage (updated daily at 3:00 p.m.) Note: BOP's identification of COVID-19 Tested Postive Cases may be less than cases reported by news outlets, see below.
- Bureau of Prisons Underreporting Covid-19 Outbreaks In Prison (4/1/20)
By Walter Pavlo, Forbes
- 4 Inmates Dead from Coronavirus as Outbreak Spirals at Louisiana Federal Prison (4/2/20) ("The BOP currently reports only 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates at Oakdale, plus another four cases among prison staff, but VICE News has been told by employees there that the situation is much more grim.")
By Keegan Hamilton, Vice News
- COVID-19 in Prisons, Jails, and Detention Centers (podcast) (4/2/20) Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
- BOP COVID-19 Action Plan: Phase Five (3/31/20)
- Press Release, Fraternal Order of Police DOC Labor Committee, re: ineffective "tracing" and "investigations" related to COVID-19 (3/29/20) (Washington, DC)
- Banks, et al. v. Booth & Johnson, No. 1:20-cv-849 (D.D.C. 3/30/20) (class action complaint filed against the Director and Warden of the DC Department of Corrections)
By Steven Marcus, Jonathan Anderson & Jenna Cobb, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia & Scott Michelman, Arthur Spitzer & Michael Perloff, ACLU of the District of Columbia
BOP Implementing Modified Operations (last visited 3/24/20)
In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the BOP is operating under the particular conditions for the next 30 days, as detailed here.
- Letter to DOJ & BOP from Bipartisan Senators re:COVID-19 measures, e.g., use of compassionate release & home confinment (3/23/20)
- Order Granted, Emergency Motion for Immediate Transfer from BOP to Home Confinement (3/19/20) (D. Maryland)
- COVID-19 USMS Booking Procedures & Medical Screening (D. Ariz.) (3/19/20)
This Chart Shows Why the Prison Population Is So Vulnerable to COVID-19 (3/19/20)
By Weihua Li & Nicole Lewis, The Marshall Project
- Metropolitan Detention Center Los Angeles Letter to Chief Judges with COVID-19 Update (3/18/20)
The Marshall Project's Tracking Prisons' Response to Coronavirus (rev. 3/17/20)
As COVID-19 spreads, facilities across the country are suspending visits from family and lawyers. The Marshall Project is rounding up the closures and other changes. You may report the status of detention centers in your area through this site.
- BOP COVID-19 Phase Two Action Plan (3/13/20)
How Coronavirus Could Affect U.S. Jails and Prisons (3/13/20)
By Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Brennan Center for Justice
Bureau of Prisons Covid-19 Action Plan (rev. 3/13/20)
- Letter to Attorney General Barr re: COVID-19 from Jerold Nadler, Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (3/12/20)
- Letter from Senator Warren to BOP re Coronavirus 3/9/20
The Justice Collaborative (last visited 3/17/20)
This organization can assist with policy and communications around COVID-19 and vulnerable populations. The site also offers many resources addressing issues such as asking for release, explaining impact of jail on clients.
If you need help advocating regarding visitation limitations, contact David Fahti, National Prison Project, ACLU email@example.com.