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The Coronavirus Crisis and the Criminal Justice System

The Brennan Center is putting forth recommendations and compiling the formal policy responses from all levels of the criminal justice system to address the Covid-19 public health crisis.

Published: March 27, 2020

The Bren­nan Center has compiled policy and advocacy responses detail­ing how differ­ent levels of the crim­inal justice system are respond­ing to this public health crisis. This includes ways in which law enforce­ment, prosec­utors, crim­inal courts, correc­tions agen­cies, and immig­ra­tion agen­cies can better safe­guard their communit­ies and the broader public during this pandemic. We have also high­lighted some agen­cies and govern­ment lead­ers who are reima­gin­ing their prac­tices during this pandemic. We hope this compen­dium of recom­mend­a­tions will encour­age more juris­dic­tions and agen­cies to take the steps neces­sary to dramat­ic­ally reduce the incar­cer­ated popu­la­tion and, hope­fully, mitig­ate the worst consequences of this devel­op­ing crisis.

Every day, agen­cies are artic­u­lat­ing new prac­tices and policies to better protect their communit­ies during this crisis. We will update this resource page regu­larly.

For updates/correc­tions, please email