Guidance for Sheriffs and Jail Officials in Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis


Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

As the COVID-19 crisis grips the world, prison and jails face especially challenging conditions that could lead to catastrophic outcomes. Correctional facilities are ill-prepared to implement social distancing and other public health measures in such densely populated environments, and the virus can spread like wildfire in these settings.  Add to that the fact that so many people in prisons and jails have chronic health conditions, and the situation has the potential to be a death sentence for many people in custody. And public health experts warn that if outbreaks are not controlled in custodial settings, it will prolong the crisis around the world.

LBJ School Senior Lecturer and CHASP Faculty Fellow Michele Deitch is an expert on prison and jail safety issues, and she has prepared a guidance document for Sheriffs and jail officials to help them implement strategies to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Link below:

Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis (PDF).