- From March to June 2020, about 208,500 inmates received expedited release in response to COVID-19.
- During the pandemic, jail facilities became less crowded, as indicated by the decrease in occupied bed space from 81% at midyear 2019 to 60% at midyear 2020.
- The number of inmates held for a misdemeanor declined about 45% since midyear 2019, outpacing the decline in the number of inmates held for a felony (down 18%).
- The percentage of inmates held for a felony increased from 70% at midyear 2019 to 77% at midyear 2020.
- From March to June 2020, jails conducted 215,360 inmate COVID-19 tests. More than 11% of these tests were positive.
Special Report: Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail Population, January-June 2020
Note: Data are last weekday in June 2019 and the last weekday for each month from January to June 2020. In full report, see table 1 for counts and appendix table 1 for standard errors.
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Census of Jails, 2019; and Annual Survey of Jails, 2020