Center on Sentencing and Corrections

COVID-19 Response

These resources provide information about the issue of coronavirus in prisons and jails. Some offer guidance to correctional agencies on protecting incarcerated people and staff from COVID-19, including through the use of medical isolation and quarantine—both of which should have conditions that are significantly different from conditions in restrictive housing.

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This report by the Unlock the Box campaign, based on research and analysis by Solitary Watch and presented by The Raben Group, details a reported 500% increase in the use of solitary confinement in U.S. correctional facilities during the COVID-19

This guidance document from Amend outlines the fundamental differences between “solitary confinement,” “quarantine,” and “medical isolation” and provides steps correctional agencies can take to ensure people separated for medical purposes do not live in punitive conditions.