COVID-19 in Your Correctional Facility: Answers, Advice and Actions

Amend at University of California San Francisco is a team of experts in medicine, public health, correctional policy and education that has developed resources to support correctional leadership, residents in correctional facilities, correctional officers and advocates grappling with the life-threatening challenges of coronavirus and COVID-19.


Highlighted Resources

Action urged to protect state prison inmates from COVID-19 ...

Limiting COVID-19 Transmission and Outbreak in Corrections: Release, Cohort, Test

GeriPal Podcast: COVID-19 in Prisons with Dr. Brie Williams, Adnan Khan and Eric Maserati-E Abercrombie 

Advance Care Planning Resources for Incarcerated Patients

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Prognostication and early release during COVID-19 for healthcare clinicians

Managing COVID-19 for people in prison or jail

Understanding COVID-19 for correctional officers


For Correctional Leaders

COVID-19 Management Checklist

Establish policies and practices to mitigate an outbreak in your facility.  Leverage the COVID-19 Policy Checklist.
Educate your staff and residents
Reduce resident count using Population Reduction Guidelines and make the case for decarceration. 
Limit transmission and outbreak through social distancing via small cohorts or “mini-communities”
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Further reading


For Correctional Officers

COVID-19 Management Checklist

Watch this video to learn about COVID-19, how it spreads and how to lower your risk
Learn the difference between medical isolation, quarantine and solitary confinement and communicate the difference to residents
Learn about PPE (personal protective equipment), and how to put on and take off masks

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Further reading


For Correctional Healthcare Staff

COVID-19 Management Checklist

Refer to this sample PDF to develop clinical guidelines for COVID-19.  Amend’s evaluation and treatment algorithm can assist as you face challenges in correctional settings

Ensure staff and patients understand the distinction between medical isolation, quarantine and solitary confinement 
Understand the medical/public health rationale for decarceration during COVID-19 and follow these steps for immediate population reduction

Develop and communicate a medical prognosis for incarcerated patients
Understand Advance Care Planning for Incarcerated Patients and discuss with patients and other medical staff

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Further reading


For Advocates

COVID-19 Resources


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