Operations & Workplace Strategies

The American Jail Association has compiled this list of resources on the coronavirus (COVID-19). We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. If you have policies or procedures on dealing with this or other infectious diseases that you believe would benefit fellow corrections professionals, please contact AJA for instructions on how to get that information to us to share. 

Read the Broomfield (Colorado) Detention Center's Resource Guide and Considerations for Reopening a Detention Facility Under COVID-19 Restrictions.

Read "Back to Normal: Considerations for Returning Jails to Pre-COVID-19 Operations," a  collaboration of the UT County Technical Assistance Service and the Tennessee Corrections Institute.

What are the three things you should be doing in your facility every day to prevent and combat COVID-19 and contagious diseases? 

Read "Flattening the Curve for Incarcerated Populations — Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons" from the New England Journal of Medicine 

Listen as Dr. Christian Conte and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel discuss strategies for dealing with COVID-19 in a correctional setting. 

Access the Recommended Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis written by Michele Deitch, senior lecturer at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Read the updated Washington State Jails Coronavirus Management Suggestions

Dr. Anne Spaulding of Emory Center for the Health of Incarcerated Persons met with GUARDIAN RFID at St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office to break down what COVID-19 (coronavirus) is, how we can help stop the transmission from inmate to inmate, and inmate to officer. Watch the videoAccess information on Coronavirus COVID-19 and the Correctional Facility from Dr. Spaulding.

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is making its Standard on Infectious Disease Prevention and Control available to help you formulate policies and procedures for reducing the risk of infectious disease transmission, including COVID-19.

Read the Pandemic Preparedness Policy written by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. 

Read a list of FAQs on the virus from Spartan Chemical Company. 

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is using the following coronavirus screening form at intake and has posted this sign at all entrances to the jail. 

Read the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan from the Philadelphia Prison System. 

The Vera Institute of Justice released five guidance briefs in partnership with Community Oriented Correctional Health Services that outline best practices to safeguard the well-being of everyone in courts, prisons, detention centers, jails, and the wider community. Read them here


Read the list of resources provided by the National Sheriffs' Association. 

Access the list of resources provided by the American Correctional Association 

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