As of January 18, 2023, nearly 640,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in US prisons have been documented.
People in prison are 4 times more likely to have contracted COVID 19 than the national average. In some states, people in prison have COVID 19 infection rates 8 times more than the national average.
Deaths in state and federal prisons across America rose nearly 50 percent during the first year of the pandemic, and in six states they more than doubled. The jump in deaths in 2020 was more than twice the increase in the United States overall.
In prisons, jails, and correctional facilities across the country, there have been over 3,000 known deaths among incarcerated people and correctional officers, as of January 2023.