Updated June 15.  Below is a running resource with links to media coverage of state prison policy related to COVID-19, by Deniz Ariturk, recent graduate of the MA program in Bioethics and Science Policy at Duke University:

National Coverage:

Arkansas:

California:

Colorado:

Connecticut:

Delaware:

Florida:

Georgia:

Hawaii:

Illinois:

  • Governor signs executive order allowing furloughs for up to 13,000 medically vulnerable or nonviolent prisoners as long as the disaster proclamation is in effect (April 7)

Iowa:

Kentucky:

Louisiana:

Maine:

Maryland:

Massachusetts:

Michigan:

Mississippi:

Missouri:

New Jersey:

Nevada:

New Mexico:

New York:

North Carolina:

North Dakota:

Ohio:

Oklahoma:

Oregon:

Pennsylvania:

South Carolina:

Tennessee:

Texas:

Utah:

Vermont:

Virginia

Washington:

West Virginia:

  • Two groups of prisoners (70 parolees serving short jail terms for parole violations and a similar number of work-release inmates eligible for weekend furloughs because of good behavior) were released from state jails and prisons (March 27)

Wisconsin: