For the latest CDCR COVID-19 information and updates, visit the CDCR COVID-19 Preparedness webpage.
7/10/2020: CDCR announces additional actions to reduce population and maximize space systemwide to address COVID-19. Estimates of 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by end of August, in addition to the state’s reduction of about 10,000 persons since the start of the pandemic. See overview of the release actions here.
7/9/2020: CDCR Secretary Diaz extends 12 weeks of Progressive Programming Credits for incarcerated people to help mitigate the impact on access to programs and credit earnings. Approximately 3,100 people could achieve enough credit to meet their earliest possible release date.
7/8/2020: CDCR partners with GTL to provide two free calling days for the incarcerated population on July 9 and July 23. CDCR’s electronic messaging provider JPay extended inbound email print services to all institutions at a reduced rate through August 12.
7/8/2020: California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC), California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC), and Folsom State Prison (FOL) conducted mandatory staff testing
7/8/2020: San Quentin State Prison mandates use of N95 masks for all staff to be worn while performing duties on institution grounds.
7/8/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Corcoran pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (31st death statewide).
7/7/2020: Condemned inmate David Reed pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (30th death statewide).
7/7/2020: All incarcerated persons being released from San Quentin will be offered housing in the community through Project Hope.
7/7/2020: San Quentin’s California Prison Industry Authority Furniture warehouse to be renovated into 220-bed alternative care site to treat COVID-19 patients at the institution.
7/6/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men (29th death statewide) dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
7/6/2020: CDCR and CCHCS direct all institutions to activate their Incident Command Posts.
7/5/2020: Two incarcerated people from San Quentin (27th and 28th deaths statewide) die at outside hospitals from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
7/4/2020: An incarcerated person from San Quentin (26th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
7/4/2020: Condemned inmate Dewayne Carey pronounced deceased due to what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (25th death statewide).
7/3/2020: Condemned inmates Scott Erskine and Manuel Machado Alvarez are pronounced deceased due to what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (23rd and 24th deaths statewide).
7/3/2020: CDCR announces mandatory statewide staff COVID-19 testing plan.
7/1/2020: CDCR and CCHCS provided further clarification and expectations of mandatory use of facial barriers by all staff while performing work on institutional grounds. Those who do not comply with the mandate face progressive disciplinary action. This memo reinforces memos sent April 15 and June 11.
7/1/2020: Staffing contingency plans activated at San Quentin State Prison, additional resources redirected from nearby institutions.
6/30/2020: CDCR publishes overview of plan to expedite release for eligible incarcerated people with 180 days or less to serve.
6/30/2020: CDCR announces a Unified Command (UC) center at San Quentin State Prison to coordinate custody and medical response to COVID-19 cases. The team is composed of experts from CDCR, California Correctional Health Care Services, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Emergency Medical Services Authority, California Department of Public Health, and Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
6/29/2020: CDCR suspends intake from all county jails through July 29, 2020.
6/29/2020: A memo released by Secretary Ralph Diaz and Receiver J. Clark Kelso provides updated guidance for the use of face coverings in headquarters and regional offices, pursuant to directives from the Governor and California Department of Public Health.
6/28/2020: Second incarcerated person from CVSP (22nd death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
6/26/2020: A third incarcerated person from ASP (21st death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
6/23/2020: Second incarcerated person from ASP (20th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
6/22/2020: Mandatory 14-day modified programming implemented to limit movement of the incarcerated population and staff between and throughout all institutions.
6/20/2020: First incarcerated person from ASP (19th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
6/19/2020: Board of Parole Hearings extends use of video conference to conduct parole suitability hearings through July 22, 2020.
6/18/2020: 16th incarcerated person from CIM (18th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
6/17/2020: Secretary Diaz addresses families and community partners in this letter, thanking them for their support and sacrifices during the pandemic, and addressing rumors about reopening.
6/16/2020: CDCR announces community supervision program to further protect inmates and staff from the spread of COVID-19
6/15/2020: First youth tests positive within a Division of Juvenile Justice facility
6/15/2020: 15th incarcerated person from CIM (17th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
6/14/2020: 14th incarcerated person from CIM (16th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
6/12/2020: Memo released to provide updated safety guidelines for employees
6/11/2020: First incarcerated person from CVSP (15th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
6/10/2020: Effective immediately, any incarcerated person scheduled to transfer to a different facility must have tested negative for COVID-19 within seven days of transfer
6/10/2020: 13th incarcerated person from CIM (14th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
6/9/2020: First incarcerated person from CIW (13th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
6/9/2020: Mandatory staff testing for COVID-19 begins this week at San Quentin State Prison and California State Prison, Corcoran
6/8/2020: Inmate Advisory Council members featured in video about proper mask usage
6/03/2020: CCHCS announces it received 20,000 (COVID-19) test kits from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services last week and an additional 20,000 this week
6/03/2020: Plant Operations employee at Ironwood State Prison dies after recently testing positive for the coronavirus
6/03/2020: 12th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
6/02/2020: 11th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
6/2/2020: CDCR, GTL partner to provide free calls every Wednesday in June
6/1/2020: Suspended design and construction projects to resume effective June 2020
5/31/2020: 10th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
5/28/2020: CDCR/CCHCS identify nearly 700 individuals in dorm housing at CIM at potentially high risk for COVID-19 complications; these individuals will be relocated to other institutions in the state in small cohorts.
5/26/2020: Mandatory staff testing for COVID-19 begins at California Institution for Men (CIM) and Avenal State Prison (ASP) this week
5/26/2020: Intake resumes for youth at the Division of Juvenile Justice; new cohorts accepted in groups of 10, sequestered for 14 days, all incoming youth tested on arrival and again at day 12
5/24/2020: Two incarcerated people from CIM die at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
5/23/2020: Seventh incarcerated person from CIM dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.
5/20/2020: Board of Parole Hearings announces video and telephone conference parole suitability hearings will continue through June 22, 2020
5/20/2020: CDCR announces it will resume intake from county jails in a very limited, controlled manner from four counties only to the Reception Centers at North Kern State Prison and Wasco State Prison only, beginning the week of May 25
5/18/2020: CDCR begins surveillance testing at all adult institutions
5/18/2020 California State Prison-Los Angeles County staff featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show along with other essential workers across the country
5/18/2020: Sixth incarcerated person from CIM passes away at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
5/18/2020: Transfers from Reception Centers and restricted housing units to other institutions resume this week, with the exception of CIM
5/18/2020: Transfers of inmates from Golden State Modified Community Correctional Facility back to CDCR-run facilities begin this week
5/18/2020: Board of Parole Hearings announces updated video/teleconference suitability hearing results
5/18/2020: Office of Peace Officer Selection Psychological Screening Program to allow applications to complete screening examination via telehealth video interview
5/13/2020: Large-scale testing shows increase of positive cases at CIW (mostly asymptomatic); institution takes immediate steps to prevent further spread
5/13/2020: Division of Adult Parole Operations announces adjusted supervision protocols, including resumption of home visits in certain instances, conducted at door fronts except in the event of an emergency.
5/12/2020: Second all-staff appreciation video released
5/12/2020: COVID-19 Patient Movement for Mental Health Treatment memo released regarding precautions when patients must be moved between Department of State Hospitals and CDCR
5/12/2020: COVID-19 Guidance for Daily Program Regarding Social Distancing for Cell or Alternative/Dorm-Style Housing of Eight Person Cohorts memo sets expectations as daily operational programs are developed, with goal to mitigate exposure of staff and inmates
5/11/2020: Eight temperature-controlled tents assembled at CIM for medical triage, testing, and treatment
5/09/2020: CDCR/CCHCS confirm a fifth inmate from California Institution for Men passed away at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
5/08/2020: CDCR/CCHCS confirm three inmates from California Institution for Men died May 6 and May 7 at outside hospitals from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19
5/07/2020: Video message honoring Correctional staff released in honor of National Correctional Officer Week
5/07/2020: Video message honoring Correctional Education staff released in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week
5/06/2020: CDCR, CCHCS, DJJ share video message to kick off National Nurses Week
5/06/2020: In-person peace officer testing components to resume via small groups in May, except for physical fitness test
5/05/2020: Enhanced Patient Testing Tracker unveiled to provide enhanced testing and results data by institution, “resolved” category and new methodology for counting COVID-19 tests
5/05/2020: Secretary Diaz and Receiver Kelso share video message of appreciation to all staff in honor of Public Service Recognition week
5/05/2020: “Returned to work” column added to Employee Status Tracker
5/03/2020: CDCR, GTL to offer two days of free phone calls each week through the end of May
5/01/2020: Guidelines released for supply donations
4/29/2020: CDCR announces 1,928 inmates have been transferred to alternate institutions to create physical distancing; 331 transferred within their local institutions
4/29/2020: COVID-19 Response FAQ page redesigned for increased functionality for easier navigation
4/29/2020: DRP announces Innovative Programming Grant disbursements, CARE Grant applications to proceed as scheduled
4/28/2020: Inmates in tablet pilot program at five institutions to be provided free access to expanded programs effective May 4.
4/28/2020: Basic Correctional Officer Academy will resume training May 5, 2020
4/27/2020: Board of Parole Hearings announces it held 211 suitability hearings by video and telephone conference April 1-24
4/24/2020: Suspension of intake from county jails extended to May 25, 2020.
4/23/2020: CCHCS launches new COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Health Care and Public Health Providers webpage
4/23/2020: CIM increases physical distancing efforts using temporary housing
4/22/2020: All transfers out of Reception Centers are suspended through May 22, 2020
4/21/2020: Sunset of 14-Day Mandatory Modified Program
4/21/2020: Individuals who purchased supplies for family visits they were unable to use due to COVID-19 cancellations will receive a refund
4/21/2020: Division of Rehabilitative Programs, Options Recovery Services to provide packaged assignments for inmates in Offender Mentor Certification Program to continue studies, credit-earning
4/20/2020: Any person being released from CDCR custody will be provided a facial barrier
4/19/2020: CIM inmate dies from complications related to COVID-19 (first death of an incarcerated person statewide)
4/18/2020: Mass testing of 100 inmates at LAC
4/15/2020: Governor Newsom signs Executive Order addressing Division of Juvenile Justice release and reentry process.
4/14/2020: Inmates leaving CDCR custody for longer than one day to attend court hearings will not be accepted back until intake is resumed.
4/14/2020: Enhanced version of population case tracker launched
4/13/2020: Information provided to to health care staff about Governor’s Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Health Care Workers Program
4/13/2020: CDCR announces reduction in prison population of 6,758 inmates
4/11/2020: Board of Parole Hearings announces it has held 116 parole suitability hearings by video and telephone conference between April 1-10
4/10/2020: All institutions increase laundry services
4/9/2020: University of California, San Francisco AMEND webinar on COVID-19 in jails and prisons released to staff
4/8/2020: CDCR partners with JPay to provide inbound email print services to all institutions at a reduced rate
4/8/2020: Mandatory 14-day modified program implemented
4/8/2020: CALPIA to continue only critical operations
4/7/2020: Transfers from Reception Centers suspended through April 22
4/7/2020: DJJ education to be provided via distance learning
4/6/2020: Staff use of PPE memo issued
4/6/2020: PPE guidance and information issued
4/3/2020: Tiffany Haddish speaks to incarcerated youth via Skype
4/2/20: Internal patient registry launched to assist in monitoring patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
3/31/2020: Federal Receiver J. Clark Kelso releases video message to all staff
3/31/2020: CDCR announces plan to expedite transition to parole for certain eligible inmates with 60 days or less to serve
3/31/2020: FAQs for expedited release and increased physical space published
3/29/2020: CALPIA announces hand sanitizer production
3/29/2020: Inmates allowed alcohol-based hand sanitizer in approved areas under supervision
3/29/2020: Inmate cases reported at CIM (1) and LAC (2)
3/27/2020: Temperature screenings implemented for all entering prisons and community correctional facilities
3/26/2020: Population tracking press release issued
3/26/2020: Large-scale construction projects suspended inside secure perimeters
3/26/2020: DJJ provides free Skype visits at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
3/25/2020: Population COVID-19 Tracking released
3/25/2020: Secretary Diaz releases video message to staff
3/25/2020: Secretary Diaz releases video message to population
3/25/2020: All in-service training postponed until July
3/24/2020: Governor issues Executive Order with directives to CDCR
- Adult, DJJ intake from counties suspended for 30 days
- BPH to develop process for videoconferencing parole hearings
- In-person parole hearings suspended for 60 days
3/24/2020: Transfers into MCRP, CCTRP, ACP suspended through April 6
3/24/2020: Transfers to Conservation Camps suspended until further notice
3/23/2020: All staff TB testing delayed
3/23/2020: CDCR/CCHCS-created educational video released for population
3/22/2020: First inmate tests positive
3/21/2020: Basic Correctional Officer Academy scheduled for March 24 postponed
3/21/2020: Current Basic Correctional Officer Academy accelerated
3/21/2020: Reception Center inmates to be quarantined for 14 days
3/20/2020: Interim Guidance for Health Care and Public Health Providers issued
3/20/2020: Two confirmed staff cases
3/19/2020: Standardized academic testing postponed
3/19/2020: Ramadan, Passover, Easter services to be provided in-cell
3/19/2020: Inmate transfers limited to only essential movement
3/19/2020: Parole suitability hearings postponed through April 6
3/19/2020: Written peace officer exams postponed through April 6
3/18/2020: Temporary travel and meeting restrictions
3/18/2020: All CDCR/CCHCS staff given verbal screenings before entering any work locations
3/17/2020: mailto:COVID19@cdcr.ca.gov email address goes live
3/17/2020: JPay offers two free stamps per week to registered electronic messaging users
3/17/2020: Global Tel Link to offer free phone calls March 19 and 26
3/17/2020: No volunteers or rehabilitative program providers allowed to enter prisons
3/17/2020: Parole suitability hearings postponed through March 20
3/17/2020: All transfers of out-of-state parolee1s or inmates to California stopped for 30 days
3/17/2020: Message from the Secretary and Receiver sent to all staff
3/16/2020: Reentry facility, parole guidelines issued
3/15/2020: Department Operations Center activated
3/15/2020: In-person observers not permitted at parole suitability hearings
3/14/2020: Family visits postponed statewide, effective 3/16/20
3/14/2020: Updated school closure impact guidelines
3/14/2020: Expanded precautions at institutions – mandatory verbal screening for all entering state prisons
3/13/20: Secretary and Receiver issue memo: Message to employees regarding COVID-19 (new coronavirus)
3/13/2020: Correctional Sergeant written examination scheduled for 3/21/20 postponed until further notice
3/12/2020: Tours canceled statewide
3/11/2020: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) memo issued
3/11/2020: Facts sheets, posters and additional information about COVID-19 distributed to the population
3/11/2020: Events of 250 attendees or more canceled
3/11/2020: Normal visiting canceled statewide