Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from mild diseases, such as a cold, to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia. Recently, a new coronavirus was detected that had not been previously seen in humans. The disease, called COVID-19, can be spread from person to person.
For more information on COVID-19 and stopping the spread of COVID-19, go to nyc.gov/coronavirus.
The New York City Board of Correction (BOC), the City’s independent oversight agency, has adapted its oversight model to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Board’s priorities are monitoring:
The Board’s work seeks to independently and publicly document the scope of the public health crisis in the jails and the criminal justice system’s response to understand successes and challenges and, ultimately, ensure that lessons can be learned quickly.
On April 1, 2020 the Board began publishing daily public COVID-19 updates. To observe trends over time, the Board is publishing a COVID-19 summary report. This report summarizes data from March 16th through May 8th. It presents changes to: (1) the size of the jail population; (2) the number of people in custody with confirmed COVID-19, or under observation by CHS; (3) the number of staff with confirmed COVID-19; (4) the distribution of the jail population overall and in COVID-19 housing; and (5) the distribution of specific demographic groups overall and by COVID-19 housing.
As the COVID-19 crisis has continued, the level of detail in BOC’s public daily reporting has expanded and the Board’s methods of tracking and reporting on COVID-19 in NYC jails has evolved. The Board gained new data sources, worked out minor data discrepancies with DOC, and has made updates to several daily reports to ensure accuracy and consistency of reporting. This data file reflects the most up-to-date and accurate data on the metrics reported by the Board and should be considered the file of record for the Board’s daily public data reports to-date.
On May 11, 2020, the Board published a report presenting observational data collected by Board staff using remote access to the Department’s Genetec security video footage system1 to monitor: (1) Social Distancing, (2) Use of PPE Among Staff, (3) Use of Masks Among People in Custody, (4) Phone Access and Cleaning, and (5) DOC Rounding Practices (in cell units). Board staff observed housing areas used for Confirmed COVID-19 Patients, Symptomatic Individuals, and Likely Exposed but Asymptomatic Individuals (quarantined areas)
In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the Board of Correction will not accept complaints or comments in person until further notice. You can continue to contact the Board via: