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Coronavirus Published 03.17.2020 Updated 6:07 P.M. 05.18.2020

Coronavirus Tracker: How Justice Systems Are Responding in Each State

As COVID-19 spreads, states are suspending visits to prison facilities and limiting criminal court proceedings. We’re rounding up the changes as they occur. Have you seen closures to prisons, jails or courts due to coronavirus? Tell us about it here.

Restrictions on prison visitation

19 corrections systems have suspended all visitation

Changes to court operations

35 state court systems and D.C. have suspended most in-person criminal proceedings
3 state court systems have not issued a statewide order about court proceedings

Alabama

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 13. Urgent legal meetings are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Courts

In-person proceedings have been allowed statewide since May 15, with local judges having authority to enact safety procedures. Jury trials remain suspended. Read more details.

Alaska

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 13.

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions for certain "priority" hearings. Read more details.

Arizona

Prisons

Visitation has been suspended since March 13. Legal visits are also suspended.

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended. Read more details.

Arkansas

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 16. Legal visits may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions for emergencies and trials already in progress. Read more details.

California

Prisons

Normal visitation has been suspended since March 13, and legal visits suspended since April 7. Overnight family visits have been suspended since March 16.

Courts

All jury trials are suspended. Courts have the discretion to implement measures to reduce in-person contact. Read more details.

Colorado

Courts

Jury calls are suspended, except for criminal trials facing imminent deadlines for speedy trials. District judges have the discretion to decide how to conduct non-essential proceedings. Read more details.

Connecticut

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

Delaware

Courts

Courts remain open, but only allow essential proceedings. Jury trials are suspended. Read more details.

District of Columbia

Prisons

Washington, D.C., sends its prisoners to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where all visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 13. Attorneys may be approved for an in-person visit on a case-by-case basis.

Courts

Courts remain open but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with some exceptions. Jury trials are suspended, except those already underway. Read more details.

Florida

Courts

Courts remain open, but only allow essential proceedings. All jury trials are suspended, including those under speedy trial procedures. Read more details.

Georgia

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 13.

Courts

Courts remain open, and the State Supreme court recommends that in-person proceedings be avoided, but trial courts can decide how to conduct such proceedings. Read more details.

Hawaii

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

Idaho

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

Illinois

Courts

Courts remain open, and the State Supreme court recommends that in-person proceedings be avoided. Circuit judges are authorized to suspend jury trials. Read more details.

Indiana

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

Iowa

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended, except for those already underway. Read more details.

Kansas

Courts

Courts remain open, but only allow "emergency operations." Jury trials already in progress may proceed. Read more details.

Kentucky

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

Louisiana

Prisons

Personal visits has been suspended since March 12. Legal visits are also suspended, but exceptions may be made at the discretion of the warden.

Courts

Courts began allowing in-person proceedings again on May 15, with restrictions on physical contact. Jury trials remain suspended. Read more details.

Maine

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

Maryland

Courts

Courts remain open, but only allow certain "mandatory" proceedings. Read more details.

Massachusetts

Courts

Courts remain open, but only allow certain emergency proceedings. Jury trials already in progress will end and will be held as new trials when the court returns to normal operations. Read more details.

Michigan

Courts

Courts remain open, but only allow certain essential proceedings. All jury trials are suspended. Read more details.

Minnesota

Courts

Courts began gradually allowing some in-person hearings on May 18. A pilot jury trial program will begin June 1. Read more details.

Mississippi

Courts

Individual judges have discretion to postpone trials and jury summonses. Read more details.

Missouri

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials already in progress may proceed. Read more details.

Montana

Prisons

Visitation has been suspended since March 13. Legal visits are also suspended.

Courts

Courts are asked to conduct operations remotely wherever possible. Proceedings are limited to 14 people unless a six-foot physical distance can be maintained between individuals. Read more details.

Nebraska

Courts

The courts have not issued any statewide policy adjusting proceedings other than to bar anyone with an elevated risk of transmitting the virus. Read more details.

Nevada

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 7.

Courts

The courts have not issued any statewide policy adjusting proceedings. Read more details.

New Hampshire

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 16.

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

New Jersey

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

New Mexico

Prisons

All visits, including contact, non-contact, and legal visits have been temporarily suspended.

Courts

Courts remain open but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended, except those already underway. Proceedings are limited to 15 people or fewer in attendance. Read more details.

New York

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended, except those already underway. Read more details.

North Carolina

Courts

Courts remain open but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials already in progress may proceed. Read more details.

North Dakota

Prisons

All contact visits have been suspended since March 12. Legal visits are also suspended but can be arranged with a warden on a case-by-case basis.

Courts

Jury trials are suspended, except those already underway. Judges may cancel other proceedings. Read more details.

Ohio

Courts

The courts have not issued any statewide policy adjusting proceedings but issued recommendations to minimize in-person appearances. Read more details.

Oklahoma

Courts

Jury trials are suspended, and judges are ordered to reschedule other in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

Oregon

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 12.

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Read more details.

Pennsylvania

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended non-essential proceedings and jury trials. Read more details.

Rhode Island

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 11. Urgent medical visits are allowed.

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended non-essential proceedings and jury trials. Read more details.

South Carolina

Courts

Jury trials are suspended. Trial court judges have discretion to proceed with other hearings and limit attendance. Read more details.

South Dakota

Courts

Circuit judges may modify court proceedings to reduce in-person appearances. Read more details.

Tennessee

Prisons

Personal visits have been suspended since March 12. Legal visits are also suspended, though wardens may grant special requests for in-person access.

Courts

Jury trials are suspended. Courts are encouraged to conduct proceedings remotely wherever possible, but judicial districts may develop plans to gradually reintroduce non-emergency in-person proceedings. Read more details.

Texas

Prisons

Personal visits have been suspended since March 13. Legal visits are also suspended, though some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for Death Row prisoners with execution dates set.

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended non-essential proceedings. Those conducted in person are limited to 10 people. Read more details.

Utah

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended. Read more details.

Vermont

Courts

Courts remain open but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended, except those already underway. Read more details.

Virginia

Prisons

Personal visits have been suspended since March 13. Legal visits are also suspended.

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended non-essential proceedings and jury trials. Read more details.

Washington

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended, except those already underway. Read more details.

West Virginia

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended. Read more details.

Wisconsin

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended, and circuit courts are permitted to seek emergency exemptions. Read more details.

Wyoming

Courts

Courts remain open, but have suspended all in-person proceedings, with exceptions. Jury trials are suspended, except those already underway or trials that must be scheduled to comply with speedy trial requirements. Read more details.

Federal

Prisons

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended by the Federal Bureau of Prisons since March 13. Attorneys may be approved for an in-person visit on a case-by-case basis.