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Litigation Database

Crowdsourced legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration, organized, collected, and summarized for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. Created and managed by Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, UCLA Law COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project, and Zealous. Mostly federal court opinions, but now expanding to states and legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

This resource is designed to help lawyers, advocates, researchers, journalists, and others interested in challenging, remedying, or drawing attention to the grave risk that Covid-19 poses to individuals who are detained.

Document Type

Practice Area

Relief Requested

Type of Court

Federal Court


Type of Case

Case Characteristics

Release Granted

COVID-19 Positive/Symptomatic

COVID-19 in Facility

Compassionate Release Case

Compassionate Release: Specific Characteristics

Compassionate Release: Exhaustion Holdings