This post is co-authored by Bryan Phillips, the WVCBP’s Summer Research Associate
As the Huttonsville Correctional Center outbreak and numerous outbreaks around the country have demonstrated, jails and prisons are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission. Earlier analyses looked at the overall jail and prison population reduction in the state and the change in arrest rates in Charleston, WV in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, using newly available data from public records requests, we are able to examine the change in regional jail bookings at the county level since policy responses to COVID-19 began. Our analysis shows that counties quickly began reducing arrests during the beginning of the pandemic, but that this momentum may have stalled as the crisis persists in the state.