COVID-19 Jail Diversion Prioritization & Admission Protocol Considerations
In response to numerous requests from Texas counties for guidance on the operation of jails during a pandemic, the Justice Policy Team at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) developed a March 24, 2020 white paper which was widely circulated to justice leaders across Texas for review and feedback. This paper was intended to inform the efforts of county officials to prioritize jail bed use and admissions protocols in order to promote public safety by reducing the demand for jail space during this continuing crisis.
View or download the full white paper Diversion Prioritization and Admission Protocol Considerations.
On March 29, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-13 relating to the release of arrested and jailed individuals in county and municipal jails during the continuing COVID-19 disaster. In response, MMHPI issued an updated version of the planning guide for county officials, which includes our technical assistance. The updated version addresses and is fully aligned with Governor Abbott’s March 29, 2020, executive order.
View or download the full white paper Ten Principles to Guide Planning and Decision Making.