Covid In-Custody Project

Quantitative and qualitative investigative journalism on the pandemic's impact on California's state prisons and county jails.

See how the virus affected 35 facilities under the Department of Corrections and local jails in Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Yolo and Fresno counties.

Our Data

Collaborators & Partners

The UCLA Law Covid Behind Bars Project is an initiative to track COVID-19 cases and testing in carceral institutions across the country. Our county jails data is accessible through their master dataset on GitHub.
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Dr. Hadar Aviram is a Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Our county jails data, including details about vaccine uptake, testing refusal rates, and compliance with public health orders is accessible through her personal website.
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The Davis Vanguard is a local criminal justice news reporting organization. Our articles on policies, decision making, and general developments in COVID-19 mitigation strategies of prisons and jails are accessible on the Vanguard website.
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Meet the Team

Aparna Komarla

Aparna Komarla is the founder and director of the Covid In-Custody project.

She leads quantitative and qualitative reporting for CDCR and county jails, and supports her interns through their article development and research processes. She is from Bangalore, India.

Julietta Bisharyan

Julietta Bisharyan is an intern covering the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

She is a graduating senior at UC Davis and an upcoming student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is from South San Francisco.

Tiffany Devlin

Tiffany Devlin is an intern covering Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail.

She is a former San Francisco University student, holding a B.A in Criminal Justice Studies. She is from Richmond, CA.

Dorrin Akbari

Dorrin Akbari is an intern covering the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

She received her B.A. in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley in 2019. She is from San Jose.

Minerva Melendrez

Minerva Melendrez is an intern covering Sacramento County’s Main Jail, Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, and Youth Detention Facility.

She is a senior at UC Davis studying for her B.A. in Political Science Public Service and Psychology. She is from Pittsburg, CA.

Nick Gardner

Nick Gardner is an intern covering the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

He is currently a junior at the University of California, Davis majoring in political science with a minor in technology management.

Angela Khov

Angela Khov is covering the Santa Clara County jail system.

She is a third-year at UC Davis studying for her B.S in Human Development. She is from Redwood City, CA.

Ned Meiners

Ned Meiners is an intern covering the Fresno County jail.

He received his paralegal certificate from City College San Francisco and lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Yasmeen Khan

Yasmeen Khan is an intern covering the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

She is currently a senior at the University of San Francisco majoring in politics and minoring in legal studies and peace and justice studies.

Roshni Sudharsan

Roshni Sudharsan is covering the Santa Rita Jail.

She is a second year student at Boston University studying for her B.A. in Political Science. She is from Newark, CA.