Criminal Justice, Civil Rights, and Immigration

Alston & Bird has collected information for our pro bono, community service, and non-profit partners related to criminal justice, civil rights, and immigration. These resources provide information on compassionate release, how state and federal law enforcement and corrections agencies are responding to COVID-19, the waiver of criminal fines and fees, and the impact of COVID-19 on immigration.

Prisons and Corrections

  • The Federal Bureau of Prisons provides information on its COVID-19 response.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections lists the responses to COVID-19 from multiple corrections associations.
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has a coronavirus resources page that includes information related to compassionate release, template pleadings, court orders, and other information.
  • The Prison Policy Initiative provides regular updates on how jails and prisons across the country are responding to COVID-19.
  • The Brennan Center for Justice has a COVID-19 resource page that includes policy recommendations for reducing jail and prison populations, immigration detention, police and prosecutor responses, and easing the burden of fees and fines.

Criminal Justice

  • The National Conference of State Legislatures provides resources on how courts, law enforcement, and state and local agencies are responding to COVID-19.
  • The Council of State Governments tracks executive orders in each state related to COVID-19, including those related to corrections.
  • The Marshall Project has a coronavirus tracker on how justice systems are responding to COVID-19 in each state.
  • The American Bar Association has a roundup of resources related to access to justice in each state.
  • The Fines & Fees Justice Center regularly updates its policy tracker listing various state and local initiatives to waive fines and fees and provide resources to individuals in the criminal justice system.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides interim guidance on how to address COVID-19 in correctional and detention facilities.
  • The National Legal Aid and Defender Association has a COVID-19 resources page that lists information related to pro bono collaboration, criminal justice, consumer protection, domestic violence, elder justice, employment, health, housing and homelessness, immigration, and public benefits.


  • The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) tracks government agency responses to COVID-19 related to immigration.
  • The American Immigration Lawyers Association has a COVID-19 resource center that lists major announcements from federal agencies, news regarding information, and many partner resources.
  • Freedom for Immigrants has a tracker on COVID-19 reports in immigration detention facilities.

Last updated September 18, 2020