About the Commission

The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice was launched in July 2020 by the Council on Criminal Justice. Its mission was to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the justice system, develop strategies to limit outbreaks, and produce a priority agenda of systemic policy changes to better balance public health and public safety.

The Commission was composed of 14 members who represent a diverse range of relevant professional expertise. Commissioners included current and former justice system leaders, elected officials, advocates, a leading incarceration researcher, a top public health specialist, and a directly impacted individual.

Impact Reports


Impact Report:
COVID-19 and Crime

This updated analysis explores trends in violent, property, and drug offenses during the COVID-19 pandemic through March 2021.


Impact Report:
COVID-19 and SUD Treament

Evidence suggests that more testing, early testing, and early mass testing may have been strategies that helped states achieve lower rates of COVID-19 mortality behind bars.


Impact Report:
COVID-19 and Testing in State Prisons

Commission Members

Alberto Gonzales
Alberto Gonzales
Former US Attorney General
Hon. Loretta Lynch
Former US Attorney General
Charlie Beck
Former Chief, LAPD
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Chief Adrian Diaz
Seattle Police Department
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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
Harris County, Texas
Tom Inglesby, M.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
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Mayor Eric Johnson
Dallas, Texas
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Pastor Michael McBride
Director of Urban Strategies
LIVE FREE Campaign
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Desmond Meade
Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
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Hon. Tina Nadeau
Chief Justice, New Hampshire Superior Court
Melissa Nelson
State Attorney
Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit
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Colette S. Peters
Director, Oregon Department of Corrections
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Steven Raphael
Professor and James D. Marver Chair, Goldman School
University of California, Berkeley
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Jo-Ann Wallace
President and CEO
National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Insurance Program
Thomas Abt
Thomas Abt
Director, National Commission on COVID-19
Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice


Support for the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice comes from Arnold Ventures, Blue Meridian Partners (Justice and Mobility Fund), John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Microsoft, Schusterman Family Philanthropies, and CCJ's general operating contributors.