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Pandemic Toolkit

Resources from the COVID-19 Response in Confinement Facilities
COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities Training and Technical Assistance Center

The purpose of the Pandemic Toolkit ("Toolkit") is to provide guidance and an archive of resources on the effective management and mitigation of infectious airborne disease within confinement settings. This Toolkit will help confinement facilities:

  1. Prioritize the health and safety of incarcerated individuals and confinement staff by offering strategies for infection prevention and control.
  2. Equip confinement facilities with the necessary tools and protocols to minimize the spread of infectious disease among residents and personnel of confinement facilities.
  3. Aid in the planning for quick and efficient responses to pandemic outbreaks within confinement facilities, including staff, facility, and resident management, testing, quarantine, isolation, and medical care, and population reduction.


The resources in the Toolkit have been compiled from public resources:

  • Local, state, and federal confinement agencies
  • Local, state, and federal public health organizations
  • National-level confinement associations

All resources have been vetted by confinement leaders and health experts associated with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities (CDMCF) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center.

Toolkit Organization

The toolkit is organized into three key domains. The information within these domains will help confinement facilities to sustain an effective response to COVID-19 and future pandemic events:


  • Staff
  • Facility Management
  • Resident Management

Intervention Strategies

  • Prevention
  • Detection
  • Mitigation
  • Mental Health Impact of the Pandemic

Population Reduction

  • Resources aimed at reducing confinement populations
Date Created: June 18, 2024