Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Criminal Justice System

Author: Gary Zajac, Ph.D. , Derek Kreager, Ph.D. , Glenn Sterner, Ph.D.

Article Topics: criminal justice system, policing, courts, corrections, Pennsylvania The global Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has had an unprecedented impact on the operations of national, state and local governments across all domains of public policy. In this post, we focus on the impacts to the criminal justice system (CJS) as of early April. Because this situation is evolving rapidly, the information presented here may change daily. Although we focus on impacts within Pennsylvania, it is likely that at least some of the impacts discussed are generalizable to the CJS nationally, and perhaps even internationally. We examine system impacts resulting directly from efforts to…