COVID-19 Assistance for the Justice Community

Tracking the latest developments and resources for state and local governments officials.
Last updated: August 12, 2020 at 2:05 p.m. ET

The ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic requires policymakers and criminal justice practitioners to rapidly adapt their day-to-day operations to the situation at hand. While the pace and scale of the crisis can be overwhelming, the CSG Justice Center is committed more than ever to supporting its members—state and local officials working in all three branches of government in criminal and juvenile justice, behavioral health, housing, and labor.

Since the start of this crisis, our staff have been speaking with hundreds of policymakers and practitioners across all 50 states to identify new challenges, share ideas, and partner together to develop innovative strategies at a pace that matches the rapid response required right now. Our assistance cuts across four key areas:

  1. Supporting successful reentry in the wake of COVID-19
  2. Helping communities safely divert people with behavioral health needs from arrest and release them from local jails
  3. Using data to improve safety and health for people living and working in prisons
  4. Safeguarding prior success in reducing juvenile incarceration rates and improving overall youth outcomes

As we develop new ideas and learn more from those on the frontlines, we’ll be sure to share updates here. If you need assistance in your state, please send inquiries to JCCovid19@csg.org.

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Megan Quattlebaum
Director
As director of the CSG Justice Center, Megan Quattlebaum leads a staff of approximately 120 who work across an array of specialties that span the criminal justice continuum to develop research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Before
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joining the organization, Megan most recently served as a research scholar in law and the program director of the Justice Collaboratory at the Yale Law School, where she taught as well as developed and oversaw research projects and led the organization’s work on behalf of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice; she was also the Senior Liman Fellow in Residence for the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law. She has also served as a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. She has also served as a practicing criminal and civil defense attorney with Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in New York and an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow and attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh. In addition, she clerked for the Hon. Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her JD from the Yale Law School.
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    Marshall Clement
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    Marshall Clement provides strategic leadership across the breadth of the CSG Justice Center’s policy and programmatic work to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Previously, Marshall served as the organization’s division director of state initiatives. Over a 13-year tenure at
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    Nicole Jarrett
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