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Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the adult criminal justice system

In December 2020, the WSIPP board of directors approved a study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the adult criminal justice system. WSIPP will examine how the flow of individuals through the criminal justice system has changed by county and by type of offense. The report will contain person-level criminal justice benchmarks from calendar years 2018 through 2020, focusing on the number of people going from one step to another step of the system and the time spent at each step. The report will also address what might happen to the timing of criminal justice benchmarks for individuals under different scenarios of system processing.

WSIPP will produce a brief final report on the changes in caseloads in the adult criminal justice system at the end of June 2021.
Michael Hirsch, (360) 664-9081