Resources and Guidelines for Managing the COVID-19 Virus in NM’s Criminal Justice Systems

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During the COVID-19 public health emergency, federal and state authorities and criminal justice associations are issuing papers and guidelines to help various CJ partner entities prepare and respond effectively to the outbreak. Please email with additional useful resources to add to this page.


From the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)


From the National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (NNCJCC)


From the National Center for State Courts (NCSC)


From the Vera Institute of Justice


From the National Association of Counties (NACo)



From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The following link to the CDC Guidance for long-term care centers provides useful information for prisons and jails: Preparing for COVID-19: Long Term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes

The New Mexico Public Law Health Handbook

The purpose of this Public Health Law Handbook is to provide judges with an overview of the basic constitutional and statutory authorities and principles that govern New Mexico public health law. Since the use of public health law in a judicial setting is infrequent, Clifford Rees, J.D., Adjunct Faculty/Senior Researcher at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Disaster Medicine, in cooperation with the Judicial Education Center, designed this Handbook to give judges and practicing attorneys a practical tool to quickly become familiar with basic public health legal concepts.

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