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COVID-19 & Texas Law

This guide is updated to reflect information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information in this guide is subject to change at any time.

Jail & Incarceration

Jail or Prison Visits


State Prisons

Federal Prisons

Release Without Bail, "Cite and Release," or Early Commutation of Sentence

Some county and municipal jails may be seeking to reduce their inmate populations in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Executive Order No. GA-13

On March 29th, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott placed limits on which types of inmates can be released without bail or have their sentence commuted during the COVID-19 outbreak. The order was challenged in the courts.

Guidance for Jails 

Health & Safety Measures Taken by Jails and Prisons


Recommendations & Updates

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