Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Issues Coronavirus Guidance To Law Enforcement, Detention Centers

Mar 25, 2020

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday provided guidance to law enforcement and detention centers on limiting and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

According to a press release from Polis’ office issued Wednesday, Polis issued the following guidelines to law enforcement:

  • Increased use of warnings or summons in lieu of arrest when public safety is not at risk;
  • taking necessary precautions when interacting with members of the public who appear visibly ill;
  • Having jurisdictions implement pretrial diversion and release methods to lower the number of individuals held in custody at any given time;
  • And more here.

The County Sheriffs of Colorado also issued guidance in conjunction with Polis.

Polis also issued the following as guidance to detention centers in the state:

  • Whenever possible, practicing social distancing for individuals held in custody and staff;
  • Temporarily suspending all visitation;
  • Ensuring that no more than 10 people are gathered at the same time in any confined space;
  • Developing a protocol to regularly sanitize facilities; screening individuals coming in or being released from detention centers for any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Screening all staff for COVID-19 symptoms;
  • And more here.

To read Polis’ guidance in its entirety, click here.