Independent Correctional Oversight Mechanisms Across the United States: A 50-State Inventory

This state-by-state inventory of independent oversight mechanisms for correctional institutions was initiated to provide a baseline understanding about the extent of such oversight in the United States as of 2010. This project was a monumental and groundbreaking undertaking as it involved identification and analysis of prison and jail oversight mechanisms in all 50 states and the federal system. Some of the information in this article may no longer be accurate; more up-to-date information is available on this website and there is a more refined analysis in the “But Who Oversees the Overseers?” article.