Preparing the Justice System for a Pandemic Influenza and Other Public Health Emergencies: An Initiative of the Bureau of Justice Assistance [open pdf - 72KB]
"The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recognizes that public health emergencies, whether an epidemic or pandemic influenza, biological terrorist attack, or natural disaster with public health implications can threaten America's justice system and place the rule of law at risk. BJA has undertaken a broad-scope initiative to identify the critical planning and response objectives for local justice systems and to identify lessons learned and promising approaches in preparing the justice system for such emergencies. The goal of BJA's initiative is to ensure that the rule of law is upheld during any public health crisis, whether natural or manmade. This initiative's design parallels the major components of the justice system: law enforcement, courts, corrections, and communities. BJA's pandemic initiative is coordinated through a consortium that includes representatives from each project and component of the system and meets regularly to discuss findings and issues."
U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/