Dart says the governor’s decision Thursday makes his job of containing COVID-19 at the jail more difficult: “That’s every man for himself.“
An executive order halting admissions comes as 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases are tied to the Department of Corrections.
The cases include three prisoners and three staff members. Experts say COVID-19 can spread especially quickly in crowded facilities.
“We’re in the middle of a battle, and we need reinforcements,” Pritkzer said on Saturday as he issued a “call to action.”
The news comes after staff and prisoners said they did not have enough soap or cleaning supplies to protect against the virus.
Despite promises from state officials, inmates say they aren’t getting soap or cleaning supplies amid increasing anxiety over COVID-19.
Illinois Prisons Halt Visits To Protect Against COVID-19, Advocates Call For Release Of Elderly Prisoners
Corrections Department says it will increase access to free phone calls and video visits.
A new report questions the wisdom of the city’s $5 million-per-year investment, saying the youth program lacks transparency and accountability.
Illinois prisoners have had to pay a $5 copay, but that’ll change in 2020.
The Illinois Supreme Court decision could have important implications for anyone looking for information about medical care behind bars.