Rev. Ira Acree urged Providence St. Mel students to take action in the tradition of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Honor him by becoming activists in your community, the Austin pastor said. Also Monday, state Rep. La Shawn Ford met with young detainees at the Cook County Jail.
The coronavirus pandemic has family members frantic to get their loved ones released from Illinois prisons. State officials announced on Monday that an inmate from Stateville Correctional Center has died, and 12 other prisoners have been hospitalized and are being treated for the coronavirus.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduced the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act with the aim of reducing the costs of phone calls made by the 2 million people incarcerated across the U.S. and their families. The lawmaker and others pushing for the legislation, including the American Jail Association, say the current system lacks competition and results in high and unreasonable rates.