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.
Congressman Danny Davis, state Rep. La Shawn Ford and others gathered earlier this month to advocate for more funding for prisoners being released back into society. This month marks the 11th anniversary of the federal Second Chance Act, which Davis helped push through Congress.
Seventeen-year-olds and almost 17-year-olds are invited to view the Netflix documentary – which analyzes the criminalization of African Americans and the prison boom – from noon to 3:30 p.m. June 23 at By the Hand, 415 N. Laramie.
Congressman Danny K. Davis and Sankofa Safe Child Initiative are sponsoring the day-long event to Sheridan Correctional Center June 11, which includes free food and a resource fair at the end of the day.