The relatives of several Illinois prisoners shared their concerns about how COVID-19 is affecting their loved ones. As of Jan. 11, 9,318 prisoners and 3,625 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, said Alan Mills, executive director of Uptown People’s Law Clinic. That number would be far lower if the Illinois Department of Corrections had started universal testing sooner, Mills said.
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.