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For Families and Loved Ones

COVID-19, the coronavirus, has caused the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to suspend all visiting. 

At Restore Justice, we know the importance of staying in touch with and hearing from your incarcerated loved ones. Please check this page for updates from IDOC and Governor JB Pritzker. We will also share resources for contacting your loved ones and updates about the virus. 

Please fill out this survey if you have a loved one incarcerated in an IDOC facility. 

We created this tracker to ensure IDOC maintains communication for inmates and their families, proper hygiene, and medical care.

Please fill out this form as you talk with your loved one. 

This is more detailed than the tracker above.

Please fill out this survey if it applies to you. 

Illinois is taking precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 in prisons. Although nothing is for certain, it is possible that one of these efforts will include releasing a SMALL number of people who are incarcerated.

Find the survey here

Housing is a major barrier.

If you are able and willing to provide housing for someone being released from prison, please fill out this survey. 

Other steps you can take:  

You can take steps to make sure Illinois does not experience more unnecessary deaths and illnesses due to prison outbreaks.

A LETTER FROM MIKE, INCARCERATED IN IDOC

I’m hopeful that this message can be shared with all of the thousands of our concerned loved ones whom are currently taking steps to insure that those of us confined within state and federal correctional facilities are taken care of during the global COVID-19 crisis.

I have recently learned through communications with loved ones that there is a vast number of people out there whom are lending us their voices to speak out about the concern over the 2 million men and women locked behind bars during this current pandemic. It means so much to me to know that we are not forgotten and to know that we are loved and supported right now.

Read Mike’s entire letter

LATEST TWEETS FROM IDOC

LATEST UPDATES FROM IDOC REGARDING ILLINOIS PRISONS AND COVID-19

These statements are from IDOC. Restore Justice has not verified their accuracy. 

  • April 5: To further support our efforts to safely quarantine men at Stateville, the facility is temporarily opening its “roundhouse.” Necessary repairs were made to the housing unit and it was throughly inspected by IDPH.
  • April 5: The Department continues to review individuals for early release through statutorily permissive methods. So far, approximately 500 individuals have been released.
  • April 5: We are sad to report a second COVID-19 death at the Illinois Department of Corrections. A man in his 60’s who was incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center died today at an outside hospital.
  • April 3: Our current inventory of COVID-19 supplies can be viewed on our website. This information will be updated daily. https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/Covid19Response.aspx
  • April 2: The Illinois Department of Corrections has prioritized safety and security of its population and staff during the current pandemic. Our efforts include spending weeks diligently reviewing the incarcerated population for release through statutorily permissive methods. So far, approximately 350 people have been released, including pregnant women and women who have recently given birth.
  • April 2: 23 men from the DuQuoin IIP have been transferred to Dixon Springs IIP or Pinckneyville Correctional Center. This is a temporary reassignment and in no way a facility closure. The consolidation will allow us to operate more efficiently through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 31: The Illinois National Guard will be assisting with medical care at Stateville Correctional Center. They will begin setting up at the facility on Wednesday.
  • March 30: We are sad to report the first COVID-19 death at the Illinois Department of Corrections. A man in his 50’s who was incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center died Sunday at an outside hospital.
  • March 29: We have identified our first confirmed case of COVID-19 at Menard Correctional Center. One officer has tested positive and is quarantined at home.
  • March 25: IDOC, in partnership with Wexford Health Services, began testing Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 on March 24.
  • March 25: With guidance from @IDPH, we are taking an aggressive approach to our COVID-19 mitigation measures. We have a team of medical professionals and security specialists working around the clock to protect those who live and work in our correctional facilities.
  • March 24: All staff and people in custody have access to antibacterial soap and clean water. Stateville currently has 576 foaming soap bottles and 19,800 bars of soap on hand. We’re expecting a shipment of alcohol-based hand sanitizer this week, which will be distributed statewide.
  • March 21: On Friday, we distributed a total of 513 cases of hand soap, 371 cases of antibacterial foam wash, and 340 cases of bar soap to our facilities. We are closely monitoring our supply levels and are in close communication with our vendors to maintain adequate inventory.
  • March 20: The Department is implementing a new roll call procedure for staff due to the COVID-19 crisis. In an effort to add an additional element of safety to the workplace, traditional roll call will be suspended beginning tomorrow.
  • March 17: Parolees and releasees will not be violated for complying with directives from medical professionals and public health officials regarding COVID-19.
  • EFFECTIVE MARCH 15: All IDOC staff will have their temperature checked upon arrival to their correctional facility.
  • Effective March 14: In addition to expanding opportunities for video visits and calls, the Department is providing all people in custody with funds for two 20-minute phone calls and one 15-minute video visit. We also encourage families to write to their incarcerated loved ones as often as possible.
  • Effective March 14: To prevent the potential for COVID-19 (coronavirus) exposure, the Illinois Department of Corrections, after consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is temporarily suspending all visits effective March 14 until further notice. We recognize the importance of visitation as an essential component of rehabilitation, family connection and quality of life for those in our care. Our top priority is the health and safety of those who live and work in our facilities, and we are hopeful this policy change will be short-lived.

IDOC HOTLINE

Call (217) 558-2200. 
The call center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Email doc.covid@illinois.gov.

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