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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. 



Restore Justice’s Spring 2020 Newsletter

We sent this newsletter to people who are incarcerated. Find updates on policy and legal issues related to COVID-19, in addition to resources for family members and loved ones. 



Status of Court Hearings in Illinois

After shutting down with most of the state, courts have resumed operating. In some circuits, hearings are being held via phone and video when possible. There are other modifications to previous schedules. Here’s the latest information from each Illinois circuit



John Howard Association System-Wide Survey

“It is critically important that we know and better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the health, safety, and quality of life of people who are incarcerated in Illinois’ prisons. In order to get this information, JHA conducted our first ever system-wide survey.” Read the survey results



UPDATES FROM IDOC





ILLINOIS PRISON PROJECT TOOLKIT FOR CLEMENCIES

This toolkit contacts resources to help file emergency commutation petitions without the help of an attorney, in light of the threat posed by COVID-19.



Find the toolkit here

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.

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



COVID-19 Webinar for Families with Incarcerated Loved Ones

This webinar will help you develop strategies for advocating for your loved ones during this COVID-19 pandemic. Find tips and tools for contacting officials and for demanding better conditions. 





HELP FOR STAYING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LOVED ONE



Here is our guide to getting started with video visits.



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

This will allow us to hold IDOC accountable. 





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