COVID-19 ALERT: SOAP SHORTAGES

Illinois prisons are a tinderbox for a potential coronavirus outbreak, but advocates and family of prisoners say the Department of Corrections isn’t providing the basic supplies to keep both staff and prisoners safe.

While some advocates praised the department’s stated plan to protect prisons, they say that some individual facilities aren’t executing it.

The Illinois Department of Corrections promised last week that “hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap and cleaning supplies are being made available to all staff and incarcerated individuals.”

But family members of people in prisons report the supplies aren’t actually being distributed at every facility.

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