COVID19 ALERT: DEPOPULATION OF PRISON IS CRUCIAL

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A day after the state announced one Illinois prison inmate had died of COVID-19 and that more inmates and staff had tested positive for the coronavirus, a legal services group is renewing its call for thousands of inmates to be released.

Alan Mills, executive director of the Uptown People’s Law Center, said as many as 13,000 inmates should be released from state prisons, or in the very least, put on home confinement to try to control the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.

“There’s simply not the opportunity to socially distance. It’s totally impossible to try to stay six feet away from somebody when you share a cell that’s 4 ½ by 10 feet with another human being,” Mills said.

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