“It took Russell dying just for them to pass out a single extra bar of soap,” Joseph Dole, who is incarcerated at Stateville, wrote to The Appeal in a message received on Wednesday through the prison’s messaging system. “There are a lot of sick guys. …. Many have been sick for weeks.”
As of Tuesday, 24 staff members and 95 prisoners from Stateville tested positive for COVID-19, representing more than 80 percent of cases in all Illinois prisons, according to the Department of Corrections website. Lab results are pending for 187 prisoners statewide.
“We are all already ill!” Raúl Dorado, who is incarcerated at Stateville, wrote to The Appeal in a message received Wednesday. “Last night they passed out a disposable face mask,” wrote Dorado, who is a board member of the activist coalition Parole Illinois. “Talk about too little too late.” Staff members, however, are provided “a new mask each day, latex gloves, hand sanitizer and now surgical aprons, shoe covers. We are not.”
The only way to receive medical attention, he wrote, is “to become unresponsive.”
Joseph Dole & Raúl Dordo are Board Members for Parole Illinois.
Raúl has an underlying health issue which adds urgency to his need for a Medical Furlough.