A federal judge on Friday denied a request for the state to immediately release potentially thousands of at-risk detainees from Illinois prisons, saying that while the coronavirus pandemic is clearly a serious threat there was “no convincing reason for a federal court to intrude here and now.”
The governor described a deliberate process in which inmates simply can’t walk out of prison at the snap of his fingers. There is paperwork and physicals to be completed, in addition to ensuring the prisoner will have somewhere to live upon release.
“When you let somebody out…they have to have a place to go,” the governor said. “You can’t place them on the street and have them homeless immediately.”
Call Governor Pritzker, tell him your loved one has a place to call home: (312) 814-2121.