COVID-19 ALERT: United States Penitentiary Thomson

According to a statement issued by U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., at least 20 inmates were transferred from the Metropolitan Correction Center in Chicago, where there is a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, to United States Penitentiary Thomson.

The statement issued Friday night reads, “BOP’s response to the threat of COVID-19 in federal prisons has been inadequate and troubling.

The transfer of inmates from MCC Chicago, where there is a confirmed outbreak of the virus, to USP Thomson, where there has not yet been a confirmed case, is being done without proper screening and prevention procedures in place for staff and inmates.

It is completely unacceptable that BOP did not give us advance notice of these transfers. While we are encouraged that BOP says it will soon expand testing at its facilities, it is irresponsible to put staff, inmates, and local communities at risk by transferring inmates without first putting in place adequate testing procedures. We urge BOP to halt these and any future inmate transfers from facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks until they test inmates prior to transfer.”