Demonstrators denounce state’s handling of coronavirus outbreak at Stateville prison.

A procession of about 40 cars made their way around the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill on Friday to protest against how Illinois has handled the novel coronavirus pandemic in prisons.

The demonstrators displayed signs from their cars reading “Free them all” and “empty the jails.”

Rev. Jason Lydon, a Unitarian Universalist minister at the Second Unitarian Church in Chicago, described the group of family members, advocates and faith leaders as “people of conscience coming together” to raise awareness of the situation in Illinois prisons and jails. He said the demonstration was an effort to “remind everybody that those inside the prison are not alone.”