Activists and family members of people incarcerated in Vienna Correctional Center are calling on the Illinois Department of Public Health to shut down the minimum-security prison in southern Illinois.
The prison has been plagued by electrical issues, which caused intermittent power outages over several weeks in May, according to news reports.
Prison officials have relied on backup generators, which generate noxious fumes and are themselves unreliable.
The petition also claims the prison is infested with black mold and rodents in the dining halls and kitchen. These ongoing issues have made the facility dangerous, especially during a pandemic.
Activists have often called for the closure of prisons, including Stateville, Pontiac and Menard.
Vienna, which opened in November 1965, is often on the list.