California is planning to release as many as 3,500 inmates from its state prisons in an effort to reduce crowding amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced on Tuesday that it would expedite the transition to parole for nonviolent offenders with 60 days or less left on their sentences, with priority going to individuals with less than 30 days left. The CDCR also said that it would temporarily suspend intake from county jails, a move that could reduce the prison population by an additional 3,000 within a month. “We do not take …Read More →


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A day after the state announced one Illinois prison inmate had died of COVID-19 and that more inmates and staff had tested positive for the coronavirus, a legal services group is renewing its call for thousands of inmates to be released. Alan Mills, executive director of the Uptown People’s Law Center, said as many as 13,000 inmates should be released from state prisons, or in the very least, put on home confinement to try to control the spread of COVID-19 in prisons. “There’s simply not the opportunity to socially distance. It’s totally impossible to try to stay …Read More →

WARNING: Elderly Inmates At Risk

Updated at 5:30 p.m. with the age of the inmate who died. As the new coronavirus began its rapid spread through Illinois communities, prison guards at the Logan Correctional Center passed out hotel-size bars of soap and installed disinfectant dispensers, according to 65-year-old prisoner Janet Jackson. Despite the department’s efforts last week, cleaning supplies were soon scant at the women’s prison, Jackson wrote in an email to Injustice Watch. CLICK

Joliet Hospital Overwhelmed By COVID19

JOLIET (WLS) — There is a crisis within a crisis that could kill dozens of state prison inmates according to the medical director of a Joliet hospital now struggling to deal with COVID-19 victims. The past few days, infected inmates at the Stateville Correctional Center have been taken to the closest hospital at Saint Joseph Medical Center for emergency treatment. The hospital’s medical director, Dr. John Walsh, said they have been “overwhelmed” by inmates suffering from the effects of coronavirus. “This is a disaster,” he said. “What I most fear, is that without some resolution, the number of patents coming …Read More →


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials on Monday reported the death of a state prison inmate from COVID-19 and acknowledged the difficulty they face in stopping the spread of the virus in a crowded correctional system. Dr. Ngoze Ezike, the state’s public health director, said a man at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet had died from the respiratory illness. Twelve more inmates with COVID-19 have been hospitalized, several requiring ventilators, and 77 others showing symptoms have been isolated, as have 11 staff members. CLICK

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 461 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois.  Seven new deaths are also being reported, including the death of an incarcerated man from Stateville Correctional Center. Cook County: male 50s, male 60s, female 60s, female 70s DuPage County: male 60s Kendal County: female 60s Will County: male 50s, male 60s Additionally, 12 men who were incarcerated at Stateville are now hospitalized, including several requiring ventilators.  There are 77 more incarcerated individuals with symptoms who are isolated at the facility.  Eleven staff are also being isolated. The Illinois Department of …Read More →


Governor Pritzker, there is no reason to wait 1 more day, to ask 1 more person, to ponder clemency. Raul has underlying health issues. This makes him particularly vulnerable. Every. Day. Is. A. Potential. Death. Sentence. Release Raul Dorado Today!   Raul Dorado is a Parole Illinois Board Member who has underlying health issues. Needless to say, we’re concerned.

COVID19: Rikers Island Catastrophe

One inmate used an alcohol pad that a barber had given him after a haircut to sanitize a frequently used Rikers Island jailhouse phone. Another used a sock to hold a phone during a 15-minute call. A third said he and others have used diluted shampoo to disinfect cell bars and table tops. In the nearly two weeks since the coronavirus seeped into New York City’s jail system, fears have grown of the potential of a public health catastrophe in the cellblocks where thousands are being held in close quarters. CLICK