Elderly inmates are at high risk for coronavirus. Why are there so many of them in Illinois’s prisons?

Elderly and Ill IDOC inmates

Older inmates have mostly been left behind by criminal justice reforms. Now, after one inmate has already died from COVID-19, more than two thousand of them are at serious risk.

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Track the coronavirus cases inside Cook County jail

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Injustice Watch has been tracking the number of cases and the population inside the Cook County Jail.

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Activists demand courts release detainees amid COVID-19 concerns

Chief Cook County Judge Timothy Evans in October 201. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

In an open letter to Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, reform advocates are demanding the release of as many detainees as possible in order to mitigate risks related to the new coronavirus.

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Pennsylvania death row inmate deemed “likely innocent” shows virus symptoms

A Pennsylvania inmate whom the Philadelphia prosecutor has concluded is “likely innocent” has symptoms of coronavirus as he remains incarcerated, awaiting a hearing that was postponed amid precautions related to the outbreak.

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