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Illinois

Map of Illinois with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

1

590

1.2k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

10,936

23%

Federal Facilities

2,829

47%

ICE Detention Centers

149

64%

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

4,686

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Cook County Jail

County Jails

1,1831,251

Lawrence Correctional Center

State Facilities

1,039223

Danville Correctional Center

State Facilities

968165

Pinckneyville Correctional Center

State Facilities

870180

Marion United States Penitentiary

Federal Facilities

760N/A

Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard

Data Reporting
& Quality Grade
F

This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the state department of corrections in Illinois. Read more about our scoring methodology and to see how this jurisdiction compares to other state and federal systems.

Scores assessed as of May 10, 2021. Scores will be reevaluated on a monthly basis.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsnot reported

None

Active Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Tests Administeredreported at the facility level

By facility

Populationnot reported

None

Vaccinationsnot reported

None

Data reporting for staff
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsnot reported

None

Active Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Tests Administeredreported at the facility level

By facility

Populationnot reported

None

Vaccinationsnot reported

None

Data quality
Machine ReadableNo

No

Regularly UpdatedNo

No

Clearly DefinedNo

No

Contextualized HistoricallyNo

No

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

3

number of courts

8

number of facilities

5

compassionate releases granted

11

filings coded by our team

Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.

For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID-19

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)Date*Overall population reduction/total number of releases**Population prior to releases***Known facility capacity****Release detailsSource
Cooksome by court4/4/20208605500Inability to pay bail
DuPageCounty-wide jails4/9/20201605291000Inability to pay bail, Short remaining sentence
IllinoisDecatur Correction Center3/29/206Other
IllinoisStatewide prisonsDOCCS4/5/2064437000Minor offenses, Vulnerable populations, Other
IllinoisStatewide prisonsGovernor4/28/204000Minor offenses, Vulnerable populations
  1. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.

  2. *date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.

  3. **total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.

  4. ***last reported inmate population before releases were realized

  5. ****capacity is often determined differently across jurisdictions and some facilities often report more than one capacity number. In these cases, we report the higher of the figures available.

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID-19

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal or externalEffort concernsSource
Cook County6/20/2020The Revolution Club in Chicago and Refusefacism ChicagoMarch/Protest–ExternalInternalAccelerated releases
Statewide3/21/2020Restore JusticeInformation Gathering/Preserving Testimony/ArchivingInternalAccelerated releases
Statewide4/13/2020 - 4/17/2020Decarcerate IllinoisCar Rally, Phone Zap, Letter/PetitionInternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Cook County3/11/2020Chicago 400Online ActionInternalAccelerated releases
Attica Prison?Cook County9/1/2020-9/15/2020American Friends Service CommitteeCultural OrganizingInternalAccelerated releases
  1. You can find our full dataset here.