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

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Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

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number of courts

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number of facilities

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compassionate releases granted

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filings coded by our team

Statewide among incarcerated people

State Facilities

10,700

Cases

24%

Cumulative Case Rate

Federal Facilities

3,005

Cases

65%

Cumulative Case Rate

ICE Detention Centers

141

Cases

61%

Cumulative Case Rate

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Testing practices vary widely by correctional agency. True case counts are likely higher and may be significantly higher than reported.

Rates are calculated using a denominator of facility-level population as of February 2020. See our methodology to learn more about why we chose this approach.

We do not display total counts for jails because our jail data is not comprehensive for the entire state. See the table below to view jail data at the facility level.

Statewide among staff

State Facilities

4,111

Cases

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

Cases

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Cases

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Not all agencies report data on staff COVID-19 cases. Some jurisdictions leave it to staff members’ discretion whether to report positive test results they receive from community healthcare providers.

We do not have reliable data for staffing levels at all facilities. As a result, we are not currently providing rates for staff.

We do not display total counts for jails because our jail data is not comprehensive for the entire state. See the table below to view jail data at the facility level.

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Lawrence Correctional Center

State Facilities

981206

Danville Correctional Center

State Facilities

966153

Pinckneyville Correctional Center

State Facilities

866168

Pekin Federal Correctional Institution

Federal Facilities

799N/A

Marion United States Penitentiary

Federal Facilities

769N/A

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

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.

JurisdictionFacilityAuthorizing agentDate release was issuedTotal Number of ReleasesPopulation prior to releasesReleases as percentage of populationKnown capacityRelease detailsSource
Cooksome by court4/4/2020860550016%Inability to pay bail
DuPageCounty-wide4/9/202016052930%1000Inability to pay bail, Short remaining sentence
IllinoisDecatur3/29/206 Other
IllinoisStatewideDOCCS?4/5/20644370002%Minor offenses, Vulnerable populations, Other
IllinoisStatewideGovernor4/28/204000 Minor 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.


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.