Illinois jails suspend county admissions due to pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (AP) – The Illinois Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended admissions to county jails due to COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons, the agency said on Tuesday.

The affected prisons include the Graham, Logan, Menard and Northern Reception and Classification Centers, where county jails transport new admissions, he said.

County sheriffs were notified on Tuesday, the agency said.

The IDOC is using a space normally reserved for new admissions to quarantine and safely isolate prisoners who have been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19, he said.

The department will continue to accept people from county jails who are due to be released the same day they are transferred, he said.

As cases of COVID-19 decline, IDOC expects space to become available for admissions to county jails.

“Community living facilities present unique infection control challenges due to lack of quarantine and isolation space,” IDOC Director Rob Jeffreys said in a press release. “The department recognizes the difficulties that county prisons face when we cannot accept admissions, but we must take aggressive action to ensure the safety and health of the community and of all who live and work in our facilities. . “

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