SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republicans are asking for more transparency and open communication from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and as well as Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his administration regarding policy changes and prison furloughs or early release of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic.
State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said she asked the governor and the IDOC about the release of undocumented immigrants without notifying local law enforcement officials, why a correctional facility lockdown was not implemented sooner to stop the spread of COVID-19, and what criteria was used to determine the release of more than 1,300 DOC offenders.
Bryant added the criteria of which prisoners qualify for early release has been “unclear.”
On April 9, 22 House Republican members sent a letter to IDOC Director Rob Jeffreys laying out their questions and concerns. The department has said releasing some of the offenders early will not only save money, it will reduce crowding in the system.