ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order giving the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) permission to allow “medically vulnerable” inmates out of prison temporarily for as long as the governor’s disaster proclamation is in effect.
The medical requirements needed for a prisoner to be furloughed will be decided by the IDOC Medical Director, and the department will also decide where the prisoners will go.
In a statement, a spokesperson for IDOC said, “The Illinois Department of Corrections is reviewing the Executive Order and will consult with its Agency Medical Director regarding proper protocols and guidelines for medical furloughs.”
The move comes after 101 incarcerated people and 41 staff members at IDOC were confirmed to have COVID-19, and there are still 187 tests still pending.
Before the order, prisoners could be furloughed for 14 days, but the order says that it will extend until the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation ends.