We must act quickly. We urge officials to promptly release detainees who can be released safely, balancing the risk of possible new crimes against the likelihood that jails and prisons will become incubators for COVID-19.
The health of a vulnerable population is at risk, and we have limited time to implement this emergency policy action. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to prevent detainees of Cook County Jail and Illinois prisons from a similar fate as those on the Diamond Princess. We strongly support the emergency petition to release detainees and urge officials to act on it immediately. –Chicago Sun Times Full Article