Prisons Lagging in COVID-19 Response

Sometimes, Deonta could hear inmates sick with COVID-19 screaming for help from his cell, said his loved one Chrisoula Drivas. 

“The officers would kind of disregard people, so he said it was crazy to hear that people were desperate and no one cared,” she said. Since the onset of the pandemic, advocates like Drivas have raised concerns about inadequate cleaning supplies, unsanitary conditions and a lack of consistent COVID-19 protocols in Illinois Department of Corrections facilities. These are challenges Deonta faced firsthand, she said. In November, one of Deonta’s three cellmates at Dixon Correctional Center tested positive for COVID-19. Though this man was moved to another area to quarantine, the other three were not immediately tested, she said.

COVID-19 transforma la industria del fútbol en las comunidades Latinas de Illinois

El equipo Santas juega un partido en Seven Bridges Ice Arena en Woodridge, Illinois. (Foto por Rita Oceguera/ The Chicago Reporter)

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AURORA, Ill. – Al abrir la puerta lo primero que los visitantes escuchan es una mezcla de cumbia, reguetón y banda. Aunque la música sugiere un ambiente normal, el edificio se siente vacío. Los niños que antes corrían con alegría, desparramando papas fritas por el suelo a su paso,  ya no están.