IDC To Release 4 Inmates Sentenced In Lake County By Oct. 9

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The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDC) is likely to release four inmates lodged in a Lake County jail in the coming weekend of Oct. 9.

Dionette T. Adams is the longest-term serving inmate who is being released. Adams was sentenced to the longest term for his dealings with about 15 grams of heroin manufacturing and delivery. He was behind bars for more than three years, Lake County Gazette reported.

According to The Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability, around $37,000 is expended by Illinois a year as lock-up costs for one imprisoned person. In a study by Prison Policy Initiative,” Illinois’ incarceration rate was at 564 per 100,000, higher than every industrialized country, except the United States. When compared with its surrounding states, Illinois was the lowest. Kentucky and Missouri have rates over 850 per 100,000.”

However, a matter of concern is over the conduct of pretrial detainees. Pretrial detainees account for 71% of the total jail population, the Vera Institute of Justice reported.

Most prison inmates are released on some condition of supervised monitoring upon re-entering civilian life. This supervision may continue till the end of life or for a certain period of time.

The inmates who are being released from Lake County imprisonment are:

  • Joseph D. Page for burglary in 2021-10-04 from Western Illinois Correctional Center
  • John A. Redmond for child pornography in 2021-10-04 from Vienna Correctional Center
  • Dionette T. Adams for manufacturing or delivery of 10-15 grams of heroin in 2021-10-08from Sheridan Correctional Center
  • Kendall M. Roach for aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm in 2021-10-09 from Vandalia Correctional Center

Meanwhile, a study conducted by experts with Northwestern University and the World Bank earlier this month found that jails across the United States were “infectious disease incubators”, and encouraged alternatives for incarceration during the pandemic.

After studying data from 1,605 counties, the researchers linked an 80% reduction in the U.S. jail population to a 2% decline in the growth rate of daily coronavirus cases.

In a bid to slow down COVID-19 spread, prison reform groups have called for reducing the prison population for minor crimes. The Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit, says incarcerated people have died at a rate unparalleled in the general public. Another group found more than 500,000 COVID cases in American prisons over a 15-month period.

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