Illinois prisons pause county intakes due to pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections has temporarily paused intakes from county jails because of COVID-19 outbreaks at prisons.

The department said Tuesday the affected prison facilities include the Graham, Logan, Menard and Northern Reception and Classification Centers.

The IDOC is using space normally reserved for new admissions to safely quarantine and isolate prisoners who have been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19.

It said it will continue accepting individuals from county jails who are scheduled to be released from custody the same day they are transferred. When COVID-19 cases decline, IDOC expects space to become available for county jail intakes.