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Pritzker signs executive order allowing prisoner furloughs

Pritzker signs executive order allowing prisoner furloughs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois inmates who meet the medical criteria may be granted furloughs to minimize the spread of coronavirus in state prisons.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed an executive order giving the Illinois Department of Corrections permission to allow “medically vulnerable” inmates out of prison temporarily for as long as the governor’s disaster proclamation is in effect.

Pritzker’s order came as 62 inmates and 40 Corrections Department staffers had been confirmed to have COVID-19.

Two inmates at Stateville Correctional center have died of the disease.