The state of Illinois has released 4,000 prisoners as part of its pandemic mitigation strategy, a group of convicted criminals including 146 sex offenders and 64 convicted murderers.
Prisons and jails around the country have resorted to setting criminals free in the hopes of preventing disease outbreaks within correctional houses. In Illinois, criminals were either pardoned by Gov. JB Pritzker or else released early by authorities.
The state attorney's office said it was originally told the government would only be releasing "non-violent" offenders as part of the strategy. The state has also been releasing offenders so quickly some areas have not had time to inform victims, as required by law.
"The lack of appropriate notice to my office regarding the early release of these individuals hinders my ability to notify victims and family members in a timely manner," Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite-Ross said Monday. "As Winnebago County State's Attorney, I will continue to oppose the early release and furlough of violent offenders back into the Winnebago County community."