Friday, Jun 07, 2024

In comments from the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI), the Catholic bishops of Illinois reminded lawmakers who are part of the decision on proposed changes to Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet and Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln to ensure correctional facilities respect the inherent human dignity of all those incarcerated.  

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) and the legislative members of COGFA will soon be making recommendations to the Governor.

While CCI does not have a position on whether to close and reconstruct either facility, the bishops urged that there be consistent access for ministry and adequate space for programming and reentry services. If relocation is decided, the state must consider challenges families may have in continuing to visit their family members.  “We must provide vital opportunities to heal from trauma, engage in meaningful personal development, and gain new skills.”

The full letter to COGFA can be found HERE.