By: Diane Benjamin
Some think they can bully government into submission, IPA is one of them. Jenn Carrillo is of course involved.
You can see IPA’s demands here: Summary: Give their people your money
They also want prisoners released. This morning the Sheriff’s Office issued this statement in response:
The McLean County Sheriff’s Office has been busy for the past two weeks preparing and planning for the possibility of a covid-19 outbreak in our county. We have instituted several precautionary measures in our correctional facility and in fact was the first detention center in the state of Illinois to restrict visitation. Countless hours have been spent in the past two weeks on meetings and conference calls, to include the White House Corona Virus Task Force, CDC, Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois State Police, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit as well as County Health Department and County Administration. We have decided as I would think you would agree to listen to the recommendation of experts in their respective fields on how to handle this pandemic and will continue to do so.
We are taking every precaution in our adult detention facility and on a daily basis re-evaluate the health and safety of our inmates. At this time the only inmates that are at increased risk for contracting Covid-19 due to pre-existing medical conditions or age are in custody on serious violent felonies and would not even be considered for release. To try to use this pandemic to further your already established agenda of no cash bail is frankly appalling. In regards to evictions, anyone who knows the court system knows that an order of possession (eviction) is an order from a judge, much like a warrant , we do not ignore judges orders . The 11th Judicial circuit has postponed many civil matters that should deal with your eviction concerns as well as an order issued by President Trump yesterday. Keep in mind that by the time my deputies show up to evict someone they have gone on average 4 months without paying rent and have been served at least 3 notices to vacate the premises. So as you can see using the pandemic as an excuse for not paying rent is far-fetched. The job of Sheriff is to protect all citizens rights in McLean County and that would include landlords who also have obligations. In regards to Jail visitation and the cost, we are under contract with a company that does our visitation system, so our options are limited , but please keep in mind that there are sick and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes that are being denied visitors and do not have the video capabilities that our inmates have , so if we are going to show compassion, lets show it to our most vulnerable population.
As stated before we have and will continue to listen to professionals in our respective fields and follow their best practices and advice. We have seen nothing but excellent cooperation and planning on a local, state and federal level and to suggest otherwise shows a lack of knowledge and homework.