SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is resuming in-person visitation at its correctional facilities, affording incarcerated people the opportunity to see their loved ones for the first time in more than a year.

With most people in IDOC custody now vaccinated, the Department’s Office of Health Services and Operations Unit worked closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to develop a multi-phase plan for resuming in-person visits in the safest manner possible.

To prevent the potential for COVID-19 infection spread, IDOC, after consultation with IDPH, suspended visitation on March 14, 2020.

East Moline Correctional Center is now accepting visitors and the Department’s remaining correctional facilities are preparing to reopen their visiting rooms over the next few weeks. Visitation start dates are:

• Monday, April 19 — Graham, Taylorville, Jacksonville, Dixon, Centralia, and Stateville Correctional Centers; Stateville Northern Reception Center; Fox Valley, Crossroads and North Lawndale ATCs; Elgin Treatment Center.

• Monday, April 2 — Pinckneyville, Sheridan, Big Muddy River, Pontiac, Shawnee, Vienna, Hill, Lawrence, Illinois River, Robinson and Vandalia Correctional Centers; Joliet Treatment Center; Peoria ATC; Kewanee and Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Centers.

• Monday, May 3 — Southwestern Illinois, Decatur, Logan, Lincoln, Western Illinois, Danville and Menard Correctional Centers.

“Maintaining family connection is a vital component of an incarcerated person’s mental and emotional well-being,” said IDOC acting director Rob Jeffreys. “Because of the aggressive measures the department has taken to mitigate COVID-19 within our facilities, IDOC is one of the few correctional systems in the nation now reopening to visitors.”

IDOC is utilizing an online system — www.signupgenius.com/org/visitidoc#/ — to schedule visits and limit the number of visitors permitted at one time. More information on the resumption of in-person visitation is available on the Department’s website, www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/VisitationRules.aspx.

Everyone who enters an IDOC correctional facility is symptom screened, temperature checked and provided a surgical mask. Plexiglass barriers have been installed on visiting tables, which are spaced apart to allow for proper social distancing. Visiting rooms and restrooms are deep cleaned between visits.

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