IDOC Taking Bond County Inmates Again


The Bond County Jail is less crowded now that the Illinois Department of Corrections is once again taking prisoners sentenced in Bond County Circuit Court.

Bond County Sheriff Jim Leitschuh told WGEL five male inmates from the Bond County Jail were taken to the state prison in Hillsboro on Tuesday.

The sheriff said the jail had been at capacity.

He commended those at the Hillsboro prison, stating they were prepared for the transfer of prisoners to their facility, and processed the inmates quickly.

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker issued an executive order in the spring, to stay all inmate transfers to state prisons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In late May, the Illinois Sheriff’s Association filed a lawsuit against the governor and Illinois Department of Corrections for refusing to accept inmate transfers. The suit was filed in Logan County. Plaintiffs include the Bond and Clinton County Sheriff’s Departments.

About 10 days ago, Pritzker issued another executive order allowing for the transfer of inmates from county jails to Illinois Department of Corrections facilities.

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