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Illinois Deaths in Custody Project seeks to document, archive, highlight and mourn the deaths of all people in custody in Illinois.

Approximately 80-100 people die in custody in Illinois prisons every year. IDCP facilitates an interactive website serving as both exhibit and memorial to archive, highlight and mourn the deaths of all people in Illinois prisons. Through community events, engagement within the prisons, and research and investigation outside, IDCP works to create an active archive of eulogies and letters from people currently inside Illinois prisons, and documents attained through Freedom of Information Act requests about the deaths of all people in Illinois prisons from 2010 on. IDCP aims to reveal the ways the carceral state processes, records and simultaneously erases the death of people in Illinois prisons.