Tag Archives: Illinois

IL: Inmate: Escape from Loop federal lockup ‘not one you want to relive’

From the article: “The actual escape, Banks describes as a “horrific, unimaginable nightmare.  A suicidal one — if I may add,” he said. “One you would not want to relive — wearing the same shoes. Trust me. I was probably numb the whole while making my way towards the ground (losing and catching my grip at stop-and-go intervals). My legs up and giving out on me. I collapsed my body to the ground upon contact.”

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IL: DOC official quits after harassment investigations

From the article: “The deputy director for the Illinois Department of Corrections‘ southern district has resigned following investigations of sexual harassment.”

Yeesh.  Equally surprising is that this gentleman started as an officer in 2003 and was made a deputy director by 2011.  I obviously do not know the man, but that is really fast timeframe and does not, to my mind, speak well of the depth of professionalism and expertise in the IL DOC if you are so quickly promoting someone with so little experience.

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IL: Third Menard inmate death is a homicide

Dear word, what is going on in Illinois…”For the third time in 10 weeks, a suspicious inmate death at Menard Correctional Center has been ruled a homicide.”

In response, IL officials said, “as part of ongoing evaluation of prison security, the agency has reviewed security policies, increased cell and inmate searches, and “increased the frequency and variance of rounds in the housing units.””

Something tells me that’s not going to be enough.

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IL: Quinn stands by decision to close 2 prisons, despite inmate crowding

From the article: “Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday stood by his decision to close two prisons and several halfway homes, even as overcrowding at remaining facilities has forced the Illinois Department of Corrections to convert gym space into housing for inmates.”

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IL: 2 Cook County jail officers had inmate beaten up

From the article: “Two Cook County Jail officers who got two inmates to beat up a third after the second one was disruptive and tried to light a cigarette in a broken electrical box have been charged in the case today.”

The officers were charged with “mob action.”  Love it.

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IL: Ex-wardens: Mixing inmate groups a safety risk

Moving high security, disruptive inmates to segregation units in medium security prisons?  Say what now?  Illinois, you have some issues.

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IL: Prosecutor treating prison inmate death as murder

From the article: “The incident came during a violent, two-week stretch at Illinois prisons that included an attack this week on a chaplain and two guards at Menard that involved up to 15 inmates. That assault and a brutal beating last week of a Pontiac Correctional Center guard have roused lawmakers to criticize Gov. Pat Quinn’s closure last month of the Tamms prison that exiled violent inmates and other troublemakers from general-population penitentiaries.”

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Feds: Second inmate who escaped Chicago jail captured

And so it ends.  A part of me was rooting for them – scaling 20 stories with a knotted bedsheet and eluding capture (one for a couple days, the other for a couple weeks) is no joke.

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IL: State prison closures get under way

From the article: “A mass migration of some of Illinois’ most dangerous criminals is under way as state officials began shutting down the Tamms Correctional Center and other prison facilities.”

Anytime you shut down a facility, you have disgruntled staff at both the closing facility and the receiving facilities, which are now more overcrowded, not to mention the effects of the disruption on the inmate population.  Especially for supermax/maximum facilities, each institution has a pecking order, with the gangs knowing their own hierarchy and their position in terms of numbers and strength relative to the other gangs.  There will be some repositioning that takes place at the receiving institutions, so expect assault and use of force numbers to spike.

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