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September 17, 2014, 2:34 am
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Prison Violence Raises Concerns About Overcrowding


A rash of violent incidents in Illinois prisons in recent weeks is adding to concerns about overcrowding, especially with the impending shutdown of the Tamms supermax prison in southern Illinois.

 

The Associated Press documented a number of incidents, including an inmate who was stabbed nine times during a fight at the Stateville Correctional Center, and a guard at Pontiac who was stabbed by an inmate.

 

In another instance, two inmates were found unresponsive in their cells, after apparently overdosing on heroin.

 

AFSCME, which represents prison guards, says the incidents show that the state’s prisons are too overcrowded and dangerous, a situation that will only get worse if Tamms is closed.

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