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October 21, 2014, 11:49 pm
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New Prison Violence - AFSCME Blames Overcrowding

There is a new report of prison violence... this time in Lincoln.


AFSCME says more than two dozen inmates were involved in a massive fight at the medium-security Logan Correctional Center earlier this week. And four employees of the prison were injured in a separate incident last month. They are the latest examples of assaults that have broken out in several prisons as overcrowding concerns intensify following the closure of two Illinois prisons late last year.


AFSCME says the attacks in Lincoln are particularly troubling because it shows that the crowding and violence problems are extending beyond maximum-security prisons and into medium-security facilities like Logan, which houses 50% more inmates than it was designed to hold.

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