Five Illinois prisons have been placed on lock down in less than a week because of inmate violence. Department of Corrections Spokesman Tom Shaer says guards were attacked in the five separate, unrelated incidents. He says there’s no need for increased concern and points out that people who cause trouble on the outside will likely cause trouble on the inside.
Shaer says the DOC takes all violence very seriously and says they’re dealing with each inmate accordingly. The lockdowns occurred at Statesville, Pontiac, Menard, Pinckneyville, and Big Muddy prisons.