Several staff members at Illinois prisons have been attacked by inmates in the past week, forcing lock-downs at both Menard and Statesville.  A Correctional Sergeant at Menard says the inmates have gotten bolder because they don't have the threat of being transferred to Tamms - which means their punishment for major offenses is less severe.  

Hirsch says Tamms serves as a tool to keep violence down because it takes away an inmate's ability plan an attack or communicate with his underlings.  Governor Quinn wants to close Tamms because it isn't full and costs too much to operate.  But a group of former prison officials say the prison wasn't designed to operate at capacity, it was designed to be a deterrent for the state's worst criminals. 

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