Five Prisons, Including Three Locally, Go On Recent Lockdowns



Five Illinois prisons have been locked down in the past week because of a spike in violence.
 
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the incidents involved either full or partial lockdowns at the prisons.
 
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says authorities don't believe any of the violence was related. He says no employees were seriously injured.
 
Menard Correctional Center in Chester was locked down for 39 hours last week after an inmate struck a guard at the maximum-security facility.
 
Other incidents included a fight during a soccer game at the medium-security Pickneyville Correctional Center and a lockdown at the Big Muddy River Correctional Center August 15.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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