PINCKNEYVILLE - Three inmates and four guards at Pinckneyville prison were involved in a meal line fisticuffs Sunday morning, and the prison is now on lockdown pending investigation, local news reports say.
Pinckneyville Correctional Center is now housing 2,333 inmates and the prison overcrowding is due to the Quinn Administration's faulty policy, State Senator Bill Brady said Monday.
“Governor Quinn’s decision to close Tamms Correctional Facility and others has put a strain on the entire system and heightened both the overcrowding problem and the risk for our correctional officers,” said Brady, who has pledged to reopen Tamms as Governor. “In addition, he continues to require overworked officers to work overtime to staff the prisons, rather than hiring additional full-time personnel.”
“As Governor, I will make the safety of our correctional facilities and our correctional officers a top priority,” Brady added.
Although none of the seven involved in the fight were seriously injured, more violence could result, Brady's campaign said.
“We’re fortunate that no one was more seriously hurt, but the potential for violence in our system is certainly higher because of overcrowding and poor management decisions by the Administration,” said Maria Rodriguez, Brady’s running mate who was in Pinckneyville Monday on a previously scheduled tour through Southern Illinois.