A southern Illinois prison has been placed on lockdown after an altercation over the weekend injured a guard.
Officials say the Menard Correctional Center went into the heightened security status after an inmate allegedly assaulted the guard… who had recently transferred to Menard from the Tamms supermax prison, which Governor Pat Quinn closed late last year. The guard suffered minor injuries. The Corrections Department says another guard fired a warning shot to break up the altercation.
AFSCME has been warning of greater dangers for guards and inmates alike because of Quinn’s closures, saying they have worsened the problem of prison overcrowding.