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Illinois Union Wants Violent Inmates to Stay Put
The union representing Illinois correctional workers is demanding a stop to what it says is the transfer of violent maximum-security prison inmates to less-secure lockups.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says in one instance up to 15 inmates were being moved to medium-security prisons. The inmates allegedly beat two guards and a chaplain at Menard prison last week. The union is worried increased violence has ushered a return of "circuit riders," or keeping troublemakers isolated by moving them from prison to prison.
The 1998 opening of the high-security Tamms prison ended that practice. But Governor Pat Quinn closed Tamms in January because of budget cuts.