Tuesday, September 08, 2009
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Assault at Logan Correctional results in weekend shutdown

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[September 08, 2009]  A prison guard was reportedly assaulted by an inmate at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on Saturday. The guard suffered minor injuries.

As a result, that prison block was put on lockdown.

While trying to balance the state budget, Gov. Quinn has said that he would reduce staff and release prisoners at the two Lincoln prisons. A 37 percent cut in staff is scheduled to take place later this month.

The staff fears that further incidents of this type will increase as the inmate-to-guard population changes. "If you don't have the people, they just explode these incidents; they become larger," said John Black, president of Local 2073 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.


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