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Illinois prison on lockdown
By The Southern
Published: 05/21/2004

Pinckneyville Correctional Center is on lockdown after an incident Wednesday morning in which two officers were injured but two separate accounts of the incident are circulating.
Steve Joiner, staff representative for AFSCME, the union representing correctional officers and other Illinois state employees, said seven inmates attacked two staff members in an apparently gang-related incident involving the Black Disciples. He said the incident occurred during line movement and involved inmates from Unit R3. He said the two officers suffered cuts and bruises.
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Sergio Molina countered with a much different story. He said one inmate was ordered by a prison lieutenant to present himself to be handcuffed for some type of infraction or improper behavior and the inmate refused the order. He said the officer and another officer then physically restrained the inmate, during which time they were injured, but that no other inmates were involved in the altercation.
Molina said all inmates are to follow rules and comply with orders without question and it's standard practice to restrain, handcuff and place in segregation those who refuse to do so. He said in taking this action one male officer suffered scratches and another hurt his sore wrist. He said typically injured prison employees are seen by medical personnel after such an incident as a precaution. But, Molina insisted no other inmates were involved and it was not a gang-related problem. He said five other inmates who were in the same line movement were handcuffed but he said this is also a standard, precautionary measure.
He said the prison will remain on lockdown at the discretion of local prison authorities.


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