Assault at Pontiac Prison Highlights Recurring Trend

Aug 22, 2016

The union that represents corrections officers is calling for increased security measures following an assault in an Illinois state prison.

An Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman says last night, inmates injured six guards at Pontiac maximum security prison.

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Eddie Caumiant is the liason between prison workers and the state employee union.

He says the assault - by five inmates - was the culmination of a troubling trend of violence at the downstate facility.

"There’s been almost daily assaults with things thrown at officers, there was an officer who was stabbed a couple of times and then we have yesterday’s bench clearer with several staff injured in one incident," Caumiant  said. 

Caumiant says inmates should stay confined to their cells until the department figures out the root causes of the violence - and completes a sweep for weapons.

He says the injured officers are all recovering.