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Governor Quinn Says DOC Taking Care Of Inmate Safety

By Metro News

Chicago, IL  --  Prison inmates at six facilities in Illinois will be sleeping in gymnasiums, thanks to overcrowding within the system.  Union leaders and lawmakers have expressed concerns over the plan but Governor Quinn says he trusts his administration. 

"We're always concerned that we have public safety on the streets and safety in our prisons and our director works on that all the time.  So he works with the union and government employees on that issue.  We want to make sure that we do it right all the time", said Quinn.

But prison safety has been a problem in the past several months.  One inmate was killed by his cellmate in a segregation unit at Menard.  Several guards have been very badly beaten by inmates.  Former State Senator John O. Jones says the DOC Director isn't doing his job when it comes to ensuring prison safety.  J

ones actually filed a resolution back in January, calling on Quinn to fire Godinez and several other top DOC officials.  The resolution never got called for a vote.  Jones retired last month but other GOP senators plan to keep pushing the issue.  

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