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Senator Jones States Corruption is Widespread In Illinois Prisons

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Governor Quinn is clueless when it comes to what's really going on inside state prisons. That's according to State Senator John O. Jones, who says corruption is running rampant within the system.  "I know that I have talked to former wardens and assistant wardens.  From what I'm hearing, drugs are being brought into the prison.  I know we check, but if that's the case, we need to be looking at it", said Jones.  

Jones says he got his information straight from a former warden. That warden doesn't want to be identified because he still has friends and family working in the system and he doesn't want prison officials retaliating against them. 

Jones is calling on the Governor to fire Department Director S.A. Godinez.  "I think Governor Quinn needs to immediately evaluate the director.  I think that he would need to relieve the director of his job.  I think once the governor relieves the director of his job, he will see others beneath the director immediately file for retirement", said Jones.  

The State Senator is particularly concerned that an Assistant Warden from Centralia has been allowed to remain on the job.  "There is a young man by the name of Ty Bates that is the director over the prisons in southern Illinois that has about eight years of experience in corrections and he should not even be employed by the state of Illinois because he was charged with sexual harassment to another employee", said Jones.  

Jones says he's already talked to someone in Quinn's administration but they have not addressed the problem. Quinn and DOC officials have been criticized recently because they refuse to allow reporters into the prisons. 

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