A prison inmate who assaulted a Danville Correctional Center
guard was one of about 100 inmates housed temporarily in the penitentiary's
The American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees says the inmate was there because of crowding. The
union says the inmate attacked a female correctional officer Thursday. The
inmate punched her and the attack was interrupted by another inmate responding
to the guard's screams.
Illinois Department of Corrections
spokesman Tom Shaer (SHAYR') described the incident as an assault. He says the
agency is investigating.
Danville is one of several
prisons housing inmates in gymnasiums following the closure of the Dwight
prison. AFSCME says prisons are crowded.
Shaer says the inmate had been in the gym
but had not presented any problems while at Danville.
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