John Howard Association releases report on Vienna Correctional Center complaints

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SPRINGFIELD - John Howard Association officials say inmates at the Vienna Correctional Center allegedly continue to struggle with poor living conditions, despite the Illinois Department of Corrections' promises to correct problems at the facility.

The Chicago-based watchdog group released a report documenting observations and complaints from inmates, which include mold, broken windows, problems with pests such as mice and spiders, and dirty mattresses.  John Howard Association officials say those complaints, gathered during a visit to the facility last year, are similar to complaints made in previous years.

Officials also say a lawsuit was filed against the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2012, in an effort to improve conditions at the prison.  In response to the complaints, Vienna Correctional Center officials say several improvements have been made at the facility, including better cleaning.
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