Relatives Of Super-Max Inmates Want Prison Closed

CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of protesters critical of prisoner treatment at the state’s super-max prison marched in the Loop on Wednesday in support of Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close the facility.

Relatives of inmates at Tamms Correctional Center targeted a union that opposes the shutdown, part of Quinn’s plan to cut the state budget. They say those workers can work at other jails.

The say Tamms treats inmates inhumanely, often locking them up for nearly 24 hours at a time with short breaks for showers or to exercise alone.

Patrice Warren said her brother has been at Tamms for six years. She says it was supposed to be for only one.

“A lot of them are committing suicide,” she said. “I don’t want to lose my brother to the system like that.”

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  • cls

    it is not just a job issue……..IT IS A SAFETY ISSUE!! Do people not realize that these guys are in Tamms because they commited crimes in other prisons? People DO NOT get sentenced to TAMMS!! They want to send these prisoners back into the prisons that couldn’t handle them in the first place. Assaults, murders, escapees!!!! These are just a few of the things that will take place if they are sent back into the other institutions and not kept where they are. Sure, the job loss in the area is not a good thing, but this is a SAFETY ISSUE ALSO!!

  • saywhat3

    the inmates at Tamms are the worst of the worst. They deserve to be there. They committed acts in other prisons that landed them in Tamms. Maybe those people who feel that prisoners there are treated inhumanely should share a cell with the boys at Tamms for a few nights.

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