Illinois Prison Remains On Lockdown Amid Search
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) – A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections says the lockdown at Illinois’ largest maximum security prison remains in effect following the discovery of a cache of crude weapons and homemade alcohol.
Tom Shaer says Monday that the lockdown at Menard Correctional Center southeast of St. Louis won’t be lifted until an investigation is finished.
The prison has been on lockdown since Friday’s discovery of more than a dozen weapons along with gallons of homemade alcohol and juice and sugar used to make liquor.
Officials have said IDOC is working to determine how the inmates managed to hoard the items.
Authorities say there is no indication any weapons have been used recently at the prison or that inmates were drinking homemade liquor.
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