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Watchdog Group Slams Southern Illinois Prison

John Howard Association cites extreme overcrowding and filthy conditions at Vienna

05/03/2015

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Possible Chickenpox at Pinckneyville Prison

IDOC says one wing is on partial lockdown

12/20/2014

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Inmate Assaults Guard At Southern Ill. Prison

Incident happened Friday at Shawnee Correctional Center in Vienna

07/27/2014

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Illinois Prison Remains On Lockdown Amid Search

Illinois jail remains on lock down while weapons and homemade alcohol that were found are being investigated.

04/07/2014

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Convicted Murderer’s Brother Resigns As Ill. Prison Guard

IDOC says Brad Coleman forfeits eligibility for PTSD disability payments.

02/14/2014

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Chris Coleman’s Brother Seeks PTSD Disability

Brad Coleman, sibling of man convicted of killing his wife and sons in Columbia Ill., had been working as a prison guard.

02/09/2014

IDOC Says Revised Gun Bill Would Still Be Costly

Illinois prison officials say revised legislation stiffening penalties for gun crimes would still cost hundreds of millions of dollars and add inmates to the crowded correctional system.

11/19/2013

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Illinois ‘Hot-Dog Seasoning Emergency’ Leads to No-Bid Contract

A contract for hot-dog spices had previously expired and a new one had not yet been put in place, leaving prison officials with no way to purchase the ingredients.

09/18/2013

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Southern Ill. Prison Director Resigns

Former Big Muddy warden Ty Bates was under investigation for alleged sexual harrassment.

06/09/2013

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Illinois Companies Could Receive Tax Break For Hiring Ex-Convicts

Melinda Costa, the general manager at Travelogde in Springfield, hires ex-offenders and says something must be done to help them.

03/18/2013

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