* All those predictions that shutting the Tamms supermax prison would create mayhem at other prisons don’t appear to be panning out…
Although serious problems remain at the state’s largest maximum-security prison, a new report found the overall number of violent events at the Menard Correctional Center dropped in 2013. […]
Republican gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale has called for Tamms to be reopened because those inmates could injure guards.
In fact, the report showed an influx of new prisoners at Menard was offset by an increase in the number of guards who moved to the facility when Tamms closed. […]
Other changes include an effort to put more inmates to work. The report noted the number of inmates with job assignments had grown to 550 in 2013, up from 365 in 2012.
* Not everything is going well, however. From the report…
Unfortunately, some positives noted in our previous report, such as availability of single-cells for many inmates in mental health housing, have been erased.