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April 1, 2013

Pontiac warden: No violence with ex-Tamms inmates


While noting that life at Pontiac may not be as restrictive as at Tamms, Pfister said there have been no disturbances since Tamms men took up their new residences in December.

That's been accomplished, Pfister said, by "just making sure that they understand what our policies and procedures are, keeping them informed, and giving them what they have coming — nothing more and nothing less."

Turner, the AFSCME president, said additional inmates from Tamms have increased the number of "segregation" cells that include two inmates, which could lead to violence. At the other end of the state, the maximum-security Menard prison has seen three inmate deaths in double-bunk segregation cells that have been labeled suspicious — including one in which murder charges have been filed — in two months.


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