Prison Protest


Correctional officer Jim Farmer has been assaulted twice by inmates at Dixon's correctional facility...Farmer says there's a critical shortage of employees at the prison. the prison lost 100 employees back in 2001 with former governor George Ryan's early retirement Incentive...employees say those jobs have never been replaced...There's a major discrepancy in the number of inmate assaults on staff at Dixon being reported...Take a look at this chart...For example, in 2003, the Illinois department of correction says there were 14 assaults...but the union says according to records kept at the facility...There were 130...Gaston says the violence that's happened in Illinois correctional facilities in the last few months alone--including the hostage situation at Dixon in may--are warning signs...Signs she hopes that state recognizes...and addresses.


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