Ill. scales back Tamms prison rules
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' prison chief has changed some security rules for inmates transferred from the high-security Tamms prison when it closes, despite a promise to lawmakers that the exacting standards for managing the state's most dangerous inmates would follow them to their new lock-up.
The day before the first Tamms inmates moved to Pontiac in early August, Corrections Director S.A. "Tony" Godinez jettisoned the policy the agency had said it would use for managing the volatile prisoners, issuing a one-sentence, confidential memo obtained by The Associated Press.
The agency won't release the obsolete plan, but the rules now in place mean fewer officers and fewer chains on inmates when they're out of their cells at their new home, the maximum-security prison at Pontiac, according to interviews and an AP comparison of internal Corrections documents.
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