Prison workers in Illinois are asking a judge to stop Governor Quinn from shutting down two prisons. AFSCME Spokesperson Anders Lindall says the closures put workers and inmates in danger.
Lindall adds transferring inmates to already overcrowded facilities will lead to trouble.
The union is seeking an injunction to halt the prison closures, along with adult transition centers in Carbondale, Chicago and Decatur, and youth centers in Joliet and Murphysboro. AFSCME officials say Illinois prisons already house 15-thousand too many inmates and Quinn's plan will make the problem worse. Quinn wants to close the facilities in order to save the state money and get the budget under control. The prisons are scheduled to close August 31st.