Violence inside state prisons has caused concern among union members and staff who work at the facilities. Both inmates and staff members have been hospitalized after attacks in the past month. AFSCME Council 31 Regional Director Eddie Caumiant [[ Ka-me-yaunt ]] says the inmates are responding to the conditions of their living space.
Caumiant says there's a fundamental breakdown in communication between the DOC and Governor Quinn's office.
Caumiant believes it's not a coincidence that Quinn won't allow the media inside the facilities.
Caumiant adds someone could very well lose their life if Governor Quinn's administration doesn't wake up and do what's right.
Caumiant says gang activity has increased since Governor Quinn announced the closure of Tamms.
Union members say the inmates are getting less segregation time when they commit serious offenses, such as attacking a staff member or carrying a weapon. One corrections sergeant at Menard says gangs are getting as sophisticated as they were back in the late 80's, early 90's, before Tamms was opened. He says closing Tamms could prove to be a very, very dangerous situation.