According to the Southern, a Pinckneyville Correctional Center inmate struck a center security staff member in the face Thursday during a routine line movement, which prompted prison officials to order and place the unit on lockdown.
The incident took place during routine line movement Thursday morning, when the prisoner stepped out of line and “aggressively struck the officer in the face.
Union officials say the prisoner who allegedly provoked the assault was probably not one of more than 25 recently transferred inmates from recently closed maximum security units ordered shutdown by Gov. Pat Quinn.
But they do say there have been more life-sentenced inmate transfers to the Pinckneyville unit this week, and that the placement of prisoners from maximum security units into medium-security units is causing problems.
This is the second lockdown at Pinckneyville within a month. On Dec. 7, an inmate attacked and injured a guard forcing a lockdown.