“He never made it off of the prison grounds and was quickly apprehended by IDOC personnel,” says Solano. “The prison’s security protocols and quick-acting staff ensured that the incident was resolved swiftly and safely. The facility is currently on lockdown and the department will investigate the circumstances behind this incident. The safety and security of our facilities and the public is the Department’s top priority.”
Eddie Caumiant, regional director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union Council 31, says while out in the recreation yard, the inmate made it over the first perimeter fence and hid behind a housing unit.
Caumiant says according to the facility staff report, IDOC never called an escape call for the incident.
Other information indicates the 31-year-old inmate suffered severe cuts and lacerations from the barbed wire. His reported projected parole date is in 2020, and he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in 2003 in Cook County for attempted murder; six years for armed kidnapping; and four years for attempted armed robbery.
Located in Sumner, Lawrence Correctional Center currently houses near 2,500 inmates and is a medium security facility for adult males in southeastern, Illinois.
In February, five of the 15 inmates suspected of an attack on staff members, including the facility chaplain at Menard, were sent to Lawrence to be housed in their segregation unit. Of those five, none had a parole date earlier than 2047, with one having a death sentence commuted to life.
Monday’s incident comes at a time when IDOC is being scrutinized and criticized by both sides of the aisle, and just weeks before the agency director S.A. “Tony” Godinez goes before a senate committee for reappointment confirmation.