For the second time in less than two weeks, part of a southern Illinois prison finds itself on lockdown. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, the medium-security Big Muddy Correctional Center in Ina was placed on Level 1 lockdown Monday morning, following the discovery of multiple “shanks” in a cell.
Tom Shaer, IDOC spokesman, says just one cell house was locked down after staff received information regarding the possible presence of weapons.
A search revealed multiple metal objects, some of which were partially sharpened and hidden in a hollowed out book in a cell.
Shaer says a thorough investigation, along with interviews by IDOC intelligence, revealed the objects were not intended for use as weapons. But the presence of such items are still absolutely prohibited. He notes the source material has been eliminated from the department and the cell house in question remains on lockdown.
According to Shaer, Big Muddy has not had a full-facility lockdown in over a year. On August 15th, one wing was locked down for less than a day after an inmate assaulted a guard. He adds the facility has not had issues such as this and no weapons have been found there in well over a year.