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Gov denies media requests for prison visits; "not country clubs"

Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:32:08 CDT
By: AP

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says state prisons are not ``country clubs'' and is refusing to let reporters tour them because it's a security risk. The Democrat said today that taxpayers will have to trust his administration's experts about how the system is run. Prisons are overcrowded and workers have had safety concerns for years. Quinn is closing two lockups to save money. The prison watchdog John Howard Association issued reports last year about deplorable living conditions at packed Vandalia and Vienna prisons. WBEZ Radio in Chicago reported this week that Quinn's office has for months refused its request to visit them. Officials today declined an Aug. 1 request from The Associated Press to visit Pontiac's segregation unit, where dangerous inmates will move when high-security Tamms prison closes Aug. 31.

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