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Gov says he'll look into prison conditions

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 06:30:35 CDT
By: IPR

Governor Pat Quinn is responding to a series of reports about inhumane conditions at some of Illinois' prisons. Former inmates of the minimum-security prison at Vienna, in Southern Illinois, say they were overrun by rats and roaches. In one building, 600 men shared seven toilets, which often didn't work. Quinn was asked whether prisoners should have to live like that:

   

"No, I want to look into any, any specifics that deal with the conditions. I want to always pay attention to that, and we'll take a look at that and investigate everything."

Quinn says running a prison system is a big job. He would only say if reforms need to be made to the conditions, he wants to make sure they're done "properly."

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