AFSCME officials say safety at Illinois Correctional facilities needs some serious correcting. AFSCME, which represents corrections officers, reports inmate attacks on state employees have surged 51 percent since 2015. Two years ago, there were 541 assaults. AFSCME projects that number will hit 819 based on assaults so far this year. AFSCME Council 31's Anders Lindall believes the expansion of inmates eligible for minimum security accommodations has played a major role.
Lindall says the state had previously maintained strict standards for inmates who were held in minimum security lockups like the facility in the Quad Cities.
Corrections officials say inmates are only transferred to lower-level security prisons when their progress and behavior warrants.