Pinckneyville Correctional Center was on level 1 lockdown Tuesday after an inmate fight, according to Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacy Solano.
No serious injuries were reported.
“The department is investigating this incident as the safety and security of staff and inmates remains the top priority,” Solano said in an email.
Eddie Caumiant, Southern Illinois regional director for AFSCME said he believes the incident took place Tuesday morning in the prison yard. He said many of the inmates involved were said to be from security threat groups with gang connections.
Caumiant said the fight is a sign of ever-growing problems involving to many inmates and not enough space and staff in Illinois prisons. He said the union hopes the DOC takes the matter seriously and pays attention to the union’s call for more well-equipped facilities.