Another suspicious inmate death at Menard prison

2013-03-27T17:15:00Z 2013-03-27T17:20:10Z Another suspicious inmate death at Menard prisonBy Kurt Erickson | kurt.erickson@lee.net pantagraph.com

SPRINGFIELD - Another inmate death is under investigation at the Menard Correctional Center.

Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel said a 35-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at 10:36 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

"It's being investigated as a suspicious death," Dudenbostel said.

Neither the coroner nor the Illinois Department of Corrections would identify the dead prisoner pending notification of his next of kin.

The facility, which currently houses nearly 3,600 inmates, is on lockdown status to limit inmate movement.

The inmate is the third prisoner in the past three months to die at Menard under suspicious circumstances.

The Jan. 31 death of Jason Hall, for example, who was serving 13 years for vehicular hijacking, is being investigated as a murder.

Violence at Menard and other prisons has triggered concern from some state lawmakers. A group of Republican senators recently met with Corrections Director S.A. "Tony" Godinez to discuss his management of a system that houses more than 49,000 inmates in space built for about 32,000 prisoners.

The scrutiny comes as Godinez is waiting to be confirmed for his $150,000-per-year post by the Illinois Senate.

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  1. Just My Opinion 777
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    Just My Opinion 777 - March 28, 2013 9:46 am
    I would agree but only with 3rd time offenders. Some people learn there lesson and some people are victims of the system. I don't think you are a victim 3rd time around so it maybe safe to say you deserve what you get.
  2. Machrophobic
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    Machrophobic - March 28, 2013 6:47 am
    My wife has had a proposal to end this kind of thing for years. Give all the inmates a '45 (with a thirty round clip. Don't want to infringe on any second amendment rights). Send all the officers outside to maintain a perimeter and let the inmates play "King of the hill." Last man standing is the winner.
  3. earlyriser54
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    earlyriser54 - March 27, 2013 5:11 pm
    Yea Rgith. Menard Correctional Center is a MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON which means it is on LOCKDOWN 24/7 anyway. As for guards being in a dangerous environment that is just not true because before an inmatre ever has his cell door unlocked he is handcuffed from behind and before he leaves that cell has leg irons and a waist chain attached to him. Only 1 inmate moves at a time with a miminum of 2 guards per inmate. So come on funny man spin some more of your union propoganda. Oh and as for the over crowding LIE Menard C.C, has an operational capacity of 3,739 inmates. It currently as of this day houses 3,574. Here is the page to confirm.

    .https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/menardcorrectionalcenter.aspx

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