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Union wants lawmakers to look at prison safety

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

Investigators and insurance adjusters have begun their work at the Northpoint Training Center in Danville. The medium-security prison which houses about 1,200 inmates was the site of a riot and fire Friday night. Several buildings were destroyed in the disturbance and eight inmates were injured. Two inmates remain hospitalized in stable condition.

In the wake of the disturbance, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) are calling on lawmakers to take a hard look at the safety measures in place at state prisons. AFSCME spokesperson Dave Paladino told NEWSFIRST that prisons are under-funded and lack essential equipment including an adequate amount of working radios and flexcuffs. The union is currently in negotiations with the state regarding agreements for employee jobs and working conditions.

Meantime, state corrections officials say that Northpoint staff had plenty of working radios and flexcuffs to handle Friday's disturbance.

700 inmates were removed from Northpoint on Saturday leaving 500 on site. The state hopes to have information about where inmates were transported to on its corrections website on Tuesday.


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