Another suspicious inmate death at Menard prison

2013-03-27T19:30:00Z Another suspicious inmate death at Menard prisonKurt Erickson Lee Springfield Bureau
March 27, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

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 houses nearly 3,600 inmates, is on lockdown 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-a-year post by the Illinois Senate.

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