Southern Illinois prison on full lockdown, another on partial lockdown


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. - A southern Illinois prison is on lockdown while another is on partial lockdown.

The Illinois Department of Corrections says the Pinckneyville Correctional Center is on full lockdown following a fight between inmates after a soccer game Sunday afternoon. A second fight broke out after the inmates who were involved in the initial altercation lined up for a wellness check.

Correctional officers used pepper spray to break up the fight, then placed the prison on lockdown. No officers were injured in the incident.

The Department of Corrections continues to investigate and says it is examining the history of the inmates involved. That includes recent visitors and any affiliations the inmates had prior to entering the prison.

The lockdown is just one of five that have taken place statewide in the past five days, including three in southern Illinois. Menard Correctional Center remains on partial lockdown, while Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina was placed on lockdown on August 15. That lockdown has since been lifted.