Pontiac Prison inmates are reportedly on a hunger strike. (WJBC File Photo)
By Todd Wineburner
PONTIAC - Some inmates at Pontiac Correctional Center are reportedly staging a hunger strike, protesting what they say is poor treatment.
Prison Liaison for the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Mark Clements, said between 45 and 50 inmates started a hunger strike on Monday complaining of a lack of heat in their cells, poor sanitation and hygienic conditions, and a loss of privileges after the transfer from Tamms.
Clements said his organization is familiar with these complaints.
"We do have a long history of this misconduct at Pontiac Prison occurring and we have no reason to believe that it is not still occurring," he said.
He said the reports came from sources inside the prison and his group is willing to act if the complaints are addressed.
Department of Corrections spokesperson Stacy Solano said she’s aware of the reports, but she said the Pontiac facility is meeting all environmental and hygiene standards, and inmates with privileges at Tamms retained those privileges when they transferred to Pontiac.
She said when there are complaints from prisoners, the law requires them to be addressed.
Todd Wineburner can be reached at Todd.Wineburner@Cumulus.com.