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Lockdown Over At Southern Illinois’ Menard Prison

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CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections says a lockdown at the state’s largest maximum security prison is largely over.

Tom Shaer says Thursday that the entire maximum-security facility at Menard Correctional Center southeast of St. Louis is off all levels of lockdown. Shaer says a medium-security unit remains on light lockdown for routine maintenance.

Menard was put on lockdown April 4 following the discovery of a cache of crude weapons and homemade alcohol.
Specifically officials found more than a dozen weapons along with gallons of homemade alcohol and juice and sugar used to make liquor.

The lockdown was instituted so officials could conduct an investigation.

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