An East Moline Correctional Center inmate who escaped Wednesday was supposed to be in a segregation unit separated from the general population, according to the head of the union representing correctional officers.
David Stodolny, 41, escaped about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday but was apprehended about 10 a.m. about a quarter mile from the prison. Although officials have not said how he escaped, state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, on Wednesday said Mr. Stodolny escaped by climbing over a fence.
Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd said Mr. Stodolny allegedly broke into a nearby unoccupied home.
"He (Mr. Stodolny) should have been in segregation," said Gregg Johnson, a supply supervisor at the prison and president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 46. Although EMCC's segregation unit holds 31 inmates, Mr. Johnson said it is "always full."
Mr. Johnson said the segregation unit places an inmate in isolation for 23 hours a day in a single cell. Mr. Stodolny was scheduled for segregation due to a verbal altercation with a correctional officer.
"We've (AFSCME) been complaining about segregation being full all of the time," Mr. Johnson said. "We're having to release people out of segregation on a daily basis.
"We try to ship them out. We have 26 inmates waiting to be transferred out for disciplinary reasons," he said. "There's nowhere to ship them. It's logjammed."
Mr. Stodolny was transferred to the Pontiac Correctional Center after his capture, Mr. Johnson said.
The escape was the second from EMCC since October when Doss Kuykendall left and was recaptured two days later in Albany. The Illinois Department of Corrections would not reveal how Mr. Kuykendall escaped.
On Thursday, AFSCME filed a lawsuit against the state seeking to halt the closure of seven IDOC facilities proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn and any transfer of prisons caused by the closures. Filed in Alexander County in southern Illinois, the suit claims Gov. Quinn's proposal is worsening overcrowding at state prisons.
On Thursday, Illinois Department of Corrections spokesperson Stacey Solano said Mr. Stodolny's escape was "in no way related to population numbers at East Moline Correctional Center or the (proposed) closures."
Today is Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 2013. There are 220 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The annual review of the fire department of this city took placeyesterday and made a fine showing with machines and hose carts in tip-top order. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Last night's prayer meeting at Central Presbyterian Church wascalled off due to water in the basement, residue of last week's flood. 1913 -- 100 years ago: The junior class of Rock Island High School will hold a riverexcursion on the steamer St. Paul next Tuesday. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The 75th Anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal today finds thenation's largest ordinance manufacturing plant filling many important orders for the army. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Miss Patrice Daly, Rock Island, a senior at Rock Island HighSchool, won second place in the recent state public speaking contest held in Peoria underthe auspices of the Knights of Pythias. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Hampton's sesquicentennial committee and the Hampton HistoricalSociety have scheduled a full slate of activities, which will be held throughout the year, to celebrate the village's 150th birthday. The first celebration will be the Memorial Dayprogram at 10 a.m. May 30, at the Brettun and Black Store Museum on River Road. Therewill be a sesquicentennial display.