By Stephanie Tyrpak
By Randy Livingston
WSIL — A new class-action lawsuit targets hundreds of corrections officers statewide and claims abuse to inmates at two local prisons.
Violent shakedowns allegedly happened at four prisons statewide in April and May of 2014. The searches were carried about by a specialized unit, known as “Orange Crush.”
The legal documents name more than 200 people they’re suing. One attorney describes it as a small look into a much bigger problem at the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The lawsuit is a result of an investigation that began last year. Dozens of inmate letters began arriving to law offices, like the Uptown People’s Law Center and Loevy & Loevy.
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