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False tickets a problem at Dixon prison

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST

The Illinois Department of Corrections has a professional code of conduct that all officers and staff must abide by.

Officers and staff are given annual training about various topics that also deal with the code of conduct. There are no reasons acceptable for any officer to violate the code of conduct.

Usually, it is 20 percent of the officers who write 80 percent of the tickets. It is those 20 percent that do most of the fabricating, writing false tickets with bits and pieces of the truth mixed in. I have received my share of false tickets at Dixon Correctional Center.

For some reason, wardens and other officers think that what an officer writes is akin to a prayer book. This prison has had officers either retire or be fired for all kinds of improprieties, like bringing in cigarettes, cell phones, sexual misconduct, etc.

Recently, in my housing unit, the evening control officer has written false tickets about prisoners not closing the malfunctioning front door when leaving the building. Some prisoners heard about their tickets without receiving the ticket. This is a violation of due process.

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