DIXON – A contracted worker for the Dixon Correctional Center is under investigation after being walked off the state prison's property last week, a state official said Monday.
The worker violated the prison's procedures, said Tom Shaer, spokesman for the Department of Corrections, who would not provide details. The matter has been referred to the Lee County state's attorney's office, which handles criminal prosecutions, he said.
The worker has been barred from returning to the prison, pending disposition of the matter, Shaer said.
"The employee is not involved in safety or security," he said. "The alleged violation does not involve safety or security."
State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said she didn't have enough information about the matter to comment.
Shaer wouldn't identify the worker's gender, but Sauk Valley Media has learned the worker is a woman.
The prison was on lockdown for a couple of weeks last month because of a periodic, unscheduled inspection. That had nothing to do with the contracted worker, Shaer said.