Hundreds protest 'supermax' prison's solitary conditions

More than 250 calls came into Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's offices Thursday during a statewide protest concerning conditions at the Tamms Correctional Center prison, where many inmates have been held for longer than 10 years in continuous solitary confinement.

The protest, organized by the Tamms Year Ten Committee, was sparked by a News-Democrat investigative series — Trapped in Tamms — which ran Sunday and Monday. Protesters were urged to call the governor's offices in Chicago and Springfield.

The call-in total as of 3 p.m. was officially put at 258 telephone calls, according to Quinn spokeswoman Libby White. She said Quinn had no comment concerning the protest.

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