SEN. PHILIP J. ROCK REP. JOSEPH G. SEVCIK
SENATE MEMBERS: DANIEL DOUGHERTY HOWARD R. MOHR DON A. MOORE JOHN B. ROE FRANK D. SAVICKAS
STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATIVE INVESTIGATING COMMISSION
300 WEST WASHINGTON STREET SUITE 414 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 80606 TELEPHONE- AREA CODE 312
THE JOLIET CORRECTIONAL CENTER RIOT OF APRIL 22, 197 5
TO: HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
This is a report of our findings, conclusions, and recommendations pursuant to House Resolution 228, sponsored by Representatives William D. Walsh and Lewis A. Caldwell, and adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives on April 29, 1975.
House Resolution 228 directed this Commission to investigate the conditions which led to and resulted in a riot at the Joliet Correctional Center (JCC) on April 22, 1975; it directed us to investigate the influence of street gangs in the Illinois Correctional System; and it further directed us to gather evidence for prosecutions of the rioters for murder and felony murder, and to make such evidence available to the State's Attorney of Will County.
Regarding this last directive, we must state at the outset that contrary to the Resolution's implication, the Illinois State Police had commenced an intensive investigation immediately after the murder of Herbert Catlett on April 22, 1975. Furthermore, Will County State's Attorney Martin Rudman has been kept continually informed of the progress of this murder investigation.
Since the murder investigation was already in course, we complied with State's Attorney Rudman's request not to become directly involved in the murder inquiry, for fear of jeopardizing the probable indictment and prosecution of one or more suspects. We were specifically requested not to interview key witnesses or suspects in Catlett*s
However, the Commission does know the leading suspects in the murder, and we have been kept informed of all phases
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