Tamms supermax

Tamms inmate Joseph Dole, serving a life sentence for murder, sits in his cell and talks with a reporter through dime-size holes in the metal cell door. Some critics compare the conditions inside the super maximum-security prison in Tamms, Ill., to the detention center at <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV00000127" title="Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/guantanamo-bay-detention-camp-ORGOV00000127.topic">Guantanamo Bay</a>, Cuba. Corrections officials say the prison is necessary to house the worst of the worst and contend that it has reduced assaults against inmates and staff at the state's other prisons.
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( Tribune photo by John Smierciak / February 13, 2009 )

Tamms inmate Joseph Dole, serving a life sentence for murder, sits in his cell and talks with a reporter through dime-size holes in the metal cell door. Some critics compare the conditions inside the super maximum-security prison in Tamms, Ill., to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Corrections officials say the prison is necessary to house the worst of the worst and contend that it has reduced assaults against inmates and staff at the state's other prisons.

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