Corrections Employee Henry B. Washington

Corrections Employee Henry B. Washington

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 1, 1986

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Henry B. Washington

Corrections Employee Henry Washington died from injuries suffered a week earlier during an assault by an inmate at the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet.

A 16-year-old inmate struck Corrections Employee Washington in the face twice with his fists, causing him to fall and hit his head. The inmate was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Corrections Employee Washington had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for eight years, having received nine commendations. He was survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters and several grandchildren.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 24, 1986
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

assault, juvenile offender

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In 2016, I retired from the Las Vegas metropolitan police department and still to this day i remember 1986 when i worked at the joliet facility. It felt strange that morning when i showed up to to relieve Henry of post and he wasn't there, he always came to work. I was on my second year of working in corrections and knew Henry well. I worked in the housing unit he worked in as we relieved each other of post. Normally he would would hang around and we would chat for a moment. I was very young and there was a lot he made me aware of that help me in my career in law enforcement.

RIP Henry

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