Take fresh look at spending
It appears likely that Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to close several state facilities, if he succeeds, will run into some logistical issues.
For example, it’s been reported the past several days that the closing of the Dwight Correctional Center also will end that institution’s sewing operation. The prison produces tens of thousands of blue shirts and blue pants each year for Illinois prisoners. Department of Corrections officials say those operations will be absorbed by other sewing operations in the system, including the Decatur Correctional Center. But there’s skepticism that the other facilities will be able to keep up.
Over the weekend, it was revealed by Springfield Bureau Chief Kurt Erickson that the department has plans to move at least some prisoners from the soon-to-be-closed Tamms supermaximum facility to other states. Corrections officials said such prisoner exchanges are normal procedure and don’t cost the state additional funds because Illinois also houses prisoners for other states. Others have complained that the closing of Tamms and transferring its dangerous prisoners to other facilities will make all prisons more dangerous for employees and inmates.
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