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Dwight prison closes its doors

About 150 staff from Dwight prison move to Pontiac

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

PONTIAC – The maximum-security women’s prison in Dwight closed Friday.

Nearly 150 Dwight employees will fill holes at Pontiac Correctional Center 20 miles to the southwest.

Pontiac Warden Randy Pfister says the workers will relieve an overworked staff.

Gov. Pat Quinn ordered Dwight and four other correctional facilities to close to save the state money. That included the high-security Tamms penitentiary.

Frank Turner is a Pontiac correctional officer and president of the prison union. He says the extra staffers will be a big help.

Illinois prisons now have 49,100 inmates in space designed for 32,100. The last inmate left Dwight Tuesday.

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