Quinn Gets Go-Ahead To Close Illinois Prisons

Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Seven Illinois correctional facilities, including the modern but hotly debated high-security Tamms prison, will close within weeks after action by a judge Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said.

The judge in Alexander County in far southern Illinois, where Tamms is located, lifted an injunction preventing the closures after receiving an order to do so by a divided state Supreme Court.

It allows Quinn to shutter Tamms, which opened in 1998; the women’s lockup in Dwight; two juvenile detention centers and three inmate halfway houses to save money in a budget crisis.

“The taxpayers of Illinois are the real winners today,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “Our state is facing unprecedented financial pressures and closing these facilities is one part of the long-term solution.”

But the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees continued to argue the closures would endanger the public because the prison…

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