WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

Local News

WJBD - Local News - 6 Illinois Prisons to Set Up Temporary Housing

6 Illinois Prisons to Set Up Temporary Housing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A prison watchdog says "bed space is trumping security" in Illinois correctional facilities as officials announced they plan to set up temporary bed space in a half-dozen mostly medium-security prisons.      

The change was announced Thursday in a letter from the Illinois Department of Corrections to the main employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  AFSCME says the move is in preparation for closing the women's prison in Dwight.       

John Maki of the prison observer John Howard Association says the six prisons targeted are among the state's most crowded. He opposes Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close Dwight to save money.      

Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano said gymnasiums at the six prisons will be used temporarily for minimum-security inmates.

See other LocalNews news:

Kinmundy's American Obstacle Doubles in Size with New Additions
Salvation Army Plans Back Pack Giveaway Party
U of I's Top Administrator Says Campus Aims to Plot a Long-Term Financial Course
Former U.S. Congressman Fails to Appear at Arraignment on Federal Tax Charges
ACLU Seeks Federal Enforcement of Illinois Child Services




Loyal Listener Club

Club Login

Follow Us At

This Site logo