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Quinn to propose closing Tamms, Dwight prisons

Posted by wlpo on February 21, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants to close two prisons, including a “super max” institution at Tamms.

An administration official said Tuesday that Quinn’s budget proposal also calls for closing the maximum security prison at Dwight and six transition centers for inmates nearing their release dates. The official was not authorized to discuss the proposal publicly and would speak only on condition of anonymity.

In all, the facilities house about 2,650 inmates. Closing them would increase crowding in facilities that are already far beyond capacity – more than 48,600 people in space meant for 33,700.

The budget Quinn is scheduled to deliver Wednesday also calls for closing two youth prisons and four facilities operated by the Department of Human Services.

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