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Closing Time Delayed For Dwight Prison

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2012

Today is supposed to be closing time for the Dwight Correctional Center.  However a lawsuit means workers should still clock in tomorrow.

Governor Pat Quinn wants to close the women’s prison and transfer its inmates and workers elsewhere.  He set today as the closure date.

However the prison workers union AFSCME has sued to keep the Dwight prison open and the court has granted an injunction that stops the transfer of inmates.  AFSCME claims closing Dwight and Tamms Correctional Center will worsen overcrowding and leave guards facing “injury or death”.

Over 300 people work at the Dwight women’s prison including dozens who live in La Salle County.

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