Gov. Pat Quinn will close the Tamms Super Max prison and Dwight women's prison, effective August 31. Quinn also will close juvenile justice centers in Joilet and Murphysboro. News of the closures broke Tuesday afternoon when facility employees got a letter from Quinn announcing the closures.
As PI reported, the budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly appropriated money for the facilities. But the governor had the option to not spend the money, which is about $62 million that will now not be used in the Department of Corrections budget.
The closures could lead to the layoffs of up to 1,100 state employees. AFSCME, the state's main public employees union, opposed the closures — warning that they not only mean layoffs, but also pose a danger to public safety.