U.S. Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL) says the the activation of the Thomson Correctional Center "remains on track."
Durbin met with Charles Samuels, director of the Department of Justice's Bureau of Prisons, to check in on the status of activation of the prison. Thomson's satellite site now has close to 250 staffers and 90 minimum-security prisoners and expecting 110 more inmates.
"I continue to hear about the tremendous work that is being done to bring the prison fully online in Thomson," said Durbin. "From realtors to shop owners to school principals, the community has been working hard to accommodate the influx of new residents to the region. Director Samuels confirmed today that the activation is on track. In the coming months, I will be working with Congresswoman Bustos to make certain that the next Congressional Appropriations bill includes robust funding for Thomson prison and that the Obama Administration remains committed to operating the prison in a responsible and humane manner that protects the safety and rights of both staff and inmates."
When the prison is fully activated, some 1,100 people will be employed at the correctional center, which is expected to "generate more than $122 million in operating expenditures (including salaries), $19 million in labor income, and $61 million in local business sales," according to Durbin's office.