Skip to comments.U.S. Senate committee OKs Thomson, IL prison funding
Posted on 07/19/2013 3:36:38 PM PDT by KeyLargo
U.S. Senate committee OKs Thomson prison funding By
A U.S. Senate committee has approved funding to re-open the prison in Thomson as a federal facility.
Sen. Dick Durbin is a member of the Appropriations Committee that approved $166 million Thursday to reactivate Thomson and two other prisons, buy 1,000 prison beds from private contractors and expand a program to reduce recidivism.
The state opened the prison in northwestern Illinois in 2001 but never fully opened it because of budget problems. The federal government bought it for $165 million last fall.
Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos (BOO-stohs) both Illinois Democrats say the plan is to spend $25 million in the fiscal year that ends in September for upgrades and renovation and $168 million next year for equipment and staffing.
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It’s a big state-of-the-art prison that has never been used.
May as well get some use out of it.
“Obama is preparing Thompson Prison for transfer of GITMO prisoners sometime soon.”
If that should happen, Thomson would become the Midwest Mecca.