Report: 1 version of Ill. budget keeps Tamms prison open

TAMMS, IL (KFVS) - A report out indicates there's a chance the Tamms Correctional Center could stay open.

It says there is at least one version of the Illinois budget circulating in Springfield that would keep Tamms and another facility in the village of Dwight, Illinois from closing.

In another surprise, the report says State Representative Luis Arroyo claims there's about $58 million to keep the facilities in Tamms and Dwight from closing.

Arroyo claims Tamms would be retooled and no longer be used as a super-maximum security lockup for violent inmates.

Last week, the state said Tamms and several other facilities would close in August in order to save money to help fill the state's big budget hole.

For now though, the plan is still to close Tamms and put several hundred prison employees out of work.

No comment from Gov. Quinn although Representative Mike Bost of Murphysboro says Tamms must stay open, and remain a place to put gang leaders and those violent in other prisons.

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