IL Rep. files legislation to reopen Murphysboro correctional facility
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Representative Terri Bryant announced on Thursday that she has filed legislation aimed at reopening and repurposing the Illinois Youth Center at Murphysboro.
Bryant made the announcement during a press conference in front of the facility, which was closed in 2013 by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has plans to shut the Hardin County work camp at the end of the year.
During the press conference, she also offered public support for keeping the Hardin County Work Camp open and to announce she is working to create a task force to study the effectiveness of work camps in Illinois.
"I have reached out to Representative Brandon Phelps and offered my support and sponsorship of his bill to keep the Hardin County Work Camp open, and I have introduced the work camp study resolution because I truly believe in the effectiveness of the work camps," Bryant said. "Work camps help reduce recidivism, which will help decrease our prison population and ultimately increase public safety and provide adult education, high school equivalency classes, vocational education, and community service opportunities that benefit surrounding communities and the incarcerated individual on their road to rehabilitation."
Bryant said Phelps offered his support and is co-sponsoring HB 43-40, the bill to reopen Murphysboro as an adult correctional facility, and HJR 105, which creates the Task Force on Work Camp Rehabilitation.
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