Transfers at Illinois Prisons Pause While Union and State Officials Meet

Aug 9, 2012

Prisoners at the Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois will remain at the facility until Corrections Department union employees have a say in the closure process. Governor Pat Quinn ordered Tamms and other prisons closed in June to save the state money. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has asked for transfers to stop while state and union officials discuss safety measures for the closings. AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the two sides will meet an arbitrator Tuesday. Transfers won’t resume until Alexander County Judge Charles Cavaness gauges the negotiation progress August 17.