The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted on the first reading of a 2014-2015 budget Monday that totals $32m, including over $6m for the McCracken County Jail. The jail has a large number of employees and houses more than 450 inmates.
A decision not to renew a contract with a Marion County prison means Kentucky inmates will no longer be housed in private facilities. The state is ending contracts with two facilities in eastern and central Kentucky.
Illinois officials have moved eight of the state's more volatile criminals from the supermax Tamms penitentiary. The move occurred yesterday, part of Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Tamms and one other major prison. The same day, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed a lawsuit to stop the transfers. The union for Illinois’ corrections workers wants the state to negotiate how moving dangerous criminals will affect them.
The Illinois Department of Corrections has transferred thirty more minimum-security inmates yesterday from the Tamms Prison to a work camp in Hardin County. The prison has been marked for closure August 31st. Shutting it down is projected to save the state an estimated $48 million.
The only super-maximum security prison in Illinois may not close after all. An Illinois panel voted Tuesday against closing the Tamms Correctional Center and other prisons.
The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted 7 to 3 against the closure. Republican Representative Mike Tryon was among those who voted no. He said he couldn’t support closing prisons without a plan for what to do with the structures.