Tamms Correctional Center

8:58 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Tamms Prison To Close


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s decision to shut down the Tamms Supermax Prison in southern Illinois is drawing praise from human rights groups.  

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Illinois Government
8:05 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Quinn Moving Forward with Prison Closures


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is moving forward with his plan to close several adult and juvenile prisons, even though legislators put money in the new state budget to keep them open. 

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Illinois Government
2:44 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Report Recommends Closing Southern Illinois Supermax Prison

An Illinois prison watchdog group supports Governor Pat Quinn’s proposal to shutter the Tamms Correctional Center. While a legislative committee recommended last month keeping the facility open, a new John Howard Association report finds the state simply cannot afford its only supermax prison. 

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6:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Panel Votes Against Closing Supermax Prison

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.

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Illinois Government
7:38 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Commission to Give Opinion on Illinois Facility Closure Plan

A legislative commission is scheduled to give its opinion on Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plans to close several state facilities, including the Tamms maximum security prison in southern Illinois. But the commission's vote is advisory only and the governor can close the prisons, mental institutions and offices no matter the findings. Quinn says closing the prisons would save money, while closing other facilities would lead to improved care for people with developmental disabilities. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability is scheduled to convene this morning.

8:16 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Officials Consider Closing Illinois Super Max Prison


The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability met yesterday to hear testimony on the closure of the Tamms Correctional Center in far southern Illinois. While locals championed the facility’s benefits …human rights groups and inmates’ families urged the state to shutter its only Super Max prison.

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