THOMSON, Ill. (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Prisons is hiring more than a dozen workers for the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.
The Quad City Times reports 15 positions are posted on the federal government's jobs website, including a budget and technology officer, an IT specialist and correctional supervisors.
The agency has allocated nearly $54 million to begin reopening the maximum-security penitentiary. About $10 million will be used to renovate the facility that was a state prison that never fully opened because of budget constraints.
The additional $43.7 million will be used for staffing and equipment.
Fully activating the prison the state sold to the federal government is expected to take two years and cost about $195 million.
Congress hasn't approved the agency's spending plan.