Tamms, Dwight Prisons Stay Open in IL House Plan

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois prisons at Tamms and Dwight would stay open in at least one version of the state budget circulating in Springfield.

Rep. Luis Arroyo says Tamms would be retooled and no longer used as a "super-maximum" security lockup for troublesome and violent inmates.

Arroyo told The Associated Press there's about $58 million to keep Dwight and Tamms open. The Democrat and chairman of a House appropriations committee says several other correctional facilities would be spared too.

Arroyo says Tamms would be converted to a medium-security facility within a year because its isolation of inmates is inhumane.

GOP Rep. Michael Bost of Murphysboro says Tamms must remain a place to put gang leaders and those who are violent in other prisons.

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