Inmate Transfers From Tamms Prison Begins

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois prison officials have started
inmate transfers from the high-security Tamms prison in preparation
for a Jan. 4 closing date.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano
(soh-LAH’-noh) says 25 inmates from the “supermax” prison in far
southern Illinois are moving Thursday to Pontiac Correctional
Center.
That leaves just over 100 inmates in the single-cell isolation
portion of Tamms. Just under 100 minimum security inmates must move
too.
A judge in Alexander County — where Tamms is located —
followed a Supreme Court order Wednesday and lifted an injunction
on Gov. Pat Quinn’s closure plans. Those include closing Tamms, the
women’s prison in Dwight, three adult transition centers and two
juvenile detention centers. A prison workers’ union had sued to
stop the closures.
No date for closing Dwight has been set.

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