A former inmate says a state transition center helped him get his life back on track after prison and he opposes Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close six similar centers statewide. Convicted felon John Flood says he wouldn't have been able to find work as a maintenance supervisor without the Westside Adult Transition Center. Flood and Congressman Danny Davis were among those who testified against the closure of the Chicago center. It serves as a halfway house for inmates before they're released. Quinn has proposed closing the centers and two prisons to save money. Officials with the Illinois Department of Corrections say closing Westside would save taxpayers $3.1 million in the next fiscal year. Inmates would instead be placed on electronic monitoring.
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