The potential impact of closing a super-maximum-security prison at Tamms will be harder to gauge now that the Quinn administration has received permission to withhold information on the inmates. Quinn's Corrections Department says state law bars releasing the information in response to a public-records request from The Associated Press. Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office agreed. That leaves few facts about most of the 162 inmates. Corrections officials say they can safely absorb Tamms residents into other prisons. The lack of information doesn't faze hardened views on both sides. Closure opponents point to a handful of criminals exiled to Tamms for havoc caused at other prisons. Those wanting Tamms closed say some inmates are mentally ill, not hardened criminals.
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