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Rutherford says prison closings will add to overcrowding

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:41:23 CDT

Rutherford says prison closings will add to overcrowding
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he disagrees with the governor's plan to close some prisons because other concerns have yet to be addressed.
Governor Pat Quinn announced this week he will shut down the "super maximum security" prison at Tamms and the women's prison at Dwight. Two juvenile prisons will also be closed, along with several adult transition centers. Rutherford, a Pontiac Republican, says he worries what this will mean for an already overcrowded prison system.


"We cannot deliver the services we're expected to deliver with the system we have today. And yet, by taking these off line, it will only exacerbate it even more."

Rutherford again called for a long-term plan for state facilities. But he won't go as far as to advocate stripping the governor's authority to close sites. He says that's a financial management tool.   Lawmakers approved a budget that included money to keep the prisons open.


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