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Tamms transfers begin

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:04:40 CDT
By: AP

Prison officials looking to close a southern Illinois maximum-security prison say they've begun relocating that lockup's minimum-security inmates. Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano says 30 of the minimum-security prison camp's 175 inmates were moved Thursday to the 32-year-old Hardin County Work Camp. Solano says those still at the Tamms camp will be transferred elsewhere in coming weeks.   Governor Pat Quinn wants to close Tamms and the all-female Dwight Correctional Center on August 31, saving an estimated $48 million.   It's still unclear when the Tamms' maximum-security inmates will be relocated. Capable of accommodating 288 inmates, the Hardin County Work Camp now has 230 prisoners, including those brought over from Tamms.

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