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Gov announces Tamms closing Jan 4

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:24:46 CST
By: AP

A union official says the short, tumultuous tenure of the Tamms "supermax" prison will end January 4. Governor Pat Quinn announced yesterday that court action has given him the OK to proceed with closing Tamms and six other correctional facilities. His office would only say the closures will happen "in the coming weeks."   Mike Stout is business manager for ISEA-Laborers' Local 2002. He says administration officials gave him the closure deadline yesterday and he expects members to move to new facilities on January 7. The union represents about 300 corrections employees. Tamms opened in 1998. Critics have denounced its isolation practices.   Stout says there's no firm closing date for Dwight prison or the Joliet youth center. The Murphysboro youth center will be shuttered January 4, but its residents already moved.

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