A prison watchdog group is asking Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to reconsider plans to close the Dwight women's prison. A statement from John Howard Association executive director John Maki says Dwight is the state's only maximum-security prison for women. He says the Livingston County facility has been successful in hiring many female correctional officers and training staff to handle a population that overwhelmingly comes from backgrounds of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Quinn wants Dwight closed to save money. He closed the Tamms super-security prison earlier this year and several juvenile detention centers. Maki pointed out John Howard supported those closures. Maki says Dwight is 80 miles from Chicago, home to many inmates families. The distance allows inmates to maintain contact with children.
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