One central Illinois state senator is working with community leaders to find ways to use the closed Dwight Correctional Center. Bloomington Republican Jason Barickman toured the facility Wednesday, and says the community is feeling the negative impact since it closed over a year ago. Barickman says legislative support will likely be needed in order to help Dwight.
"I think we'll work through those, both with the administration and with the Village of Dwight. We'll try to find what makes the most sense, and I'll try to be a vocal champion of that, whatever that answer is."
With the prison closed, the state hopes to save $27 million a year. The center housed 933 female inmates.
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