Mostly Cloudy
20°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

Inmate transfers from Tamms prison begin

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois prison officials have started inmate transfers from the high-security Tamms prison in preparation for a Jan. 4 closing date.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano said 25 inmates from the "supermax" prison in far southern Illinois are moving Thursday to Pontiac Correctional Center.

That leaves just more than 100 inmates in the single-cell isolation portion of Tamms. Just less than 100 minimum security inmates must move too.

A judge in Alexander County – where Tamms is located – followed a Supreme Court order Wednesday and lifted an injunction on Gov. Pat Quinn's closure plans. Those include closing Tamms, the women's prison in Dwight, three adult transition centers and two juvenile detention centers. A prison workers' union had sued to stop the closures.

No date for closing Dwight has been set.

Comments

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

Reader Poll

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner?
Yes
No