Partly Cloudy
53°FPartly CloudyFull Forecast

U.S. Senate committee OKs Thomson prison funding

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:47 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – A U.S. Senate committee has approved funding to re-open the prison in Thomson as a federal facility.

Sen. Dick Durbin is a member of the Appropriations Committee that approved $166 million Thursday to reactivate Thomson and two other prisons, buy 1,000 prison beds from private contractors and expand a program to reduce recidivism.

The state opened the prison in northwestern Illinois in 2001 but never fully opened it because of budget problems. The federal government bought it for $165 million last fall.

Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos – both Illinois Democrats – say the plan is to spend $25 million in the fiscal year that ends in September for upgrades and renovation and $168 million next year for equipment and staffing.

___

Online

U.S. Bureau of Prisons: http://www.bop.gov

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

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

Sept. 30 Rod Carey press conference

More videos »

Reader Poll

What is your favorite homecoming tradition?
The football game
Float-building/the parade
Dress up days
The dance
Crowning the homecoming king and queen