Tamms Transfers Inmates Ahead of Closure
TAMMS, IL - Prison officials looking to close the Tamms maximum-security prison say they've begun relocating that lockup's minimum-security inmates.
Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano tells the Southern Illinoisan that 30 of the minimum-security prison camp's 175 inmates were moved Thursday to the 32-year-old Hardin County Work Camp. Solano says those still at the Tamms camp will be transferred elsewhere in coming weeks.
Gov. Pat Quinn has said he wants to close Tamms and northern Illinois' all-female Dwight Correctional Center on Aug. 31, saving an estimated $48 million.
It's still unclear when the Tamms' maximum-security inmates will be relocated.
Capable of accommodating 288 inmates, the Hardin County Work Camp now has 230 prisoners, including those brought over from Tamms.