The maximum-security women’s prison in Dwight closed Friday. Nearly 150 Dwight employees will fill holes at Pontiac Correctional Center 20 miles to the southwest.
Pontiac Warden Randy Pfister says the workers will relieve an
Gov. Pat Quinn ordered Dwight and four other correctional facilities to close
to save the state money. That included the high-security Tamms penitentiary.
Frank Turner is a Pontiac correctional officer and president of the prison
union. He says the extra staffers will be a big help.
Turner notes when most Tamms inmates were shipped to Pontiac, the Quinn
administration promised more staff. But he says getting them means shouldn’t
mean closing a prison.
Illinois prisons now have 49,100 inmates in space designed for 32,100. The last
inmate left Dwight Tuesday.