U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
says there is continued commitment to open Thomson Correctional Center
in Northwest Illinois, a prison that has sat mostly vacant since it was
built in 2001.
Durbin sat down with Charles Samuels, director of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons, last week and was assured the process of opening Thomson was moving forward. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17) joined the meeting by phone.
timeline for the opening of Thomson has not been released yet, though.
Funding for the necessary updates for the prison to meet federal
standards is contingent on the president’s FY 2014 budget, which has not
yet been submitted.
“When President Obama releases his
budget in the next few weeks, it should include funding for prison
activation,” said Durbin in a press release. “Over the next few months, I
will be working with Congresswoman Bustos to ensure that opening
Thomson prison – and bringing jobs and economic activity to Northwest
Illinois communities – remains a priority.”
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