Dwight Correctional Center is set to close by March 31.
maximum-security women’s prison in Livingston County, which holds 933
inmates, will transfer its prisoners to the Logan Correctional Center, located
in Lincoln. The 1,300 male inmates at Logan will be transferred to
Lincoln Correctional Center, and the female populations at Lincoln and Dwight
will be combined. Lincoln Correctional Center, which is also located in
Lincoln, has 955 women.
Illinois Department of Corrections
spokeswoman Stacey Solano confirmed with the Associated PressTuesday night that the 1,000 inmate “swap” between the women at Lincoln
and the men at Logan will happen March 12.
"This (plan) will allow
the department to better serve its female offenders in two prisons
rather than three and save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars
annually," Solano told the State Journal-Register. (The second women's prison is located in Decatur.)
In groups of 50 to 100, inmates from Dwight will start making the 89-mile trip to Logan next week.
overflow of Logan’s male inmates that do not fit in Lincoln
Correctional Center will be shifted to penitentiaries in Canton,
Centralia, Danville, Hillsboro, and Vienna. Gymnasiums have been set-up
as temporary quarters to accommodate the 600 inmates that have already
The complicated shift of inmates to adjust to Dwight’s
closure comes at a time when the prison system, designed for 33,000
inmates, holds 49,000.
AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall criticizes the plan.
plan underscores our concern that any closures, given the existing
overcrowding, will impact and destabilize the entire system," he told
the Associated Press.
As Gov. Pat Quinn faces $96.8 billion in Illinois' underfunded pension system and a $7.2 billion backlog of bills, he won a lawsuit against AFSCME last year to shutter Dwight and the high-security penitentiary in Tamms, which was closed January 4. Both closures are being touted by the governor's administration as cost-cutting initiatives.