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« on: April 09, 2012, 05:40:44 AM »

Illinois Department of Corrections Officials Deny Records On Why Each Inmate Was Sent To Tamms Supermax Prison
4/8/12 @ 8:17:19 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Critics are wondering whether violent Illinois prisoners can be safely mingled with general population inmates if Tamms Correctional Center closes.  Tamms is a "supermax" prison opened in 1998 to house criminals who caused problems in other prisons.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the prison is too costly. His Corrections Department says other prisons can safely house Tamms residents. In an analysis of public records, The Associated Press finds that 115 of Tamms' 180 inmates are convicted of murder and serving life sentences or terms exceeding a half-century.

It appears 75 inmates were convicted of crimes in other prisons, including sexual assault.  But there's no way of knowing why the remainder are there. Officials denied AP's request for the reason each inmate was sent to Tamms.

 
 
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 07:01:19 PM »

I just heard they passed out pink slips to employees at Tamms N Dwight. They are closing the facilities July 30th. This is suppose to include murphysboro, and 6 work release facilities. Has anyone heard about this?
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 07:28:51 PM »

I don't think Gov. Quinn has made up his mind yet, what facilities may close, if any.

   I think news as big as this, would be all over the wires by now and there is nothing, so until we can confirm it, it's just another one of those rumors that fly around  inside IDOC.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 09:04:03 PM »

Just saw on the news that pink slips were handed out to staff at Tamms today. They did mention some other facilities that are closing; wasn't paying too close attention. So I'm assuming it's every facility that was/is on the list.

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/18575709/tamms-correctional-center-employees-begin-receiving-pink-slips
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2012, 09:16:21 PM »

This is the story to the link above.   We are not 100% of all the facilities that are going to close .... there are so many rumors running right now! 



Tamms Correctional Center employees begin receiving pink slips
Posted: May 21, 2012 4:03 PM CDT


TAMMS, IL (KFVS) -

It's the news people who work at Tamms Correctional Center hoped they would not hear.  Monday, employees started getting pink slips.

In February, Gov. Pat Quinn officially announced his proposal to close the correctional facility in Tamms as well as other facilities to help reduce costs and save money.

The closure is an attempt to help reduced about $112 million for the state.

Two prisons, six adult transition centers and reductions in nearly every area of the state corrections department, which results in reductions to staff are part of the effort to save the state money.

More than 320 work at Tamms.

Murphysboro IYC is not set to close.  However, AFSME is reporting that employees at the IYC in Murphysboro are also receiving pink slips.  That facility houses juvenile offenders.

An adult transition center in Carbondale and the Murphysboro IYC employ about 150 people.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2012, 09:17:12 PM »

 wc6 Well glad to see the rumors aren't just rumors anymore!!! So happy that Tamms is closing only because of the inhumane treatment those inmates recieve on a daily basis.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2012, 09:37:12 PM »

 Nothing is for sure until it happens!   Believe it when you see it......
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 09:41:46 PM »

This is what we know, although Tamms may indeed close, we won't know anything until next week when the budget is passed.

Issuing pink slips is part of the regulations of layoffs, but they too can be cancelled at anytime.

We are coming to the end of this legislative session, it closes May 31st, so we should know then, which facilities are indeed going to close!

Nothing is 100% yet!!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2012, 09:47:30 PM »

Senate Democrats' budget calls for closing JDC

 
By DOUG FINKE (doug.finke@sj-r.com)
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Posted May 21, 2012 @ 08:46 PM
   

A budget plan drawn up by Illinois Senate Democrats, which calls for closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center and other state facilities, was approved by a Senate committee Monday.

The Senate Appropriations II Committee sent the bills to the full Senate for consideration.

However, the Senate budget is unlikely to be the final version of the state budget. The House is developing its own budget, which would spend less than the Senate plan.

Both proposals are also contingent on lawmakers closing a $2.4 billion gap in the state’s Medicaid budget. A plan to deal with that surfaced Monday, but it relies on lawmakers approving a $1 per pack increase in the state cigarette tax.

Still, the Senate Appropriations II Committee approved major pieces of the Democrats’ budget proposal and sent the bills to the full Senate for consideration.

Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, acknowledged that the plan calls for closing JDC, along with the Murray Developmental Center in Marion, the Singer Developmental Center in Rockford and the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees spoke in opposition to the budget. Joanna Webb-Gauvin, AFSCME’s legislative director, noted that the legislature’s own bi-partisan panel on facility closures recommended keeping the facilities open.

She also said the budget appears to cut the number of parole officers by 50 percent while also closing most halfway houses for inmates. The Department of Children and Family Services appears to face a 20 percent cut in its personnel budget, she said.

“This does not adequately address the needs of the state,” she said.

Republicans on the committee all voted against the plan. Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, said it increases state spending because it relies on taking money from restricted state funds. He and other Republicans argued that spending must be cut far more deeply to ensure the state isn’t forced to make last year’s income tax increase permanent.

Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-Evanston, said Democrats were willing to listen to ideas for specific budget cuts from Republicans, but were never given the information.

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2012, 09:50:29 PM »

Please don't confuse Jacksonville Correctional Center with Jacksonville Developmental Center mentioned in the above post .. they are for sure two different facilities.  Jacksonville CC is NOT CLOSING!
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2012, 10:04:04 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2012, 10:07:34 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2012, 01:22:25 AM »

 wc50. My boyfriend is in carbondale he informed me tonight the news is carbondale will close down august 31st.. Few weeks ago one of the main bosses told employees to start looking for new jobs or if they can retire early... Has everyone else head anything or has more details on situation?
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2012, 05:20:41 AM »

Going to be merging all closing posts into this one topic!!!




savvylovesduane, nothing is confirmed yet as to what facilities are closing, we just have to wait and see what is confirmed in the next week/days!
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2012, 05:43:36 AM »

Prison watchdog group backs closing Tamms

5 hours ago  •  By Kurt Erickson | kurt.erickson@lee.net


SPRINGFIELD — A prison watchdog group that has sometimes criticized Gov. Pat Quinn’s operation of the state prison system is backing the governor’s plan to shutter the Tamms Correctional Center.

In a 42-page report being released today, the Chicago-based John Howard Association said the conditions for prisoners at the so-called “supermax” facility in southern Illinois make it a worthy candidate for closure.

Key to the group’s argument, which was based on visits to the 14-year-old facility where investigators spoke with inmates and prison staff members, were concerns about the effects of long-term isolation on the mental health of prisoners.

“By closing Tamms, Illinois will join a growing consensus and take a critical step toward reforming the state’s prison system to the benefit of public safety, security, and the state’s fiscal health,” the report notes.

As part of Quinn’s budget plan, Tamms would close in late August in an attempt to save about $26 million. Most of the nearly 200 maximum-security inmates at the Alexander County lock-up would be shipped to Pontiac Correctional Center in Livingston County.

“Pontiac has the available bed space and is a maximum security facility equipped to handle the security needs of these offenders,” said Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano.

A similar number of minimum-security prisoners at Tamms would be distributed to other minimum-security facilities. The closure would result in the layoff of 300 employees in a county where unemployment hovers at about 11 percent.

A panel of lawmakers earlier issued a non-binding recommendation opposing the closure of the prison, which was designed for inmates who had attacked guards or fellow inmates or who needed to be separated from the general population because they were gang leaders.

Inmates serve most of their time in single cells, isolated from other inmates and prison staff. They typically can shower once per week and go the commissary once per week.

In its report, the association describes an interview with one mentally distressed prisoner who was shackled to a stool and cuffed with his hands behind his back.

“His body and neck were contorted into stiff, unnatural positions, and he writhed around and shook his head from side to side. He spoke in an extremely loud voice and seemed unable to modulate his volume, tone, or affect,” the report notes.

The report also describes examples of prisoners mutilating themselves and throwing feces and urine in their cells.

“Inmates spoke of cutting and self-mutilation as ways to relieve a buildup of pressure and to feel ‘real’ again,” the report notes.

“A constant refrain heard from inmates was that they wanted to ‘hold on’ but did not know how much longer they could take it,” the report added.

While the organization supports closing Tamms, executive director John Maki said the group is opposed to Quinn’s plan to close the all-female Dwight Correctional Center and six adult transition centers, including facilities in Decatur and Carbondale.

Lawmakers currently are trying to craft a spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, and state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, who represent Tamms, are fighting to keep the prison open.

A tentative budget proposal unveiled by Senate Democrats Monday contains money to keep Tamms operating.

“At the end of the day, I feel like there is still a chance,” Phelps said Monday.


http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/prison-watchdog-group-backs-closing-tamms/article_c548f06e-a39d-11e1-bd4b-001a4bcf887a.html
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2012, 08:44:38 AM »

Union president says layoff notices blindsided prison employees


Originally printed at http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/home/ticker/Union-president-says-layoff-notices-blindsided-prison-employees-152415455.html

By Web Editor - Michael Vick
May 21, 2012


TAMMS, Ill. — Hundreds of employees at Tamms Correctional Center and other Illinois state facilities targeted for closure received layoff notices Monday.

An AFSCME union representative told Local 6 the union is surprised by the move, since they're still at the bargaining table with the state.

Tamms union president Toby Oliver said employees are "disappointed" it appears the governor is moving forward with plans to close the prison.

"Come August, you won't have a job. That plays with a lot of people's emotions and what's going through with them and their families," Oliver said. "Do they need to find another job? What are they going to do? It's disheartening."

A state advisory panel recommended just a few weeks ago that both the Tamms prison and Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro remain open for the next fiscal year.

A spokesperson with the Illinois Department of Corrections said this afternoon they're required to notify employees 30 days before a facility is slated to close. The layoff notices are a part of that process.
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2012, 03:20:46 PM »

Push on to retool prison plans

33 minutes ago  •  Kurt Erickson

SPRINGFIELD — The Tamms Correctional Center could be retooled to become more of a standard prison housing three times as many inmates under a plan being pushed in the Illinois House.

State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said Tuesday he is trying to convince his colleagues to dump Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to close the supermax facility in deep southern Illinois.

Phelps thinks easing the tough conditions at the 14-year-old facility may help keep it and the 300 jobs from being zapped when the state’s new budget takes effect July 1.

“You could make that a regular facility,” Phelps said.

The possible changes at Tamms are emerging as the clock ticks down on the scheduled spring legislative session.

Just as Phelps is trying to avert the layoff of 300 employees at Tamms, state Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, is among those lobbying to keep the all-female Dwight Correctional Center open.

“I just think it makes more sense to keep it open than to close it,” said Mautino, who successfully fought off attempts to close the Sheridan Correctional Center during former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s tenure.

The push to keep large state facilities from closing comes as lawmakers are in the final scheduled days of their deliberations over the state budget.

Quinn wants to close 63 state facilities and lay off 2,300 state workers in order to save $88 million.

A budget proposed by Democrats in the Senate provides for 12 months of funding for Tamms, adult transition centers in Chicago and Aurora and a youth prison in Joliet.

But the Senate version calls for the closing of Dwight, developmental centers in Centralia and Jacksonville, the youth prison in Murphysboro and mental health facilities in Tinley Park and Rockford. Also on tap for closure under the Senate Democratic budget blueprint are adult transition centers in Decatur and Carbondale.

A House budget blueprint remains under negotiation.

Phelps said it wouldn’t cost a lot of money to transform Tamms into a prison that could hold 1,200 prisoners, up from the current 400. Making the prison less harsh on inmates would appease those who think the facility — built to house dangerous prisoners in near total isolation — should be shuttered because it causes mental illness among inmates.

And he said altering the prison to hold more inmates would address chronic overcrowding in the system.

“It’s one of the newest prisons in our system,” Phelps said. “I think we could save the jobs and address overcrowding with my plan.”

Phelps’ proposal emerged on the same day a prison watchdog group endorsed Quinn’s plan to close Tamms, saying it conducted numerous interviews with inmates and determined that the conditions there are detrimental to the mental health of inmates.



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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2012, 09:26:25 PM »

Layoff slips issued at Dwight prison
May 22, 2012, 10:38 am  
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The proposed closure of Dwight Correctional Center is starting to hit home.

Employees at the prison recently received layoff notices, since the facility still is not funded in the governor's proposed budget and is slated to close at the end of August.

That does not mean the 359 employees at the prison will necessarily lose their jobs, however, as the political fight continues in Springfield with more answers potentially coming before the end of the month.

Dan Dunlap, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1133, is telling his colleagues to remain optimistic.

"The state has to notify people so many days ahead, and it's part of the process," Dunlap said. "That does not mean we're going to close. We're still far away from that day, and a lot can happen. We have plenty of support in Springfield from our local politicians and from other politicians across the state."

The public safety subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, which handles the Department of Corrections budget, has been working on adding Dwight and other state facilities into its budget.

Those lawmakers have not voted on Dwight, but are meeting daily to discuss thousands of line items, including Dwight.

"Dwight is a priority," said state Rep. Jason Barickman, R-Champaign, who sits on the committee. "I remain optimistic, but it's far from certain. The major obstacle is that there really isn't enough money to fund everything we `would like to fund. I recognize that, but I have to make sure Dwight is significant enough to enough members."

A proposed budget from the subcommittee could come in about a week, since the state's final budget is scheduled to be completed by May 31.

"If funding for Dwight comes through appropriations, that tremendously increases the chance to keep it open," Barickman said.

Barickman indicated the amount of funding allotted toward big-ticket items, such as Medicaid, will affect how much money is available to spend on items such as Dwight.

Budget talks could go past May 31, but Barickman does not see that as a reason to panic.

"I would not take alarm until myself or other legislators indicate to the public they don't see a path for funding," Barickman said. "Right now, I see several paths, and I'm working on all of them."

 
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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2012, 05:57:33 AM »

Push on in Ill. House to keep Dwight prison open, retool Tamms


14 hours ago
By Kurt Erickson


SPRINGFIELD - The Tamms Correctional Center could be retooled to become more of a standard prison housing three times as many inmates under a plan being pushed in the Illinois House.

State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said Tuesday he is trying to convince his colleagues to dump Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to close the supermax facility in deep southern Illinois.

Phelps thinks easing the tough conditions at the 14-year-old facility may help keep it and the 300 jobs from being zapped when the state's new budget takes effect July 1.

"You could make that a regular facility," Phelps said.

The possible changes at Tamms are emerging as the clock ticks down on the scheduled spring legislative session.

Just as Phelps is trying to avert the layoff of 300 employees at Tamms, state Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, is among those lobbying to keep the all-female Dwight Correctional Center open.

"I just think it makes more sense to keep it open than to close it," said Mautino, who successfully fought off attempts to close the Sheridan Correctional Center during former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's tenure.

The push to keep large state facilities from closing comes as lawmakers are in the final scheduled days of their deliberations over the state budget.

Quinn wants to close 63 state facilities and lay off 2,300 state workers in order to save $88 million.

A budget proposed by Democrats in the Senate provides for 12 months of funding for Tamms, adult transition centers in Chicago and Aurora and a youth prison in Joliet.

But, the Senate version calls for the closing of Dwight, developmental centers in Centralia and Jacksonville, the youth prison in Murphysboro and mental health facilities in Tinley Park and Rockford. Also on tap for closure under the Senate Democratic budget blueprint are adult transition centers in Decatur and Carbondale.

A House budget blueprint remains under negotiations.

Phelps said it wouldn't cost a lot of money to transform Tamms into a prison that could hold 1,200 prisoners, up from a current 400. Making the prison less harsh on inmates would appease those who believe the facility - built to house dangerous prisoners in near total isolation - should be shuttered because it causes mental illness among inmates.

And, he said altering the prison to hold more inmates would address chronic overcrowding in the system.

"It's one of the newest prisons in our system. I think we could save the jobs and address overcrowding with my plan," Phelps said.

Phelps' proposal emerged on the same day a prison watchdog group endorsed Quinn's plan to close Tamms, saying it conducted numerous interviews with inmates and determined that the conditions there are detrimental to the mental health of inmates.


http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/push-on-in-ill-house-to-keep-dwight-prison-open/article_5499c22e-a44e-11e1-9768-001a4bcf887a.html
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2012, 06:43:57 AM »

Layoff notices anger local leaders

41 minutes ago  •  BY D.W. NORRIS, The Southern


Local political and labor leaders have been closely following budget negotiations in Springfield and it’s not surprising they do not like what they hear from the Capitol.

The Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro, Adult Transition Center in Carbondale and super-maximum Tamms Correctional Center have all been targeted for closure by Gov. Pat Quinn. Sixty-three state facilities could be closed and 2,300 workers laid off to save $88 million.

Workers at IYC Murphysboro, the adult transition center and the Tamms super-max all received layoff notices this week.

State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, said he is on board with the proposed shift of the Tamms facility from supermax to a regular correctional center if it means the facility stays open.

"If you don't like it as supermax, don't call it one,” Forby said. “The rest of the prisons are so overcrowded, move those prisoners to Tamms and make it work.”

State Senate Democrats proposed a budget to keep Tamms open for one year, but IYC Murphysboro and Carbondale’s transition center would still be closed.

Murphysboro Mayor Ron Williams said he’s “not optimistic” about IYC Murphysboro’s future, but nothing is final yet.

“The last word I had (Tuesday) morning was that there are still negotiations to be done,” Williams said.

IYC Murphysboro was targeted for closure last year. A bi-partisan commission recommended against closing the youth center, but its recommendation is not binding.

State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, said he understands why workers at IYC Murphysboro may be edgy about the possible closure.

“If I were at a job there I would be just as nervous as they are,” Luechtefeld said. “I have no other information if (Quinn is) going to follow through with this or not follow through with this.”

State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, said it’s too early to ring a death knell for IYC Murphysboro.

“We’ll see how the next week pans out,” he said. “You can’t say it’s over because it’s a long way from over.”

Bost said he would not vote against funding for IYC Murphysboro, the adult transition center or the Tamms supermax.

“I will not vote on a budget that has closures of these facilities on there,” Bost said.

Ty Petersen, the IYC Murphysboro and Carbondale transition center representative with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, said he was disappointed by Quinn and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, who lives in Carbondale.

“It’s very ironic that we have a governor who calls himself a jobs governor and a lieutenant governor in this area and neither have stepped up to save these few hundred jobs here in (the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Corrections),” he said.


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