“Quinn asks feds to consider buying Tamms” @ Chicago Sun-Times

Posted on June 29, 2012

Dave McKinney — June 29, 2012: “SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn Friday asked the federal government to consider buying the state’s controversial super-max prison in far downstate Tamms, which the governor intends to mothball later this summer.

The prison located in the state’s southernmost tip was among two adult prisons the governor announced he was closing to help balance the Fiscal 2013 state budget, drawing rebukes from downstate Democratic lawmakers who represent unionized employees at the facilities.

“While the state will no longer be using Tamms, we believe that it would serve as a valuable addition to the Federal Bureau of Prisons,” Quinn wrote in a letter Friday to the federal agency’s director, Charles E. Samuels Jr……………………….”

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