“Should Tamms be saved for the jobs?” @ Chicago Reader

Posted on May 29, 2012

Steve Bogira — May 25, 2012: “We need to keep torturing people in Illinois because it provides jobs.

This is the unspoken argument of legislators who want to save Tamms, the supermax at the southern tip of Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn has proposed closing Tamms—not for humanitarian reasons, but to save the state money. Most of the Tamms inmates would be moved to maximum-security prisons, where housing them would be cheaper. There’s been legislative opposition to Quinn’s proposal, however, because guards would lose their jobs. The verdict is imminent……………………………”

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