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Inmate transfers from Ill. prisons almost complete

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm •  Published: December 24, 2012

The transfers actually started in August, when eight Tamms inmates were moved. But the process was put on hold that same day, after AFSCME filed its lawsuit. The union argued, among other things, that the closings would endanger correctional employees, inmates and the public because the statewide system — with facilities designed for 33,700 inmates — has more than 49,000.

The lifting of the injunction on Wednesday allowed the transfers to continue, though AFSCME still is pushing in Alexander County court to reverse an arbitrator's decree that states Quinn followed contract rules when he ordered the closures.

Employees at the targeted facilities are being moved to new jobs at other facilities. AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said affected staff has been told to report to their new locations on Jan. 7.

The minimum-security Tamms inmates are being moved to Sheridan Correctional Center, Solano said. Residents of the West Side Adult Transition Center in Chicago have been moved to North Lawndale and Crossroads centers, also in Chicago. Those in the Southern Illinois Adult Transition Center in Carbondale the Decatur center are going to halfway houses in either Peoria or Chicago.

The closing date has not been determined for Dwight. The Illinois Youth Center at Murphysboro has been empty since July, and 138 youth at the Joliet facility will be moved to centers in St. Charles, Harrisburg and possibly Kewanee, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice has said.