• Rushville expands while Southern facilities close

    by  • February 14, 2013 • News

    While Gov. Pat Quinn is closing prisons and state operated mental health facilities, his administration is expanding a specialized state lock-up for dangerous sex offenders.

    Earlier this month, says the Southern, the Illinois Department of Human Services said the detention facility for sexually violent persons in Rushville will get a $13 million makeover that will add space for an additional 96 residents.

    The facility, originally built as a juvenile prison, was designed to house 482 people, but, like the state’s overcrowded prison system, is now housing more than 500.

    A second expansion of the Schuyler County facility would add space for another 192 detainees at a cost of another $19 million. Work is tentatively scheduled to get under way on phase two in 2015.

    The overall $32 million construction cost doesn’t count daily operational costs, which were not available Wednesday.