• US Senate committee OKs Thomson prison funding

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee has approved funding to re-open the prison in Thomson as a federal facility. prison-bars-thumb23796959

    Sen. Dick Durbin is a member of the Appropriations Committee that approved $166 million Thursday to reactivate Thomson and two other prisons, buy 1,000 prison beds from private contractors and expand a program to reduce recidivism.

    The state opened the prison in northwestern Illinois in 2001 but never fully opened it because of budget problems. The federal government bought it for $165 million last fall.

    Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos — both Illinois Democrats — say the plan is to spend $25 million in the fiscal year that ends in September for upgrades and renovation and $168 million next year for equipment and staffing.