It was an afternoon of prayer, fellowship and solidarity in Centralia for a Saturday rally calling for the Murray
Developmental Center to be kept open.
Parents, friends, and employees of the Murray Center, along with families, friends and employees of correctional facilities, are calling on a higher power to keep the home of more than 200 developmentally disabled people open.
My Brother’s Keeper founder Marsha Griffin says her group’s philosophy is they have to be a voice for those who actually have no voice otherwise.
The group was originally formed to comfort those coping with the closure of Tamms Correctional Center and is now “praying it forward” by joining forces with Murray supporters in the fight against Gov. Pat Quinn’s plans to close the Centralia facility..
Griffin says they believe there will be a miracle and Murray Center will be saved, adding that’s what’s best for the residents, and what’s just, and what’s right.
She is hoping the outcome for Murray won’t be the same as it was for Tamms. The supermax prison has now been closed for 10 months, and many against the closure believe it’s caused an increase in violence throughout Illinois correctional system.